Patreon Launch and What an Average Travel Day Looks Like

The last of the tomatoes at Misty’s house

As you read this on Tuesday, I’ll be preparing to get back on the road. Since the start of the month I’ve been moochdocking in my friend Misty’s driveway in Texas (a regular occurrence when I come through this part of the country) and it’s been great to sit still while working on a solution to losing my Amazon affiliate income. Travel is wonderful and everyone should do more of it, but it’s not conducive to getting lots of work done.

But today’s the big day! The IO Patreon page is live as of early this morning, and now that I find myself between projects again, the time feels ripe to hit the road.

I get asked a lot what my average day as a full-timer looks like, which is challenging because this lifestyle doesn’t lend itself to average. Everywhere you go, every job you take, it’s all different and my routine varies from location to location. Never the less, I’ve given an example of my average boondocking day and my average work-camping day before, and will now do my best to describe the average travel day.

The average travel day actually starts a day or two before the actual traveling, as that’s when I plan out my route. In the early days, I’d do this shortly after arriving in a new location and well before departing for the next, but I found that doing it this way I’d frequently change my mind last-minute and have to do the work all over again. And even if I didn’t, I’d have forgotten a lot of the details and have to go back the day before anyway to look at it all again.

So by the morning of the travel day, I already know where I’m going and the route I’m taking to get there, more or less.

I wake up, and after breakfast immediately start packing up camp. Even with an RV the size of the Casita, it takes time to get everything put away and sorted. Between prep work and hitching up, it can take as long as an hour and a half to get through the whole process depending on how much I’ve spread out in camp and how efficient I’m being. If all I have to do is hitch up, I can do that whole process in a half-hour. On shorter travel days, I’ll often work on the computer in the morning, and start packing up after an early lunch.

Then I pull up directions on my phone’s GPS program, and get on my way.

A Lubbock, TX sunrise

I usually listen to music while I drive. Early on I would call friends to talk on long drives, but the longer I’ve been traveling the less need I feel to do this. I’ve come to enjoy the almost meditative qualities of a long drive taken alone. It gives me time to think about things that I push aside on other days when there’s something else to do. I also keep my eyes peeled for blog-worthy things to share, as I pretty much always write travelogues for these days.

A lot of newbies/wannabes have an unrealistic view on what a travel day looks like as a full-timer. I know when I was still in the dreaming stage, I imagined meandering down the road without a care in the world, enjoying the rolling scenery out the windows and being able to stop at any interesting thing I happened across.

The reality is, travel days get tiring. I personally do most of my relaxing once I’ve arrived at my destination. It takes more concentration to drive a long distance with an RV, as they’re larger than a passenger vehicle, handle differently, and you’re always aware of bumps and things that could damage your belongings within. The idea of stopping at every point of interest sounds great in theory, in reality you need to constantly assess if you’ll be able to safely get in, park, and get out with your rig which ruins a lot of the spontaneity. Plus, there’s always a time limit on travel days, even if you have no specific destination to get to – you have to make sure you can find a legal place to spend the night. And it’s a lot easier to scout out and park an RV in a new location when it’s still light out and you can see what you’re doing.

My solution is to drive the Casita from point A to point B and park him, and then use that as a staging point and take my truck to explore things I want to see in the area. If you really like the idea of seeing most of the things you want to see while you travel, you might enjoy a smaller rig like a van/Class B more.

Usually lunch is my biggest meal of the day. On travel days I prefer a rest stop for making lunch, but if I can’t find one I’ll also stop at truck stops or any other large public lot. I’ll take a little walk to stretch my legs, and often I’ll read a book while eating.


How long the long the lunch period gets depends on my stop for the night. I often overnight at Walmarts or other businesses, and it’s considered bad form to arrive early at these places (or stay late the next day). So I’ll extend my lunch to the point that I arrive at my destination as the sun is setting. If on the other hand I’m going to be arriving at a destination I’m going to stay at for a while (campground, boondocking spot, etc.) I may skip or delay lunch to arrive as early as I can, to ensure I get a good spot and give myself as much time to enjoy that area as I can.

When I arrive at my destination, whether it’s just one night or if it’s going to be several, there’s some work to do before I can rest I need to level Cas and do a check to be sure nothing bad happened in transit. I may need to ask permission to stay the night (Walmart etc.), or if I’m going to be staying a while I’ll need to unhitch and unpack everything.

After all that’s done comes my favorite part of travel days – exploring my new home. There’s nothing quite like the glee of getting to know a place for the first time (or getting reacquainted with a place you love) and that feeling is what makes the less desirable parts of travel days completely worth it to me. Happy travels everyone.

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Have a great Thanksgiving all, thanks for reading. And for those who decide to pledge on Patreon, a special thank you!

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  1. Becky on November 23, 2017 at 3:49 pm

    I’ve talked about the departure checklist in other posts, guess I should have linked that one here too! Thanks you two.

  2. jimf on November 23, 2017 at 7:09 am

    I agree that checklists can be helpful. It also occurred to me that you could make your checklists (if you use them) available to supporters on patreon.

    I’ve been reading your blog since last summer when I came across it looking for boondocking spots in southern Colorado. I enjoy your writing quite a lot. (Your favorite camp sites could also be a benefit to share with your supporters.) My partner and I travel in a nimble class b rig and I agree that you’ll enjoy the more isolated spots that you’ll get to in your teardrop.

    Happy travels!

  3. JimM on November 22, 2017 at 7:25 am

    Some excellent advice and commentary about the types of travel and visiting places of interest with a car vs. a RV. My thoughts exactly.

    There’s one thing I like to do before travel that you didn’t mention. Making a departure list. Every trip I make, no matter if it’s 2 hour or 8 hour, I’ve made a list of last minute details I need to take care of. Having a written list in hand assures that everything gets done and nothing important is forgotten. I keep it readily at hand starting a couple days before travel and jot down chores as they come to mind. Then the day before or day of travel, I can leisurely complete each chore and cross it off the list without being in a hurry.

    Some RV’ers even have a printed pre-travel check list that they’ve developed during their travels to avoid costly mistakes.
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  4. Philip Roll on November 22, 2017 at 6:53 am

    Thanks for sharing your life with us. You are an inspiration. I’m going to look into your Patreon page and consider contributing. You’ve given me a lot of value, I think its time to give back.

    • Becky on November 23, 2017 at 3:46 pm

      Thank you for pledging Philip!

  5. Terri on November 22, 2017 at 5:25 am

    I think my brother and sister in law are pretty much the same way as they are “overlanding” down in Guatemala right now. (Overlanding is a term I had never heard of before!)

    I think if I were to live nomadically, the class B would be the best thing for me because of the pets, meaning the cats. To think of moving them in and out of carriers all the time – ugh. They would hate it and so would I! But if not nomadically, I know a tiny house is the way I want to go.

    Thanks for giving us a glimpse at a travel day in Becky’s world! And congrats on getting Patreon started!
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    • Becky on November 23, 2017 at 3:45 pm

      Overlanding is a pretty new term in general I think Terri, I only learned of it recently too.

      You’re welcome and thanks!

  6. Arkansas Sue on November 22, 2017 at 5:02 am

    “Moochdocking” I LOL!

  7. Candace H. on November 21, 2017 at 6:32 pm

    This is really valuable information that I wish we had realized before we went trailer-ing. We bought a new to us travel trailer and thought we would be able to travel in a similar fashion as previously on car/hotel road trips. After our first outing we changed our perspective and now think of the trailer as a cabin with wheels that we will tow to a central destination, park it for a week or more and see the area in our truck.
    You will be even more nimble when you get your new rig.

    • Becky on November 23, 2017 at 3:43 pm

      Yes Candace, RVing is different from staying in hotels for sure!

  8. Michael on November 21, 2017 at 2:48 pm

    The move to a hiker has me interested. Looking forward to the transition.Will you be selling or trading the casita?

    • Becky on November 23, 2017 at 3:42 pm

      Yes Michael but not for a while yet as I don’t get the teardrop until September. I’ll make an announcement here and on YouTube when I’m ready to sell to give you guys first dibs.

  9. James on November 21, 2017 at 12:12 pm

    I missed why the Amazon affiliationwas lost. Mind sharing?

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