Since moving into our rolling home three months ago, we have driven through almost half the country, seen pretty much all of our immediate family, and made some beautiful, unexpected memories – as well as some we’d rather forget. This recap of our initial months of RV life gives an overview of where we’ve been and touches on the highlights, as well as the challenges we’ve faced so far on the road. (Don’t forget to watch our video at the end).
Sometimes you have to go back to the beginning to see how far you’ve been. For us, Triple Falls in North Carolina was that place. It was where our journey started, or at least where it got the most exciting. And it served as a time capsule of sorts – taking a snapshot of who we were almost a decade ago and saving it, so we could appreciate the changes years later. Although we don’t look like we’ve changed much on the outside (especially style-wise), our life couldn’t be more different!
When we drove across the dusty oil fields of Texas into New Mexico, our expectations were low. We didn’t want much more from this state than a relief from the Texas weather and change of scenery. Yet, as we were immersed in the unique landscapes, rich culture and interesting people, we felt our minds change and our hearts grow. It didn’t take long for us to become completely enamored with and inspired by New Mexico. And that tingle of magic still remains, long after we’ve shaken the last pieces of sand off our shoes.
Well, we’ve officially been on the road for one month. And, although we are still just winging it route-wise, there are some RV life goals we are working toward while we are getting lost out on the road. Now these aren’t your typical, “see every National Park” or “eat french fries in every state” goals. These are things that we feel will have a direct impact on our happiness. We’ve wanted to do these for a while, but never felt like we had the time. Well… now we have no excuse!
When we decided to become location independent, we had a lot of talks about where we would go once we hit the road. It is almost too easy to make a giant list of places to see and a plan to check them off as soon as possible. But then we realized that this isn’t a vacation. This is our new lifestyle. After years of rushing around on short trips, we would finally have time to REALLY see and enjoy the places we visit. It would be a waste not to take advantage of that. So, we decided to embrace the idea of slow travel.