Wednesday, October 17, 2012

This way of living...

Love it or leave it? David's post on reflections of the first 6 months has spawned a couple of posts by other bloggers. I do believe that some people who are fulltime travelers have created a Utopic life based on their lives before rv'ing. And while David did poke a bit of fun at people who idealize the lifestyle, that's also the way he writes... finding humor in everything. 

I think for some full time travelers, it is such a 180 degree "flip-flop" from their previous lifestyle that it IS Utopia for them. For us, we loved our previous "lifestyle" of living in a rural area on a couple of acres... we just want to experience other lifestyles and this is one of them! With that said, I'm enjoying living in our small home, traveling, freedom, and many other positives of the full time traveling lifestyle. Yes, I do miss some things, but I'm sure once we live in a sticks and bricks again, I'll miss aspects of the traveling lifestyle. I think just because I miss some things, it doesn't mean I don't like the way we are living now! And this is what I'm working on! Living in the moment... where I am! It is a work in progress!

I admit that I'm fickle and David will be the first one to say amen to that. But it's just because I want to experience it all! One of the blog posts I linked to above listed 5 "darker sides" to RV living... and after I'd read them, I don't think of them as the "darker" side at all! I love "living" in our RV and traveling while living; I love living in the small space; I feel refreshed when we get to a new campground; we continue to live on a budget like we always have and always will; and I enjoy being close to David! All of those are positives to me. Yes, we have trying days but we had those in our sticks and bricks too!
The very last paragraph of Nina's post is spot on!
So is fulltime RVing for everyone? Hell no! If you’re not adaptable, flexible, relaxed about travel & weather, love being around your other half, comfortable in a small space and have a decent sense of humor this lifestyle might well fail you. That’s not to say you can’t be all those things in a stix & brix house, but space and plans are even more likey to be “jello” in an RV, so you gotta be prepared for the unexpected. And the positives? Freedom, adventure and memories to last a lifetime. For me, those three little things totally outdo the negatives. For you? Well, you’ll have to make that decision for yourself.

I think we are still in the "newlywed" phase of fulltime traveling. We are still figuring out what works for us and what doesn't. While David took the humorous approach to the positives and negatives of fulltime traveling, I think that we both think the positives still outweigh the negatives. And the few negatives that are the "big deals" can be solved. So we are working on that in the coming months!

As far as missing our family and Texas, we have the freedom to head back there at any point! Hang out for a while with family and friends and get our Mexican food, Whataburger and barbecue fixes; then head out once again. Who knows! =)


  1. Sun/Vitamin D has great healing power...along with Fall colors...

  2. I would LOVE to be able to do it! I think it is absolutely awesome!!!

  3. This is so spot on and I was in your mind as I read Nina's post, I couldnt get off my mind and just a bit ago I thought I should have shared post! Now your post and thankful to you as well! You two rock! :)

  4. As VERY new full-timers, we can attest to the drastic adjustment period to living the RV lifestyle. Jerry keeps the mood light with his humor and doesn't let the negative aspects that I bring up linger very long :).

  5. I agree with you that full time RV is not for everyone. Also for some it is just right for a time. I am like you in that I want to experience everything life has to offer. I love aspects of living at home just as I love aspects of being on the road for months at a time. I am not a dissatisfied type of person, but when I am home I sometimes hanker to be on the road - to 'escape', to be 'free'. Yet my home, family and church community is important to me too! I love both. A part of me would love to live overseas for a while too! As I said I want to experience it all! LOL


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