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Online College In Their $32,000 Bus Conversion


Ginnie and Austin met in the Army and got married, eventually deciding to leave and get degrees with the GI Bill. They’re able to do online school and travel in their skoolie! Pretty amazing.

They have a gorgeous self-converted skoolie that cost them $32,000 to build out (including the bus cost). Enjoy the photo tour and read their story below!

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Traveling While Going to College Online

How the bus started. Typical school bus.

They did all the work themselves!

They have a beautiful terracotta and teal color scheme.

A little spot for doing school work.

Their couch becomes a second bed.

Here’s their beautiful shower stall.

And there’s a separate toilet space.

Their Story:

Ginnie and Austin met in the Army in 2017 and got married in November of 2018. We decided to leave the military and travel full time using the GI Bill to go to school full time online. We have been traveling full time online for 7 months now and don’t see an end date to stop traveling. We started in North Carolina (where we’re from) and traveling west to California, made it the PNW for the summer then started heading back east. We’ve been to 22 national parks so far. We’re currently in Virginia heading down to North Carolina to visit family for the holidays. Our build cost us $32,000 including the cost of our bus ($4000). We were originally going to buy and rv and discovered how expensive they are. One day we were watching Netflix and saw “expedition happiness” and saw this couple building a school bus into a tiny home. We turned to each other and said we can do that ! So we bought a bus. Austin and I built the whole bus all by ourselves (with the exception of his dad helping tile the shower). We learned everything off YouTube and asking the #skooliecommunity.

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Natalie C. McKee

Natalie C. McKee is a contributor for Tiny House Talk and the Tiny House Newsletter. She's a wife, and mama of three little kids. She and her family are homesteaders with sheep, goats, chickens, ducks and quail on their happy little acre.

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  • Lilly
    October 18, 2022, 5:53 pm

    Simply stunning home

  • LargeMarge
    October 19, 2022, 4:32 pm

    re — drag-strip with terra cotta and teal
    Screenshot cropped and added to screensaver rotation.

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