Sometimes, wanderlust just gets the best of you.
That’s what happened to filmmaker Felix Starck and musician Selima Taibi, who are both originally from Germany. They were tired of living in urban Berlin, and decided to make a new kind of live exploring the wilds of the Americas.
But the the mobile life has its drawbacks. After all, it’s stressful to live out of a suitcase, and to sleep in a different place each night. The couple wanted to travel, but they also wanted a home that reflected their personalities.
And with a little hard work, they got to have both, as well as a safe place for their dog, Rudi. And it was all thanks to the decision to buy a school bus.
Converting a school bus into a home isn’t a new idea, and there are all kinds of amazing school bus tiny homes to drool over.
But Starck and Taibi had the added challenge of making a bus home that was both livable and drivable. After moving to the U.S. and buying the bus, the pair (and Rudi) planned to drive all over both North and South America.
And amazingly, they did it! All by themselves, too, using mainly salvaged and recycled materials. They named it “Expedition Happiness.” The resulting design is cozy and homey, but still functional enough to handle the open road. Check it out below.