As we travel all over the country many people tell us that they would love to do what we are doing but… They always have a reason they can’t travel full-time, though they say they really want to do this.
THIS WAY OF LIFE IS NOT FOR EVERYONE
Few folks could, would, should travel the way we do. I can think of many reasons why this might not be the life style for you. 1. If you are very rich and can afford to travel any time, any place, anywhere and live in a beautiful place and want to “come home to that place”. 2. If you’re a couple and one of you does not want to travel this way. 3. Perhaps you’re a couple with “issues”. 4. Your “stuff” is important to you. You worked hard to get your “stuff” and you are not so quick to give it up. 5. We can think of a thousand more reasons not to do this. You likely have reasons of your own or have heard many reasons. Everyone has to decide what is best for their situation. Some folk travel part-time, sometimes for months at a time and that is the best choice for them.
WHAT WE DID TO GET READY TO TRAVEL FULLTIME IN A SMALL RV
In our case, we wanted to travel full-time and not worry about our house and “stuff” while we were traveling. We sold, gave away, and trashed those things we thought we would not need for travel. Have met and read about folks who stored “stuff” they thought they couldn’t give up at paid storage units. Storage frequently doesn’t work out for folks for many different reasons but if you think you might end up hating this lifestyle then temporary storage might be your answer. We admit that at first, it was hard to let go of some of our more beautiful things but once we started to let go it became increasingly easier. Estate sales, garage sales, Craigslist, giving to family, the Salvation Army donations, trash and things went a lot faster than it took to accumulate everything. It was very freeing as our “stuff” amount decreased. Of course, it would have been best to have our motor home in advance, load it with what we decided we needed and then get rid of everything else. Ah, but life doesn’t work out so well. We ordered our motor home and had to wait for it to be built, in the meantime our home sold and the push was on to empty the place. Our guess of what to take turned out OK there is very little we didn’t take that we later needed. We, of course, brought somewhat too much and had to get rid of some things later.
We’re proud of the fact that our Motor Home is not “over weight” according to the vehicle weight limit which would make traveling in it too dangerous. As you know, it is fairly easy to get an overweight vehicle to start rolling but you must also be able to stop the vehicle within a reasonable distance. When we think of adding something to our RV stuff, we must decide if we really need it to make living this way more enjoyable. That keeps the amount of “stuff” we accumulate down.