I’d like to start out this post with a shout out to Russ and June, and Debbie, members of the IO community here, and the couple traveling in the Casita (if you gave me your names, I’ve forgotten them, sorry) who while not devout blog readers still knew who I was. These folks have all stopped in recently for a visit while I’ve been working out here in Zion, and I always enjoy meeting the people I’m writing for.
If you’re interested in meeting up with me on the road, the best thing to do is keep an eye on my RVillage location (done easily enough by friending me there), or when you notice on my blog posts my location getting close to yours or vice versa, sending me an e-mail or commenting on a recent post and letting me know your intentions. Dropping in without warning is okay if you’re just looking for a quick hello nice to meet you, but if you’d like to spend more time with me it’s best if you give me advanced warning, since I could easily be working or off exploring the area.
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There’s no exciting new location to report on this week, as I spent most of my day off on Wednesday working on the new IO pictures and then still had to go into work for a couple hours, and then spent all of my day off on Thursday working at an ongoing project.
Quite a few of you commenters over the years have mentioned that I should write a book, and as it turns out I’ve been writing an eguide behind the scenes for quite a while now.
Getting started full-timing as a single young woman who was not making a fortune and had no prior RV knowledge was quite possibly the most challenging thing I’ve ever done. It ranks right up there with finishing the vet tech program at college, and I might rate it as easier than passing my board and state statutes exams only because I was so wildly and desperately passionate about finding a way to make my long-term dream of perpetual travel a reality.
But I still well remember the obstacles. The early months spent researching RVs, hours spent combing over my finances trying to figure out how much money it was going to take to get started, and nights spent worrying about what I would do if something broke down. Phase one ended that September day I took off from South Carolina, but that wasn’t the end. The first six or so months on the road was a different sort of roller coaster, adjusting to a completely different lifestyle where everything I owned had to fit in about 120 sq feet of space, and where there was no such thing as a consistent social network to belong to.
Being on the other side of those hurdles now, I can say that yes: the hard work and stress was without a doubt, completely worth it.
One thing that helped immensely when I was getting started was gathering pieces of advice from other younger full-timers who had successfully made the leap.
And so I’ve been writing a guide. There are plenty of general information ebooks out there for full-time RVing, so this one focuses on what I’m best at: Going full-timing for single, pre- retirement aged people, and doing it without going into debt or breaking the bank by sticking with a small RV. While everyone’s journey to full-timing is going to look a little different, I know this will be a help to those who’s circumstances are similar to mine.
More information will be coming soon. In the meantime, I wish you all a good week. This weekend has been the busiest of the season here at Zion Mountain Trading Post, and no one is entirely sure why, but it’s beaten out Memorial Day and the 4th of July. The campground has been full past capacity the last two nights and I’m looking forward to tomorrow when all of the weekend warriors are back at work and Zion quiets down some again. Today’s pictures were all taken inside the park.
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