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Meet the couple who quit their jobs to build a mobile house and become travel journalists

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Imagine ditching your nine to five job, selling all of your possessions and embarking on a journey to live your dreams of travelling the country.

That's exactly what film studio executive assistant Jenna Spesard, 28, and her boyfriend engineer Guillaume Dutilh, 30, did.

Two years ago, the courageous couple from Los Angeles sold as much as they could to build a mobile home that would bring them the life and careers they'd always dreamed of - Jenna longed to be a travel blogger and Guillaume wanted to be a professional photographer.

"We were unhappy with the jobs we had," said Jenna to richmondmagazine.com. "We were working just to pay the bills. We love to travel and knew that if we were going to go on the road and give it a go as a photographer/travel writer duo, we wanted to do it in a unique way… We also liked the idea of simplifying our lives."

Guillaume Dutilh and Jenna Spesard

Driving through Canada in September 2014

As ambitious as they were, their plans weren't necessarily smooth sailing. It took them exactly one year and over 1,000 hours of extensive work and decision-making to build their tiny yet fully functional caravan-like home. At 125-square-foot, the home cost $29,328 (£19,027) and has a kitchen, small living area, loft bedroom and shower.

Guillaume Dutilh and Jenna Spesard

Crossing the American border to Canada in 2014

In September last year their house was finally complete and Jenna and Guillaume were ready to embark on their journey, along with their dog Salies.

They set up the website tinyhousegiantjourney.com to share their story and simultaneously facilitate their dream jobs of writing and taking beautiful photographs.

“We really want to be a photographer and a writer who get hired as traveling journalists,” Guillaume told wickedlocal.com. “This is a way for us to create a portfolio and travel around.”

Guillaume Dutilh and Jenna Spesard

Inside Guillaume and Jenna's humble abode

So far, they've traversed over 10,000 miles and 25 States in the US as well as Canada's Atlantic Coast. This month they're moving their way across the Deep South and just spent the last three days driving across Texas

In Portland, Maine in October 2014

In Portland, Maine in October 2014

They've blogged about joining the Mardi Gras celebrations in New Orleans and relaxing at a massive drive-in cinema they stumbled upon in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to name a few.

The couple plan to explore the West Coast in the spring, before reaching their goal of Alaska by July. Follow their journey on their blog or on their Facebook page.

Jenna Spesard blogging about their travels first thing in the morning

Jenna Spesard blogging about their travels first thing in the morning

Jenna Spesard

Images: facebook.com

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