Nashville family sell ALL their possessions to travel America in Airstream

  • Joe Hendricks, his wife Rhonda and four-year-old son, Austin, moved their lives into an Airstream three months ago
  • Driving from their house in Nashville, their first stop was Savannah followed by Florida Keys and then Louisiana
  • Airstream is fitted with a big bathroom, three flatscreen televisions, leather seats and room to sleep eight people

If you're going to ditch the 9-5, sell-up and spend the rest of your days roaming America, then you may as well do it in style - like the Hendricks family did.

Photographer Joe Hendricks convinced his family - his wife Rhonda and four-year-old son, Austin - to sell their house, cars and most of their possessions and move into an ultra-cool 30ft Airstream. Then roam America indefinitely.

Judging from his stunning photographs, it's working out quite well.   

Photographer Joe Hendricks said that this shot is of one of the most amazing sunsets he has ever seen. The image was taken while the family were boondocking (free camping) at Bedners Farm in Florida

Photographer Joe Hendricks said that this shot is of one of the most amazing sunsets he has ever seen. The image was taken while the family were boondocking (free camping) at Bedners Farm in Florida

Stunning views: The family's Airstream faces the ocean after being parked up along the beach in Long Key state park in Florida

Stunning views: The family's Airstream faces the ocean after being parked up along the beach in Long Key state park in Florida

The Airstream is fitted with both air conditioning and a heater, a big bathroom, three flatscreen televisions, leather seats and enough bedding to sleep up to eight people. Pictured: A long exposure of the stars at night over the Airstream in Big Bend Park

The Airstream is fitted with both air conditioning and a heater, a big bathroom, three flatscreen televisions, leather seats and enough bedding to sleep up to eight people. Pictured: A long exposure of the stars at night over the Airstream in Big Bend Park

Joe Hendricks is pictured smiling as he walks along the untouched sand at the White Sands National Monument in New Mexico

Joe Hendricks is pictured smiling as he walks along the untouched sand at the White Sands National Monument in New Mexico

Selling their house, cars and most of their possessions, Hendricks (right), his wife Rhonda and four-year-old son, Austin, moved their lives into a 30ft Airstream. Pictured in Big Bend National Park, Texas

Selling their house, cars and most of their possessions, Hendricks (right), his wife Rhonda and four-year-old son, Austin, moved their lives into a 30ft Airstream. Pictured in Big Bend National Park, Texas

Little Austin had ventured all day when this image was taken, sledding down the White Sands in New Mexico. When sunset came, Hendricks said his son found himself looking for the last bit of untouched sand for one last slide before he went to sleep

Little Austin had ventured all day when this image was taken, sledding down the White Sands in New Mexico. When sunset came, Hendricks said his son found himself looking for the last bit of untouched sand for one last slide before he went to sleep

Big Bend is one of the darkest places on earth at night. Joe went out to take some pictures of the Airstream sitting under the stars

Big Bend is one of the darkest places on earth at night. Joe went out to take some pictures of the Airstream sitting under the stars

The Airstream is fitted with both air conditioning and a heater, a big bathroom, three flatscreen televisions, leather seats and enough bedding to sleep up to eight people. 

Since starting their travels around the US a little over three months ago, the family - who share their journey with their 2,480 followers on Instagram - have so far covered six of 50 states.

Driving from their house in Nashville, their first stop was Savannah. Next they wandered down to Florida Keys, back up to Florida, and then over to Louisiana.

Rhonda and Austin stroll down the natural walk into the Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico. The family said that although the walk out was a little difficult, they loved the spot

Rhonda and Austin stroll down the natural walk into the Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico. The family said that although the walk out was a little difficult, they loved the spot

Birds rest in the shallow waters on the sand during a sunrise at Long Key state park, in the Florida Keys. Hendricks said that the destination 'pretty much always looks like this'

Birds rest in the shallow waters on the sand during a sunrise at Long Key state park, in the Florida Keys. Hendricks said that the destination 'pretty much always looks like this'

The family said that their Airstream adventure has taken them to some amazing places so far, but nothing really compared to boondocking out in the middle of the Arizona desert

The family said that their Airstream adventure has taken them to some amazing places so far, but nothing really compared to boondocking out in the middle of the Arizona desert

The sun sets over the long road that runs through the Big Bend National Park. No cars can be seen in the desolate area

The sun sets over the long road that runs through the Big Bend National Park. No cars can be seen in the desolate area

Hendricks said that the family are always looking for a place to park their Airstream during their travels. Pictured: White Sands

Hendricks said that the family are always looking for a place to park their Airstream during their travels. Pictured: White Sands

The father said that he was sitting on the US and Mexico border relaxing when he was distracted by a horse that had appeared on the Mexico side to get a drink of water. He said: 'It was a beautiful moment. I had goose bumps while I was taking the picture and couldn't help but think how different life is on the other side of that river'

The father said that he was sitting on the US and Mexico border relaxing when he was distracted by a horse that had appeared on the Mexico side to get a drink of water. He said: 'It was a beautiful moment. I had goose bumps while I was taking the picture and couldn't help but think how different life is on the other side of that river'

Dead Lake in Weewahitchka, Florida, was surrounded by a morning fog when Hendricks snapped this image. The photographer claims that the destination is one of the most beautiful places he has seen on his trip so far

Dead Lake in Weewahitchka, Florida, was surrounded by a morning fog when Hendricks snapped this image. The photographer claims that the destination is one of the most beautiful places he has seen on his trip so far

They have also now ticked Texas, New Mexico and Arizona off the list.  

Hendrix, who photographs both weddings and landscapes, said the reasoning behind the trip was that he wanted to live out his dream of making a living as a professional photographer while travelling America.

He said: 'My wife was sceptical at first. But when we both realised it would be a year and a half before Austin started Kindergarten, she realised it was now or never.

Hendricks said: 'Travelling in an Airstream is one the most amazing experiences ever. This is another shot of us on our way to Big Bend'

Hendricks said: 'Travelling in an Airstream is one the most amazing experiences ever. This is another shot of us on our way to Big Bend'

Hendricks calls this image 'The Road to Adventure'. Taken on the way through Big Bend National Park, the father described the journey as 'long but beautiful'

Hendricks calls this image 'The Road to Adventure'. Taken on the way through Big Bend National Park, the father described the journey as 'long but beautiful'

The family said that they were exhausted from the drive to Big Bend but were able to pull over and get this breathtaking shot of the Airstream

The family said that they were exhausted from the drive to Big Bend but were able to pull over and get this breathtaking shot of the Airstream

Hendricks said: 'The sunsets in Big Bend are spectacular. This is the view of our campground while hiking toward the mountain'

Hendricks said: 'The sunsets in Big Bend are spectacular. This is the view of our campground while hiking toward the mountain'

Rhonda stares out over Big Bend National Park. Since starting their travels around the US a little over three months ago, the family - who share their journey with their 2,480 followers on Instagram - have so far covered six of 50 states

Rhonda stares out over Big Bend National Park. Since starting their travels around the US a little over three months ago, the family - who share their journey with their 2,480 followers on Instagram - have so far covered six of 50 states

The family captured this stunning shot of the view from the highest lookout in Big Bend National Park during their hike up the mountain

The family captured this stunning shot of the view from the highest lookout in Big Bend National Park during their hike up the mountain

'We explained to Austin that we would be seeing huge mountains, big oceans, tall trees and he was sold. Right now, we are just exploring the western half of the U.S.

'If all goes well this year, we may wander through the eastern half next year.

'If you are someone who has ever wanted to live on the road, stop thinking about it and do it.

'Internet is available almost everywhere, there has never been a better time to take your work on the road.'

Hendricks said: 'When I first saw this landscape, I thought it was beautiful. I had to take a photograph'. Pictured: White Sands at sunset

Hendricks said: 'When I first saw this landscape, I thought it was beautiful. I had to take a photograph'. Pictured: White Sands at sunset

The family have even visited the Oak Alley Plantation in New Orleans during their trip to explore the United States 

The family have even visited the Oak Alley Plantation in New Orleans during their trip to explore the United States 

This photograph was taken at 6am. Hendricks looked outside the Airstream in the morning and said he saw the 'beautiful fog' that had set around the trees in O'Leno State Park, Florida

This photograph was taken at 6am. Hendricks looked outside the Airstream in the morning and said he saw the 'beautiful fog' that had set around the trees in O'Leno State Park, Florida

Hendricks said that Big Bend offers 'so many amazing trails'
This particular one leads to Balanced Rock. Pictured: Rhonda and Austin on the trail

Hendricks said that Big Bend offers 'so many amazing trails'. This particular one leads to Balanced Rock. Pictured: Rhonda and Austin on the trail

Pictured: The beautiful cypress trees of Florida's O'Leno State Park. Hendrix, who photographs both weddings and landscapes, said the reasoning behind the trip was that he wanted to live out his dream of making a living as a photographer while travelling the US

Pictured: The beautiful cypress trees of Florida's O'Leno State Park. Hendrix, who photographs both weddings and landscapes, said the reasoning behind the trip was that he wanted to live out his dream of making a living as a photographer while travelling the US

Hendricks came face to face with a deer on his morning hike around the campground
Hendricks travelled through one of the many walking paths of O'Leno State Park in Florida

Hendricks came face to face with a deer on his morning hike around the campground. He took this image and carried on through one of the many walking paths of O'Leno State Park in Florida

Rhonda and Austin pose after reaching Balance Rock in Big Bend. Hendricks said that the park has some of the 'best and most rewarding hikes that you can go on'

Rhonda and Austin pose after reaching Balance Rock in Big Bend. Hendricks said that the park has some of the 'best and most rewarding hikes that you can go on'

 

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