I knew that I was seeking a simpler, debt free life, with fewer possessions, and a way of meandering travel without 'vacation frenzy'.
I lived in a house that due to circumstances I could no longer support. A major life change was necessary whether I pursued the opportunity to travel or not. So I set about the work necessary to downsize my life and sell my home and most of my possessions.
It was a lot of work!
The more I did, the more
resolved I became.
To Travel: Full-Time, Part-Time, Some-Time, Any-Time?
What ultimately will work for you?
I have little advise for someone contemplating this process. I can only tell what I considered when looking at this change in my life.
About this time I discovered Rv travel blogs. For me, I found a huge variety of blogs and books to be a source of information on the immense variety on the ways people travel. I have been drawn to blogs that share with great honesty their daily lives, AND struggles and triumphs.
Some people have wondered if bloggers gloss over the trials and focus only on the joy of RV travel. I have not found that to be true in the blogs I read.
Two blogs I first followed met with personal struggles that they shared with their readers. The first, a serious motor vehicle accident and the second a serious medical emergency. Certainly, not light reading for the would be traveler. Yet, I was encouraged by their problem solving and courage in facing all that life brought them on their personal journey. I will always be grateful for the honesty I have found in the blogs I choose to read.
I wondered if I could travel on my limited means and I found blogs who were dealing with just that and living life with gusto. The beginning of my dream crystallized.
Bloggers taught me that women CAN and DO travel solo. I ventured out more on my own. AND I LIKED IT. I learned that people live in vans, travel trailers, 5th wheels, motor homes - tiny to HUGE. That it is common for people to try out different sizes of living spaces AND change their minds. So I explored more and more options about what might work for me. I am not in my forever home but it is enough for now. I also now that I don't need the best of what exists to be happy. In fact for me now the best things in life have very little to do with things.
Indecision Can Become Paralyzing - Fear Overwhelming
Some blogs are great travelogues and I have found many places that I want to visit. I have found through reading and trial and error how I like to travel. I am not a every day a different destination traveler. I like to stay a while and find the back roads and out of the way spots. I have learned from others about the equipment that makes life easier on the road and what I need and don't need to make the journey work for me.
I have developed a network of other bloggers that provide a support system and source of information. Some have become friends. I depend on the wisdom and knowledge of others who travel the same path but I always filter the information through my filters of life experiences.
I read blogs that are just starting out, others living life boldly on their terms others living to the end of their days on the road. Some travel exclusively, other work along the way while others work from the comfort of their home on wheels. I have found reading blogs to be very informative, inspiring and entertaining . I don't always agree with all that is said, but I have learned something every day when I am open to listening to different points of views.
In the end, simply reading about others lives was not enough.
I have also learned by trying out new ways to travel and live my life.
When I find myself looking to others for answers, I often become more confused and overwhelmed. As I looked inside for my own understanding, I found what I needed to make the decisions in my own life.
I have discovered that I am not immune from dealing with life problems just because my house is on wheels. After four months on the road family needs brought me back to my home town. New priorities have kept me from the full time travel I planned for. My heart still longs to travel. I will travel at every opportunity. Indeed, I will create those opportunities.
I think about the future and Plan B (or what happens when travel isn't a major focus in my life). I sometimes wish I had resources to maintain a homebase and travel but I I will continue to plan for that next chapter as I also listen to others as they make life choices for themselves. I don't know completely where my path will lead by I know this......
Thanks to my teachers and blogger friends for sharing your lives with me. Thanks to my faithful readers for joining me this last year.... This last year has been quite a ride, full of twists and turns I could never have imagined. All of this makes me more determined to live life with gusto.....