The Wanderbus is an off-grid, towable mobile tiny home that encourages connection with nature and environmentally sustainable behavior.
Wanderbus ready for travel:
The Wanderbus is fully equipped for travel with either a truck or a car, and the tiny home component is fully detachable from the vehicle to allow for easy exploration with the vehicle during the day.
Wanderbus set up and rotated:
The unique rotating design of the Wanderbus allows for more space for environmental features (see below) as well as patio and outdoor space.
Key environmental features:
The Wanderbus includes several important environmental features that help adventurers learn about and live with tools for sustainable living.
The layout of the Wanderbus is compact yet efficient, including all of the major components for comfortable living.
With the increasing threat of climate change, more and more people are becoming interested in both connecting with nature and developing more environmentally friendly habits. According to data from the US forest service, recreational attendance at US national parks has dramatically increased in recent years, demonstrating that people are interested in connecting with their natural surroundings. A survey by Forbes indicated that 77% of people in the United States are interested in learning about more sustainable life choices, establishing that there is a high need for tools that make learning about sustainability easier. While people are clearly interested in connecting more to the environment, for many this may seem to be an overwhelming and daunting task. Staying at or camping in a national park is not necessarily easy, especially if you do not already own the necessary equipment. Furthermore, RV rentals are often expensive, with nightly rates starting around $200, and they’re largely centered in the Western region of the United States. RVs are also, for the most part, not environmentally sustainable, requiring a lot of gas and energy to operate. Therefore, in order to increase accessibility to the environmental experience, we’ve designed the Wanderbus, a towable tiny home with a revolutionary rotating design that is intended to both enhance nature connectivity and teach about sustainable living practices. The Wanderbus is available through an affordable rental system in which adventurers choose a location (or locations) that they would like to visit, and the Wanderbus guides them on their journey. The Wanderbus service is primarily directed to young couples, especially with young children, or anyone wishing to embark on an environmental experience with effects that last long after the actual journey is over. Therefore, there is an emphasis on affordability, ease, practicality, sustainability, and education that is lacking with other similar companies and services.
Wanderbus’s emphasis on connectedness with nature largely appeals to the inspiration principle of awe-vastness. As is immediately clear when you enter the Wanderbus website and scroll through beautiful and radiant photos of national park destinations to choose from, one of the main goals of a Wanderbus journey is to experience the ever-reaching vastness of nature and everything it has to offer us. With the option to choose from a variety of national parks, either close by or far away, Wanderbus provides adventurers with the opportunity to get out and explore nature with minimal planning and stress. The Wanderbus is designed for comfortability as well as environmental sustainability, meaning that adventurers who might be cautious about “roughing it” in the outdoors do not have to worry. Because the tiny home portion of the Wanderbus disconnects from the car or truck that it is hitched to, it is easy for adventurers to stay mobile because they can leave their home in place as they go out to explore for the day. The design of the Wanderbus also utilizes mirrored glass, meaning that adventurers can look out on nature at all times, but outsiders cannot see in. This allows for constant, in depth engagement with their natural surroundings. One key feature of the Wanderbus is an LCD monitor installed in the living room space, which not only helps adventurers to plan and navigate their trips, but also provides relevant information about their destination throughout the duration of the trip. Upon arrival, adventurers will have the opportunity to watch a video on their national park of choice, which not only recommends activities, but also discusses particularly interesting features of the park and their history. In addition, the video will include information about the park’s current state in relation to climate change and human misuse, and will provide a projection (both visual and numerical) of what will happen to the park if human behavior continues in the same way. There will also be a section on the LCD screen providing tips for how to engage with nature responsibly and reduce recreational carbon footprint. Through these methods of engagement, it is Wanderbus’s hope that adventurers will feel inspired by the vastness of the natural world and establish a relationship with and an understanding of nature that encourages them to engage with it (responsibly) and protect it in the future.
The off-grid design of the Wanderbus as well as the goals of the Wanderbus ecological adventure depend significantly on the inspiration principle of elevation. Because adventurers are able to plunge first-hand into an environmentally sustainable and minimalist lifestyle, they are able to learn about what it takes to maintain, or at least work towards maintaining, this kind of lifestyle on their own. Features such as the solar panels, rainwater harvesting and local water filtration and circulation system, composting systems, and LED lightbulbs allow adventurers to experience environmentally friendly home features, perhaps for the first time. Additionally, because the Wanderbus is portable, adventurers are forced to live minimally, with less space and features than are available in a typical home. The LCD guide helps to demonstrate and encourage virtuous environmental living, as well. Depending on how involved the adventurers want to be in their journey, the guide offers a range of videos that help promote an environmentally friendly living style, such as: environmental living tips; logs for daily habits; instructional videos for how to use, install, repair, and purchase environmental features such as solar panels; DIY environmental projects, such as urban gardening; and carbon footprint calculators and trackers. Overall, the adventurers are encouraged to engage with as much of the guide material as possible in order to inspire them to adopt more environmentally sustainable practices and habits that will carry over into their day-to-day lives. By witnessing and experiencing environmentally responsible practices, hopefully they will be inspired to apply what they learn on their Wanderbus journey even after the adventure itself is over.
Overall, the goal of the Wanderbus is to provide an easy and affordable environmental journey to those who are especially interested in connecting more with their natural environments and learning about environmental tools and concepts. From the easy-to-navigate rental and travel process to the many ecological design features of the Wanderbus to the hands on guide experience, it is our hope that the Wanderbus journey inspires a sense of nature connectedness through awe-vastness and a continued dedication to environmental responsibility through elevation.
Link to zoom presentation: https://harvard.zoom.us/rec/share/wOA2LY-q6H9LY4H3xXPgW6wFEaW0aaa823QXrKUFnx3u1OhblymCUg1Rso1pRBb4?startTime=1585099200000
Link to google slides: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1QLN_DhzdmEfMWInKjR1USLF0eD7FrjGU9wmh2naC_wE/edit#slide=id.g71f5762ed3_9_2