Our tickets are booked – we head back to where our RV is parked in Florida on April 5, ending our wonderful winter season in the US Virgin Islands. We’ve been trying to shift focus to considering what life might look like for us upon returning stateside. We’ve been considering the range of desires we both have for future adventures to determine what feels right.
We really have no firm plans or decisions made. One of the cool things about having a life designed to be open to unlimited possibilities, is that there are always a lots of possibilities!
Some of the options that find their way to the top of our list have included:
Embarking on our sailing dreams
St. John is a cruiser’s mecca this time of year, and that was one of the appeals of us wintering here. We’ve been blessed to have been able to hang out with full time cruisers and checking out a number of boats for sale. However, at this point – we just don’t feel ready to embark on this lifestyle right now. We’re not sure we’re quite ready to take on the challenges of maintaining a boat, trying to find a work/life balance aboard or the horror stories of the unending boat projects our cruising friends tell us about.
Sailing is something we want to do eventually – but we’re just not ready to make the sort of commitment (financial or timewise) right now.
Extended international travel
We both would love to get back into international travel – something we both had a good amount of experience with before we met. Renting short term here in St. John has really given us a great balance of feeling at home while being in an amazing new place to explore when not working. So the idea of slowly wandering the world is strongly calling both of us – staying in places measured by months, not days.
The biggest obstacle is Kiki. We’ve started some research on importing cats into other countries, and there are a handful of countries that have fairly easy sounding policies that don’t involve lengthy quarantines. But it does seem it could be rather pricey (at least as expensive, if not more so, than traveling with a kid) and full of red tape. We would love to hear from folks who have dealt with traveling internationally with pets to confirm if it’s actually feasible or not while moving around a few times a year. We fear that many of our international dreams will put us in the position of needing to find a temporary long term home for Kiki. Which definitely diminishes our interests in much international travel.
However, one interesting option if we didn’t have Kiki to contend with – is taking a transatlantic repositioning cruise this spring to Europe (which are relatively dirt cheap) and setting off from there with a couple backpacks. We’re both also feeling called to exploring southeast Asia for a bit. Or we’re highly intrigued by applying for summer (our winter) temp jobs in Antarctica.
Returning to RVing
The easiest and most logical option is to of course returning to our home on wheels. The idea of returning to the exact same life we were living prior to St. John just isn’t all that appealing to us. But it’s not so much the RV that isn’t calling us, but what feels like had become routine for us – rushing around the country to attend events, and not having nearly enough still time to stop and enjoy the journey. We crave something new!
So, we’re giving consideration to ways to shake things up and enjoying what we think could be our last RVing days for now. Some of the RVing ideas that interest us include:
- Finding some other fellow technomads on wheels to caravan up to Alaska with, or perhaps down into Central America. Or even just staying domestic and sharing in roving mobile community. The idea of continuity of nomadic community is highly appealing to us. Interested?
- Concentrating on visiting places we’ve not been before, or spots we want to spend more time in. We have just a handful of states left to mark off.
- Concentrating on staying in places that would provide excellent hiking and running trails, so that we can both focus on advancing our run training.
- Finding a city we’d be happy in for a few months, and concentrate on getting trained up to be qualified disaster relief volunteers.
- Perhaps considering a slightly larger RV to give us a bit more space and amenities. However the task of RV shopping for something as uber-awesome and unique as our Oliver doesn’t thrill us.
- Looking into shipping our Oliver overseas, and RVing in different countries. RVing in Europe, for instance – may be a way to scratch our international itch and be quite Kiki-compatible.
Listening to Serendipity
Of course, there are probably tons of other options out there that have not yet presented themselves. So we’re keeping our ears and eyes open to whatever opportunities serendipity might have for us. People we know who need to sublet their place in another amazing place for a bit? Temporary fun work projects or volunteer gigs? Care-taking property?
Have ideas or opportunities that might be a fun adventure for us.. for sure, be in touch!
I suspect that returning to the RV for at least the short term is most likely, and perhaps having one last big adventure together. But we do feel that our days traveling via our Oliver Travel Trailer might be coming to an end. In our minds, we consider ourselves open to entertaining the right offer to sell and move on to whatever is next for us. And I suspect that by the end of the year, it’ll feel right to actively list the trailer for sale.
And in all honesty, we really don’t have a clear vision other than not settling down anywhere long term. And while we hoped that we’d be leaving St. John with some clear direction, it doesn’t bother us much that the future is just as fuzzy for us as it was back in September.
It’s fun to be in a mindspace of not knowing what might be next … and really and truly being open to the possibilities.