Hononegah grad converts bus into home, plans to travel the world

ROSCOE, Ill. (WIFR) -- On a spontaneous trip to California, Baylee Beaman saw communities living minimalistic lifestyles in vans and buses.

“I saw that and I was like ‘Oh I think I want to do that?’ So I came home, talked to my mom about it and she said no,” says Baylee.

“Of course I [said] no. My daughter is not going live in a van,” says her mother Kimberlee Beaman.

“So I went on Craigslist and bought a bus instead,” countered Baylee.
At just 18 years old, Baylee is working over three jobs to make her dream of converting this bus into a traveling home become a reality.

“It’s expensive, it’s a money pit, but it’s so exciting and when I am done it is going to be so worth it,” says Baylee.

“She made it happen; she went to every possible source to do what she really wanted to do,” says Kimberlee. “It makes me very proud.”
Baylee hopes to finish the project before she finishes college.

“I want to be a traveling nurse, which goes along with the bus,” says Baylee.

Though this new adventure is exciting, her mother Kim has her reservations.

“It’s super scary knowing she is going to get on this big bus and drive all over the country,” says Kim. “But she’s tiny but fierce. She will be alright.”

“I am going to go everywhere,” says Baylee. “I have friends that own a bus and they actually shipped it to another country, so I am not limiting myself to the United States. When I say I am going to go everywhere, I am going to go everywhere!”

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