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…

For Those Who Can’t Travel Full-time Yet

June 5, 2018 | 19

I get a lot of wistful comments and e-mails from people who would love to do what I do, but there are very solid reasons why they can’t at this point in their life. These reasons aren’t just excuses because they don’t want to put in the effort. I get plenty of answers like that…

Where A Casita Can Go

May 1, 2018 | 22

Here’s another question I get asked frequently: “Where can you go in a Casita?” And by that people mean, how capable are they on dirt roads. What you’re using for a tow vehicle matters too of course, but for this post we’re going to focus on the trailer itself. Part of the answer depends on…

Full-time Travel Isn’t Comfortable

December 18, 2017 | 59

Five years I’ve been on the road now. Five years of explaining to strangers I meet in my travels about what I do. Five years of hearing people say they wish they could do that too. Five years of asking why they don’t. Some of these people have given travel serious thought and have concrete…

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…

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…

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…

Forgiveness

May 25, 2017 | 33

When you think of forgiveness, you probably think of forgiving others – letting go of feelings of anger and resentment towards someone who has wronged you as a way of healing and being able to look past an incident. And if you’re doing something unconventional with your life, there is probably someone who could use…

“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…

Hitching up, Backing up, and Dumping

April 14, 2017 | 37

It’s funny how often the things that stress us most about a new a endeavor end up being so much easier than we imagined once the time actually comes. One of those classic ‘making a mountain out of a molehill’ scenarios. Learning how to hitch up, back up, and dump the waste tanks are three…

Musings on Bad Luck and Probability

October 20, 2016 | 65

And we’re back in business! The problem with my laptop was a dying hard drive, replaced to the tune of $216 (a drop in the bucket compared to the truck repairs). Several readers have pointed out that I seem to be having a string of bad luck lately. If you look at the past 12…

An Open Letter To New Full-timers About Fear

September 9, 2016 | 62

Hello, I remember being where you are now, about to take the plunge and hit the road. You’re excited for this new chapter in your life, glad that the day is finally set and can’t wait for the experiences you’re about to have, for the feeling of freedom to wash over you. But it’s also…

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