We’ve known Pace & Kyeli for a few years now, and when they came to us this past summer with their latest idea to sell most their stuff, buy an RV and hit the road – we were supportive of their enthusiasm while trying our best to set their expectations to realistic.
After just five months on the road they announced they are selling the RV and moving to Portland instead. (Looking for a 5th Wheel with two bedrooms??)
The crux of it is… trying to juggle coming up to speed on RVing, building their online business and finding their stride as nomads was just too much for them to handle all at once.
Their reasons are very valid for them, and their vision of what life on the road would be like didn’t mesh with their reality. Most of us can armchair quarterback each of their reasons and offer different solutions, but the trade-offs just wouldn’t align with creating the happiness they want in life.
And isn’t that the whole point of living a life of conscious intent? Happiness.
Setting Realistic Expectations
This certainly isn’t the first time we’ve heard this story. We get contacted by a lot of aspiring nomads who have big visions of what life on the road will be like. Some of them make the leap. Only a handful find ways to make it sustainable long term (not that longevity is the only measure of success).
The common initial vision goes something like this:
‘I’ll quit my job, sell everything.. find an affordable RV.. travel to and stay in amazing gorgeous places .. and I’ll save tons of money so I can focus on building my income as I go!’
An amazing, sustainable, affordable life on the road is completely possible. But it’s not as easy as just buying the RV and setting off. As with anything in life, there are trade-offs at every corner.
We keep a list of ‘working on the road’ RVing blogs, and check in every few months to see who’s still excitedly on the road and blogging about it. And everytime, it strikes me by how many encountered challenges they just weren’t anticipating. Challenges that many of us already on the road accept as just part of the lifestyle.
Pretty darn often folks settle back down because the realities of life on the road did not mesh with their original vision.
When you’re contemplating a major lifestyle switch, it’s very easy to focus on the positives and downplay the potential challenges. Even as often as we, and our fellow RVing bloggers, try to not sugarcoat things – the image that can come through the loudest is all the amazing stuff.
And yes, overall, it is an amazing lifestyle. We love the technomadic life we’ve created.
But it hasn’t come without a lot of lessons along the way, and learning where the trade-offs are for our freedom. Heck, at 3 months into our initial journey, I was ready to toss the towel in too. (I’m so thankful I didn’t). At four years in, we outgrew our setup and took a break from RVing by temporarily moving to the Virgin Islands. Over our now nearly 7 years on the road, we still continue to tweak our approach.
The video: Realities of a RVing Nomadic Lifestyle
We were already planning a live video chat last week, and Pace & Kyeli’s announcement gave a great topic to focus on – The Realities of a RVing Nomadic Lifestyle.
This isn’t ‘here’s where Pace & Kyeli went wrong’ diatribe (in fact, they joined in the chat room during our talk)… but we did use their post to create talking points. The things they cite are some of the most common places where expectations and realities can become misaligned.
Some of the comments afterwards included ‘a must-see for anyone considering doing this.‘ Well, we don’t know about that… but if you’d like to reduce the odds of making a post like Pace & Kyeli’s a few months after hitting the road, the hour and half spent watching this video is probably worth while.
Here’s the archive of the live video chat (warning, it’s 1.5 hrs long- make sure you have the bandwidth before clicking play!):
If for some reason you can’t access the embedded video above, here’s a direct link to it on YouTube.
Here’s a brief outline of the topics we hit on in the video:
Here are some of the resources that we referenced during the chat:
- Pace & Kyeli’s post from 3/7/2013 outlining why they are selling their RV after 5 months of travel: http://paceandkyeli.com/
- Our (Technomadia’s) monthly cost log: Our Monthly Travel Expense Log
And here are some of our past posts relevant to this topic:
- Full Timers Perspective on Fuel Costs
- Selecting an RV for Full Timing
- It’s Not an Extended Vacation
- Finding Camping & Boondocking
Other article that where mentioned in the Q&A session at the end:
- Mobile Internet Options (including a video chat)
- Lithium Ion Batteries for RVs (including a video chat)
- Chapter 14: Feeling Safe while Traveling Full Time
- Our Entire ‘No Excuses: Go Nomadic’ series
- Our Mobile Gear
- Our Campground Reviews on RVParking.Com
We applaud Pace & Kyeli for giving their dreams a voice, giving it a try and having the awareness to put their happiness as a priority.
Thank you Pace & Kyeli for so honestly sharing your experience, expectations and where the reality did not align for you. Guess we’ll be adding Portland to our list of places to visit often.