Hello new friends! My name is Sarah Q and I’m a 39 year old writer / photographer / designer / wanderer / blogger / vlogger / slogger (okay, that’s not a thing) / mother / sister / wife / friend / optimist / activist / encourager / occasional twitterer / instagrammer / pizza lover / actual ray of fucking sunshine and I’m so glad you’re here!
I’ve been a dreamer my entire life and have never been one to shy away from a challenge. I’ve started businesses, moved cross country and sold everything I owned to become a traveling photographer. I’ve taken risks and failed, taken risks and succeeded and quit risks right in the middle because another, more interesting risk came along and distracted me. I believe life is for living and I’ll be damned if I’m going to waste my time doing things that make me miserable.
In 2015, our family of five decided to leave our home base of Austin, Texas and head out on the road to travel and see the world. My husband Henry and I both own businesses, which gives us the flexibility we need to live on the road full-time. Our first six months were spent camping. Not in an RV like normal people, though. We spent six months camping IN A TENT, with three kids. This is the part where most people laugh and tell me I’m crazy, but I can honestly say those six months were the best six months of my life. We spent every single day hiking through forests, swimming in lakes and oceans, climbing over rocks and up mountainsides. To be honest, I had never considered myself an outdoorsy person. I’ve been overweight pretty much my entire life and have always been a sweaty mess after even the slightest bit of exercise. But there was something about being outside and breathing the fresh air every day that made me feel more alive than I’d ever felt.
After six months of camping, we decided to stay on the road, but upgrade to some kind of bigger vehicle. That’s when we discovered skoolies! Skoolies are school buses that have been converted into RVs and when we found out this was a thing, we were instantly obsessed. So we saved up our money and bought a bus in December of 2015. With the help of the internet, we taught ourselves everything we needed to know about building, carpentry, electrical, plumbing and solar power and within six months, we had a tiny house on wheels! For two years, we lived and traveled in our skoolie, visiting nearly every state in the US, all the way up to Alaska and all the way across Canada.
Now, we’re going international! (I know, technically we went international when we crossed the border into Canada, but I’m talking culturally here. Saying “eh” after every sentence doesn’t count.) We sold our beloved bus and are headed south through Mexico, Belize and Costa Rica. From there, who knows?!
My only regret? That I didn’t record every second of the past three years! (Okay, recording every single second would’ve been overkill.) We’ve had so many adventures and seen so many incredible places. I did take a ton of photos, but man. I really wish I had been vlogging this whole time. (To see photos, go follow my personal accounts on Instagram @sarahQ and @theworldisourschool.)
Better late than never, though, right? My number one goal for 2018 is to create more video. So if you haven’t already done so, I’d love for you to follow along by subscribing to my YouTube channel. I have some pretty big plans for that channel.
Thanks again for being here!
xo, Sarah Q