Taking a break from RVing every so often gives us great perspective for why we keep coming back to it as our primary living style. And why we’re investing so much into making our bus even more OUR bus.
Every time we think we’re ready to hang up the keys and try something different – whether it be boating, backpacking, housesitting, global nomadism or renting places longer term – RVing continues to be our perfect long term nomadic substrate.
We’re currently anxiously awaiting our bus renovations to be done so we can get back out on the road.
I thought I’d share some of the reasons why we keep choosing the RVing lifestyle – or rather the things we’re really missing right now:
Always Home. Always Traveling. – It’s no secret we’re homebodies with a serious streak of wanderlust. RVing means the two don’t have to be at odds. We get to explore new places all the time, constantly change up our views, meet & visit with a wide variety of people, follow the weather .. all while our home is our basecamp. We know every night we’re returning to our own space to recharge, and we know exactly what drawer the wine opener is in. There’s no place like home – RVing allows us to keep familiar surroundings, and our cat, all while traveling.
No Packing – We love exploring new places, we even love the process of getting there. But we’re spoiled just driving our home with all our belongs to our next location. When we venture off on other travel styles, we forget how intimidating it can be to pack. Trying to think about what we’ll need in advance, forgetting items, over packing, thinking about weight restrictions & carry-on limitations. Lugging around a bag becomes no fun pretty quickly. It makes RVing all that much more luxurious in comparison. Our RV is a huge suitcase on wheels that has everything we desire, including the kitchen sink.
Cost Savings –
We never got into RVing to save money, we did it to increase our quality of life. However we’re constantly amazed at how much we save each month over our previous fixed location lives. We get million dollar views all the time for a fraction of the cost of a suburban lifestyle. Yes, RVing can be as expensive as you want it to be – but it can also be incredibly affordable. That financial freedom may give us the choice to retire earlier than we might have otherwise. And we remain incredibly agile to explore income & volunteer opportunities that inspire us, not just pay the bills.
Choose Your Own Adventure – We are completely at the whims of serendipity. We don’t often need to make reservations, we wake up some mornings not knowing where we’ll sleep that night, we choose how far we want to travel in a day and we can choose when we stop somewhere longer term. If we start to feel the itch to move earlier than anticipated, we move. We love being in control of our pace to match our desires. No rental agreements to break, no escrow to close, no reservations, no itinerary to follow or pre-plan. It’s a unique kind of freedom.
Community – I used to think that a traveling lifestyle would mean a loss of the feeling of being part of community. Yes, at first it can be jarring and an adjustment. But the community we’ve formed on the road is amazing and constantly expanding. We’ve made friends in cities across the nation that we now visit regularly. And we’ve made friends with other nomads who we get to live in temporary moving neighborhoods with, and each have our own lives too. I can’t say I’ve ever felt this closely connected with a community before.
We’ve explored other forms of nomadism a few times over the years – a medical hiatus after our first year on the road, 5 months living in the US Virgin Islands in 2010, our bus hunt by rail in 2011 and most recently our summer Alaskan Adventure (which has now extended a few extra week awaiting our bus work to be done).
At our core, we are nomads. We love keeping a life of mobility, variety and mixing in various traveling styles.
But at the end of each RVing break, we have so far continued to choose RVing as our center.
Will we always make that choice? Who knows.
We do know we are definitely ready to get settled back down again after this summer’s sojourn.
Which for us ironically means .. being back in motion.