This month’s introduction to nomads will be focused on the 17 nomadic households that we’ve been neighbors with over the past month here at the fantastic Hill Shade RV Park in Gonzales, TX for the NuRVers Gathering. We come from all walks of life, and from all over the place.
The one thing we all seem to share in common is our passion for the road and not waiting until retirement to just do it!
We’d love for you to meet all our amazing new friends (some who we’ve profiled before), who each have an inspiring story to tell. Listed in order of arrival… meet the Days of Nu 2 attendess:
| Sara, Matt, Bella and Lucy / Happy Janssens
The Janssen family started out on the road about 3 years ago on the Live Lightly tour, and then settled back in Montana thinking they were done with the road. After the birth of Lucy, they decided they were meant for the road and headed back out. Their gorgeous RV is run on straight veggie oil, and part of their income is derived on doing veggie oil conversions for others.
|Chris & Cherie / Technomadia
That’s us! Chris has been on the road full time for just over four years after leaving behind his Silicon Valley job, and Cherie joined him in May 2007 after selling her house in Florida. They live out of a 17′ solar equipped fiberglass egg – doing remote software development and technical consulting.
| Chris, Becky & Nora / Tao of Long
The Long family has been on the road for about 2 years after living in New England and trying to make their artistic careers thrive. While they continue to find ways to fund their travels with Chris’ amazing sculpting skills and Becky’s painting – Chris is currently a traveling cookware salesman.
|Tara, Justin & Zeb / Organic Sister
This group just left their base in Las Vegas about 2 months ago, and is just getting started. They travel in a 1970s small Winnebego, converted to run off veggie oil and solar. They originally thought they’d travel around for a year until they found ‘home’.. but may be discovering that the road is really home. Justin is a skilled carpenter and Tara is a massage therapist who just launched an Unschooling Coaching business.
|Sam & Tracy / ZenNomads
These two left on the road about 6 months ago after their grown kids moved away from their base in Florida – finally free to explore their dreams of travel. Sam is a software developer and system administrator, and is able to work remotely on the road. Tracy was a preschool teacher, which isn’t a very mobile career – so now she takes care of Sam, their two dogs and their turtle.
| Jonathan & Dasy / WeGoFar
These two gave up their high pressure IT careers in the Washington DC area last summer, rented their house out and decided to hit the road for a year or two. They pick up consulting contract work as they go.
|Jim & Rene / Live. Work. Dream.
About three years ago Jim & Rene sold their home and business in California to explore the road with their three-legged dog Jerry. Jerry passed away, and they bought a summer home in Colorado. They now travel the winter months in the south with their new three legged family member, Wyatt – running their Tripawds business providing support for three legged animals.
|Michael & Shonda / RV Her
Michael and Shonda have been on the road a few months, and travel around running their business doing eLearning for crime scene clean-up, and speaking at seminars.
|Ben / Where is Ben & Karen / Pegasus0880
Ben has been on the road full time for just over four years, touring in his rock star Prevost bus. He’s a Photoshop master, teaching and training along the way as well as exploring his artistic photographer side. Karen, a graphic artist, just joined him at the beginning of the year – working with her employer to convert her existing job to be mobile.
|Kevin & Angie / Chillaxnet
Kev & Ang have been on the road full time for over 4 years. Kev is a web application developer who works remotely from his sweet mobile office setup. Ang has a full time job keeping him in line. These awesome folks are also the founders of NuRVers and we’re ever so grateful for their vision and dedication to our community.
|Damien & Michele / Remiks Jewelry
These two have been on the road full time for over 7 years, and fund their travels by making and selling jewelry. They sell both at fairs across the country, as well as through their Etsy online store.
|Jennifer / Living in my car
Jennifer just bought her first RV literally weeks before the rally, and by the end of May – she’ll be departing on her first solo RV adventure to the Artic Circle! She’ll continue to work remotely helping administer the small business her husband and her run. While she’ll be doing the driving solo, her husband is planning to fly out to rendezvous with her at various stops along her adventure.
|Steve, Beverly & Slade
This family has put their house in Texas up for sale, and is itching to figure out what their ideal home on wheels will look like. They were able to pick up a lot of useful information at NuRVers. They hope to hit the road soon, and are still considering what their source of income will be. Steve is currently a fierier (horse shoer), and thinks he might be able to convert that to a mobile career. Hopefully they’ll soon open a blog to share their adventures with us!
|Joey Claire / Nomad Me
After 12 years of owning an RV as a temporary office and crash pad while managing her restaurants, this was Joey’s first RV adventure and rally! She’s going full time as a single solo traveler, and ramping up her art business. She intends to convert her RV to a mobile art studio. A long time sufferer of chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia, Joey is proof that single women of any age can travel on their own! (It should be no surprise that Jennifer and Joey are sisters… both these women are downright courageous!). Joey’s new blog should be online soon…
|Gillian, Kwamena and Efua / Intense Lives
This single mom and her kids made a surprise last minute addition to the rally. The family has been nomadic for many years, but this is their first time traveling by RV for these past few months. And they’re loving it! Gillian has been living off the sale of her business, but is currently ramping up a writing career to continue funding their travels.
|Skipper, Selena and Levi / Peace of Parsley
This family has just purchased their RV, and are in process of converting it to be their full time home. They currently make organic products (salves, etc) that they sell at farmer’s markets on weekends – and intend to take the business on the road with them.
|Brice & Rose / Tacky Texans
The youngest folks at the rally just purchased and moved into their 1970s Avion trailer literally days before the rally. They’re currently parked in Austin and transitioning their lives to live on the road full time. They aim to be fully mobile by the beginning of next year.
The NuRVers Days of Nu 2 Gathering was an amazing event, with some very amazing people.
We were able to conduct indepth video interviews with most of these folks, and are excited to be working on two different documentaries with the footage. One we’ll debut here and for the NuRVers community for you to learn more about life on the road and how we all make it work. And another for a Digital Nomad documentary that Almost Fearless is ramping up, for which she is currently accepting donations towards.
We’d like to send many thanks to Sara Janssen for her beautiful photography at the event and for allowing us to share it with you. Her images are featured above for each nomadic household and group shot used as the header image.