This couple builds a Portland tiny-home, lives for free and endlessly travels in a VW bus

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As Bryan and Jen peeled back the layers of their life, auctioned off their unnecessaries, bowed out of the 9-5 clockwork and unloaded the weight of their mortgage, it was if they were finally joining-hands with the freedom they had long sought at the core of American life. It started with a van and a year of sleeping roadside, or in national parks and opened spaces. But the real beginning would require the conjoining of home-values and reckless liberation.

After a year of navigating the sun-bathed Pan American stretch between Mexico and Central America, Bryan and Jen decided to establish a home-base, to rest and regroup before they once more dedicated themselves to the road beyond the windshield of their 1967 Type Volkswagen bus. Their lifestyle demanded an abode on the west coast—something small and functional, but most importantly, something free. Settling in Portland,Oregon, the couple bought a house and converted their garage into a tiny-home to live out of on the off season. As Jen puts it, “Someone else pays our mortgage and we make decisions based upon happiness rather than money.”

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