So our adventure officially started today - well the driving part of it - the adventure began long before this day. Months of researching, reading other RVer's blogs, and watching RV shows helped us prepare! But nothing can really prepare you for everything you may encounter as an RVer, but I just wanted to share a little about how we got here, in hopes that another family ready for the open road will find something that may help them begin their adventure!
First, Greg was injured at work and had three back surgeries. So the discussion began with the fact that he would probably never work again - at least not in a hard labor job he was used to - and would have to be on disability. This was devastating for him. He is a working man, and even now, has to find out the hard way that he can't do much of what he used to do (even around the house). So we began to discuss what our future would be - we would have to survive on one income (disability takes forever to get!) and would need to find something that Greg could do besides being a stay at home dad - unfortunately he can't just stay at home all day without going bonkers (😂). So we found minimalism and started to realize we don't need much of the things we had, saving us money and opening the door to other options!
We began going through our stuff - and we had a ton of it - and started selling and donating. It was freeing! And we were making serious cash! We found we didn't miss anything we had gotten rid of - hell, I can't even remember some of the stuff we got rid of then! And when the RV talk began, we thought - if we can sell our stuff, our home and car we could save enough money to purchase a RV and travel for awhile - if not forever!
So Greg - having been on worker's compensation for his back - settled his case with enough money to pay off his debt and have a little left over to save. We sold our house, van and furniture - and with a budget - hope we have enough for a couple of years! We know we can always pick up odd jobs or do work camping, so we aren't stressing over money. We have no debt now and the only bills we have are gas, food, insurance and phones. Life is too short and well, the open road is calling us!
Want to know more or have questions about how we got on the road? Go to the comments section and send them our way!
I am a mother and stepmother, fierce slayer of mental illness, writer and traveler. I love the constant change of the road, and the experiences it brings our family. We have learned so much being full-time RVers, and love the freedom this lifestyle gives us.