Navigation Nowhere was started in 2016, by Michael Fuehrer, who, one day, had the idea of buying an old school bus and traveling throughout North America. Four years later, Navigation Nowhere is a community of people who are passionate about thinking about life differently. From those who live on the road full-time to those who are saving every paycheck to buy their dream rig. Navigation Nowhere focuses on connecting people and providing practical information to the community from 'how to build' to 'where to park safely for the night.' If you have ever thought about living tiny, nomadically, or sustainably Navigation Nowhere is the place for you.
Michael Fuehrer, Founder
I’m Michael: the founder of Navigation Nowhere. I am a traveler, builder, researcher, and explorer. I’m usually sitting on the fence of too many new ideas, trying to pick the least crazy one to pursue.
I was born and raised in New Jersey and graduated from college with a Bachelors' (2013) and Masters in Cultural Anthropology (2015). I loved college, but something was missing. So, with an unfinished thesis and five weeks before my thesis defense and graduation, I took my parents’ sedan and found myself driving west. It was one of those periods of my life when the pressure of school and unanswered questions of the future overwhelmed my mind, and I chose to travel to reenergize myself and find clarity. When I returned a few weeks later, I was prepared to finish my thesis, but I was left yearning for a life that would allow me to continue seeking clarity and community on the road.
In the years since, whenever I had the opportunity to travel throughout the world, whether it be road-tripping, hiking, and backpacking, I set out on those adventures. During this time, I’ve also experienced a growing passion for creating community, building a simpler, more meaningful life, and exploring the world. I have learned that I do not want to confine myself to one job or place. Who I am seems to be a compilation of all the projects I pursue and the relationships and community that form because of them. I am enjoying the journey of figuring out what to do with a restless mind and wandering soul. These characteristics are what have led me as I built a bus, continue to travel on the road, and navigate nowhere. The more I learn and explore new people, places, and projects, the more I find freedom in navigating my life. I’m seeing that being “nowhere” allows me to be more present, or “now-here”, for the people and projects I engage with, and that is worthwhile to me.
I always say,
"It's not about the number of miles you drive but, the people every mile along the way. If you think the point is to be on top of the ivory tower. You will be sadly mistaken to find, the point was to build it together."