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Jenna Spesard BioAbout the Blogger

Hi! I’m Jenna. Not too long ago I was working full time at a job I hated, just to pay the rent. Then, one day, I decided to change my life. I downsized, built a tiny house, and found freedom. Now I’m a fulltime happiness addict with the freedom to travel the world on a part-time job, and I’m never turning back. So far I’ve visited 28 countries around the globe. Building a home on wheels, and becoming financially secure, has taken me farther than I ever imagined possible. I hope my blog inspires you to follow your own journey to happiness.

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Tiny House Stories & Tours

Family Downsize into a Luxurious Self-Built Tiny House; Happier Now!

Family Downsize into a Luxurious Self-Built Tiny House; Happier Now!

After losing his job, Steven Mejia decided to build a luxurious Tiny House in Los Angeles for his family. Now they own their own business and are financially stable.
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Backyard Cottages: Minimalism in the City

Backyard Cottages: Minimalism in the City

Backyard cottages are becoming a popular investment and housing alternative as the city of Seattle sees increasing rent and home prices. I interviewed an architect that specializes in building small backyard cottages in the city, as well as a couple that built and downsized into one themselves.
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Panorama Glass Lodge: Stay in this Gorgeous Icelandic Tiny House

Panorama Glass Lodge: Stay in this Gorgeous Icelandic Tiny House

This gorgeous Tiny House- the Panorama Glass Lodge - has a glass roof, so you can see the northern lights the next time you visit Iceland. Now available for rent!
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Ecotourism: Stay in a Tiny Dome Home in Mexico

Ecotourism: Stay in a Tiny Dome Home in Mexico

We all know about the gorgeous (yet unconscious) resorts that line Mexico's coastlines. It's hard to say no to this extreme luxury, but as a tourist, you can choose to stay in accommodations that are less impactful on the environment. For example, on my recent trip the Quintana Roo state, I stayed in an eco-friendly dome home!
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Shipping Container Becomes Modern Backyard Additional Dwelling Unit

Shipping Container Becomes Modern Backyard Additional Dwelling Unit

Family's modern Shipping Container Home is used as a modern Additional Dwelling Unit (or ADU) for visitors and as a vacation rental.
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Their Tiny House Converts Into a Traveling Theater

Their Tiny House Converts Into a Traveling Theater

Jesse and Nora designed their mobile Tiny House to also double as a Traveling Theater so that they can host live performances on the road. Their creative design includes a long, pull-out stage.
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Best of the Blog 2018

Best of the Blog 2018

In 2018, I produced dozens of video tours and interviewed more than 20 different alternative structures on this blog. This is my 2018 shortlist for the best Tiny House, School Bus Conversion (Schoolie), and Van Conversion of the past year.
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Hoarder Downsizes to a Tiny House to Cure Herself

Hoarder Downsizes to a Tiny House to Cure Herself

With all of the convulsive buying and materialism in the United States, who among us doesn't know a hoarder? Most...
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The Best Van Conversion I’ve Ever Seen

The Best Van Conversion I’ve Ever Seen

Wes and Savana escape high rent to live on the road in their gorgeous off-grid sprinter van conversion with a huge solar roof deck!
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Grandma Builds Gorgeous Victorian Tiny House

Grandma Builds Gorgeous Victorian Tiny House

Shorty Robbins built a Victorian Tiny House in her 50s so that she could travel to Civil War Renenactments and live without financial burden.
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Living Small Advice

Learn how you can build a Tiny House with my budget, materials, and design tips. I share my story, the mistakes I’ve made, and the lessons I’ve learned. These articles will help you start your own Tiny House Giant Journey. Below are a few of my most popular articles.

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Travel Journal & Guides

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So far I have visited 6 continents and more 30 countries. Every year I cherish my time abroad, experiencing new cultures and meeting fantastic people. Join me on my adventures by viewing a full list of destinations here.

Recent Travel Articles:

My Crazy-Amazing First Time in India!

My Crazy-Amazing First Time in India!

My crazy amazing private tour of India, where I saw the Taj Mahal & wild tigers. Also... something very special and life changing happened!
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Sahara Desert Glamping Experience

Sahara Desert Glamping Experience

Luxury tents, traditional Moroccan food, camel rides in the desert, and an in-ground pool? This incredible glamping experience was one I'll be talking about for a long, long time.
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Panorama Glass Lodge: Stay in this Gorgeous Icelandic Tiny House

Panorama Glass Lodge: Stay in this Gorgeous Icelandic Tiny House

This gorgeous Tiny House- the Panorama Glass Lodge - has a glass roof, so you can see the northern lights the next time you visit Iceland. Now available for rent!
Read More
Ecotourism: Stay in a Tiny Dome Home in Mexico

Ecotourism: Stay in a Tiny Dome Home in Mexico

We all know about the gorgeous (yet unconscious) resorts that line Mexico's coastlines. It's hard to say no to this extreme luxury, but as a tourist, you can choose to stay in accommodations that are less impactful on the environment. For example, on my recent trip the Quintana Roo state, I stayed in an eco-friendly dome home!
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Tulum Travel Guide: Mexico’s Bohemian Beach Destination

Tulum Travel Guide: Mexico’s Bohemian Beach Destination

In this guide to visiting Tulum, Mexico, I share where to stay, the best restaurants for budget travelers, and my favorite things to do at this destination.
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South Iceland Top 10 “Must Stops” Near the Ring Road

South Iceland Top 10 “Must Stops” Near the Ring Road

My favorite, jaw-dropping, stops along the ring road in South Iceland. Easy to visit during winter. These beautiful sights will have you wondering what took you so long to visit Iceland!
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2 Days in Amsterdam: Layover without a Hangover (It’s a Miracle!)

2 Days in Amsterdam: Layover without a Hangover (It’s a Miracle!)

You CAN visit Amsterdam without getting a hangover! In this article, I list my favorite activities in this gorgeous city, known for pleasure shops and marijuana. Easy to do on a short two-day trip!
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Lisbon, Portugal: Top Things to Do & Where to Stay on a Short Trip

Lisbon, Portugal: Top Things to Do & Where to Stay on a Short Trip

Lisbon is an undeniably beautiful European city. With its rolling hills, yellow trolleys, and iconic tiled rooftops. Recently I visited...
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Morocco: One Week Itinerary with Glamping!

Morocco: One Week Itinerary with Glamping!

Travel through Morocco with me, as I visited all the best highlights in the country including a glamping trip in the Sahara Desert, on this one-week itinerary.
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Mazatlán Mexico Travel Guide

Mazatlán Mexico Travel Guide

I spent a week exploring the coastline of Mazatlán. In this article, I list my favorite place to eat, watch the sunset, ride a bike, hike, and enjoy nightlife! I hope you'll take some of my suggestions on your next adventure.
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Favorite Resources

A detailed list of my favorite Tiny House gear, building materials, parking advice, books, appliances, off-grid / alternative systems, and travel gear. These tools will help you plan your next tiny (or giant) adventure.

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My Life Abroad

 Each year, I spend approximately 3 months traveling abroad, visiting 5 new countries. How am I able to do this? My lifestyle is extremely affordable. Living tiny also means that I live within my financial means. I spend less on material objects and I waste less. This is my definition of the American Dream.

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My Tiny House

View photos of my Tiny House traveling around North America – I went 25,000 miles in just one year – and step inside the stunning interior. Construction took 1 year and was finished in 2014. Also, did you know you can now rent my house?!

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My Vintage Camper

When 165 square feet seemed too big for road trips, I recently downsized to a 60 square foot vintage travel trailer for life on the road. Read stories from my most recent project – the restoration of my 1972 vintage camper.

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Vintage Camper


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