'Liberating' - Couple sells everything to let go and live on the road in Airstream

It was an out-there idea that is now a solid reality. A Westport couple traded in their 5,500-square-foot home for a 200-square-foot Airstream trailer.

News 12 Staff

Mar 19, 2021, 4:26 PM

Updated 1,163 days ago


A Westport couple has traded in their 5,500-square-foot home for a 200-square-foot Airstream trailer.
"I said--almost like as a joke--I said, 'What if we just sell all our worldly possessions and just like hit the road?'" Chris Ziccardi explained.
It was an out-there idea that is now a solid reality.
"We have no experience with RVs whatsoever," said Ziccardi's wife, Julie Tran. "I've seen people on Instagram posting about it, and I'm like, ‘Ok, that looks interesting.’”
The couple built their dream home in the Old Hill neighborhood seven years ago to begin a new chapter in their lives – starting a family.
"I wanted to have six kids. But you know, that wasn't in the cards for us,” Tran told News 12.
Tran and Ziccardi struggled with infertility so they created their family through foster care. Two little boys, now 3 and 7, spent two years with the couple, then returned to their parents last fall.
"We were kind of in this space of what's next," said Julie.
Being cooped up due to COVID drove them toward an answer.
"The pandemic led to just like kind of feeling shut in," Ziccardi said.
"We were trapped, it was cold outside, everything was closed," added Tran.
The couple wanted flexibility and freedom and decided a 27-foot Airstream Globetrotter was their ticket to both. Their jobs didn’t factor in since both were already working remotely, so 20 Crawford Road went on the market and quickly sold.
"I mean I think people think we're half crazy," laughed Ziccardi. "We sold all of our things."
"It's challenging, it's emotional, it's chaotic, it's stressful to let go--but it's also liberating," Tran explained.
They turned to YouTube channels and Facebook groups to learn about RV life, but the true test will come on the road.
"Could be for a year, could be a couple years," Tran said when asked how long they’ll travel.
"Or like we just love RVing so much that we're just good with being on the road basically,” Ziccardi added.
The adventure began last month when they hooked up to their Ford F-350 and set off. They left without a solid roadmap for the future -- just stops in New Jersey, Florida, Texas and California to see family.
"We don't have any set plans of how we're going to fill it in--which is the beauty of this," Tran told News 12.
"Now it's like, the whole country is our oyster, and we're going to explore the areas that fit what we want," said Ziccardi.
The couple is ready for life outside their Connecticut comfort zone, though the final destination is unknown.
"I hope that our story inspires people to recognize that they can create their own lives. They don’t have to wait for something to happen for them," said Tran.
You can follow along on their adventures here.

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