This piece is from our friend Hank Buttita and Justin Evidon, who are trying to build a book that inspires Wanderlusters the world over to creatively travel our world. Learn more about how to travel like a boss, according to Hank and Justin.
Last year, after converting a school bus into a living space, I took it on a 5,000-mile trip-of-a-lifetime across the country with family and friends. During journey, my friend Justin Evidon captured stunning images of the monumental landscapes we traveled through, as well as our daily interactions.
I took advantage of the time spent traveling between destinations to reflect on the project and our daily life on the bus. Together, we published a blog in the hopes of inspiring others to follow their passions, and expand the discussion of tiny living.
Unexpectedly, the story spread rapidly and has since been published all over the world. The outpouring of support was humbling and overwhelming. Hundreds of people reached out to tell us the story was inspirational, and to share their own dreams and ambitions with us. Knowing that we inspired others brought new value and purpose to our journey.
To our surprise, interest in our project has held strong even a year later. We continue to get daily email requests for more information on the bus, for help with projects, and of course: requests to ride the bus. Sadly, the story of the bus has been reposted so many times that we're beginning to see it published in many places with bad information and lack of credit.
To celebrate the anniversary of the trip, and reclaim the story as our own, Justin and I have been working toward producing a photo book that tells story of the bus and our journey through my writing and Justin's beautiful photographs. The large format book will be filled with more than 100 of Justin’s images, including a dozen full-page spreads. To raise enough funding for high quality offset printing we are crowdfunding the book via Kickstarter. By bringing the the story to print we hope to capture the spirit of adventure that embodied of our travels, in a format that can continue to inspire others for years to come.
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