A NYC family converted a Ford shuttle bus into a tiny home on wheels called 'Buster' to visit every National Park in North America
- A New York City family of four decided to leave their apartment for 18 months and travel across North America in a converted Ford city shuttle bus turned tiny home on wheels.
- The bus - nicknamed "Buster" - consists of three "rooms": a kitchen, bedroom, and dual office-garage space.
- Buster was driven approximately 30,000 miles on the trip in order to reach what was, at that point, all 59 National Parks.
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Husband and wife David and Madison Bowman converted a city shuttle bus into a tiny home on wheels to bring their two children Graham and Margaret on a road trip across North America with a goal of visiting what was then all 59 National Parks.
The family originally resided in a New York City apartment before deciding to embark on the 18-month long journey, in part to "delve into the issues facing public land preservation so [they] can be knowledgeable advocates on complex issues," according to their website, American Field Trip.The adventurous idea to embark on this #VanLife journey started after Madison asked her husband to write a bucket list. The top two items were to adventure to every National Park and reside in a bus.
However, this goal wasn't as unrealistic as it sounded: the couple had already driven cross-country multiple times.
"Planning our route around the 59 US National Parks is, for us, more guide than gimmick, and it's definitely not about checking places off a bucket list, but we do love the National Park System and the lands it protects, and we hope experiencing them all will give us a good sense of the American landscape and what's at stake when it comes to protecting public lands," the family wrote. They have since visited the newest National Parks, bringing them to a total of 61 out of 61 parks traversed.
David and Madison saved up to buy and build the bus, but to continue supporting their lifestyle, the couple rented out their New York CIty apartment. David also sold - and is still selling - his photography and worked as a freelance graphic designer on the road. They also had some "emergency" money in investments that they could have dipped into whenever they needed it on the road, according to Project Van Life.
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