For Love of the Challenge (Happy Birthday IO)

November 14, 2017 | 70

Okay, I think I found a better way to explain it. Some people had trouble understanding my meaning when I mentioned in an earlier post that my decision to downsize to a teardrop was an emotional one as well as one of logic, stating that logic should always prevail when making a big decision and…

The Emotional Side of RV Selection and More on Hiker Trailer

November 3, 2017 | 69

If you missed Tuesday’s big announcements about the rig purchase and Amazon Affiliate account termination, read that first! Given our love in this day and age for solutions that are practical and orderly, I’m sure everyone would like a nice, sound, scientific reason why I chose a teardrop over other RV types when I decided…

A Full-timer’s Secret Weapon

October 18, 2017 | 32

Tonight I’m parked at a Cracker Barrel in Sioux Falls, SD, waiting to go back into the repair shop tomorrow morning to address a new concern the shop created when they fixed the original problem. I can tell you all the whole story in a future post once it’s over, but really it won’t be…

What Day Is It?

October 7, 2017 | 26

Here I am again, after dark with just a couple hours until bedtime trying desperately to update the blog before my last ounce of energy leaves me. On the plus side, today (Day 8 work-camping at the beet harvest in North Dakota for those just tuning in), was our first short day due to weather…

Working the Beet Harvest: First Impressions

October 3, 2017 | 32

Hello everyone! Still alive after Day 4 of the beet harvest, woohoo! I’m typing this up while eating dinner, that should already tell you something about what this work-camping opportunity is like. I will be doing a thorough write-up of my time here, never fear! But 12 hour days of physical activity leave little time…

Mobile Internet Update

September 8, 2017 | 18

It’s been over two years since I last posted about how I stay connected on the road, and it’s changed since then. Time for an update! First, some history. For the first three years living in the Casita (2012-2015) I relied solely on public WiFi and mooching off of friends for getting online. If you’re…

Owning the Mess

September 2, 2017 | 58

What I had intended to be a quick announcement earlier this week about my upcoming plans generated a lot more response than I expected. It really touched me how interested all of you are in what I’m up to in my little corner of the world. It also made me a bit uncomfortable, because many…

Answered: Is Parking Overnight at Walmart Safe?

August 20, 2017 | 15

I travel alone and have been on the road nearly five years now. During that time, I have overnighted at Walmarts, truck stops, rest areas, and Cracker Barrels all over the country. I personally have never had an incident in the dozens of times I’ve done it, and I’ve stayed at Walmarts from Atlanta to…

Managing Analysis Paralysis When Traveling

July 28, 2017 | 11

When I hit the road as a full-time RVer, I anticipated many of the challenges of traveling solo, from loneliness to fear of failure to safety concerns. One thing I didn’t anticipate? Analysis paralysis. We’re fortunate to live in a first-world country, and have a lot more options on how to live our lives than…

The Grass is Not Always Greener

July 25, 2017 | 18

It never ceases to amaze me how much variety there is in this wonderful lifestyle. I hang out with folks in large motorcoaches with all the bells and whistles, and those who’ve converted old vans to the purpose. And by and large, both are happy with their decision to hit the road, no matter the…

Staying On Task when Working For Yourself

July 3, 2017 | 8

So you’ve done it. You’ve transitioned to location independent work that can be done from anywhere, and are making decent money from it. No more looking for seasonal jobs that are RVer friendly, this is the happily-ever-after you were searching for when it came to full-timing: absolute freedom to go where you want, when you…

An Idea for Choosing the Right Size RV

June 30, 2017 | 17

One of the most important questions you’ll ask yourself early on when shopping for an RV, before you even get to brand or floorplan, is what size is right for you – and it’s not an easy question to answer. Touring an RV on a dealer’s lot for ten minutes is not the same as…

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