In the Wind

Josh Works

This morning I was browsing around on (daily obsession), and clicked on an article about ten new types of selfies. The article itself was kind of funny and a breezy scroll through, but one thing really caught my eye: this “drone selfie” taken by Josh Works. I thought it was beautiful and was kind of fascinated with it, so after watching no less than 3 times in a row, I clicked through to Josh’s website. What I found was really, really amazing.

Josh, his wife Jessa, and their son Jack have been traveling around the country in an Airstream since 2011. Their goal is to visit all 58 of our national parks (so far, they’ve seen 26). The travel project — and the name of their trusty Airstream — is called 1337Stream, and I’d say it’s a must follow. The family’s Instagram photos from all over America are truly spectacular, and beyond that, I think their manifesto is so inspiring. Here’s a bit that they’ve shared about why they’re doing this — it’s not just a fun family getaway (I highly recommend you read the whole thing here): 

mono lake, by josh works 1337 stream

Josh Works

[We] began to lament all the ways we were being sheltered from the world. We’d become socially-lazy, content to “just stay in” and sink further into the comfort and safety of our home, regardless of what great things might be happening around town. We’d bought tons of â€œstuff”, aiming to fill the vast emptiness of our house, boxes & boxes of flat-packed, particle-board furniture and machine-shaped pottery from faceless, distant factories. We ate food from big-box chain stores with origins often impossible to trace and seldom to anywhere considered local. Our daily loop-de-loop commutes, besides being expensive and boring, have deadened our sense of distance and direction to meaningless noise. The interminable routine of bed too late, work too fast, eat too much, see too little has been difficult to interrupt and leaves far too little time for anything truly meaningful, including each other. Even the weather itself often seems too distant in our dense & opaque home.


Sound familiar? I thought so. After realizing they wanted to make a change, they created a list of “motivations & desires” for their family:

  • to escape our growing ennui of the suburban lifestyle
  • to feed our insatiable wanderlust & explore!
  • to own & consume fewer but better things
  • to live more efficiently & inexpensively
  • to cultivate a closer relationship with the natural world
  • to significantly curb our use of costly natural resources
  • to pursue passionate, self-fulfilling work (and work less!)
  • to provide a humble & engaging worldview for our children
  • to indulge our curiosities and control our experiences
  • to face our inevitable vulnerability and learn to enjoy it
  • to live while we’re young and hope that it sticks

the pit, by josh works 1337 stream

Josh Works

I’m pretty fascinated (and okay, impressed) with how thoughtful and deliberate they’ve been with the path their family wants to take. I’m also interested in this whole fewer, but better mantra that seems to be taking hold in many areas of living and culture — fashion definitely included. Have you noticed this theme popping up too?

And what do you think? Would you ever want to up and change your life in such a drastic way? Though I’m all around pretty content with the life that I’ve built for myself, there’s something about the idea of just getting up and going that always captures the imagination. Perhaps it comes from a place of wondering if the goals you set forth for yourself and the fantasy of the future you have in your head will actually live up to the reality. It’s interesting and inspiring to watch a family who hit that point B, realized it wasn’t really where they wanted to go, and reset their course. Even if you couldn’t or wouldn’t do the same, it’s fun to live vicariously through them, and if nothing else, examine your own experiences, desires and life too.

Image via Josh Works/Worksology Instagram. You can follow the Works’ family Instagram accounts here, here and here. They’ve also created a cool video about their journey here.

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  1. 4.17.14
    Mrs Type A said:

    This IS very interesting. The one thing that is odd to me is that they just casually mention in their manifesto that they also have an 11 year old daughter who will join them during her summer vacation. How can they bear to be away from one of their children in order to do this? I was already curious about what they would do in the future when their two year old is of school age. I assumed they would probably home school. I don’t know. I agree with their sentiments about living more intentionally and thoughtfully and with less…but when there are kids involved it seems a little more tricky and borderline selfish. I guess I’d like to know more!

    • 4.17.14

      The conclusion I came to is that given how deliberate they’ve been in other parts of their life, it seemed unlikely that they would not leave her behind without putting a lot of thought into THAT either. I always like to give people the benefit of the doubt when it comes to these type of online things. There’s always so much we don’t know!

      • 4.17.14
        Mrs Type A said:

        Agreed. You never know. Clearly everything about it is very well-thought out, so I bet you’re right.

        • 4.17.14
          jamie said:

          I thought the exact same things. And also how long they plan to do this for, and how they will pay for their cost of living (even though quite less, still a cost). All said, I admire the idea of living life in first person and am rooting for them. Sounds like a very cool experience.

    • 4.17.14
      Elizabeth said:

      If you read their “About” section it says that they married in 2006. My guess would be that the 11 yr. old daughter is his and she lives with her mother. I could be wrong but that’s the impression I get.

  2. 4.17.14

    Thanks for sharing! Their photos are amazing.

  3. 4.18.14

    I just spent the last half hour going through their site (darn it Victoria…you gave me material for my efforts in procrastination!) I kinda love that they are following their dreams and living life differently. They seem like the type who wouldn’t neglect their son’s education and will homeschool…however I do see the concern for their kid’s social + relational development. But to each their own…!
    Thanks for sharing!
    xo – Marion