Tyler and Todd Gibbon-Thorne have been together since college.
Before they arrived at school, their university paired them up through a program that allowed students to exchange mix CDs with another incoming freshman so they would have a built-in friend.
They kept in touch throughout their senior year of high school, and when they met in person the following year, they hit it off.
Todd and Tyler have been together ever since. They got married six years ago.
They have always been passionate travelers, and they began to crave more permanent freedom.
“We realized when we had to go back to our jobs how much we actually didn’t like them,” Tyler said. “We were just doing it for a paycheck. So we thought, ‘Wouldn’t it be cool if we could find a way to have a paycheck and be able to continue to travel?'”
They decided to invest in property to rent out, which gave them an income that didn’t force them to be tied to an office.
Once their business was in order, they bought their tiny home and set out on the road. The RV cost $7,000.
Today, Todd and Tyler’s tiny home is parked permanently in Nova Scotia.
They were traveling full-time up until the coronavirus pandemic. The Gibbon-Thornes, who are Canadian, were parked in Florida when things got bad in the US, so they had to drive back home in a hurry.
“We know that we’ll always want to continue traveling, but not having a home base or a contingency plan if something ever happened was a little bit reckless on our part,” Tyler said.
After the experience, they decided to set up a permanent residence with their tiny home in a rural area in Nova Scotia.
They told Insider they love having access to so much land, as it ensures their 215-square-foot home never feels cramped.
The couch doubles as a pull-out bed, and it also has room for storage underneath it, which is a big plus in a tiny space.
The couple also uses the ottoman for storage, ensuring their home doesn’t feel cluttered.