Meet the Rumerys
We are living in a way that embraces flexibility and embodies our values -- freedom, independence, creativity, love, joy and peace.
We are the Rumerys — Scot, Liza and Luna. We practice living a life untethered that strays from conventional life. We follow the “sparks” of life; we go with the flow. We suppose that the want to be “untethered” — that is free from the ties that bind us to the daily American grind of school, work and so on — have always existed for us adults. Then, we had a child. Life changed, trajectory changed and our decisions to grow and shape our family stemmed from that.
Although this really began a long time ago, the untethered journey as family trio began with our venture into unschooling. Then it continued with traveling the U.S. in a tiny travel trailer for twenty months. Before we decided to roam the country, we went through some pretty intense life changes. When that chapter in our lives was closing and evolving, we decided that we needed to find out some things. We missed traveling, we wanted to spend some time together just the three of us and we needed to find out who and where were we to be? What better way to do that than to sell all of our stuff and hit the road?
We began by purging and selling almost everything that we owned and placed the most important things in storage. Then we bought a travel trailer. We made a budget. We started practicing camping and then we made it happen: We traveled full time.
Then, a business opportunity sprang up in Southern California. This coincided with a few changes we experienced in traveling full time in a tiny home: We were outgrowing our space. We became tired of travel days — the hitching and unhitching, and the heavy, slow tow of hauling a rig. And we needed better flow. One other thing: We think that there is a time frame that works better for traveling full time with kids. We reached that limit when our daughter turned eight. We sold the camper and rented a flat in Redondo Beach, California. We are now engaged in a different kind of immersive travel, one of extended stay. We know not what is next. We believe in honoring the experience.
We can do what we do because we are an unschooling family and we own our own business in web development and design. We keep a working document about our values and life goals. We write about food, and occasionally write for other travel, unschooling and web development sites. We are free to roam. Our hearts and minds are open, too. That helps.
But we are not unique. There are lots of other folks doing the same — downsizing, traveling, unschooling, finding meaning in their lives, living modestly — many of whom are documenting their journeys. Most people, however, are not documenting their journeys. Most folks that we meet and have met along the way — particularly American RVers, who have been living this way for eons, or other uschoolers — do so quietly, yet remain well versed in the ways of modest living, fearless travel, introspection and adventure. For our own sake, and for the benefit of family and friends who want to adventure with us, we document our untethered journey here.
What we know is that it takes following your heart, having courage, not engaging with fear, keeping an open mind, as well as a little research and planning to live a life untethered. We are often asked about what it’s really like traveling full time or living tiny or just going with the flow. It is not for everyone; many people simply maintain a constant need to know what is coming next in life. We know that it has its challenges, but overall it is wonderful, incredibly fulfilling and wholly enriching. We are a stronger family because of it. We hope that everyone is able to travel for awhile unhindered at some point in his or her life, or is able to enjoy the freedom that comes from living a more modest life. And we hope that you are along for the ride.
Scot likes databases, cheese, tater tots and hush puppies. He is a photographer, craft beer lover and Grill Master. He first hacked Lemonade Stand on a Commodore Pet at age 8. He actively celebrates Festivus. He’s a lover, not a fighter and is currently listening to classic rock and Mötley Crüe. He is also the founder of Rumspeed: Pressing all the words from his home office in California. He believes you should be nice to people and do what you love.
Liza likes to do a lot of things. Currently, she really likes being a snuggling mom-at-home, while also being a supportive wife. Otherwise, she is baking, cooking and reading. She likes to ride bikes along the California coast and contemplate life from a rocking chair.
Luna is a very funny and clever girl. Her favorite color is blue. She loves horses and gaming, especially if they are combined. She loves family time, her bike and her people. And cookies.