An Ogden, Utah, family sold nearly all their possessions to buy an RV and travel the country together for at least a year, according to a report by KUTV, Salt Lake City.
At first, the goal for the Poulters was to get rid of clutter and liberate themselves from material burdens. But soon they had their house on the market.
“Our house sold in two days and everything. It was just simple and easy, like it was meant to be,” said Karrie Poulter.
Two weeks ago, the family began living in their new 38-foot RV, parking it outside work or family’s homes.
“I think what we’re really trying to do is to downsize our American super-sized lifestyle,” said Roan Poulter.
Karrie, Roan and their two kids, Aleksa, 15, and Kaden, 13, will embark on their trip Saturday (Oct. 19). They are looking forward to stops at Disneyland, Disney World and other famous landmarks, as well as the smaller places in between.
“Cherry blossoms in D.C.,” Roan said. “I can’t wait to have lobster in Maine. I can’t wait to take the kids to Mount Rushmore, Yellowstone.”
Aleksa wants to see the Liberty Bell and the historic Northeast; Kaden is looking forward to sunny California and Florida.
Roan is taking a partial sabbatical from his job in Layton, where he works for a defense contractor. He will continue doing some work, while also writing a book about a family that takes an international journey together.
“I love my job but I am head-over-heels in love with my family,” Roan said. “There’s nothing I’d rather do than be with these goofballs.”
Aleksa and Kaden enrolled in Utah Virtual Academy, beginning classes online in September. A solar-powered battery pack and wifi allow the teens to log in from the RV and continue their education. While the structure is looser than in their old school, they’re learning even more, Aleksa said.
“I can send emails to my teachers in case I have questions or anything,” Aleksa said of accelerated classes she often takes in her pajamas.
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