Man Quits Airport Job, Converts School Bus Into A Motorhome, And Travels 10,000 Miles Across The US

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Have you ever imagined giving up your unfulfilling life and running away to live your dream? Kelly McLaughlin has written a fascinating piece for the Mail Online about a disgruntled airport worker who did exactly that!

At 29 years of age, Patrick Schmidt had had enough of his job as an airport worker in Seattle. He wanted more from his life. He also wanted to “live tiny”, as he put it. So, he bought an old 1990s school bus and converted it into a DIY motorhome. He spent three months on the project. Then he quit his job at the airport to go live his dream of spending his life on the road.

He wants his entire life to be one very long road trip. Schmidt started his road trip in Las Vegas and drove through 30 states until he reached Florida. He’s staying there for the winter, but he says he’ll continue his trip as soon as spring arrives.  

 Patrick Schmidt, 29, converted a 1990s school bus into a motorhome so he could travel across the country in a portable tiny home
Patrick Schmidt, 29, converted a 1990s school bus into a motorhome so he could travel across the country in a portable tiny home

The 29-year-old former airport worker brands himself as having ‘No job, short on money, living in my dream tiny home.’:

“I was tired of wasting money on rent for an apartment that I was never using because I worked so much,” Schmidt said. “It didn’t feel natural to spend my free time in my car, to and from work, and feeling too tired on my days off to do anything.”

“There had to be something better, there had to be more. Tiny Living, I thought, might be the answer.”

Schmidt decided to quit his job in Seattle because he 'wanted more out of life' and wanted to try to 'live tiny'
Schmidt decided to quit his job in Seattle because he ‘wanted more out of life’ and wanted to try to ‘live tiny’

Patrick Schmidt wrote on his blog Skoolielove:

“It’s the lifestyle that I want to live. I want to live fully on a bus, and make that my life.”

“I have moved over 20 times since I was born, and I feel like in the bus, I came home.”

PHOTO: Patrick Schmidt, 29, took a blue school bus, which he transformed into a motor home, on a 10,000 mile road trip from August to October 2015.

With his father’s help, he transformed the bus into a tiny 189 sq.ft. motorhome with materials bought from DIY shops and online stores. The project cost him around $9,000.

The vehicle was previously a school bus
After Schmidt (left) bought the bus in March he drove it to Las Vegas where he and his dad (right) spent three months renovating it
After Schmidt (left) bought the bus in March he drove it to Las Vegas where he and his dad (right) spent three months renovating it
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The pair gutted the inside of the bus before they began the project of converting it into a fully functional motorhome
It took three months for the bus to be converted into the motorhome that Schmidt used to travel the country
It took three months for the bus to be converted into the motorhome that Schmidt used to travel the country
The bus features wooden floors and cabinets that Schmidt and his father installed using DIY materials
The bus features wooden floors and cabinets that Schmidt and his father installed using DIY materials
It was transformed into a cozy home in a matter of months (right)

Inside the motorhome, there’s all the facilities you usually find in a caravan, such as a bathroom, kitchen, and air conditioning.

The dining area of the bus has wooden floors, while the kitchen has storage cabinets, a deep sink, refrigerator and freezer.

The bathroom has a running hot-and-cold shower and working toilet, both drain into a 32-gallon waste tank.

Pictured above, Schmidt created a collage of himself hanging out in several different spots of his motorhome
Pictured above, Schmidt created a collage of himself hanging out in several different spots of his motorhome

PHOTO: Patrick Schmidt, 29, took a blue school bus, which he transformed into a motor home, on a 10,000 mile road trip from August to October 2015.

Not scrimping on luxuries, Schmidt has also installed a heater and, next to it, a water cooler. There's also air conditioning for the hot days
Not scrimping on luxuries, Schmidt has also installed a heater and, next to it, a water cooler. There’s also air conditioning for the hot days
The motorhome is equipped with portable stoves as well as fridge freezer, sink and other amenities (pictured)
The motorhome is equipped with portable stoves as well as fridge freezer, sink and other amenities (pictured)
Schmidt can cook a full dinner in his motorhome by using a portable stove and storing his food in the bus's fridge
Schmidt can cook a full dinner in his motorhome by using a portable stove and storing his food in the bus’s fridge
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A toilet ‘cubicle’ is separated from the rest of the bus, along with the shower, which is behind the curtains (left), by a wooden door. Both of these leads into a waste water container, which needs to be emptied like on regular caravans (right)
Once the bus was turned into the motorhome it is now, Schmidt embarked on a 10,000-mile journey across the United States
Once the bus was turned into the motorhome it is now, Schmidt embarked on a 10,000-mile journey across the United States

Schmidt purchased the $4,500 bus on March 2015 in California and drove all the way to his parent’s house in Las Vegas:

“When I left my parents house in Vegas on August 15, I had no idea where I would be spending the night.”

The bus runs totally off the grid by using solar panels on the roof and batteries to run everything in the vehicle
The bus runs totally off the grid by using solar panels on the roof and batteries to run everything in the vehicle
Pictured above, Schmidt poses with his bus as he makes a stop at a Christmas market during his travels
Pictured above, Schmidt poses with his bus as he makes a stop at a Christmas market during his travels

During his 10,000 mile journey, he traveled across thirty states, including California, Colorado and New York.

Patrick shared that he has used his savings over the last 10 years to survive, but he only uses the money on essentials.

However, having a skoolie plate – which converted school buses usually display – also helped:

“Everywhere I went I can see heads turning, smiles on peoples face,” Schmidt said. “People give me thumbs up, the peace sign, waves, all sorts of ways to show their love and appreciation.”

After winter, he planned to continue his journey throughout the United States:

“I would like to continue to grow Skoolielove, and promote Tiny Living. Continue to drive the Highways of America, meet people and continue searching for new experiences.”

“Most likely make my way back to Vegas, see my parents, and get back up to Seattle to start a Bed and Breakfast.”

“I plan on living out of the Bus for years to come.”

 Thus far, Schmidt's 10,000 mile journey traversed 30 states, including California, Colorado and New York
Thus far, Schmidt’s 10,000 mile journey traversed 30 states, including California, Colorado and New York
Schmidt even made a stop at Mount Rushmore in Keystone, South Dakota, during his journey from Las Vegas to Florida
Schmidt even made a stop at Mount Rushmore in Keystone, South Dakota, during his journey from Las Vegas to Florida
Schmidt is currently stopped in Florida for the winter, but hopes to begin traveling again once the weather gets warmer
Schmidt is currently stopped in Florida for the winter, but hopes to begin traveling again once the weather gets warmer

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