Are we crazy? It’s a question I’ve asked myself more frequently than usual since we decided to travel full time in an RV.
We began kicking around the idea in December 2015. By late February we had purchased a truck and 32-foot Jayco Jayflight travel trailer. We moved into it in April and hit the road at the end of May 2016. For the second time in our married lives, we’d purged our belongings in a matter of months and set off on an adventure.
Our first stop was my hometown in Texas. During the month of June, I was able to catch up with so many dear friends. Some looked at me bewilderedly as I tried to explain what we were doing—without trying to sound like a total flake. Others were beyond excited about our plans.
And over and over again, I heard curious and skeptical questions:
“How are you going to live in an RV? I could never live in such a small space with my family!”
“What about school?”
“What about jobs?”
“Where are you going?”
Some questions were easier than other to answer. I own my own business. (Hooray for technology and the location-independent lifestyle!) We work with clients from all over the United States and from other countries. We can work from anywhere as long as we can periodically connect to the Internet. As for school, I really didn’t have a solid answer to that question other than, “We’ll be homeschooling him.” (Plus, exploring the country should have some education merit, right?!)
Where were we going?
Our initial goal was Washington, D.C.—a special request from our reluctant son. You know how parents barter with their kids even though they aren’t supposed to? I totally did that. My son wasn’t super-excited (a significant understatement) about this RV adventure. He thought it would be weird to live in a “tin can” and be homeschooled. And he felt quite sure he’d never have another friend. Ever. (And people asking questions like, “Won’t you miss your friends?” didn’t make him any more enthusiastic.)
So I made a deal: “Where do you want to go?” I asked. “Pick the place and we’ll go there first.”
Thankfully, he chose a really cool location: The National Zoo in Washington, D.C. Part of the Smithsonian Institute, the National Zoo is one of four locations in the United States where you can see pandas. And this zoo has a baby panda. Awwww. (Watch the Smithsonian Zoo Instagram account and you’ll see panda cuteness beyond words.)
Where to after D.C.? Somewhere cooler. Texas is HOT in the summer!
How do we live in such a small space?
Well… we’re getting used to that. After living in a 2,400-sq-foot house, 260 square feet feels a bit snug. But you know what? That closeness has been good for us. We’re learning (by trial and error) how to be more sensitive to one another’s likes, dislikes and occasional mood swings. And we’re getting to know one another better than we ever would have before because we spend more time just hanging out together.
After living in a 2,400-sq-foot house, 260 square feet feels a bit snug. But that closeness has been good for us.”
Because I don’t want to forget anything, I’m going to attempt to chronicle our life on the road here on this blog. We’ve been “officially” traveling since June 30 (the day we left Texas), and have already had some beautiful adventures and crazy misadventures. So please, stay tuned!
If you have questions about this crazy life or are wondering what it’s like to travel full time as a working family, please ask! Post a comment below 🙂 And if you’re one of the many other families living on the road, I’d love to hear some of your favorite destinations.
Are we crazy? Quite possibly, yes.
But if there’s anything I know about living life on your own terms it’s that a little bit of crazy is a prerequisite.