Parents Abandon Their Home And Pack Up 4 Kids To Travel The Country In An Airstream Trailer

by Ileana Paules-Bronet
Ileana is the Editor of Original Content at LittleThings. She grew up in upstate New York and Oregon and now lives in Queens, NY. Ileana graduated from Skidmore College with a degree in sociology. After graduating, she attended the Columbia Publishing Course in New York City, then worked as in marketing at Oxford University Press. Since transitioning to editorial, she has written for sites like BuzzFeed, HuffPost, and Unwritten. She has also worked for local newspapers and magazines in upstate New York. In her free time, you can find Ileana watching Law and Order: SVU, eating ice cream, and spending time with her dog.

Many people dream of quitting their day jobs to spend all their time traveling the world. For most people, this dream isn’t realistic — after all, you need to have a source of income to travel.

The Longnecker family always wanted to travel, but parents Ashley and Jonathan weren’t sure how to make it work. With four kids, it would be hard to find the money to visit foreign locations.

But in 2015, then 36-year-old Ashley had an idea. The homeschooling mom saw other parents who took their kids on the road full-time, and she was intrigued by the idea. Instead of just teaching her kids about the rest of the country, she could show it to them. Jonathan was immediately on board.

The Longneckers sold their 2,7000-square-foot home and purchased a 350-square-foot trailer. They left behind their suburban life and made their way into the wilderness. After a year of living in the RV, they wanted something smaller — so they bought an Airstream and renovated it.

In 2015, Ashley, Jonathan, and their four kids packed up their belongings and moved into a trailer.

A year later, they ditched the trailer for an even smaller Airstream. They spent a few months renovating the 1972 Airstream Sovereign, then moved in.

The refurbished Airstream has solar panels, a composting toilet, extra holding tanks, and a sleek, modern interior.

Ashley and Jonathan have a bedroom at one end of the Airstream. During the day, their bedroom converts into a dining room for the family.

They don’t put the table up every day, since the big bed acts as a gathering place for the kids to relax.

Since Ashley homeschools the kids, the big bed is also a cozy place for them to do homework.

When the kids want alone time, they can go to their bunk beds, which are complete with storage.

And the coolest thing about the bunk beds? They convert into couches! Even though the family doesn’t change the bed/couch position regularly, it’s nice to have a convertible space that works for everyone.

As for the rest of the Airstream, it’s mostly taken up by the stunning kitchen.

Although the Airstream may be small, it’s very efficient. Every space is used for storage, and many items serve dual purposes.

And although the family spends a lot of time in their Airstream, they also spend a good amount of time outside of it.

After all, the whole point of getting the Airstream was to be able to travel the country and experience new places.

The Longnecker family has been on the road for three years now, and they still love it.

And yes, the trailer does get messy from time to time (with six people living in a 31-foot trailer, how could it not?).

Over the years, the family has kept people updated on their lives with their Instagram account, tinyshinyhome. They now have over 14,000 followers.

While their lifestyle might not be for everyone, the Longneckers are thriving in their Airstream.

Would you ever pack up your life and move into a trailer?