Hi, we are Matt & Tabitha Best.
Our family consists of us and our 7 kids.

After our sixth child was born, we decided we wanted a major change where we could eliminate excesses and focus on our family. It has taken us a couple years (and another child), and we are almost ready to start our next chapter of life outside the suburbs, hitting the road full time.

As we are getting our feet wet in what types of things to share online, we’ve given our kids nicknames to go by that we feel will be fun for them. So to introduce them, we have: Ladybug, Otter, Gecko, Eagle, Turtle, Elephant, Jaguar (the baby).

We are excited for this new direction for our family and can’t wait to share our thoughts and experiences on DitchingSuburbia which was the catalyst for our idea in the first place.

We will be starting our journey from Utah where we have enjoyed visiting so many of the national parks and some incredible state parks, but we are excited to see so much more and provide our children with a much richer education.

This has been us

Working for “the man”. Homeschooling our kids. Spare time trying to actually grow something in the garden. Longing to get out and do something fun but there’s too much to do around the house. The place needs to be cleaned, the kids need to be fed, there are dad-jobs that have been being put off till there’s time.

We watch old videos of when our oldest was a toddler and realize that we used to have a lot more fun. The stresses of the house, the job, and all the “have to’s” begin weighing us down. Our children are getting older and we still haven’t had the time to play with them like we’d like. The housing market is great and our house is worth a lot more than what we owe on it … is opportunity knocking? Is this the moment we’ve been waiting for to have a family adventure?

In January of 2019, we followed in the footsteps of the former owners of this site and moved into a 5th Wheel RV to travel the country. The Boyink’s created a great site about leaving the suburbs that inspired us and now that they have stopped traveling, we will document our journey here.

We sold the house so we aren’t going back any time soon. We hope to visit National Parks, State Parks, quirky roadside attractions, farms, mountains, and coasts. There are new foods to try, cities to explore, campgrounds to stay in and people to meet.

As those before us found, we hope to find a new way of life that:

Frees up our time, our resources, and our hearts.
Allows us to focus on our faith and build new friendships.
Lets us choose how, where, and by whom we live.

We own our days. Not the house, the school, or the HOA.

There Are Others

We found a tribe of families with similar post-suburban lives. Similar in goals, but different in appearance. We’ve only been gone a short time but have attended an event with 350 RV singles, couples and families. We have made great friends already and expect to make more all over the country.

I heard a figure that there are 6 million people in the US living nomadic post-suburban lives – and this doesn’t count those living stationary. Post-suburban families live life outside of box. They live on boats. They build tiny houses. They ride bikes across continents. They move to big city apartments.

They do all of this while still working, raising great kids, finding community, and making a difference in the world.

We liked this tribe so much that we have no plans to return to suburbia.

Who This Site Is For?

DitchingSuburbia.com is for families who’ve achieved the “American Dream” but found that it’s actually an exhausting, unfulfilling lie. Your schedule is dictated by the school system, by the HOA, and by your church. You hardly see your kids. Your days run together and you wonder where the adventure is.

What Do We Write About?

On DitchingSuburbia.com we write about leaving a suburban life in search of simpler living, closer family, richer education, and uncommon adventure.  Check out Our Manifesto below to see what we write about.

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Our Manifesto

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Simpler Living

The American Dream as defined by pop culture is an endless treadmill of consumerism. We value experiences over possessions, actively minimize the amount of advertising in our lives, and make space in our days for relationships.

Closer Family

The typical suburban lifestyle keeps families on the run and apart from each other. Families who’ve ditched the suburbs spend more time in close company and build stronger inter-family relationships.

Richer Education

We opted out of the public school system from the beginning - feeling called to educate our two children at home. Ditching the suburbs has enriched that choice, allowing us to learn immersively, on-location and in person. There’s just no substitute for being there.

Uncommon Adventures

Our modern world is full of designed mass-market experiences. True adventure isn’t designed in advance and involves risk. Kids learn and grow best through adventure.

Follow Our Adventures!