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One couple quit their jobs to build a new life traveling the US in a 98-square-foot tiny home

Business Insider Logo By Kathleen Elkins of Business Insider | Slide 1 of 4: In October 2014, Kelly Tousley and Curtiss O'Rorke Stedman vowed to quit their jobs, leave their home base in Juneau, Alaska, and see the US by "paying gas, not rent."The couple bought a 14-by-seven-foot utility trailer and spent the next nine months converting it into what would be their new home for at least a year."We're proving we can spend the same amount of money (if not less) traveling across North America, than paying rent in one location," they write on their blog, "Pay Gas, Not Rent."It's been seven months since they officially hit the road on May 31, 2015. They've been across the country and back, from Alaska to Michigan, down to Florida and around to Colorado, with stops in Ohio, Tennessee, North Carolina, Virginia, and Alabama along the way.The couple, both 27, spoke to Business Insider about their new lifestyle: What it looks like, the reality of working on the road, and how they afford it:Instagram Embed:http://instagram.com/p/39LM0mBrIe/embed/Width: 658px Before "going tiny," the couple was living and working in Juneau, Alaska. O'Rorke Stedman taught high school English and Tousley worked in social services while completing her masters degree in early childhood special education."After four years of being 'professional adults,' we realized we wanted more out of life," they write on their blog. A passion for travel and desire to live lighter culminated in the plan to build and live out of a 98-square-foot tiny house on wheels.

Meet Kelly and Curtiss

In October 2014, Kelly Tousley and Curtiss O'Rorke Stedman vowed to quit their jobs, leave their home base in Juneau, Alaska, and see the US by "paying gas, not rent."

The couple bought a 14-by-seven-foot utility trailer and spent the next nine months converting it into what would be their new home for at least a year.

"We're proving we can spend the same amount of money (if not less) traveling across North America, than paying rent in one location," they write on their blog, "Pay Gas, Not Rent."

© Kelly Tousley and Curtiss O'Rorke

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