Traveling full-time isn’t like you’re on vacation. You’re still living. At least we are. We’re not retired. We’re raising kids. Becky’s edumacatin’em. I’m making money. We haven’t set off into the sunset for piña coladas on a beach….in a thong.
Actually I’m totally wearing a thong most days. I’m wearing one right now.
A typical day starts with me exploding out of bed and into a thong. After that I prance with 3 poodles around the campground and then head off for some biscuits and gravy like I’m having a damn parade.
Most days we’ve got tasks we need to take care of.
- The kids need to learn some stuff
- I have some support issues, some marketing, some administrivia to deal with in the business
- Becky has to keep everybody fed and clothed and not unbearably dirty
And that all take a couple of hours. Sometimes my work takes more. After that we’re all about filling up the day with the best of what’s available in the place that we’re in. But we’re not on vacation. We’re living on the road.
So here are a couple of questions we get on a regular basis.
Aren’t You Cramped in That Small Space All the Time?
The truth is we’re rarely in here. We’re out most of the day. I mean how much time do you spend actually in your home and awake each day. For most of the people I know the answer is “not much”.
You have breakfast. You go to work. You come home. Eat. Watch a little TV or do something on the computer or iPad. Go to sleep. Repeat. Weekend.
Your week looks like something along these lines at least after you have kids. Throw in some sports, the ballet class, your yoga, maybe an afterwork cocktail every now and again and Bob’s your uncle.
Its no different we’re out all the time. The truth is that when we’re “home” we don’t have a mountain of shit to take care of. There’s not much cleaning. There’s nothing to mow. Its pretty simple.
We devote a lot of time to getting the most out of each location that we’re in. I think we’re able to do this because we’re not doing all that other crap you need to do when you’re building a huge nest (mowing, maintaining, painting, repairing, endless shopping).
Don’t get me wrong, there are definitely days when I would love to head to the sunroom and get into my leather recliner take out a book or the iPad and read something in my pajamas while I ignore my parental responsibilities and let Becky bear the brunt of it but the truth is I didn’t get too many of those before and it wasn’t all that productive when I did.
So yes, at times it is tight, but for the most part we’re out doing stuff.
How are you cooking and eating on the road full-time in that tiny kitchen?
Well, for one thing it is so much less expensive (yes less expensive!) traveling that we eat out quite a bit more. We’re picky we’re not eating at Popeye’s or Subway or anything like it. We’re seeking out the best places and yes it is still less money than living where we were.
For example: We landed in Charlottesville (LOVE it) and immediately googled “Charlottesvile VA best fried chicken“. We found the Whiskey Jar. We were in Charlottesville for 10 days, that place was so good we went back twice for dinner and I snuck off once for a cocktail (or 2).
We googled “best cheap eats Charlottesville” and found Ace Biscuit and BBQ, the place is friggin fantastic… “best pizza”, “charlottesville food trucks”, “best burger”…. all that.
Frankly, because we’re not saddled with a lot of the stuff and expenses that you are when you’re stationary and accumulating its pretty doable.
We do cook.
I’ll go in depth at some point with how that works. We invested in a pretty serious outdoor setup with 2 burners and a grillbox and griddle etc. We make coffee in a french press every morning (I drink a fraction of what I used to). We brought a crockpot. We’ll make chili or carnitas that we eat for days.
So that’s how we do it.
We also make a lot simpler meals at home. I could probably write quite a bit about this, even after only a little more than a month, but I’m going to reserve it for it’s own post.
What do you do at night?
Well… after the kids go to bed Becky is a huge fan of naked crits… and we will circle that damn camp sometimes for hours just hooting and hollering, drinking beer and raising hell.
If there’s frogs, we’ll gig’em. I aint proud.
I mean…. the kids go to bed as close to 8 as we can muster. We might have a few things we need to take care of to clean up after the day and then its like being at “home”… but we light WAY more fires.
We’ll sit by the fire and talk and drink some fine cider from a local orchard that we visited or wine from a local vineyard that we found at some cool place and we’ll ‘plan’ maybe 10-20% of the nights. The other nights if we’ve got a decent Internet connection we’ll try to write or do a little work.
Almost all the campgrounds have cable television which I haven’t had in more than….14 years? So we’ll gut sucked into some kind of weather channel reality TV show like “Naked and Afraid” which they seem to show bits and pieces of between ads for drug side effects and we’ll do that for an hour or so and then that’s it.
Mostly we fill our days and then plan or do other normal shit at night.
We get asked a bunch of questions
Here are some things I’m hearing more than once that I hope to cover in future posts.
- How are you working on the road?
- How are you handling the roadschooling?
- How’s the mileage and what’s the gas cost?
- What gear did you get?
- Why an Airstream and not a winnebago/something else?
- How do you deal with the poop?
- How are you handling the Internet?
- How long will you do this for?
- What did you do with all your stuff?
If you’ve got a question or you’re wondering something go ahead and ask. We’re an open book.
Here are some random photos from the last couple of weeks.
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Hey Brecht, we will be driving through Ashville, weather permitting, on October 17 or 18th. On our way to. Florida with friends, our plan is to go blue Ridge Pkwy if the weather is good. What’s the name of the camp ground that you’ll be at possibly we’ll stop in to check you out
Awesome, I’ll send you our location details
YaY!! I love your posts! thinking of you TONS! xo
Yay! We love you too. See you in the spring
Are you restricting your places to stay to spots with signal/internet? Or is that ubiquitous enough now that it’s not a concern?
We’re not. We do have an app called “Coverage ?” that has a map of coverage but its not pinpoint accurate. This month we’re in Asheville and have no coverage issues at all. After we leave here we’ll probably stop at a state park where we may or may not have any coverage but its only for a few days. After that we’re looking at possibly Atlanta and Charleston or else Chattanooga and another city before heading to Disney before Thanksgiving so we’re going to have pretty good Internet wherever we are. Some parts of Virginia were tough. I’ve made do with coffee shops and libraries when the Millenicom router didn’t have a connection.
I’m in awe. You guys rock. For a bunch of dirty-ass hippies.
This is so wild to read about. It must be pretty surreal to do a trip like this. We loved Asheville, NC when we were there for a wedding last year. Stayed for about a week to take it all in.
I also went to Greenville, SC last year for the first time for the Thriveal CPAs annual conference. Actually going down again for the same one in a couple weeks. It has a very cool downtown. Very clean and beautiful. Definitely worth passing through if you’re still on your way south. And if the planets aligned just right, you could meet some BWK fans in town for the conference.
Hey Bryan, We evacuated Asheville due to the early snow storm. It was a bit quicker than we’d have liked… We’re in Charleston now and will be here for about a week. We didn’t stop in Greenville but I just googled it and it looks gorgeous.
We’ve definitely been finding that there are an awful lot of towns and places we’d like to see and it takes vastly longer to really experience them than we’d scheduled. The truth is we weren’t even aware of a lot of the places we want to see until we got closer to them and started talking to people.
With regards to it seeming surreal. Its actually started to feel pretty normal most of the time. Sometimes when we’re on the highway and I’m pulling the Airstream and we’re on our way to a completely new place it will hit me…
We’re enjoying it and its definitely made us rethink some things.
In fact, its probably time for a Captain’s Log…
Leaving early makes sense. I have some family in the Raleigh area and it always seems to be crippled by any amount of snow. I haven’t been to Charleston yet, but it’s on my list of places to check out.
Your point about things starting to feel normal makes sense. When I was in college, I did a semester abroad. I lived in Italy for about 3.5 months. It was an experience of a lifetime, but I definitely got into my own sort of routine there. That trip really made me appreciate how much of the world I haven’t seen.
I think you mentioned heading further south into Florida at some point. My brother has been saying for a while that St. Augustine is a “cool old pirate town.” So that might be worth checking out if its on the way to somewhere you’re going. Or at least worth a light Googling.
I look forward to reading more about the trip. Safe travels.