About Me

Hi there! I’m Jenna. Welcome to my blog.

Four years ago I had an overwhelming amount of debt, belongings and no money to pursue my dreams. I was working paycheck to paycheck. Then, in 2013, I did something radical. I quit my stable job and built a tiny house on wheels. The goal? To live simply and travel the world. Tiny House Giant Journey was born.
Tiny House Giant Journey

My tiny house traveled over 25,000 miles on a one year road trip!

From 2014-2015, I visited more than thirty U.S. States and five Canadian Provinces with my tiny house in tow. Along the journey, I met dozens of like-minded people embracing a variety of alternative lifestyles. I share tiny house stories, challenges and advice on this blog.

My mantra is: TRAVEL BIG, LIVE TINY

When I’m not living in my tiny house, I’m backpacking around the world! I actually believe living small and traveling go hand in hand. After all, the only reason I can travel is because of my simplified lifestyle. My recent budget friendly travels include trips to: Iceland, France, Costa Rica, Mexico, SpainThailand , Hawaii, and Taiwan.
My blog has been featured on several large news outlets, including Business Insider, NY Times, USA Today, Huffington Post, TravelChannel.com, and the front page of Yahoo! I also host a reality television show on Travel Channel called: “Tiny Getaway.” Living small has opened many doors.

Currently, I live in my tiny house in Oregon, acting as the “Tiny House Host” for Mt Hood Tiny House Village. I continue to pursue my passion for writing and traveling. 2017 holds many potential adventures. It already promises to be a year of transformation. The Giant Journey continues. Stay tuned!

Thank you for taking the time to read my story!


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120 thoughts on “About Me”

  1. I’m curious how you deal with healthcare. With insurance required does’t that lock you down to a provider in one region?

  2. Jenna..I’m so sorry to hear about your breakup….I …like others have been following your Journey for a while (I suggested you Stop at the PAINTED DESERT here in AZ for a photo op when you came through and I missed meeting you both..maybe next time round 🙂

    Here’s some lyrics by RASCAL FLATTS and their song “My Wish”…. and it is…

    ……I hope the days come easy and the moments pass slow,
    And each road leads you where you wanna go,
    And if you’re faced with a choice, and you have to choose,
    I hope you choose the one that means the most to you.
    And if one door opens to another door closed,
    I hope you keep on walkin’ till you find the window,
    If it’s cold outside, show the world the warmth of your smile.
    But more than anything, more than anything
    My wish, for you, is that this life becomes all that you want it to,
    Your dreams stay big, your worries stay small,
    You never need to carry more than you can hold,
    And while you’re out there getting where you’re getting to,
    I hope you know somebody loves you, and wants the same things too,
    Yeah, this, is my wish.

    God Bless to You and your Kid …journey on Girl 🙂

  3. Jenna,
    I was wondering if maybe you have a PO box so I could send you something to help in this time when the road ahead seems strange. I know when you first separate from someone, life can seem a bit out of place, maybe even a little scary and I know we don’t know each other but for a good long time you’ve opened your life to us who still follow you. We’ve never met face to face but you could call us your digital extended family. I was wondering if your still employed by tumbleweed or if that’s kinda vanished as well. I assume you got the house and he got the truck, I’d call that a win in some respects. Anyway, you got friends you’ve never met that probably want to help you but are waiting for you to reach out.

  4. Hi Jenna,

    I have to ask the practical question. With an “overwhelming amount of debt” in 2012, how did you manage to quit your job, build a tiny house, buy a late model $50k pickup truck to tow the tiny house, and fund your travel?

    Bob,
    Poquoson, VA

    1. We had some savings and Guillaume had some inheritance. I didn’t quit my job until the build was half complete, so one of us was working most of the time. We also moved in with Guillaume’s Uncle during the build, which saved us money. Then we sold our cars, furniture and Guillaume’s old cameras. This allowed us to buy a USED pick up truck – $24k without taking out a loan. A few months later we were hired to blog and teach workshops by Tumbleweed, so we had income coming in to afford our lifestyle on the road. This website generates a small amount of income as well. Hope that clears it up. I am still in debt, but hope to be out of debt in 2-3 years with the help of my affordable lifestyle.

      1. Jenna,
        It is surprising for me reading this comment because this is a lot like my story. I just finished my build of a 24′ THOW. I moved in with my grandmother to save money, and both my boyfriend and I have worked through the entire build (me a little less so). Man what it would be like to be hired by Tumbleweed! We went to a workshop of theirs which helped us start our build, and we were introduced to your tiny home. Your home definitely served as inspiration for my ideas, planning, and execution and I cannot begin to thank you for your openness and willingness to share about your own personal journey! My boyfriend Ben and I definitely are following in your footsteps in more way than one.
        If you would like more info about me, you can check out my personal blog of the beginning of my build.
        Namaste

  5. It’s always a mind blower when you read about two people splitting up that you thought would be on forever but your lucky that your both still friends. I hope you both find your path or calling. My solo journey is by choice. You have to know who you are and what you need, and the path, eventually you find it. My build is still on going but I plane to follow in your footsteps in that I’ll be zig-zagging my way across the country. I’m not sure how many jamborees I’ll attend but I hope to run into you at one of them. As a dear friend once said to me “if it’s written in the stars, it’ll be,” She passed away last year but her truth will always be in my heart. Being solo gets easier as time go’s by. Safe Journey.

  6. With all your energy and beauty, with all the incredible locations and exquisite photography…my inept brain wants to know about cleaning bug splats from the siding.

  7. Very inspiring story. Me and my wife are planning for our journey in next 15 years, when my kids going to colleague. We are so excited after read your story And we are making a furniture list and a tiny house floor plan right now. Thank you for inspiring us!

  8. Love hearing success stories like these but I have to pry because it is stated but just very vaguely. “In debt, with no money to pursue your home dream”. So how did you manage to build a home a tour the country and now world, if you quit your job to do this? It doesn’t make sense. Thanks!

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