Wish you could quit your 9-to-5 day job and live a life of travel? That’s exactly what Jenna Spesard and Guillaume Dutilh have done. The couple quit their jobs to travel North America in a tiny 125-square-foot house they built themselves. If this sounds like a dream too good to be true, think again—the couple and their Australian Shepherd Salies have been on the road for an entire year clocking over 20,000 miles with no end in sight, and they're doing a terrific job of supporting themselves with their creative pursuits.
Spesard, 28, and Dutilh, 30, built their tiny house in pursuit of a mortgage-free lifestyle that would let them swap their full-time jobs in Los Angeles for their dream careers of being travel writers and photographers. After one year of building and $30,000 in expenditures, the couple set off on their Tiny House Giant Journey, starting from Shelbyville, Illinois on September 2, 2014 and through to Valdez, Alaska, where they’re currently traveling.
Created from the modified blueprints of a Tumbleweed Cypress-20 Overlook, the 125-square-foot home includes a 60-square-foot loft and measures 20 feet in length and 13.5 feet in height on the exterior. The couple tows the 10,000-pound dwelling with a 2006 Ford F250 6.0L Turbo Diesel CrewCab Long Bed FX4, which gets a slow but steady 9 miles per gallon with a cruising speed of 55 miles per hour. Deek Diedrickson of Relaxshacks even filmed a tour of Spesard and Dutilh’s tiny timber house, which shows off the cozy interior and space-saving tricks. The couple has since upgraded their home with a few extra items including a Kimberly wood stove, movie projector with an enormous screen, and a portable solar system.
Spesard and Dutilh have thus far toured over 20 U.S. states and five Canadian provinces. They work online and from the road, supporting themselves with Spesard’s travel writing, Dutilh’s photography, donations, and their successful YouTube channel, Tiny House Giant Journey, where they document their travels and tours of tiny houses across North America.
Images via Guillaume Dutilh @ Tiny House Giant Journey