Can it be done? Can 3 adults and a puppy live on the road in 96 sq.ft.? Can they do it all the while meeting new people, staying on unfamiliar land and with unknown people, and can they stay sane (and alive?) while doing so. The answer is yes! In fact, it is a resounding yes and it was done just a couple of months ago.
Part of Try It Tiny’s promise to its hosts and hosted is to always remember that if a good experience isn’t had by all involved then the experience isn’t worth having. This means visiting sites first-hand, talking to hosts face-to-face, and understanding tiny house travel and rental by actually doing it. There are no consultants here or advisors helping to decipher the Try It Tiny experience or what it should be. The “Nugget on Parade” tour was proof of that. Over 7,000 miles were logged, through 10 states, to get to understand the Try It Tiny world a little bit better.
As the founder and CEO of Try It Tiny, I love living the tiny house lifestyle and meeting new people just as much as anyone; maybe more! When I mentioned my plans to my sister though, she quickly brought me back down to earth.
“You’re crazy,” she said, matter-of-factly. “You’re going to travel for six weeks with two other adults (who happen to be Try It Tiny employees), in a tiny house on wheels? You’re going to live, work, and play, with your colleagues, day in and day out?” Her response made the walls close in on me. While she was talking her face seemed to morph, getting closer and farther away and even warping itself, like the department store Santa and elves scene from “A Christmas Story.”
Before Try It Tiny I worked in the corporate world and I specifically remember the added exhaustion and stress of work-play with colleagues when on a business trip. There is an unspoken boundary rule which can all too often fade away. My sister seemed to have a point. Maybe I was crazy. In mere seconds I was ripped back to Earth though, remembering that these two boys I would be traveling with helped me day in and day out to build this company and that they, too, would feel a bit of strain during our travels. We had to do it though. I had to do it. I owed it to the Try It Tiny community and I desperately wanted to meet some of the people I had shared with through emails and over the phone.
Despite the warnings and despite the trepidation shared by all three of us, we loaded up my F150 and my tiny house on wheels, The Nugget, on a particularly warm Indian Summer day, and headed out. It was time to not just talk tiny but to try it tiny.
“Once a journey is designed, equipped, and put in process, a new factor enters and takes over. A trip, a safari, an exploration, is an entity, different from all other journeys. It has personality, temperament, individuality, uniqueness. A journey is a person in itself; no two are alike. And all plans, safeguards, policing, and coercion is fruitless. We find after years of struggle that we do not take a trip; a trip takes us. Tour masters, schedules, reservations, brass-bound and inevitable, dash themselves to wreckage on the personality of the trip. Only when this is recognized can the blown-in-the glass bum relax and go along with it. Only then do the frustrations fall away. In this, a journey is like marriage. The certain way to be wrong is to think you control it.”
~ John Steinbeck,