There's nothing more enriching than travelling the world and exploring new places. Somewhere deep down in our hearts, we all realize that experience is any day far more valuable than money can ever be, but still we can never summon the courage to leave everything behind and set out on the unknown roads.
If Joe Hendricks, a photographer and travel enthusiast from US, had also thought this way, he would never be living his dream. It all began when he took his family to a trip, that left him craving for more. A dreamer and working on impulse, as he describes himself, he sold everything - his house, his car and all their belongings - and bought a luxurious Airstreamer- a travel trailer, to explore everything that America has to offer. It's been 3 months since the family of four, including his wife Rhonda, 4-year-old son and his mother-in-law, set out on the journey of their lives.
Here are the breathtaking pictures and the journey so far, in his own words:
I’ve always been the person to tell people to chase their dreams, so I decided to take my own advice
My dream is to make a living as a professional landscape photographer while travelling America and this is how I’m making it happen!
We sold our house, cars, most of our possessions and bought a 30ft Airstream that we could all live in comfortably.
But when we told other people what we were doing, their eyes lit up and I could see we were doing the right thing.
What most people want to know, is how do I make money on the road?
Well, I’m an established professional wedding photographer in Nashville TN and I make enough to stay out on the road and live this Airstream lifestyle of ours.
I hope to eventually make all my income from landscape photography, selling prints and traveling America.
But it’s going to take some time to make that transition.
For now, I do what I need to pay our bills and make it happen.
We’ve been permanently in the Airstream for a little over 3 months now and life has been an adventure.
Yes, there were some tough times in the beginning as we adjusted to this new lifestyle, but we’re getting use to it now.
We spend a lot of time boondocking (camping in the middle of nowhere) and it’s one of the coolest things you can experience in an Airstream.
Plus it doesn’t cost you anything.
One of my favorite places so far has been Big Bend National Park in Texas.
The night sky gets so dark that you can almost see every star in the sky.
If you let your eyes adjust long enough, you will eventually see the milky way, that’s how dark it is.
We charged our batteries every day by using our solar panels on top of the Airstream.
We still had amazing internet service through our phones, so we were able to do Instagram and all that fun stuff.
We hiked some amazing locations that challenged our endurance as a family hiking together.
But one of the most amazing thing we did was spend time in a natural hot spring that sat on the side of the Rio Grande river.
Life on the road is not for everyone.
But I wish someone would have told me when I was 21 years old, that you could buy an Airstream and live in it while seeing America.
So, here I am now, telling you it’s possible.
If I’m doing it with my wife and 4 year old son.
You can definitely do it as a younger single person looking for adventure in your life.
Everyday is a new adventure.
And I hope it continues for a long time.
You can see more of Joe Hendricks' brilliant photography on his website here.