Age: 45-55

Member since February 2021

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Dear Host,
We travel as a family on our professionally converted schoolbus with the goal of visiting as many National Parks as possible. While traveling on our purple bus, we raise awareness for those living with Alzheimer’s, their loved ones and the support offered by the Alzheimer’s Association. We do this to honor my husband, diagnosed with the disease 3 years ago at age 51. Exploring the country with our 3 children on our Brightside Bus is a dream fulfilled for my husband and a wonderful adventure for our family. We’ve enjoyed our travels in New England and hope to journey farther. We love meeting new people, learning from others, eating good food, seeing the beauty of our country and creating memories together. Thank you for considering us as your guests!!

Skills & Expertise to Share

I am a professional dog trainer and enjoy helping others have a better relationship with their dogs. I have enjoyed learning the process to convert a schoolbus to a quality tiny home on wheels. I especially love the layout, design and decoration of mobile homes and have a knack for small space living. We have become knowledgeable about Alzheimer’s disease, latest treatments and therapies, brain health and living a meaningful, purposeful life.

Brightside's Pets

We share our life with our dog, Macey. She is a 3+ year old Boxer mix and pure joy for our family. I am a professional dog trainer, and while no dog (or trainer) is perfect, she’s pretty close! She is friendly with people and other dogs, excellent off leash and extremely well mannered. She barks to alert and can be easily quieted with a signal
from us. She is kept on leash and monitored closely by our family while traveling.

Favorite Boondocking Locations

We have yet to boondock through BW but have had a few good experiences in area Walmarts.

Brightside's Hometown

We live in Medford, Ma.

Brightside's Guest Details

Brightside's Rig

Rig Type: Truck Camper

30 feet long

Our rig is a professionally converted International 3000 series schoolbus. It has been independently certified by Pacific West to meet all building codes for tiny houses. It is 7.5 ft wide and 11’ high. It is best parked on a compact, level substrate. It has 30 AMP service, but I have a 15 AMP household adapter for “mooch docking” ;) Access to city water and sewer (for grey tank) is appreciated, but not necessary.

Brightside's Travel Preferences

  • Travels with pets
  • Travels with kids, ages: 18, 16, 14
  • Prefers an electric hookup

Brightside's References (2)

References from Hosts (2)


September 2021

Lovely family, like having family visit!

Brightside and family were lovely guests who you just love to host. So friendly, sweet, calm and genuine. Loved their bus, their kids, and their lovely 'look on the brightside' attitude. People like Brightside are why I love hosting...where else do you have the privilege and opportunity to meet such awesome folks! I truly hope they make it back this way again...would have enjoyed chatting more around the campfire!


February 2021

Positivity on Wheels

Their name says it all. The whole family and Elissa in particular was incredibly friendly when they arrived despite a long drive day. We communicated as they were travelling. They asked if arriving late was a problem several times and were adamant that they did not want to be an inconvenience. I assured them it was not.

They remained positive through a host of technical problems. An electrical grounding issue in their rig prevented them from being able to plug in to my GFCI electric but they still felt blessed to have a safe place to stay. The next day, they woke to dead batteries. . We were already at work when they found out yet Elissa was still thankful and appreciative as they sat in my driveway until Good Sam roadside came out to get them started.

If you want to meet people who are making the conscious decision to see the bright side of life regardless of what it hands you, these are those people.

Hope the rest of their trip is all they hope.