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!


Local Wanders: Pemberton


Oh Pemberton, it holds a very special place in my heart simply for the reason that it was here I laid eyes on my hubby for the first time in years which led to some extremely awkward non dates which led to real dates, falling in love and getting married – in Pemberton. Ah sweet sweet love! But alas this post is not about our pretty awesome love story but rather about Pemberton, or also affectionately known as Pemby. Look, the fungus even grows in a heart shape!!!

I love the idea of setting out somewhere familiar with the intent of enjoying it like you are just passing through and trying to take in all of its wonder as if you won’t see it again and I don’t do it nearly enough but today I did!

Local Wanders: Pemberton BC

Bryn’s parents live in Pemberton so we are up here a fair bit, but to be honest we usually settle in at their place and barely leave (something about it just feels like a retreat). But when we do that I always feel like I’ve missed out on something as we drive away because it is just so gorgeous and there are some many great spots to check out. It is a haven/heaven for outdoor enthusiasts from mountain bikers to sledders (not to be mistaken with toboggans, like snow mobiles), not to mention back country skiing and snowboarding.

At this stage in life we really aren’t any of those things, so I can’t give you the inside scoop on any secret spots but I can share some great places you should check out if you are in the area. Speaking of which Pemberton is a mere 30 minutes (or less depending on who is driving) from the famous Whistler.

Easy Family Friendly Walks

Two easily accessible and family friendly walks are One Mile Lake and Narin Falls. You can’t miss either of them if you are headed to Pemberton from Whistler.

Local Wanders: Pemberton @ One Mile Lake

Narin Falls is a fairly easy and super beautiful 1.5km walk along the Green River to a great view point for the falls. You can see more info about the park and campground on the BC Parks website here. I’ve seen families with kids of all ages on the trail right up to elderly people with canes just taking it easy down the trail! I haven’t taken or seen any strollers, I would recommend a carrier if you have little ones that can’t walk it (or at least at a reasonable pace – you know what I mean if you’ve tried to get a toddler to go the direction you want them to while also not stopping every three seconds).

Local Wanders: Pemberton BC Beautiful Forest Trails

Fun fact! There is a trail that actually goes from Narin Falls to One Mile Lake which is right in Pemberton, also very easy to drive to.  One Mile lake has a great loop trail around it which consists of some Boardwalk and some forest trail all right along the lake. It is absolutely gorgeous 100% stroller friendly and it’s nice to have the option to keep doing loops or just do one loop if you have a restless little one. There are also work out stations which are handy so you can do more of a fully body work out without having to think – I am a fan of not having to think.

Local Wanders: Pemberton BC

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Imaginary Sails - Travel Destination Wish list with and without kids

Travel Destinations

My Wish List … 5 Travel Options With Kids and 5 Without 

The truth is that as a fairly new parent it is hard to imagine being able or even wanting to travel without my little one (and hopefully little ones in the future), but I know I will get over that as the years and the kids increase. This is a short list, I could go on for days about the places I would love to go, actually I could go on for a life time but alas here is a short and somewhat attainable list. I also know that there are so so soooo many places that would be amazing as a couple or a family, like New Zealand, Japan, Australia, the Bahamas, I really could just go on and on. But I won’t. This list also omits all the amazing places near by us in BC, although I do plan to tackle those amazing destinations as we go! This is more of a you would probably need to fly there list.

With the wee ones:

1. Disneyland


2. Europe

It is somewhere I have always wanted to go, and I think it would be awesome to share the different cultures and impressive history with kids, although I guess it would be older kids or teens that it would b ideal for if we were to shell out the $ for a trip like that.

Also I realize Europe is rather broad but this is why I have never quite been able to plan a trip there, I get carried away, wanting to see and do everything and THEN my mind goes, but we are so close to Asia, and Africa and we have to go E V E R Y W H E R E. Anyways it’s either a conundrum I will figure out some day or not.

3. Utah

So. Many. Cool. Outdoorsy. Things. And such… I have only ever been through a little corner of Utah but didn’t really spend any time exploring there. It’s a very do-able trip from where we live and I love that the terrain is so diverse. I would probably want to go with kids that could keep up or easily be carried on a hike.

4. All Inclusive in Mexico or Cuba

I have only been to an all inclusive once, on our honeymoon in the Dominican Republic. I loved it for a lot of reasons but even so by the end I was wishing that we had a bigger budget so we could do endless excursions – I get a little stir crazy. However since becoming a parent, I bet I would enjoy endless hours laying in the sun with zero planned, life is a different story now. I think this would be the ideal setting to go with a group of family and friends, so we could be and would have some built in babysitters so we could have some kid-free time but also enjoy some new things with kids!

5. Maui

We went to Maui before we had a baby and loved it so very much! While we were there we noticed how many families were on vacation too and think it would be the perfect place to go back to. Beaches, great food, snorkelling, shopping, surfing, sea turtles, paddle boarding, endless fun really!

Travel Destinations

Without the little ones:

Hitch Hiking in Guatemala

This is going back a long way, just over ten years in Guatemala. One of my besties was my travel buddy but since she is a high level spy and for the purpose of privacy her name shall be Spok. I will also change the names of our other cohorts/spanish speaking lifesavers to Starsky and Hutch.

First – a little context, Spok and I had been backpacking for just over a month when we met the nicest pair of guys ever (the day before the story I am about to share) at the epic Tikal Ruins (Planet of the Apes was filmed there I believe), we became fast friends and were coincidentally headed to the same place the next day and it must have been them that convinced us to hitch hike there with them. We went with our guts and took the leap. Hitch hiking can be dangerous, absolutely, but we had a blast. I can still remember the thrill and perma-smile on my face riding in the back of that truck, and the total freedom I felt…

Here is an excerpt from my travel journal, slightly edited by me because I can.

Friday July 29th, 2015 Flores – Finca Ixobel, Guatemala

So the morning started off splendidly & Spok was even cheerful (she to this day is NOT a morning person) …. We walked for about 6km before we got picked up by a nice man in a fast pick-up truck that took us to our first fork in the road. We walked a little longer this time before getting picked up again – they stopped at a gas station in town and we were back to walking. We grabbed some packaged ‘BIMBO’ cinnamon buns that were actually decent and some ‘LOROS’ which were basically Oreos. We continued on our way until we got picked up by a super nice guy and all crammed into his little car the whole rest of the way to Finca Ixobel…

So I know it sounds bad that we were hitch hiking in Guatemala with two guys we had known a whole 24 hours but it was seriously one of the funnest things we have done on this trip. Hutch lived here for a long time and speaks really good Spanish so it really adds to the secure feeling – indescribable fun I tell ya. (As fun as it had been just the two of us, we did have some unsure moments being two girls with limited Spanish at the ripe ago of 19 gallivanting around Central America and it was like we could exhale a whole lot more once we joined forces with these guys). 

Imaginary Sails- Guatemalan Adventure

About the Finca (Farm) – it is one of the most amazing places I have ever seen and without a doubt the nicest place we have stayed. Our ‘tree houses’ are little cabins on stilts and are super nice and cute and all that jazz. Once we settled in we headed to the swimming hold for some good old fashioned fun in the nice cool water, had breath holding swimming competitions and hung out in the hammocks. We had lunch then headed out on our caving adventure. Hutch even macheted himself some man-pris hehehe. We met up with our super cool gum boot clad guide and trudged through cow fields, up hills, through fields with tall grass and a whole lot of MUUUDDD. The caves were totally incredible and I don’t think I can even describe them. We saw cute little bats and mega huge spiders like as big as big man hands and of course all the usual cave stuff. There were beads of water all over and it fully added to the b-e-a-utiful effect of the caves.  (more…)

6 Top Reasons to Travel

Ditch the excuses, ditch the what ifs, ditch the ‘yea, but…’, and GO SEE THE WORLD! Okay I get that it is never that simple, you don’t have to go very far to gain a new perspective, so GO SEE THE WORLD … or the next province, or state, or even town! If you do it with an open mind, seeking new experiences it really doesn’t matter how far from ‘home’ you are.

I am a huge believer that travel shapes and teaches in such important ways and everyone should do it in one way or another. This is a dialed down summary of everything I have learned travelling but I hope it gets you just as excited as I am to seek new experiences. (more…)