A couple converted an old school bus into a mobile home and traveled to 137 cities across North America with their cat

Robbie and Priscilla converted a 1998 Thomas School Bus into a mobile home.
Robbie and Priscilla converted a 1998 Thomas school bus into a mobile home. Going Boundless
  • Robbie and Priscilla converted a 1998 Thomas school bus into their dream tiny home on wheels.
  • The DIY conversion has an open plan kitchen and lounging area, bedroom, bathroom, and outdoor deck.
  • In 2019, the couple traveled to 137 cities from Orlando to Nova Scotia with their cat Mr. Beebles.
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The average school bus journey doesn’t instill much excitement but for Robbie and Priscilla, the 1998 Thomas school bus they converted into a mobile home has taken them to incredible places.

The couple, known by their Instagram handle Going Boundless, spent a year and a half building a dream mobile home that would allow them to enjoy travel without the guilt of leaving behind their beloved cat Mr. Beebles.

“We were our happiest when traveling when exploring new places when trying new foods when immersing ourselves in new cultures,” Priscilla told Insider. “It left us thirsty for another memorable experience,” she added.

In 2017, the couple began renovations to the school bus, or “skoolie,” with plans to explore the US and Canada while managing their business remotely.

Robbie and Priscilla in front of their 1998 Thomas school bus before they converted it into a mobile home.
Robbie and Priscilla in front of their 1998 Thomas school bus before they converted it into a mobile home. Going Boundless

Priscilla described the decision to opt for a school bus rather than a traditional RV as a conscious one, hoping it would allow them to create a real home in the 2.13m by 9.14m space. The mobile home has an open plan kitchen and lounging area, bedroom, bathroom, and even an outdoor deck.

“We wanted it to look and feel more like a tiny house than an RV. We love tiny homes and admire the lifestyle of those who live in them, so we thought, why not build one on wheels?” she said.

“We even added an actual house door to give it that welcoming look,” she added, noting that their other homely features include a wood-burning stove, real brick wall, quartz countertops, a farmhouse sink, a washer and dryer combo, and a real glass shower door.

The inside of Robbie and Priscilla's school bus before they converted it into a mobile home.
The inside of Robbie and Priscilla’s school bus before it was converted. Going Boundless

The couple said they have not yet added up the final amount for the renovation and homely touches but kept costs down with a lot of DIY. “We haven’t added up all of the receipts yet, but we definitely saved a lot of money doing the work ourselves,” they told Insider.

While the DIY approach saved Robbie and Priscilla money, it was not without its challenges. “We almost quit altogether two times,” Priscilla said.

“At one point, we actually had listed our gutted bus on Craigslist because our windows were leaking and we couldn’t figure out how to stop the leak,” she added.

Once they had taken care of the domestic problems, the couple’s excitement at finishing their project was cut short when the bus’ engine blew a head gasket and was in the shop for months.

In March 2019, after months of endless planning, Robbie and Priscilla finally got behind the wheel and simply “went with the flow,” heading up the East Coast.

The front half and driver's seat of Robbie and Priscilla's bus conversion.
The front half and driver’s seat of Robbie and Priscilla’s bus conversion. Going Boundless

“We were on the road for almost 10 months and traveled all the way up to Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. We visited 137 different cities on that trip. We didn’t have an itinerary,” Priscilla said.

As 2020 unfolded, they were set to venture into South America. The couple was able to visit Brazil before COVID-19 caused them to cancel a lot of their plans. “We were actually supposed to be on the West Coast at this time, but our schedule is a little off from being home unexpectedly for 4 months,” she said.

As international travel starts to return to normal, with the EU ruling last week to lift restrictions on non-essential travel for US visitors, Priscilla and Robbie can start to look further afield for their next adventure.

Mr. Beebles in front of the storage, bed, and washer and dryer combo in Robbie and Priscilla's bus conversion.
Mr. Beebles in front of the storage, bed, and washer and dryer combo in Robbie and Priscilla’s bus conversion. Going Boundless

“One day, hopefully not very far from today, we will continue our long-term travels abroad,” said Priscilla. “For now, we plan on finishing the US and Canada with our buddy Mr. Beebles.”