We are excited! We are actually doing what we set out to do. We have been living full time in our travel trailer for the past two years and we have been working towards making the dream of full-time travel a reality. For many, and admittedly us too, this is a scary but exciting prospect. We are not retired, we still have bills, debts and obligations that most definitely make this endeavor more complicated. But, what is life if not one giant experiment? We have a tremendous amount of gratitude for the lives and gifts we have been given, it is time to trust, and boldly move forward.
Since we have been living in our RV for almost two years now, getting ready to “move” wasn’t really a big deal, and the idea of traveling in our RV is normal, we have done it many times for both work and pleasure. The main difference now is that we gave up our permanent spot at Oak Forest RV Park in Austin and plan to wander somewhat indefinitely. We were ready and it was time to move on…
Change of any kind can be stressful and takes some planning. We used this awesome app called Wunderlist to assign each other tasks and make lists of things that needed to get done prior to our departure from Austin. It was really helpful. Our lists were full of things you would do before going on a road trip, like vehicle, RV and tire maintenance. We also had to make sure Sunny’s shots were up to date etc. The item on the list that caused Rob the most stress was setting up our mail forwarding service. It turned out to be relatively simple and now we can receive our mail anywhere in the world and keep our Texas residency. Most full timers have some kind of mail forwarding service.
Before we moved into our camper in the fall of 2012 we eliminated the majority of our extraneous belongings. We have continued to purge our possessions every three months or so. Everything we own is either with us or in the small 5×10 storage space we keep in Austin. We keep this space because we do plan to eventually buy land and build a tiny house…. But where? We must travel first! For this “move”, we did not need to pack or unpack any boxes and that was refreshing.
“Where are you going?” I have heard this question a lot recently, and I have found it really difficult to give people satisfactory answers. “When will you be back?” Well, I’m not sure… Some people seem almost offended by this… “Are you coming back to Austin?” Probably, but most likely not permanently. Again, “Where are you going?” Hopefully, everywhere. You know how people always say that, “life is about the journey, not the destination”, well we are taking that quite literally. Exploring and being on the road makes us feel good, and it speaks to our souls, so we are listening.
“How are you going to make money and live?” This is something that will continue to develop. Here is what we are doing right now, in a nutshell… We both have multiple jobs. Rob repairs computers remotely and in person. I teach Yoga and write both as a freelancer and for my own blogs. Together we do commercial low voltage wire and hardware component installation. Together we also play music in our band, Before Dawn. This is a labor of love and we are passionate about bringing our music to people everywhere we go. We would love to make music our full time job… This is just a very general overview of what we do, I will write more about the things we do in another post.
This is what our past ten days consisted of, since leaving Austin:
Day 1. – Austin TX to Mesquite TX.
Day 2. – Work in Mesquite, installing low voltage wiring for internet, phones and sound system in a gym franchise. Band rehearsal in camper in the evening.
Day 3. – Drive to Tulsa & visit with great friends!
Day 4. – Rob did remote computer work for some Austin clients from the RV park in Tulsa as we dodged some “severe weather” before taking off for Kansas City. We parked our house in a friend’s driveway.
Day 5. – Rob had more remote clients in the morning… We went on a walk, got some groceries and rehearsed in the afternoon. We played a show on the rooftop of Phosphor Studioin downtown KCMO with some really talented bands in the evening. Shout out to The Dynamite Defense and Kodascope!
Day 6.- Did some laundry, rehearsed more and helped our hosts move some furniture in their house… Played a show at Coda in KCMO. It was a great time with great people and more fantastic music. Check out Ren.
Day 7. – We got a late start because we had a late night. We drove to Iowa City and stayed the night in an RV park along I80. We watched Game Of Thrones on HBO Go with a really crappy internet connection and then fell asleep. We were exhausted!
Day 8. – Rob sent out a trusty friend/contractor/tech guy in Austin to do some computer work on his behalf. We drove to Illinois Beach State Park where we met up with family! A big family dinner and campfire ensued.
Day 9. – It was overcast, cold and rainy. Rob had more remote computer clients and I had time to write. In the afternoon we took a trip with my sister and parents into Kenosha, WI to Chester Electronics where Rob was able to find some parts for several projects and then to a huge and super authentic Italian Market called Tenuta’s.
Day 10 – We are headed to Sturgeon Bay, WI where we are playing a music festival called,Steel Bridge Songfest. We are very much looking forward to this festival which runs June 12th to June 15th. We are playing both on the 13th and 14th. If you like my writing and love discovering new music, I will be blogging about the festival on our music site, for our band, Before Dawn.
Currently we are planning our lives in approximately three month chunks…Maybe? That is what seems to be happening right now anyway… But this way of life is made for spontaneity, so nothing is written in stone. For the summer we plan to be in and around Wisconsin playing music as much as possible, writing and recording new songs. We may or may not head back to Texas before making our way out to California for a wedding in September/October.
This is an amazing and beautiful country, we want to see as much of it as possible; we love America, it would be a shame not to explore all of her nooks and crannies! Every time we see more of this gorgeous country, we love her more. Travel is an ideal vehicle for both personal and creative growth. If we can successfully navigate this lifestyle, then why wouldn’t we?
A non-traditional life most definitely takes a lot of work and preparation, but we think it is worth it. Every journey starts with a single step. This is a huge step but we are doing our best to do our due diligence and we are finding the bravery to trust the Universe!