Travis works as a Comic Book Ambassador, traveling the country talking about comics and sharing awesome YouTube videos about what’s new in the comic world. And amazingly, he paid for his shuttle bus conversion by selling his own comic collection. Pretty neat!
We got a chance to do a Q&A with Travis about what inspired him to go tiny and what he thinks of his tiny life now. Check out some pictures of his rig below.
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Traveling the Country as Comic Book Ambassador
Travis sold all his comics so he could build a skoolie!
He travels as a Comic Book Ambassador (and gets paid!)
Here’s Travis in his awesome bus.
The inside has comfy couches, a fixed bed, and great little kitchen,
I love the comic covers on the cabinet doors.
His rig is definitely not stealthy, but it’s awesome.
He has no regrets about going tiny.
It was a boring shuttle bus before Travis converted it.
What got you into tiny living?
Honestly, I just looked around my house and said “Do I really need all this stuff”? The answer was no. I started watching Bus and Van Life videos on Youtube and I just felt it calling to me. The freedom to go and see the world and not worry about what you left behind. I knew eventually this is what I wanted to do. I just had to figure out how to get there. How to live and survive on the road. After overthinking it way too much, I just committed to it, set a date, and went for it.
Did you build your home or buy it? How long did the process take?
My home is a 1997 Ford E350 Shuttle Bus. I purchased it from a dealership and went to work. Removed all the interior, seats, floors, ceiling and started from scratch. I’ve never taken on a project like this, and with the help of the internet (Youtube) I was off to the races. I started the build-out in September of 2021 and was finished in February 2022. That included the inside and the outside of the bus. So about 5 months start to finish. Something kinda cool is The Bus and all the expenses to convert the bus to my new home was paid for by selling my comic book collection, every penny.
How do you make money on the road?
So I have a very unique job and honestly, I might be the only person on the planet that gets to do this. I’m a traveling Comic Book Ambassador. Now what that is, I don’t really know, lol. Basically, I get to travel and promote comic books at comic shops and comic book conventions all over the country. How this came to be was/is I’m a full-time YouTuber for the last 6 years. My channel is called Comics With Bueller and yes it’s about comics and my YouTube name is Bueller. The channel took off fairly quickly, and before I knew it, I had companies wanting to sponsor the channel. When I came up with the idea I wanted to travel and see the county, I figured if I visit comic shops and comic cons my sponsors would be on board and I was right, not only the sponsors I had but new ones got word of what I was going to do, and they jumped on board. Long story short, I get paid to do what I love, travel the country, visit comics shops, and talk about the hobby I’ve always enjoyed — Comic books.
How has tiny living changed your life (for better or worse)?
It has extremely changed my life, and definitely for the better. Living on the road, meeting new people, and seeing how beautiful this planet is. It doesn’t get any better. I have friends in every state now, I’ve seen things I never thought I would see. Not only that, but I’m healthier than I have been in years. I exercise and eat right because when I get to these amazing places I want to get out and enjoy them, not just look at them through my window. Every day I’m grateful to be able to experience this lifestyle. Every day is a new adventure.
What’s the hardest part of tiny living?
There are a few things, I would say the hardest one of all is adjusting to a small space. The reason is I’m a big guy and big guys need some room, lol. At 6’4” 280lbs (down from 330Lbs by the way) a small space isn’t ideal. But I make it work and have everything I need, and my living room is anywhere I want it to be.
The second hardest thing is living in a tiny space, things get messy very quickly. Every day it’s a mess, even when I clean it’s still a mess. Those things aside, it’s all worth it.
What’s the most rewarding part?
Freedom…. Not knowing what’s around the next corner or who you’re going to meet. It keeps things exciting, and life should be that way. My life was very boring for a long time, now I’m living my best life every day.
Any advice for people looking to go tiny?
I’ve been asked this before by people who have wanted or thought about doing this lifestyle. Here is my advice: Take care of your business, get things done, and go for it. Don’t hesitate, set a goal and jump. Every day you’re just thinking about it, is a day that you could be doing it. It’s amazing.
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