We are Nathan and Danielle Grant, high school sweethearts who have been a couple for over a decade (married for 9 of those years). We discovered our love for travel and adventure in our early twenties, but found ourselves trapped with the typical financial obligations (student loans, car payments, mortgage) that kept us from the freedom that we dreamed of.
After years of living the "American dream", working hard with traditional 9-5 type jobs, we grew tired of our stuff owning us and not having the time to enjoy it. We realized we wanted more than what society has told us our whole lives is necessary to live a happy life. So we decided to sell our beautiful home in Oregon wine country in the summer of 2013 with the intent of simplifying and traveling the world.
A week after we listed our house for sale we found out that we were expecting our first baby! What a wonderful surprise! We still wanted to simplify and get out from under our big mortgage and all of the time and energy it took to take care of the house. Fortunately, we were able to sell the house within a month and find a smaller home to rent until we figured out the next step. In April 2014, we welcomed our first son to the world. We spent those early months as parents just getting used to our new life, but never stopped dreaming. When our son was about 6 months, we were starting to get antsy again. The tiny house movement really inspired us and we convinced Nate's folks to let us build a "tiny space" in their massive garage. It didn't take much convincing, and we built the space in about 3 weeks. We downsized once again and moved into our 180 ft tiny space and put a few things into a small storage unit.
Then we were off on our first snowbird adventure to Kauai. Nate was able to work remotely for the software company he had been working for. It was a wonderful two months that we will never forget. That trip was a wonderful reminder of what we had been after all along. The time and freedom to spend together as a family doing what we love. We returned back home to our "tiny space" with the intentions to be there for a couple of months and then off to our next adventure. Within a few weeks of being home we discovered we were expecting baby #2. We hunkered down and moved into another rental house to prepare for welcoming our newest little boy. After a year in that house we decided we were ready once again to go travel the world.
So here we are, two tiny little boys, and big BIG dreams. Nate has since become employed with a remote programming job. With less financial burdens and a great remote job, we finally have the freedom to be digital nomads!
Fall of 2016 we will be spending some time with friends in Capetown, South Africa and Amsterdam. The plan is to return home for the holidays and then venture somewhere warm for the start of 2017. We are so excited for this adventure and look forward sharing our journey with you and hopefully inspire other families along the way.