A New Adventure: Full Time RV Living


How we ended up living in an RV full time:

I have started to write this so many times but I have found it hard to figure out where to start, when to stop and how many details were really necessary… I have finally decided that there will be plenty of opportunities to share all the details. Today I will just share a bit about how we ended up where we are today, with a shrunken home and expanding family!

Last year, when housing prices began to climb significantly here on the Sunshine Coast we threw around the idea of selling our house and taking some time to travel. My Hubby Bryn and I both love to travel and each did a fair bit before we were together and “normal life” took over. We dreamed of 6 weeks in New Zealand but the conversation always got stone-walled at, “but then what?”. We would have sold our home, and the rental market here is expensive with few options, so then what? Eventually we tabled the idea and although we were still craving a massive change in our lifestyle, we decided selling our house wouldn’t be a very smart thing to do.

But then we changed our minds…

Not so accidentally, we started stumbling across the concept of full time RV living via some blogs, you tube videos, and some of the top leaders in the company I work with. At first it was sort of intriguing in one of those “good for them”, sort of ways but it didn’t really seem 100% tangible to us. Over time that feeling changed as the idea marinated in the back of our minds. One day it just clicked, it really checked all the boxes for the changes we wanted to have in our life and family and so we decided to put the wheels in motion.

The first thing we did was a massive purge of our closet, it was almost like we were both testing each other’s resolve to actually go through with this all, it took Bryn about 10 minutes to cut his “wardrobe” into about 1/3 of the already small size. Then it was like he was daring me to show how serious I was by following suit… It took about two hours for me to do the same damage he had. The pile was a huge mountain and we filled 3 industrial sized garbage bags with clothing. It felt absolutely amazing to clear so much out and it felt like the beginning of this crazy adventure.

I will do a post in the near future about what it really looks like to whittle your belongings down to what will fit in a 32′ trailer (and one small storage locker), but it is intense – and also incredibly liberating, I would highly recommend it, even if you aren’t selling your house and taking life on the road. I am definitely a re-formed pack rat.

But what about money, and the future after RV living?

There is another huge factor that played into making this decision that we do not take for granted at all. That is that our home very nearly doubled in just 3 short years, of course some of that was the improvements we made to it but a lot was simply buying low and then the market taking off. We were able to pay off a considerable amount of debt, purchase a truck and our travel trailer cash to avoid having any significant monthly payments, and still have a decent chunk to re-invest one day and to live off for of for a while.

Which brings us to the last large piece of the puzzle, sure we can travel for a while but then what, be left with nothing of monetary value (like a house)? This is honestly the biggest leap of faith in this story, but we both know how to work hard and are willing to put the time in now to work towards creating and living the life we want to live with and for our family. I have been lucky to come across a product and company that I absolutely love and I have no doubts that as we are able to put in a full time effort into it (and this blog!) as we travel, we will be able to replace and exceed our current income.

SO now it all makes sense right?

That is the very short version of how we ended up where we are today! Living in a 32′ travel trailer with our little boy, and with another little one on his way in early December. Bryn and I have been wanting to expand our family for quite some time and are overjoyed that this little guy will get to come along for the ride with us!

As a family we want to adventure, and experience life in a way that just is not possible with a conventional job and lifestyle. We want to offer experiences to our children, and although they may not remember them, they will still help shape them and how they see the world. Some people think we are crazy (and some days I would not even argue with that), but I love that saying by Lewis Carroll “in the end, you only regret the chances you didn’t take” and that is what we are living by for now. Once we set off to take this full time RV living circus on the road early next year we plan to travel for 1-2 years, or more if we absolutely love it, and we are leaving where we land at the end of it totally open!

 

A Few Small Tips on Dealing with Big Change

Sometimes life just coasts along, some things change but they are small and hardly noticed and don’t seem to disrupt a thing. Things are comfortable, safe and predictable like a well broken in pair of jeans BUT sometimes a slightly less comfy new pair of jeans gives you some extra swagger in your step and THAT is what I am trying to remember.

Aside from the small detail of becoming parents our life for the past couple of years has been chugging along smoothly, my hubby with a decent and steady job at a local mill (the reason we relocated here), me enjoying my year of mat leave and expecting to return to work full time (a bit begrudgingly of course), we bought a house, upgraded a vehicle and were relatively comfortable with most aspects of our life.

Then all of a sudden … SO. MUCH. CHANGE.

The hubby gets a lay-off notice.

I am told my position at the bank has been eliminated but they will probably have something for me at one of the two branches on the coast… Or they will have a severance package for me. Nbd.

My chronic procrastinator self actually starts looking for childcare and realizes there might be one option that will take our little guy and by the time we pay childcare more of my income will be going to that than I will bring home… I had been assuming that I would just simply go back to work and even though the thought of being away from our son broke my heart I was kind of just thinking that was the only option. Eyes. Opened.

Change is stressful, even good change. But it is also so good to shake things up sometimes and that is what I have learned in the past few months as we have navigated all of this (and still are navigating). We are fortunate that my husband has a trade and is taking the leap to self-employment. He just finished his first week working for himself and although that comes with its own set of headaches I think it will be more fulfilling In the long run. I am going back to work just two days each week and then providing a bit of childcare myself, as well as blogging!

So in short we have a lot of learning, adjusting, moving on and scheduling to do. Some days I forgot we even had anything to worry about but then some nights I couldn’t sleep because I was going over all the “what ifs” in my mind. Over and over. And over.

Here are a few things that helped and is helping me keep my head:

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