Hey Savvy readers! We have an interview for you today from Aaron and Hayden Hall over at Vegan Voyagers. They have recently started living and traveling in an RV full-time. What makes them so unique is they travel with all of their pets… even their chicken! In addition, they are also able to maintain their vegan food lifestyle with their unique way of living. Definitely a must read! Enjoy! ~T$C
1) Tell us about your story. Who are the two of you? What do you do?
We are Aaron and Hayden Hall, ages 35 & 31. We just started living and traveling full-time in our RV about eight months ago after moving to three different states in less than three years. We are newlyweds, having just gotten married this past December 2016.
2) What led you to downsize your life and live in an RV full of pets?
The first time we met, we actually talked about tiny houses and shipping container homes, so the idea to downsize was in our heads and hearts before we even met! We met living on the San Juan Islands in Washington state, then moved to Portland, OR and then to Austin, TX before we realized that we had a serious urge to travel full-time.
Moving from state to state with a completely filled 27′ moving truck was expensive! One weekend, while living in Austin, we went camping and while sitting around the campfire we came to the realization that we could do this every day… So within a couple months, we had sold everything we owned, packed up just the essentials and the fur kids and moved into an RV!
We have 5 cats, a dog and a chicken who we consider to be our children. It was never a question that we would leave them behind. In fact, they and Aaron’s 11-year-old daughter were a huge factor when deciding what layout of RV we wanted to buy. We bought one with a back “bunk-house” that we ripped most of the bunks out of and designed to function better for a chicken coop, a very large catbox (remember 5 cats) and a cat tree, as well as keeping a space open for Aaron’s daughter.
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3) Tell our readers how you can afford to travel full-time and still make ends meet?
We are fortunate enough to both have completely remote jobs, which has allowed us to be able to travel full-time and still pay the bills and the mountain of debt we are working our way out of. Aaron is a Lead Developer for a company called SimuCase, a division of Allied Health Media and Hayden works as the Grassroots Activation Manager for animal rights organization, FARM (Farm Animal Rights Movement).
It turns out that living in a 2,200 sqft house and paying bill after bill to keep a house that large, that was just holding our furniture, became too much for us to handle. We are lucky that this lifestyle is making it possible for us to get out of debt and start to save for future travels.
4) What has been the hardest part of your journey? How did you overcome those obstacles?
Probably the hardest part of our journey would be having to work during the day when we could be out exploring! A lot of times the weekends are crowded at popular spots that we want to explore and it would be easier if we could just wake up in the middle of the week and head out on an epic adventure without all the crowds. But, alas, we have to pay the bills.
We can often get creative when we are outside of our normal central time zone working hours. For example, when we are on the west coast, we start as early as 6 AM but are off by 3 PM which allows us to get out and explore the rest of the day. On the east coast, we don’t start work until 9 AM so we can get up early and do a little exploring before settling in for our work day.
5) How did you know it would “work”? Were you nervous about leaving everything behind to follow your dreams?
Once the decision was made, we never looked back! Traveling full-time has been a dream of both of ours, we just didn’t know that we could actually make it a reality! We didn’t know if it would work or if we would hate it (we had never traveled around in an RV before). But, the freedom that this lifestyle allows negates any of the problems we’ve come across. It’s all worth it!
6) You guys follow a vegan food diet. How has this changed your life? Does it cost more to eat all vegan food?
Hayden has been vegan for about 7 years and Aaron about 3.5. We LOVE food and love to eat. One of the things we want to dispel is the myth that it’s difficult to find delicious vegan food while on the road! On our website, we have an entire section dedicated to reviewing vegan restaurants around the country. One of the first things we look up in a new city is where we can find vegan food. Going vegan is one of the best things both of us have done.
It’s really important to us that we lead a compassionate lifestyle and not contribute to the unnecessary suffering of animals. Animals that are raised for food feel pain and suffer just like our dogs and cats at home do. Why eat one and not the other? Just some food for thought! In terms of cost, if we eat out at restaurants all the time, obviously our food budget becomes a lot tighter, however, when we cook at home, vegetables aren’t expensive!
8) Please explain the chicken in the family? We think it’s amazing!
When we moved to Austin, the house we were renting came with a big chicken coop set up, along with 3 chickens! We don’t eat the eggs, but we were so excited to have chickens! They really are very smart and can solve complex problems, can recognize up to 100 different faces, and are great mothers.
They each have their own unique personalities too.
Unfortunately, 2 of them passed away and we were gifted 6 little baby chicks to add to the flock. Not long after the little ones arrived, did we decide to make this lifestyle change. We quickly started adopting the chickens out, but Hayden had grown VERY attached to Brienne (of Tarth) and couldn’t bare to part with her. Aaron didn’t make a fuss about it at all and said we could bring her!
She has a coop inside the RV, wears a diaper which allows her to roam around the house during the day and interact with the cats. The cats all get along with her great, in fact, we think she might think she’s a cat sometimes! It’s such a riot watching them all. She also has a pen to roam around outside and scratch around in the grass, take dirt baths, and eat all the bugs she can catch.
9) How long do you plan on traveling in your RV? What will be the deciding factor?
We don’t plan on settling down anytime soon! We plan to travel internationally after we are done seeing the US in the RV. Aaron has a daughter who can’t fly internationally by herself yet, so we estimate it’ll take us about 6 years to see the entirety of the United States before we can move on.
We plan to move down to maybe Nicaragua or Belize and open up a vegan/ eco-friendly bed and breakfast, or tiny house hotel. The details haven’t been worked out yet. From that “home-base” we will start traveling internationally.
Our adventure will never stop and we hope to continue to explore new places every day.
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