Our names are Shelby and David and we are 100% that crazy couple living full-time in our skoolie conversion. We finished our skoolie conversion on September 15, 2019 and have been traveling full-time ever since with our adopted dog, Django.
Back in 2018, we were both really confused as to where we wanted to go in life, both professionally and personally. No matter what we did, we just felt stuck. Shelby was suffering from depression and David wasn't feeling as though his full-time 9-5p job was getting him anywhere closer to his actual goals. At the same time, we both had people breathing down our necks and telling us what we needed to do in order to be happy.
David has always loved the idea of converting a van and living out of it. But, at the time, he didn't feel comfortable taking on the challenge alone and wasn't sure if he could adapt to living in such a small space right away. One night, we came across a ton of school bus conversions on YouTube and just knew that it was what we were meant to be doing. A few months after having the conversation of renovating a bus, we flew down and purchased our 2002 Thomoas Built, retired US Air Force bus from Charlotte, North Carolina.
Though the journey has been one of the hardest we'll ever face together, we wouldn't change a single thing. Our goal is to provide compelling content that showcases the beauty of North Ameria, skoolie build tips, and information about the skoolie lifestyle that we couldn't necesarily find throughout our build. Society has made it seem like you need to follow a certain plan after you graduate high school or college. We want to provie to people that you can travel full-time or make yourself happy no matter how old you are.
What Sets Aimless Travels Apart From Every Other Blog?
Our focus is to produce skoolie and travel-related guides that will assist in meeting your conversion, bus life, RV, and travel needs. We base a lot of our content on our personal experiences, including the ups and the downs.
How Did Aimless Travels Get Started?
Launched in January 2018, we created Aimless Travels as a means of encouraging others to pursue their dreams and go against the norm. We decided to quit our full-time jobs in May of 2019 to fully commit ourselves to converting a school bus into an RV.
Why the change of pace? We realized that neither of us could ever work for someone else. The "safe" 9-5p job just wasn't going to cut it. We wanted to live how we wanted to live and have the freedom to do it. Most importantly, we want to show others that they can too.