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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119 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!

  9. what a nice journey guys , I love what you are doing with your life , Traveling the world and having fun .

    I am myself an enthusiastic of this moment , i have a blog ether for Spanish speakers , witch by the way is growing fast in LATAM.

    If you want i can show we to read it.

    Thanks..

  10. Oh, sorry, I want to clarify that she wishes to rent-out her brick-and-morter home, and then live in the tiny house. Thanks!

  11. A single, older lady I know is interested in putting a tiny house in her large back yard, and then renting-out her home to make some extra income. I was wondering if you had any advice for someone like her, as it would appear to me that a senior citizen’s needs would be somewhat different than those of a young couple? Also, I believe she’s comfortable spending about 40k. Thank you, ahead of time, for any ideas you may have, and continued good journeys!

  12. Just passed you near Missoula. We love what you’re doing. And your tiny house is beautiful. We are on a 10 week journey with our children and we’re addicted. We believe as you do, in collecting memories rather than things. And we are also meeting others who are thinking outside of the box. Being outside, meeting new people, exploring… all of this is a wonderful gift to our kids. We want them to see the joy in living simply!

    We look forward to checking out your blog!

  13. I just seen you in Rawlins, Wyoming after I had just recently read this article!!! So very awesome!!! What an amazing adventure!! If you swing through Jeffrey city (left turn through muddy gap) you can visit the “mad potter” Byron Seeley at Monkingbird Pottery!!! He is one of our neighbors!

  14. I applaud your bold move to reject the mainstream & hit the road & hope it brings you joy & satisfaction. However, just read the Gizmag article, claiming a reduced carbon footprint while hauling 10,000 pounds around with a Ford F250 is a little ridiculous at best and BS at best. Kind of disrespectful of the whole Tiny house deal and for sure not much critical thinking involved in the statement. Sorry, love what you are doing, claiming reduced footprint…I don’t think so.

    1. Well, the tiny house is everything we own. When measured, our carbon footprint (including fuel, propane, water and electricity) was already about half the carbon footprint of the average American couple. The unmeasurable effect though, is the number of people we’ve convinced to reduce their own footprints and their own belongings/houses. Heck, some of our best friends just told us that they purchased a significantly smaller house solely thanks to our influence on them. It’s always a very tough point to argue for us. We calculated our footprint and we know it’s about half the one of the average American couple. We also know first hands that we’ve convinced many others to tweak their own lifestyles for the better. Yeah, we use up a lot of fuel, but that allows our house and project to be displayed all over the country and all over the news. “Ridiculous” and “BS” on the surface, sure. But not when you dig in deeper 🙂

  15. Just read about you on an MSN article……what a great way to “Change Your Life” 🙂 My hubby & I are both 58 yrs. old, this way of lifestyle really appeals to me but, I can’t talk him into it! lol lol It may be too late for me but, I encourage both of you to “enjoy” your time together and live your life the way you want too! As I see it, this is a splendid way to do so! Good Luck on all of your journeys….if your ever in Pleasant view, Tn. look us up!

  16. My husband works in RMNP and sent me a picture of your rig out there. I’m following him out there soon and I must say, you are braver than I am! Happy trails!!

  17. Thank you both! These entries are so very helpful! I am just beginning to look into tiny homes. Your post about the Envi heater and Kimberly heater were very helpful and so informative. Thank you again. It’s nice to not have to reinvent the wheel at each step. The best of luck to you both as you continue your tiny house life.

  18. I love your idea of a tiny house on wheels!!! So perfect!!! We might have to consider this down the road…in just a few weeks our family will be leaving on our gap year adventure of traveling for a year. We are selling our house and most of our stuff and trading it for backpacks and a tiny house when we are in Sydney, Australia.

    We will just miss you at Theodore Roosevelt National Park and Yellowstone (that is the start of our trip)…hopefully we can meet up sometime. Cheers and happy traveling!!!

  19. you should summit your journey to a television producer. this would make a great reality show. filming how you live, where you go and also visiting other tiny home couple and filming their experiences. Best to you

  20. I sent you a more inclusive message about 4 books I am writing regarding aspects of tiny home community living. Book one is the unique basics of an artistic tiny homer: Why, How, Who and other things people think of before diving from a 2000 sq ft home into a 500 sf home (I did that). I am looking to make this a more non-personal/fictional approach using other people’s experiences for chapter inclusion. I believe you will be a good fit.

  21. You two have been a huge inspiration for me. In January of this year, I went from a 1500 sq ft house to a 320 cottage… Step one of my tiny house living dream! Step two, I’m retiring in August and plan on taking to the road, with a renovated travel trailer… I’m thinking a year or so. This will give me time to really see what features are important to me in building my tiny house. The home that you two built is beautiful, and the fact that you traded the other life for your dream is awesome. Of course, I enjoyed the video of your build, but especially enjoy reading and watching how you have embraced your dream. Hopefully, I’ll be able to attend one of the worshops this year and get to meet you in person. Wishing you all of life’s joys and God’s blessings. Mike

    1. GO FOR IT! While there’s no doubt this tiny house style lifestyle has a certain charm – I’ll always question what’s really gained with the tiny house v/s the RV lifestyle. RV’s are designed with what the owner wants plus it ALWAYS includes necessities such as usable plumbing, kitchens and even bathrooms that are usually a bit more user friendly. When you add upgrades such as auto leveling systems (our rig weighs in at 10 tons) propane generator, solar panels and inverters such as our rig has, this is what I call having our cake and eating it too. My wife and me just picked up a 32′ diesel pusher with all that solid oak interior we adore, yet it’s still designed to be easily driven and lived in full time if so desired. Redesigning a used rig (we’re doing the same thing you are), doesn’t come cheap, but I still find it considerably more affordable than the cost of these tiny homes. May your miles be safe and don’t forget to pack the crystal. Who said we’re supposed to rough it?

  22. Hi guys my name is Jorge and I’m from Brazil I’m a portuguese teacher and I hope someday I cna live get a great adventure as you have made. Your project is perfect, I prefer a house like yours than a motorhome or a trailer because is more similar to an old and charming house. Congratulations for your free spirit.

  23. Hello Guillaume and Jenna, my name is Pepe and I’m from Cary, North Carolina. First of all, I love your journey and your wonderful videos. I’ve seen all of your videos on youtube several times and was wondering if you have some more to watch? As soon as I sell my home, I’m going to build the 24′ Elm by Tumbleweed and go live in an RV park.
    You guys are an inspiration to me and I hope to see more of your journey soon. God bless you both and I hope you continue to be safe.

    Pepe Rencurrell

    1. Thank you for your kind words. Glad to see that you like what we have to share and congrats on your new project! We release all of the videos available to watch on our YouTube channel. That would be everything that is available to watch for now. Make sure you subscribe if you haven’t already.

  24. Hey guys. My name is Zoe, I am from Israel and I own a website similar to Bored Panda. I would like to publish your story, same one that you submitted to the Bored Panda’s website, and share you website, Instegram and facebook link. is that ok?

    of course, I will write it in Hebrew….

    Let me know
    Zoe

  25. I love your story! I am making a journey for myself very soon! Your YouTube channel has inspired a lot! I love the community feel! Take care! When I get my tiny house set up on Vancouver island you guys are more than welcome to visit !
    John

  26. Love your story & your initiative to get out of the LA rat race & go “live” your life! We live in LA & we constantly think about doing this exact same thing…we just haven’t gotten up the nerve to do it…yet! Congrats on your journey. Wising you all the best 🙂

  27. Just passed you this AM on HWY 18 in Auburn, WA. What a kewl house, this is a dream of ours. We watch the TV program Tiny Houses. What an inspiration, safe journeys! If you need a place to park/ hook up, do laundry, etc, while in the Kent/Covington, WA area, we have 1 acre lot on an airfield here and you can hook up to water and power for free.

  28. My high school aged daughter just wrote a persuasive essay on tiny house living. What an inspiring blog! We both enjoyed your photos and hope you have the time of your lives! Love to see folks living their dream.

    1. Fine, we take our time driving 50-55mph. It’s high but short and heavy so wind isn’t too much of an issue. We get 9-10mpg. We have a weight distribution system that helps a lot too. We haven’t had an issue!

  29. I’m not sure exactly why but this website is loading incredibly slow for me.
    Is anyone else having this issue or is it a issue on my end?
    I’ll check back later and see if the problem still exists.

  30. You’re young and experiencing life on your terms. Now that’s what I call living! Now on the reverse side, please keep in mind life does come in chapters. The need for planning ahead three decades is just as important as figuring out where you’re heading out tomorrow. Stay safe and may the wind stay upon your backside.

  31. I have been wanting to do something like this. My son graduates from high school in two years, and I am trying to figure out where I’m going to go next. I want to travel, I don’t know where I want to go yet. But I love your tiny little home 🙂 you are living life 🙂
    God bless your journey!
    Tammy

  32. How would a person who’s not on a TV show, blogging, etc. Be able to do this. Say one would quit their job, put whatever money they had into the house, then pack up and go. How would you suggest they pay for gas, food, camp sites, etc? I can imagine it’d be difficult to pick up annal jobs for such short periods of time across states. I don’t see how its financially feasible unless they work for years to save up.

    1. You can definitely save up. We did and we sold everything we owned. TV didn’t help us financially at all. It didn’t even help us get traffic on our site. We have jobs. We host workshops, write for websites, do photoshoots. And our website generates a little bit of income from Amazon links and YouTube views. There are ways!

  33. So…I noticed that you’re Not venturing into Idaho. The only logical reason for this that I can think of is that, once you’re here, you’d never want to leave.
    Love the concept though. Hope you’re having fun and travelling safe.

  34. We just passed you guys and the tiny house on I10 in west Texas… took a few pictures of the house cause we thought it was so cute…decided to Google it to see what would come up…and we found out alot…wow!!! hope you guys have save travels where ever you go God Bless..

  35. Just saw y’all driving through Austin! My kids said hey we’ve seen them on TV they go all around the country! Cool story. Safe travels and enjoy your time in Texas (although the weather is not so nice today). 🙂

    The Vinson Family

  36. Just drove past you guys on Hwy 69 in Beaumont, TX. I think what you guys are doing is awesome! Keep up the good work and I wish you all the best!

  37. I just met you at KFC in Theodore, AL… Y’all’s story is pretty cool. Glad I got a peek at y’all’s home. Safe travels!

  38. We just passed by you in our way to Fort Launderde’s airport. We are flying back home in Brazil. We don’t get to see houses like yours there. My 8 year old daughter got very interested and asked me to say “hello” to you. We hope you have a wonderfull trip, full of good memories.

  39. This is terrific…love what you are doing and dream of a tiny house adventure myself someday….if you r ever in the neighborhood (norwalk, ct or tri-state area) let me know, would love to tour your home.
    Betty Cosgrove

  40. OK this is weird. We just watched your episode on telvison this morning then drove to Orlando. 5 miles from our house we pasted you. How strange is that?

  41. we just passed you on I-95 in CT. I e heard about bundling car and home insurance but this is ridiculous. Wishing you a safe journey

  42. Hey guys just got back home in Indiana after meeting you at the Tumbleweed seminar in Ann Arbor. It was a great seminar and it was great meeting you two and sharing your experiences about building and traveling in a tiny house. Keep up the terrific work promoting the tiny house movement.

  43. Hi there! Just passed you in norwood mass and immediately googled tiny house giant journey. this is so cool! My mom had been telling me about the little house roaming around town lol, good luck in all your adventures!

  44. My family and I saw you in Yarmouth, NS, Canada today, October 4, 2014. What an amazing story you have! We hope that you had a great visit in Yarmouth and got to experience some of the hospitality and kindness of our town. We wish you a safe journey and hope that you were able to cross on the Nova Star!
    Marcel and Rosalie Leblanc

      1. Watching you exit the Nova Star in Portland Maine at this moment. What a crazy cool concept. Have fun!

  45. Just passed your tiny house on the highway near Cobequid toll booth. Such an awesome idea to travel like that! We are headed home to Calgary tonight and boy I wish I could be travelling around this end of the country some more! Good luck on your fabulous adventure!

  46. We just met this afternoon in Terrebonne. You did a realy good job building your house. Great ideas for small space. Good quality workmanship! I wish you good luck for the rest of your journey. Hope to see you again.

  47. Thanks for letting us all tour your awesome traveling home in Philadelphia at the Tumbleweed workshop! This is all very inspiring as an an avenue for sustainable living and adventurous lifestyle. I’m working the tumbleweed concept into my eventual retirement plan so I can work less and live more. Thanks and happy travels!

    1. Well, we’ve been invited to stay at people’s places and you can always park your house at RV parks with full hookups.
      As for toilet, you can design your house however you want, with hookups and holding tanks, we decided to use a composting toilet (Nature’s Head). It’s legal to throw away bagged human waste in the regular trash.

  48. Hi there…. don’t know you but am loving your blog and your house. My parents live in Breese, IL – not too far from Shelbyville area. Have a dream of doing what you have decided to do – forego the rat race to do what you want and travel around – kudos to you both!! Wondering how long you’re in the Central / Southern IL area and if are open to visitors to take a gander at the house and talk a bit about your experience? If not, thats cool, if so, would love to hit you back and visit….

    1. We are here until August, and sure, you can come see the house if you’d like. Keep in mind it’s still under construction on the interior. Hit the “contact us” at the top of the page and we can discuss!

      1. Awesome! Where will you guys be over there? We usually stay at coon Creek Campgrounds when we go
        Over there

  49. We just passed you on the turnpike outside of Miami, OK. Great weather we are having huh? 😉 good luck in your journeys! What a great adventure!

  50. We just passed your little casa on the Turner Turnpike in Oklahoma! What a great idea you have, wishing you safe travels!!

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