1959 Chevrolet Viking Short Bus

Why aren’t we driving THIS across Australia? 



I believe I could spend the rest of my life on this thing. 
Driving to interesting places.
I really do.

cries softly…



I believe I could spend the rest of my life on this thing. 

Driving to interesting places.

I really do.

cries softly…


Vegetable garden - a simple “get started” guide, and it only requires a 4’ x 4’ plot or box. Simple instructions at the link. You have just run out of excuses. 


Vegetable garden - a simple “get started” guide, and it only requires a 4’ x 4’ plot or box. Simple instructions at the link. You have just run out of excuses. 



Shareable: The Gen Y Guide to Collaborative Consumption

Together, we’re learning that instead of waiting for politicians and corporations to fix the system, it’s possible to create a better one of our own, right under their noses. A new way of living, in which access is valued over ownership, experience is valued over material possessions, and “mine” becomes “ours” so everyone’s needs are met without waste.

If these ideas get your blood pumping, there’s good news: young people all over the world are already making them a reality. It’s called collaborative consumption, (or the sharing economy) and it’s changing the way we work, play, and interact with each other. It’s fueled by the instant connection and communication of the internet, yet it’s manifesting itself in interesting ways offline too.

If you’re ready to connect with people who can help you save money, pursue your passions, and reduce waste, here’s a quick-start guide to your sharing experience:

1. Remove all items from the box and assess

Sit down with yourself (or some friends) and talk about what you’ve got, what you need, and what you could live without. Take stock of what you’d be willing to share, rent, or give away. Write down all the things you really need to be productive/happy/connected. Then, cross out all the things that you want just to have them, and highlight all the things that involve a valuable experience. Now you have a list you can tackle through sharing.

2. Connect to the power source

The collaborative consumption movement empowers people to thrive despite economic climate. Instead of looking to the government or corporations to tell us what we want or create a solution for our problems, we take action to meet our own needs in a creative fashion. This is our power source. Start looking for ways to share at school, on community billboards, by asking friends, or use the resources below:


  • - A roomate finder and roomates search service which covers thousands of cities nationwide.
  • How to Start a Housing Co-op - one of the best affordable housing options around, and shared food expenses and cooking can increase your savings.
  • Guide to Sharing a House - buying a home by yourself may be out of reach in high cost areas, but shared ownership might be the ticket.
  • Cohousing Directory  - Cohousing is homeownership in a neighborhood that shares.
  • Craigslist - find almost anything including a house or housemate on Craigslist.

Social Food

Personal Finance

  • Lending Club - An online financial community that brings together creditworthy borrowers and savvy investors so that both can benefit financially.
  • Zopa - Where people get together to lend and borrow money directly with each other, sidestepping the banks for a better deal.
  • Prosper - A peer-to-peer lending site that allows people to invest in each other in a way that is financially and socially rewarding.
  • SmartyPig - social savings bank that enables you to save for specific goals and engage friends and family to contribute.
  • How to Save Money by Sharing

Entrepreneurship / Work


  • CouchSurfing - An international non-profit network that connects travelers with locals in over 230 countries and territories around the world.
  • AirBnB - Connects people who have space to spare with those who are looking for a place to stay, all over the world.
  • iStopOver - Homeowners worldwide rent out space in their homes to travelers looking for unique accommodations.
  • Park at myHouse - Provides affordable and fine-free parking by enabling property-owners to rent out their empty driveways, garages, car parks etc. to drivers needing somewhere to park.
  • Roomorama - An online marketplace for short term rentals all over the world.
  • Tripping - Tripping enables you to connect safely with locals who will introduce you to their towns, their cultures, their lives and their friends.
  • How To Swap Cities - a guide on how to swap offices with someone from another city inspired by SwapYourShop.
  • Submate - a Parisian startup that helps you discover new people and things to do as defined by your regular train and subway commutes.

Land / Gardening


Media (Books, Movies, Games, Music)

  • BookMooch - Lets you give away books you no longer need in exchange for books you really want.
  • - An online swap marketplace for books, movies, music and games.
  • Goozex - A unique trading platform for video games and movies.
  • SwapaDVD - Trade DVDs for free.
  • Paperback Swap - Trade paperback books for free.
  • SwapaCD - Trade CDs for free.


Redistribution Sites (where uneeded stuff finds a loving home)

  • Freecycle - The original grassroots organization for giving and getting free stuff in your town.
  • craigslist - The ultimate free classifieds site with categories for free stuff, barters, and shares.
  • eBay - International online auction that allows you to buy from and sell to other individuals.
  • ecoSharing - The first sharing website that lets us share what we own with people we know and trust: our friends on facebook.
  • SpiltStuff - A new site that organizes local communities to buy in bulk and “split” the goods and the cost, thus reducing waste and unnecessary consumerism.

i haven’t thought very hard about this sort of ideology/movement and i definitely haven’t used (or even been to) all these sites, but i’m reblogging for reference and for others who want to check it out. 


Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms, USA (WWOOF-USA™) is part of a world-wide effort to link volunteers with organic farmers, promote an educational exchange, and build a global community conscious of ecological farming practices.

One-half day of volunteer help is traded for food and accommodation, with no money exchanged.  The WWOOF-USA Host Farm Directory lists more than one-thousand organic farms (not necessarily USDA certified organic) and gardens across the country. 

This looks to be great for those who are struggling with finances and may not have a place to eat or sleep. You can work for one-half of a day and be given food and living for the night in exchange for your work. The other half of the day can be spent working at a paying job, while you save money for sleeping and eating at the WWOOF.

Unfortunately this particular program is only in the US, as far as I can tell, but I’m certain that programs similar to this can be found all over!