Full-time travel comes with many questions from the naysayers. How are you going to make a living? Why are you going to leave your home for an extended period of time? What will people think of you? Aren’t you going to be a hippy? Fortunately, most people have never developed a sophisticated understanding of what full-time RV travel actually means. It means something different for each person who does it. There is no simple explanation as to why people decide to do this. It’s different for everybody. But I wanted to take a few moments to explain why we find traveling in the Airstream to be so fascinating and fun. So, here’s a few reasons why we find joy in what we do.
First, there’s no such thing as a weekend. Our weekdays look very similar to what most people call “the weekend.” We don’t go to work for anyone from 9 to 5. We don’t have to ask for time off to take a vacation. We decide what we do with our time, and how much time we want to allot to our jobs. Sound too good to be true? Think again. There are many, many ways for a person or a family to make a living these days. Of course, it takes ingenuity and an ability to think outside the box, but it can be done. We know. It’s our life. If you think it’s normal to work for someone else, at a location other than your choosing, for five days of the week, then go for it! We choose not to do that. Actually, there’s very little chance that we will ever work a regular 9 to 5 job again. That would be too depressing.
Second, we get to see things that most people only dream of seeing. We get to wake up each day of the week with a fantastic view outside our front window. We often welcome each morning with a view of wonderful forests, cornfields, or mountain vistas. It takes time and effort to pick the right campsite, but we do it, and it works. Think about it. While most Americans are sitting at a desk or working a machine, we are visiting the greatest places America has to offer, while making a living more than comparable to that of most people who work conventional jobs. How did we get to this point? We stopped listening to the opinions of others and followed a plan that we knew stood a great chance of working out. And it has.
Third, if we don’t like a place, we leave. Life is too short to spend it with people you don’t like, or in places you don’t like. God made a beautiful world with more than enough places to satisfy people with varying desires and dreams. In our case, we cannot tolerate urban America. We don’t like the attitude and lifestyle of people who live their lives conforming to the demands of a modern consumer culture. So, if we visit a place that is too “city,” we go somewhere else. On the other hand, if we visit a place that we just love, and represents the type of thing we like to see in a community, we have the option of staying awhile.
Finally, we get to see places that may be our future home. We have no plans of traveling full-time for the rest of our days. Travel serves a purpose for this season of our lives. We make our living remotely, so it just made sense to travel for now, take some time to decide where we really want to live, and to move slow with our future plans. We’ve been doing this for three months now, and already the memories are greater than we can chronicle. There are those who say full-time travel is not a bed of roses. Of course it’s not. We have equipment that has to be maintained, and sometimes things just go wrong. But if you’ve got the right attitude, and you keep the big picture in mind, there’s really nothing like it. I mean, who else gets to work next to a raging campfire, a freshly planted wheat field, or a mountain sunset, and each week at that?
There’s so much negativity in the world. We choose to ignore it. For the most part, negative people are not trying to be, as they say, “realistic,” they are trying to bring successful people following dreams down to their level. Alexandrea and I have several dreams, and traveling in our Airstream is one among many. We made this one come true, and we’ll make the next ones become reality as well. We put a chalkboard wall in our Airstream. A few nights ago, I wrote a quote from Winston Churchill on our wall: “Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.” Failure is certainly a possibility, but the greater possibility is found in a dream yet unrealized.
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