When I graduated from High School I was voted “Most likely to live with an African tribe.”
Maybe it was because I wanted to be a missionary or because I’ve always lived life a little bit differently. I don’t suppose anyone would be very surprised to learn that I am working toward full-time RV living.
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In my college years, I was fascinated by the idea of modern-day monasticism, or intentional Christian communities. I even went on a “tour” of a few, including The Simple Way where I spend a few days with Shane Claiborne and his crew- cleaning trash out of an ally, protesting unfair practices of the energy conglomerate, and learning how they lived life together. I loved the concept so much that I attempted to start one in my hometown. But for various reasons, it didn’t work out.
Instead, I moved to Colorado to pursue my career as a social worker.
After 15 years in the field, I realized I didn’t want to spend one more day doing something I wasn’t passionate about.
I don’t remember when I first learned of the Tiny House Movement, but I remember being immediately enthralled. The idea of living in only the space that you need, with only possessions that are necessary, seemed so freeing to me. But I got married, had kids and started living a more conventional life.
Luckily, I married a dreamer. When I approach him with a “crazy” idea, his response is usually “okay! Let’s do it!”.
But life ticked on, and so did the grind. After all, there is a mortgage to pay, debt owed, and work to be done.
Then one day we were on a camping trip with our church Youth Group. One of the seniors talked about how her family had spent a year traveling full-time in an RV around the United States. Well, my husband and I looked at each other and decided right then and there that we were going to do it. We wanted to pursue full-time RV living.
This was 2 years ago.
Since then we’ve closed a business, started two businesses and had baby #3. With a local business and a new baby, we began to think maybe RV travel wasn’t in the cards. Or at least not full time.
But we just couldn’t shake it.
Over the last couple of months, we’ve been dreaming about the RV again. This time we’ve been making plans and taking action. We decided we aren’t going to let this dream die.
It definitely isn’t easy. Choosing a different kind of lifestyle means thinking outside the box when problem-solving. It means not everyone will “get it” or support our choice. We’ve had to overcome emotional and physical challenges in the pursuit of this dream.
So… why go through the trouble?
5 Reasons for Full Time RV Living
Going through this process has forced us to get really clear on why we are doing it. We regularly ask ourselves the question, “is this really worth it?” In the end, the answer is always “yes.” While there are many reasons people choose full-time RV living, these are our top five:
5. Minimizing expenses and gaining financial freedom. RV living is not free, but it can be inexpensive if you do it right. And where there is financial freedom, there is TIME freedom. This means more time as a family, more time for adventures, more time to experience what life has to offer.
4. Owning our schedule. Right now, our schedule is owned by jobs, weekends and holidays. Trips happen as “vacations”, when you can “take time off.” By working online we are able to be mobile, which will allow to us go places without rush or hurry. Instead of trying to decide if we want to use our one annual vacation for a family visit or to go someplace we’ve never been, we can do both and do it whenever works best for us. Which brings me to number 3…
3. The freedom to be where we want, when we want. My sister gets married or has a baby? We are there. We decide to stay for 3 months? Done. I want to see my bestie who lives 2000 miles away? No problem- we’ll add it to the route. I hear Washington is beautiful in the fall? Okay- let’s go! You get the picture. We can get the best from both worlds: being close to family/friends when needed and the ability to travel as we please- so long as it’s accessible by truck.
2. Minimizing our stuff. It’s no secret that this country has an addiction to stuff. But stuff weighs us down and clutter increases anxiety. The more STUFF I get rid of, the lighter I feel. Less space and less stuff means less time cleaning and picking up. Which leaves more time for…
1. FAMILY. Because life is short and we only get to go through my kids’ childhood once. There are so many things we want to experience with them and this is a great way to do it. Togetherness is our primary motivating factor.
All Rainbows and Butterflies?
I know it’s not always going to be rainbows and butterflies. As with all things in life, the good comes with the bad. In fact, I’m sure someday soon you’ll be reading a post from me of all the reasons NOT to choose full-time RV living. But if we don’t try it, we’ll never know.
Have you been thinking about a different kind of lifestyle? Going against the grain? Whether its full-time travel, tiny living or something completely different, we’d love to hear about it! Tell us more in the comments below and share what keeps you going in the tough times.