KYLE & OLIVIA BRADY
Bio: We are Kyle and Olivia Brady, also known as Drivin’ and Vibin’ on social media. Two years ago we embarked on a journey to live minimally and deliberately and we haven’t looked back since. We gave away all our stuff, left our service industry jobs and set out into the unknown. Each day is an adventure and we are continually learning and growing in ways we never imagined.
We’ve been together for 5 years and after spending two of those traveling in a 16ft travel trailer, we knew there wasn’t any obstacle we couldn’t handle. We got married in May of 2017, and started the next chapter of this grand adventure.
We are self employed and run an Etsy shop called The Wooden Earth. We sell antique maps, prints and other curiosities we find along our travels.
We also have a travel blog and Youtube channel where we share our experiences from life on the road. We want to share our story with others considering this lifestyle and help answer any questions they may have. There were so many unknowns when we were considering this lifestyle and we couldn’t always find answers to those questions, we hoped to become a resource for others to find information and support.
Music is a big part of our lives and we just released our first album of songs inspired by life on the road. The album is titled “Among the Giants” after the majestic Redwood forests. Kyle was a full time musician before we hit the road, playing 200 gigs a year. He has many years of experience and helped me to find my voice for the first time. We have found a well of inspiration from our experiences and plan to continue writing and recording along the way.
Our Rig: We live and travel in a 1985 Fiber Stream travel trailer. It’s only 16ft, but it has a lot of character. These molded fiberglass campers were only made between 1975 – 1986 by a mom and pop shop in Southern California. We found ours for a steal and fell in love with it immediately. We spent every free moment leading up to our departure date, renovating and customizing our new home on wheels.
When we started looking for a travel trailer we didn’t have a ton of money saved up. We already had a Ford Ranger in good condition, and couldn’t afford a new truck and trailer, so we set the criteria for our new home to be small and light.
Our plan was and is to make the most of what we’ve got and live beneath our means. This lifestyle was about freedom to us, so starting our with debt was not the route we wanted to go.
Folks think we’re crazy and that we must fight all the time, being in such close quarters, but we love our cozy little space. It suits us well and we’re able to camp in some remote locations big rigs can’t get to, our repairs are inexpensive and easy and the low upkeep allows us to afford a life of travel we never could have obtained when we were stationary.
Pets: We have an amazing travel companion named River Moon. We rescued her from a shelter about 6 months before we hit the road. I had a strong feeling we should get a dog. I don’t know why, but I felt like it would be a huge mistake if we didn’t go to the pound that day. Needless to say, a few days later we brought our sweet girl home. She brings so much love and joy to our lives and she takes us on some great hikes! She’s also probably the only reason anyone watches our YouTube channel!
Preferred Camping: We love to Boondock! We love being out in the middle of nature, its where we feel at home. It’s nice to go to an RV park occasionally and catch up on laundry, take a long hot shower, and refill our freshwater tanks, but its always a relief to get back out.
We like the wide open spaces, the night sky away from all the city lights and the quiet sounds of nature. We especially love that its free! It helps us stick to our budget and we still get to enjoy a priceless view.
Our Full Time Experience: We hit the road on September 28, 2015. We planned for a year prior, saving money, finding a rig, renovating it, and getting rid of all our stuff. Since that time we’ve made two loops around the U.S. and are on our 3rd. According to our U.S. sticker map on our trailer, we’ve camped in 25 states and driven through quite a few more.
Before we began this lifestyle, we had no idea what to expect. I had never been away from the East Coast and Kyle had only driven through a few states out West. I had never seen mountains, we had never been to the desert, and had only heard tales of the beautiful lush rainforests of the Pacific NorthWest.
It was like traveling to another planet. How could all this exist? Right here in our own country. We never knew what was waiting for us and it exceeded all our wildest dreams. We didn’t just find beautiful landscapes and marvel at natural wonders, we found community too.
We found our tribe. People with similar values and reasons for choosing this lifestyle, friends to laugh with over campfires and diagnose wiring issues and invite us over for Christmas dinner. We found another family and that was the most unexpected gift of all.
Uh Oh! Only a few things come to mind when we think about any ‘uh oh’ moments. We’ve experienced a few mechanical issues with our truck, one resulting in Kyle walking a mile to get a new battery for the truck and carrying it all the way back to the Laundromat where the old battery had officially been pronounced dead. I was waiting with River and washing clothes like it was any regular day, because it was. These things just happen!
Another instance that comes to mind is when we were camping in the grasslands of South Dakota. We had a lovely spot right outside of The Badlands National Park and we decided to go on a hike with our dog. There were large herds of bighorn sheep moving through the area, but they typically kept their distance and didn’t get very close. Well, we accidentally walked up on three large sheep and instead of running off they stood their ground and even started to approach us. We started getting nervous because this was pretty unusual, and then we saw what they were protecting, a little baby sheep across the road.
Seeing as we weren’t going to be able to pass them on the road, we started making a wide berth in knee high grass, and thats when the blue sky turned black. The bottom fell out and it was pouring rain as we we ran through the tall grass, where snakes lurked and holes couldn’t be seen. Our dog had to jump like a gazelle to see where she was going, but eventually we made it back to our camper soaking wet, muddy and laughing.
Top Spot: We have so many favorite spots that we love for different reasons, but one of our favorites is a boondocking spot right outside of Glacier National Park. It’s a tough spot to get to unless you have a very small trailer, truck camper, van or tent. Its right on the rocky banks of a freezing cold glacial river. Theres a boat launch across the way and we watched the rafts float by, with people holding fishing poles, little dogs in life vests and children jumping from a nearby bridge. It was beautiful, full of life and yet still peaceful and serene. It was a short drive from one of our favorite National Parks and we made some new friends while we were there too.
Favorite Moment: It’s hard to choose a favorite moment, when each one feels so perfectly unique. We value every single second. We’re grateful to be where we are, here together, in this place and time. It feels like its exactly where we’re supposed to be. The process leading up to our full time transition was exciting and a little scary, our first few months on the road were liberating and overwhelming, the months following led to growth and transformation and a lot of learning. We are who we are today because of all of those collective moments. If we have to choose, let it be this one, right now.
Why Did We Do This?: We decided we wanted to do this on a walk one day. We were talking about the people we followed on Instagram that were living in their vans and RVs and traveling the country. We were daydreaming about how awesome it would be to do something like that and how we wished we could, and as we walked we started to wonder, why not? We couldn’t come up with one good reason we shouldn’t do this and so we made a plan that a year from that day we would hit the road. We only missed our original departure date by 2 weeks.