High school sweethearts ditch jobs for the road – and haven’t been home in six years!

2018-05-11 18:57
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They’ve gone six weeks without showering!

Kit Whistler (30) and J.R Switchgrass (31), from Florida, US, have become accustomed to relaxing on top of their VW camper and making music around the campfire.

The adorable couple, who met at school, have been living on the road since 2012 and have travelled across America eight times.

The pair, who started a travel diary on Instagram, has also crossed over into Mexico and Canada and has visited 50 of America’s National parks.

“When we graduated from college, we spent a year traveling in the bus and working on farms,” says Kit.

“Then, thinking we’d need to grow up and ‘get a real job’, we moved back to L.A. and spent two years working in the city.

“But we felt trapped doing that, and eventually it became obvious it was time to head back out.”

The bus the couple is travelling in, is equipped with a two-burner camp cook stove, solar panel, pop-up bed, and cabinets, which has made their transition easier.

“Our first year living fulltime on the road, in 2012, we set out with the intent of purposefully doing nothing.

“So, we decided we’d travel, live on the money we had till it ran out, and figured we’d settle down somewhere and get a job. But, until then, we figured we’d allow ourselves to simply be.

“Everything we own is on the bus. There’s no storage unit or house somewhere, no garage full of stuff. J.R. owns four t-shirts. We’ve gone six weeks without a shower,” says Kit.

But eight months after embarking on their road trip, the couple’s savings ran out and they had to find jobs.

The duo, who’s been working and travelling simultaneously, reveals they’ve finally found the balance between work and leisure.

“As we travel, we stick to forests and deserts where we can spread out and camp and write and create undisturbed.

“That or we’re in small farming communities, counties where there are more cows than people.

“That’s where we get odd jobs and work harvests. We move around with the seasons, south in the winter and north by summer,” she says.

 For the couple, life on the road can be quite challenging, but Kit explains they work together to tackle any issue that might arise.  

“Our lives are, in turn, exhilarating and devastating, with cranium-cracking highs, and chin-scraping lows.

“There’s no middle ground in our lives because we live with relatively little security. Everything is always changing. We have each other.

“We work, we play, we laugh, we cry. We fight badly and one of us sleeps outside in the tent. We makeup and we go for a hike and that afternoon we see a bald eagle and life seems so grand, like we’ll never grow old and we’ll never die.

The pair revealed that being on the road has taught them to be happy with the simpler things in life.

“We’ve learned to be happy without needing a lot,” says Kit.

“It’s a backwards approach to happiness . . . instead of wanting more, we’ve adjusted to expecting less.

"There’s a modesty in that approach, an antidote to today’s fast-paced, overworked, more-is-more culture.

“On a more pragmatic note, I think we’re incredibly grateful that we were able to escape the debt, consume, repeat cycle that exists in the modern developed world,” says Kit.

Sources: Magazine Features

Pictures: CATERS/WWW.MAGAZINEFEATURES.CO.ZA

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