By reading this koob, you will learn how a generation of older Americans have swapped retirement for the open road.
You will also learn:
How inequality in the US is pushing people to abandon bricks and mortar
Why major corporations like Amazon rent out RV parks for their workforce
How vandwellers survive and thrive on the edges of society
Why “houseless” doesn’t mean homeless
How opting out of the American dream has given thousands of older people a sort of freedom
Journalist Jessica Bruder came a long way to write this book. Over three years, she drove 15,000 miles in quest of America’s newest demographic: downwardly mobile older people who’ve swapped real estate for the “wheel estate” of RVs, trailers, vans, buses, and cars. Known as nomads, vandwellers, and rubber tramps, this burgeoning population hides in plain sight in deserts, driveways, and downtowns across the USA. So, what makes an older person buy a van and hit the road? Read on to understand why settling down may no longer be an option.