One of the most impressive recent examples we've seen, however, was made by Robbie and Priscilla, a couple from Orlando, Florida who converted a 1998 Thomas School Bus into a tiny house on wheels.
Traveling in style
As part of the inspiring DIY project, which can be followed at Going Boundless on Instagram and Facebook, the couple equipped their bus house with everything they needed to live on the road at the same time as upholding a comfortable lifestyle.
The couple says they chose to convert a school bus over simply buying a trailer because they planned to spend the next few years traveling the United States and Canada, so they wanted to spend that time on a vehicle that really felt like a house on wheels. School buses are also built to be safer in the case of an accident, they explain.
"We love tiny homes and admire the lifestyle of those who live in them so we thought, ‘Why not build one on wheels?" the couple explained to Bored Panda in an interview. "We even added an actual house door to give it that welcoming look."
The couple wanted their house on wheels to be completely off-grid, so they customized it specifically to their needs. Amongst the atypical features they added are a wood-burning stove, real brick wall, and a glass shower door.
Impressively, the couple also added real quartz countertops, real tiles, and solar panels to their creation.
Unsurprisingly, the couple says they love traveling and immersing themselves in new cultures and that was one of the big motivations for building their traveling bus.
A solar-powered school bus dream house
The bus' living space is 210 square feet (19.5 square meters) with a 24v system. Powering the couple's off-grid lifestyle are six 360-watt solar panels equipped with eight 6V 315AH Trojan batteries.
The bus already came with ceiling A/C and the couple fitted it with a propane marine heater and a wood-burning stove/heater for those cold winter months on the road.
The couple has already carried out several trips using their dream house. In one of these "were on the road for almost 10 months and traveled all the way up to Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. We visited 137 different cities on that trip without having an itinerary. We just went with the flow," they told Bored Panda.
Just as impressively as the build itself is the fact that the two remote workers are able to manage their work life balance amidst all that wanderlust.
"We manage our business and investments remotely so as long as we have the Internet, we can be anywhere," they said. "We don’t use our savings for travel but that’s definitely an option that works for many people who are looking to do something similar but can’t work remotely."
The couple plan to continue traveling for another 3 to 5 years to tick off all the locations they want to visit in the U.S. and Canada. Joining the trip with them is their faithful cat, Mr. Beebles, who is likely utterly unimpressed with the whole project — he is a cat after all.