06 Jun Is the Bus Life Right For Me?
Have you been dreaming of a more simple way of life? Do you find yourself researching what it would be like to live on a converted school bus? Are you ready to go buy a bus to convert into your full-time home on wheels? If you answered,”yes” to these questions, have you asked yourself the most important question?
Is the Bus Life Right for Me?
This is the question that you need to explore before buying and converting a bus.
Many people dream of simplifying their life, living with less, and even dream about traveling full time. Then there are those who like myself, NEVER thought I would live tiny much less on a bus with 7 kids. So, who are the people that enjoy bus life? You know the ones that embrace it and stick with it. You most certainly want to know if you are cut out for this lifestyle before spending time and money on the conversion.
“Is the Bus Life Right for Me?”
Consider theses 5 questions before selling your stick and brink house, turning in the keys to your apartment, or putting out $3500 on a bus.
#1 Do you feel like your stuff is weighing you down?
As you look around your home, is all your stuff cluttering your mind and taking up space? Or, are you attached to it in a way that gives you pleasure?
For me, there are those items that make me smile, bring back memories or that I can not bring myself to part with. It is items like my Grandpa’s thermos that he took to work every day on the farm. Or the crooked pie safe that 4 generations of women in our family used in their kitchen.
But for the most part, as I look around, I just see things that I have to pick up, throw away, or find a place for it to call home. Better yet, I just find myself fussing at a kid for not putting it where it belongs! The abundance of stuff is creating more frustrations than it is bringing me joy.
How about you, are you tied to stuff or is stuff tying you down.
Ask yourself, “Is the Bus Life Right for Me if I have to sell, give away or pay to store my stuff?”
#2 Do you like spending time with your family?
Come on, here is where you really need to be honest with yourself. If you are the type of person, that doesn’t enjoy having your children underfoot then, by all means, don’t put them on a skoolie with only 270 SQ feet or less.
Are you the type that likes to do things alone without your spouse? Spend a good hour, envisioning yourself getting up in the morning with your family looking and talking to you before your feet are on the floor. Think about going through the day, with kids and dogs running in and out of a small space. Imagine yourself living only an arm’s length away from your loved one, can you live like this?
Let me tell you, this is one of the hardest things for me about skoolie life.
I am NOT a morning person! But I lived on a bus where the other 7 people want to get up with the sunrise. Grr….
I want to drink my coffee without NOISE!
I love my children and husband but I love quiet and alone time too. If you are like me, don’t give up on the dream just yet. There are ways to make bus life work when you need your space, it just means you have to get creative. Are you the creative type?
Ask yourself, “Is the Bus Life Right for Me if I have to give up some of my alone time?”
#3 Do you like to travel?
On the weekends, do you find yourself hopping in the car for short trips to places you have never visited? One thing we loved (still love) to do before getting a bus was to hop in the van and just spend the day driving. We love exploring a new town or just picking a spot on the map only a tankful of gas away. If you like seeing new places, meeting new people and driving to a next spot to hang out, then bus life is a great way to travel.
#4 Do you spend more time outdoors than indoors?
Again, this one was hard for me in the beginning. So, if you are not the outdoors type don’t call it quits just yet. I have learned that getting outside, not only helps my attitude but truly is inspiring. The sights, sounds, and the smell of nature is refreshing. If you haven’t read a book outside and been distracted by the sound of baby birds chirping, watched them as the mama bird flew back to their open mouths, and heard her song when she finished, you are missing out on life right outside.
Once, I started getting outside more, I fell in love with hiking, spelunking, and bird watching. Do you find yourself outside more than inside?
Are you more of the type of person who loves the comforts of piddling around the house, reading a book curled up in bed, or binge-watching your favorite show? If these are what you enjoy there is nothing wrong with it. Just be sure you ask yourself, “Is the Bus Life Right for me if I have to watch TV outside or read a book on the beach?”
#5 Do you like hiking, exploring, and adventure?
If you love hiking, biking, and exploring, the bus life is made for you. You can locate your next adventure on the map, and set off on one adventure after another. One thing we love to do is pick a state and travel around it exploring all the fun and interesting spots. Then, we move onto another state. When we were stationary in our bus, we are able to enjoy more things locally, eat out more, and spend more time doing fun things with the kids. Why? Because it is not taking as much money to live.
Now, as cool and exciting as bus life sounds if you are the type of person who does not like to get outdoors, or travel but would rather just stay home. Then you might not be content on a bus. If you can not come up with creative ways to find alone time, and can not let go of stuff, then you are not going to enjoy the small space on a bus.
If you have the adventurous spirit, the longing to travel, the get-up-and-go nature, you will enjoy bus life.
How did you answer the question, “Is the Bus Life Right for Me?” ? Scroll down and tell me in the comments below.
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