Our first year of RV living

We’ve been living on the road in our RV for 333 days!

The year went by entirely way too fast. When we said goodbye to everyone in Minnesota last year, we thought it would feel like an eternity before we would see them again. Now we’re back in Minnesota spending the next several weeks visiting family and friends (and getting in several “luxury” showers) before we set off on the road once again. When we entered Minnesota this week, Ben said “It feels like we just left!”

And so the cliche goes.

Common Questions

“How do you like it?”

We love it. Sure, this past year has had its challenges. The RV has needed costly upgrades and repairs. We sometimes disagreed on how long we should stay in one place. The weather was not always cooperative. But none of that outweighs the benefits we have felt. We have the freedom to wake up somewhere different and experience something new everyday. We have learned to become more intentional with our time. We have connected with a community of like-minded individuals who are on the same quirky journey. Most importantly, we are learning a lot about each other and what we need for a life well-lived.

“Do you think you’ll get a bigger/smaller RV?”

No. Somehow, on the first try, we chose the perfect RV for us (6 months of research may have helped). This may not always be the case, but we love Bigfoot and it truly feels like home.

“How long do you think you’ll keep doing this?”

We don’t know. Right now we don’t have an end date in mind. Our goal was to make it one year, no matter what. We are fortunate to have good health and supportive careers that have afforded us the flexibility to travel full time. If that stays the same, we do not see an end to this adventure.

“What is your favorite place you’ve visited?”

This is a hard question to answer. So instead, here is an fun infographic highlighting our year:

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Lessons learned

  1. RVs are like houses. There will always be a project to complete.

  2. If something isn’t working, first check the ON switch.

  3. ALWAYS have a campground or RV park reservation for holiday weekends.

  4. RV life doesn’t mean picturesque adventures everyday. We will not experience every famous mountain, lake, or park, and that’s okay. Some of our most memorable experiences were not planned or found in a guide book.

What’s next?

We confirmed this year that we are both drawn to trees and mountains. This past winter was wet and harsh all throughout the country, and it left us in the desert for longer than we had intended. This upcoming year we would like to see more of Utah, spend some time in the Pacific Northwest, and follow the Rocky Mountains into Canada. But we are open to all possibilities!

Time is like a river. You cannot touch the same water twice, because the flow that has passed will never pass again. Enjoy every moment of your life.

- Unknown