As we were pulling out of Cedar Key, we had a friend comment:
‘I liken this stop to being like a ‘vacation’… and now you come ‘home’ and back to balance. Or at least, that’s how I imagine vacation to be for a full-time RVer.’
Hmm.. Not really.
We’ve crafted such a lifestyle that is balanced between work, community, play and travel that even when stopped at a gorgeous tourist spot with lots of friends, it’s still not even close to being a vacation for us.
It’s just another day living at home, going to the office and doing non-work things in our off hours.
The hours in our day that seem like a vacation to outsiders – such as when we’re hanging out at a tiki bar, snorkeling on the beach or going kayaking with friends- is on par with the time that folks in a fixed location might spend in their day going for a jog before work, dropping the kids off at soccer or meeting up with friends for happy hour after a long work week.
Just happens the location, options for non-work activities and the cast of our social life change often.
Our designed life is about constant changes in scenery and pace.
Yes, Cedar Key was a change of pace after some intense months and full of social time in contrast. But we also worked a lot. We relaxed a lot. We explored a lot.
In other words, just another atypical day in the life of a technomad!
We always enjoy being neighbors for a bit with our nomadic peers who were also living a similarly balanced life. It’s a rare treat to be amongst friends who just get why we can’t come out and play all the time.
In the many years we’ve been on the road full time, I think I can count the number of times we’ve been on something resembling ‘vacation’ on one hand. Perhaps the occasional cruise is the closest we come. Even while participating in Burning Man we generally have satellite internet and are happily integrating in some limited work hours.
It seems counter intuitive to those who have to plan a vacation each year, and we catch a bit of flack when they see us working during theirs:
‘Shut the computer and enjoy the beach already!’
When you’re trying to convey it to those with a clear distinction of ‘vacation time’, it can be hard to comprehend.
“Our Job is Better Than Your Vacation” – a shirt worn by fellow nomad Pat Bonish of Low-Key Hideaway.
We think it’s pretty fricken cool that our office view changes regularly, and we get to constantly explore new places in our non working hours.
Our life is so varied that a typical vacation is not even something we crave. If there’s a place we feel like being, or we need a change of pace – we just move on, change our view and adjust to the pace that is calling us.
As entrepreneurs who are in total control of our work hours, it’s not even like hours equates to vacation. The variability of our lives is just that … life.
Sometimes we’re more focused on work. Sometimes more on fun. Sometimes more on family. And sometimes we struggle to try to do it all.
But in the end, our chosen lifestyle is all about balance.
We consider it a measure of success in finding that balance when ‘vacation’ is not a common word in our vocabulary.