Saying Yes! to Challenges

June 22, 2018 | 9

Going full-time RVing. It’s a scary goal, paved with a lot of hard work and uncertainty. Deciding what RV to buy (and then actually buying it), downsizing out of a house, getting the logistics of mail, banking, and insurance sorted, not to mention the question of how to earn a living on the road, it…

A Call for Change

January 3, 2018 | 35

I hope everyone’s having a great start to the new year. I’m in the midst of planning out setting intentions for 2018, as a part of my Annual Review process. You can read that article for the full details on what an annual review is and how to conduct one yourself, but today I wanted…

Life as an Experiment

November 28, 2017 | 23

You would think that with such a novel lifestyle as a traveler has, that it would be impossible to fall into the kind of day-after-day routines that one experiences living a stationary life. But that isn’t the case. Oh, the routine has more variables than one of a person living a stationary life, but it…

Backpacking Trip Prep

July 21, 2017 | 16

The mad planning from early in the week transitioned to mad packing a couple days ago, and by the time you read this on Friday, Julie and I will be in the car and driving up to Grand Portage, MN where we’ll spend the night at a hotel and then catch the ferry out to…

What Kills Dreams (And What Saves Them)

July 7, 2017 | 17

Let’s talk for a moment about what kills dreams. Fear kills dreams. “I worry that this won’t work out, it’s safer not to try.” Practicality kills dreams. “This seems like an unrealistic goal, I better scale it down to something easier.” Uncertainty kills dreams. “I don’t know how I’m going to do this, I’ll just…

“Can I Go Full-time RVing?”: The Answer

May 12, 2017 | 29

There are so many voices on the internet making their opinion known that it’s hard to know who to listen to when you ask a question about RVing. And once you’ve decide whose answers sound right to you another question arises: Does this person really know what they’re talking about? I don’t want to screw…

The Vehicle Replacement Fund

March 2, 2017 | 47

Last fall I experienced my first vehicle break-down since hitting the road, and repairs ended up costing more than my truck was worth. The whole ordeal made me rethink the idea of an emergency fund and ultimately, expand on it. Most experienced full-timers tote how important it is to have an emergency fund and I…

You Must Be Crazy

July 10, 2015 | 47

Lately there’s been a lot of comments and e-mails from new readers who are just starting to look into the RVing lifestyle (welcome!). Back in March I wrote a guest post for another blog (CheapRVLiving), and it occurs to me I’ve never shared that content with all of you here at IO. I thought it…

Fluid Decision Making

April 17, 2015 | 34

When people make a decision about something, the majority tend to think of that conclusion as rigid and uncompromising. I use to think like this before I hit the road, that once I made up my mind about something, be it a course of action, a purchase decision, a political stance, what I thought of…

Revolution Day

March 20, 2015 | 25

Hey everyone, this is a continuation of the story of ‘what came before Interstellar Orchard’ that started on Tuesday. You’ll want to read that first if you haven’t yet! February 20, 2010 Wake up before dawn. Get ready in a haze. Drive 40 minutes in the dark still half asleep. Trudge through eight and a…

Words of Encouragement

February 13, 2015 | 47

Yes, I’ll admit it. I’m one of those people. One of those people who smiles when they see inspirational messages in poster form in the home decor section of stores. One of those people who Likes motivational pictures posted up on Facebook. Heck, I’ve even had one such quote at the bottom of this blog…

The Long Game

September 3, 2014 | 47

“How long are you going to do this?” It’s another one of those questions I get asked frequently from both other RVers and stationary folks when discussing my lifestyle. The answer I eventually settled on is “Until I feel like doing something else more.” Which is the truth, but it’s the truth shortened down to…

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