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So the last update we gave you about our fulltime rv living journey was about how we had some setbacks in our new place and started looking in alternative energy for the rv.
That feels like a lifetime ago already and it’s only been a few weeks. I mentioned before that we did not know where we were going for the winter, we looked into many many different options and nothing seemed to be working out. In the meantime we sold our house (which we were living on our land so we had to move) and we close in about a month. (The new owners have already moved in though.)
So for now we have the rv parked at my parents land and are helping them out for the next few months until the next step of our journey. Yes, we’ve finally made a decision and I’m guessing you didn’t see this one coming….
At the end of October we will be launching into a new adventure…travelling fulltime in our RV. Now before you ask me if we’ve lost our minds, let me answer a few of those questions you have.
Why are you doing this?
We’ve had a rough last couple of years. If you read our adoption story you may have an understanding of how stressed out we were last year. Actually stress isn’t the right word, what’s the word for…”In so much distress we lost years off our lives?”. I’m not sure…anyways, whatever the word for that is, that’s what we were. We basically missed out of the entire first year of our son’s life because of what we went through, and while we can’t ever get that time back we can still make decisions on how to become a stronger, more together family. For us that means wanting to spend as much time together as a family as possible.
You never know which day is going to be your last. I struggled with our decision to travel for a couple weeks after we began considering it seriously. I’m the practical one. I do the boring things. My day to day life is the same and it’s predictable. I don’t necessarily like that but it’s just how I am. But the more I thought about it the more I wanted to go. To leave the boring practical life for once and have the once in a lifetime chance to be together as a little family all the time. It’s a decision I don’t think anyone could regret, family togetherness. You may not understand our decision but it’s hard to walk in someone else’s shoes and understand just what they went through in life to get to the point where they are now. Just know that it’s all about our family, and our bonding together, and our being together. Our son is the most precious gift we could have ever asked for and we only want what’s best for him.
How are you going to do this?
Well we already have the camper and the truck to pull it with so that part’s done! As far as work goes, we will both still be working on the road. I, of course, blog. But I also do a great deal of consulting work with other businesses and bloggers. All of which I can do from anywhere. It will be awesome having Daddy at home to watch our son so I can focus a little better too! We are also photographers in our “spare time” right now and plan on bumping that up to our “regular time” job. We mostly specialize in food and commercial photography but if you want family pictures and we are coming to your area you just let us know!
How long are you going to do this?
We don’t truthfully know. We plan to be gone for 2 months before we come back to see family (and load up on supplies from the freezer!) and we will see how it goes from there. We don’t feel the need to set a date because we don’t want to force ourselves to do something if it doesn’t work out. We just plan to play it by ear.
How are you going to afford it?
Here’s the thing about traveling…people tend to think it costs more than it really does. Why? Because when they think travelling they think going on vacation, buying new stuff, paying fees to get into expensive attractions. We aren’t going on vacation, we are just living as normal, just in different places. We fully plan to do as many free and super cheap activities in an area that we can find. (We aren’t into theme parks or things like that anyways, we prefer amazing scenery, walks, swimming at lakes, ect 🙂 ). We will spend as much on campgrounds (aka rent!) as we would staying stationary here. We may be even able to find better deals since prices seem very high here and I’ve purchased a few discount cards for campgrounds that have great prices. We aren’t rich by any means but since we are selling our house and our second car we will have almost no debt or monthly bills to worry about.
Why did you change your mind?
In short, we didn’t. We just are taking a round about way to get to our final plan. We still plan on buying land again and starting our homestead within the next couple years. We will just be going about saving up money differently than we originally planned.
What does this change for me (the blog reader)?
Nothing! All will be the same here on the Little House Living blog. We still fully believe in simple living in all it’s forms and how to make the most of everything you have.
Have you lost your minds?
Maybe. But we have to think about it like this. In our last days, whenever that may be, are we ever going to regret a decision to spend more time together as a family? I think you know the answer to that one.
We are SO excited to start this new adventure in our lives. It’s hard to wait another 2 months but my to-do list requires it! Our focus now is on all things safety while we travel and getting things secured for travelling in the camper since we didn’t have to worry too much about that before being stationary. We still do not know yet where we are going first but I can tell you this for sure….it’s going to be south for the winter! (Anyone have some good places to stay in southern California or Arizona?)
South Dakota will always be our home base. No matter where we end up at the end of our journey.
Our map is near the camper door, ready to track our journey!
You can even follow our journey and learn about the great (and probably not so great) places we stay and the things we find to do along the way on our Nomadic Photographers blog. If you ever have a suggestion for us of a place to stay along the way or something to do, I’d be more than happy to hear it so feel free to Contact Me any time! ([email protected])
I will be posting more updates in the next few short weeks as we finalize our plans and get ready to hit the road.
Is this something you would ever do with your family? Where should we go first?