We believe the American dream should include the ultimate road trip.

We are intrepid travelers Tammy and Aaron Oesting and we take our dreams seriously. We have interpreted the Great American Road Trip to include the rest of the world: we started with the United States, spent half of 2014, all of 2015 and into 2016 in Europe and North Africa, and returned to explore more of North America.  

Two years before we departed, a series of unfortunate events almost grounded us from actualizing our dream.  Our house was condemned due to a hot-water leak insurance wouldn’t cover, a parent was diagnosed with a terminal illness, and our daughter was struggling with societal norms placed on her adolescence.  Instead, the challenges of rebuilding our home ourselves, losing a parent, and supporting our daughter Mali were a catalyst to take the leap and redefine what was important. 

Realizing we didn’t want to wait to fulfill our dreams, we quit our jobs, sold our house, gave away our belongings and bought sight-unseen a motorhome in the Netherlands.  This leap of course, took tremendous reflection, courage, planning, and some would say, a bit of crazy thinking!  

What we’re learning on our journey is shared here in Lands Remote.

Both our family lines brim with adventurers.   These pioneers fired our imaginations and set ablaze a curiosity that continues to burn brightly within us both expressing itself as insatiable wanderlust. Individually and together we have traveled to six continents, much of the United States, and we continually find places we’d like to go next. 

Our daughter never had a chance.  Her name Mali, was chosen from an atlas.  We traveled together for seven months until she returned to the United States to bloom into her young adult life on her own (Exit Interview with Mali Rain).  After being apart for a year and a half, we were reunited in New York and are currently pausing in Pittsburgh so Mali can finish high school. 

People often assume we must be wealthy to afford to travel as much as we have, but actually, as a teacher and a librarian, our salaries were not that large.  Living frugally and simply is how we afford to travel. 

We found there is a healthy camping culture in Europe but it is 99.9% used by Europeans.  Why don’t we meet Americans or other nationalities exploring Europe by campervan?  Lands Remote intends to change that by providing the resources and inspiration for RVers with European aspirations.  Upon returning to the United States, we found a wide range of campgrounds and lots of “boondocking” or free campsites!

We travel without an itinerary and are bound only by visa time restrictions and our budget.  This allows us to choose our next destination right up to the last minute.  Our proclivity to follow the opportunities that arise when traveling slow without an agenda leads to the question, “Where are they now?”

Follow us and find out what Lands Remote beckon us to next. Discover our impressions as we question assumptions and share valuable resources tempting you to follow YOUR dream

Your ultimate road trip is within your reach.

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7 Comments

  1. Tammy,
    What FUN! to find your website. I will be checking it often. I’ve read much of it this afternoon – I retired from Montessori Country School a little over 2 years ago. It doesn’t seem that long ago that you were there with us!

    You are in inspiration! Oh how I wish I could convince my husband to travel like your family is.

    Patty C.

    • Hi there Patty! So wonderful to hear from you and know you’re inspired by our travels. I guess that’s just payback for you inspiring me into a 20+ year career/lifestyle years ago! Thank you again for checking in 🙂 xoxo

  2. So happy to hear that you will be Missi sitting in Scotland at Christmas for our lovely daughter Simmone and our Great son in law Al. We are so looking forward to them coming to Australia for Christmas . At the same time we were worried about who Was going to care for Missi as she is so special to us all.
    Have a great time in Kirkliston and Merry Christmas
    Donna and Harry Black
    (Maw & Paw )

    • Hi there Donna and Harry (Maw & Paw),

      Thank you for the warm welcome. We’re excited to meet Missi and get to know and care for her. We met Simmone and Al on Skype the other day; we laughed a lot which I think is a sign of a great housesit match! We think it’s wonderful they can visit with you over the holidays, and in your beautiful area of the world no less. Merry Christmas to you too and maybe our paths will cross again!
      Cheers,
      Tammy and Aaron

    • Thank you Gretchen! Our admiration and inspiration are mutual – we loved traveling with you in Turkey and spending our time together. LOVE you and your family! xoxo

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