new american nomads: freedom with less and walmart


Nolan Conway for The New York Times

We recommend checking out the illuminating slideshow in Sunday’s New York Times Magazine, about nomadic Americans who travel around in their R.V.’s, campers or cars, spending nights at Walmart parking lots, which apparently, welcome anyone with an R.V. or trailer. Photographer Nolan Conway has been taking pictures of Walmart’s ‘nomaic guests’ at several stores in central Arizona, and getting some of their stories. Their reasons for living without the usual home are compelling, an American dream of freedom, the road, and unexpected communities. 

Sophia Sauffer, who is traveling in a van with friends from Arizona to Montana, describes the nomadic life as an opportunity to “do what I want to do and not have to worry about all the bills and worry about what’s happening next.”

Says Josiane Simpson, who is living in her care with her son, Gabriel, and partner Jared Holfeltz: “We sold everything we have and decided to find, as we put it, our American Dream. We’re trying to find something better, get comfortable and build upon it.” 

Al Van Abbems, sold his house to live in his R.V. “It’s very nice, it’s just freedom. And it’s cheap.”

Could this be an adjunct of the Tiny House movement?

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