Hey! We're Chris & Sarah!

We are a couple from Wisconsin; Chris is from the Milwaukee area and Sarah is from the Madison area. After paying $2500 / month in Silicon Valley and $1300 / month in Madison for an apartment, we decided to say f*ck renting and bought a school bus!

While many people convert a school bus to travel full time, we will be settling down for a bit to build our hemp CBD business before doing some traveling this winter. Even though we love the snow and ski / snowboard, we always look forward to heading south for a little sunshine during the winter!

Here is a little more about our bus & our love for traveling…

About the Bus

Our bus is a 30′ 2000 International 3800 with a Blue Bird body. It’s a 9 window with a side door on the passenger side.

We’re rockin’ a DT466E engine and an AT545 transmission. The bus peacefully maxes out at 60 mph. Chris wants a new transmission put in, but we’ll be saving that project for another year.

We purchased the bus in November 2018 from a gentleman out in Michigan, who is a diesel mechanic by trade. He bought the school bus from Virginia Beach Public Schools and drove it back to Michigan just to find out he was not able to use a school bus to service other school buses broken down on the side of the road. So he put it up for sale on Facebook Marketplace, where we found her listed with seats and all. $4000 cash later and a 1200 mile round trip drive and it was ours!

We worked hard on the bus full time for 7 months to get the conversion complete by the time our apartment lease was up in May, 2019. Chris blames missing that deadline because of doing quality work.  We moved into the bus in the midst of our conversion in June 2019.

We have done everything ourselves from demo’ing the bus to putting the finishing touches on with the help from both of our parents.

Want to know more about the bus? Read About Our Bus Here

We Love Traveling!

Here are a few interesting travels our first 3 years together prior to skoolie livin:

  • First New Years 2015: Glenwood Springs, Snowmass, & Aspen, CO
  • Sarah’s 21st B-Day: Las Vegas in Sept. 2016
  • California:
    • Sarah’s First Time: Santa Barbara, CA March 2017 – Chris got the Apple job off in the Denver airport on a layover on the way out here.
    • Apple ‘Home Finding’ Trip: San Jose & San Francisco April 2017
  • Engagement Trip: Berlin, Germany & most of northeast Switzerland, including Basel, Interlaken, Locarno, and Zurich
    • The Engagement: Chris surprised Sarah on November 26th, 2017 11,371 feet above sea level at Jungfraujoch in Switzerland, also known as the “Top of Europe.”
    • Lack of oxygen at high altitudes is real… 11,371 feet above sea level, of course oxygen was very thin. Chris did not think about this ahead of time. As they approached the summit in the train, Chris’s heart really started to race. Running past the train stop trying to catch the train, then jumping on while the train was moving didn’t help… At the summit view spot, he almost passed out with nerves before surprising Sarah with the proposal. Surprised, Sarah almost passed out as Chris proposed and started hyperventilating.
    • Berlin Airport Security Scare: Prior to this, they were in Berlin for a few nights. Going through security for the flight from Berlin to Zurich, Chris’ bag got completely searched. Sarah was right there watching. The ring was in one of Chris’s extra camera lens cases. They went through 2/5 lens cases and it was hard to tell which ones they were grabbing. Chris almost had to propose right there in Berlin airport security…
  • ‘So Close!’ Mexico Cruise: Chris and Sarah booked a trip with their friends Alex & Maile in January, 2018 to celebrate Alex’s birthday together. It was a 3 day cruise was to leave from Los Angeles and head to one stop, Encenadas, Mexico. Alex accidentally told Chris the wrong dates… Chris and Sarah booked the cruise that left on Thursday. Alex and Maile booked the same cruise that left a day later on Friday… They didn’t realize it until Wednesday when Chris was texting Alex and Maile about picking them up in Santa Barbara on the way down to Los Angeles from his apartment in San Jose. We were within the 72 time period to make adjustment to travel plans, so they took separate cruises… so close!
  • Living 1 Year Apart: Chris took a job at Apple headquarters in Silicon Valley and lived in Sunnyvale, CA from May, 2017 to July, 2018 while Sarah stayed in Milwaukee, WI to continue with school. Between the two, they flew back and forth across the country 16 times for visits.
  • Spontaneous Trip: Glenwood Springs, Colorado in September 2018. Sarah booked the flight a week before we left.
  • Conference Trips: We flew out to San Diego once in October 2018 for a conference for Sarah to attend and once in March 2019 for Social Media Marketing World. We stayed an extra few days both trips to wander the city.