In the United States, a #BusLife Road Tripper reveals his top outdoor destinations

In the United States, a #BusLife Road Tripper reveals his top outdoor destinations ...

#VanLife took over social media in 2015 and encouraged thousands to hit the road and live out of their refurbished vehicles. But what do you think of #BusLife? Caleb Brackney, a sustainability advocate, road trip pro, and now a tiny homeowner, took to the streets in a covered-out school bus.

Caleb has driven his house on wheels across the United States, exploring both the most touristized and remote outdoor destinations. After visiting many national parks, natural wonders, and mountain towns, he has the expertise necessary for a legendary road trip. Below, he''s sharing his all-time favorite outdoor destinations across the country.


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Growing up in a family of nine who enjoyed road trips and camping led me to a future life that would reflect my belief. While I was on the back of an RV in national parks from California to Maine no, I knew that living on wheels never crossed my mind as a lifestyle until I began graduate school at the University of Tennessee. I quickly realized that getting a part-time job to pay rent would be a challenge while pursuing two masters degrees, so I sought solutions that would offer me more financial freedom.

In the midst of a global housing crisis in 2020, I began searching social media for inspiration for unique and affordable housing options. One afternoon, I received a listing for an old school bus on Facebook Marketplace. That yellow bus would end up becoming my tiny home on wheels, and the best purchase I would ever purchase. Two years and thousands of miles later, living on wheels has given me the freedom to not be restricted to a permanent location or a life where I must pay my rent.

I''ll be forever grateful for this experience.

I went to Big Bend National Park on a class field trip in 2018 but little did I know that it would become one of my favorite destinations. With over 150 miles of trails to explore, the Rio Grande winds its way through the park to offer vibrant canyons and opportunities to dip in and cool off. Santa Elena is a favorite spot for people who love exploring wildlife and other plants.

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