Full-Time RV Life — You Are Living the Dream…
But Whose Dream?
I am often told I am living the dream. When they say that I think, — whose dream do they think we are living?
When we decided to RV full-time, it was after watching others on YouTube, the reality is that was their dream —yet I just wanted to be like them. This is often the case when we watch others doing something we think we want to do.
There is so much more to this “dream” than just traveling and adventure.
The real dream includes chores like — laundry, grocery shopping, mopping floors, puttering around the house, maintenance, making the bed, fixing meals. It has daily chores just like any other life and home.
This “dream” encompasses many components, many of which are just like any other daily life. But it also introduces new components that needs to be considered when thinking about joining the many others on the road.
- If you have dreamed of being a waste water management/technician, then RVing is for you, because it is part of the dream.
- If you have dreamed of being an electrical and mechanical engineer, then Rving is for you. It is part of the dream.
- If your dream was to be like a Truck Driver and hit the the road, RVing is for you.
- If your dream is to become an outdoor chef, fixing scrumptious meals by the campfire, then this is definitely the life for you.
- Did you ever dream of being a Travel Agent? You have to be when RVing. You will often spend hours on the computer doing research, making reservations, planning your route.
- How about an Event Planner? Someone has to coordinate events, entertainment, things to do.
- Did you want to be a school teacher? If you have kids, more than likely you will be home schooling.
- How about a mover? Packing up your home and moving — sometimes daily.
- Getting to know your family members “really” well in such a tiny space, including things you prefer not to know. :-)
- Many think this is an inexpensive lifestyle, but for many it is not as inexpensive as you may think.
- Freedom. Ahhhh, that’s what I thought, too. There is some freedom to this lifestyle, but in a crowded market with many parks filling fast, it is not as free and flexible as one might think.
- Changing neighbors. Don’t like your neighbors? Just wait, they will change.
This is OUR DREAM
1. Having a home. The cost of living in many locations are so cost prohibitive now. Many of us cannot afford to buy a home anymore. Rent is through the roof. Our Tiny House (Betty Jo — the Airstream) is home, she provides shelter and most of what we need.
2. Flexibility. I am of an age where I really need to be a snowbird especially for health reasons, but I am not ready to commit to just any location. This lifestyle affords me the flexibility to change locations during seasons and test the environment to see if it provides some relief. It also allows us flexibility during the seasons to be somewhere that may have milder weather. This winter, instead of grey skies and rain in the PNW (our usual winter) we are giving snowbirding a try in Florida. The sun, the warmth, the beaches, the palm trees are just what the soul ordered and I have found my flock.
3. Travel. RV Life was the only solution that made sense when it came to venturing to places we have always wanted to see or experience. This was the dream for us. Our main reason for giving this lifestyle a chance. It was also this reason we created and expanded our Bucket List once we hit the road. It provided opportunities we never even dreamed of. It has taken us places and on journeys we could not even imagine.
Are we living the dream? Yes, we are living our dream, but we are also living just like everyone else, it just happens that our home moves.
Consider what your dream really is when contemplating this lifestyle, make sure it is your dream, not someone else’s.