Meet—

Bound For Nowhere

I met Mak & Owen not long ago when our paths intersected at Red River Gorge, Kentucky. Their paths intersect a lot of people and places because, in the most amazing way, they are itinerant, living on the road in a succession of small, mobile living quarters. They do this with intention -- questioning and challenging the norms of a consumerist, material world. And in that way, they reminded me of figures in wisdom traditions: the traveling Taoists or nomads of the desert, among many. They also happen to be a lot of fun. And as they essentialize the idea of home and work (they pursue careers as graphic designers/animators from free wifi spots they seek out) they also have a chance to deeply appreciate our world as it floats by. You can follow them, too, here: Bound For Nowhere

Q
Is a sense of “home” possible even if it’s mobile?

A
It absolutely is! Home to us is less about a place and more about each other. As long as we have each other no matter where we are, feels like home. Sappy, but true.

Q
What’s on your menu tonight?

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Cowboy Caviar! We love making this meal because it can be as simple or as complicated as you want to make it. Fire roasted poblano peppers and corn mixed with cilantro, tomatoes, onion, a mix of bell peppers, jalapenos, avocado, dealers choice of beans, topped with lime, apple cider vinegar, and coarse ground salt! It's great chilled when it's hot in the desert and enjoyed with a cerveza!

Q
Now that you’ve stripped life to its bare essentials, what have you discovered about yourself and your stuff?

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We've discovered that we need FAR fewer belongings to live very comfortable and happy lives! I think that we are just brought up in a society that makes us feel that we need a lot of “things”, but no matter home minimal we become we still manage to find things in our home that we don’t need. When you live with less those unnecessary things start to become very obvious very quickly.
We find that we’re the happiest when we have less and appreciate what we do have more than ever.

Q
As someone who travels a lot, I’ve often found the greatest inner stillness while in motion. But equally I’m a restless soul always seeking something new to explore. Where do you fall on this personality spectrum?

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In the last three years of full-time travel, we've found that we very rarely will spend more than one night in a place. We have a ferocious appetite to take in as many places as possible. Life is so short and we want to see and experience as much as we can. We keep waiting for our sense of urgency to slow down, but that has yet to happen. It feels good to be so excited to wake up every day and discover something new.

Q
Are you part of a movement and how would you describe the ethos of what started you on this journey and what continues to motivate you in this pursuit?

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We’re constantly in pursuit of happiness and living a life that is more respectful to the earth. As mentioned above, life with less has a way of bringing things to your attention that we would otherwise be too distracted to notice. Living in a way that allows us to make our happiness a daily priority has brought so much joy into our lives which seems obvious but so rarely put into practice. It's made us realize that the world is a better place when you're happy, it's an incredibly addicting feeling that I wish more people had the opportunity to experience. Living less environmentally impactful life is an ongoing process that takes so much learning and trial and error. Our small space has shown us exactly how much resources our life takes (ie. water, propane, gas, etc.) and how much trash we generate on a daily basis. There's no trash and recycling services out in the backcountry so it's up to us to scale back and learn ways to consume less and have less of an impact on the places we call home for the day.