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Life’s funny sometimes. One day you’re happy with what you have. You’ve got a nice home, a nice car, your kids are healthy and well-fed and your nice home is full of nice possessions that show just how far you’ve managed to come on this journey we all call life. You’ve worked hard for those things and you’re proud to be able to show them off. You host holidays and backyard bbq’s and birthday parties simply to show off your things and to show others, in a passive aggressive way, just how successful you really are. You keep up with the Jones’ every step of the way and you’ve got the debt to prove it.
Then, one day you wake up and suddenly, those things that once made you happy, no longer do. Your things are suddenly nothing more than clutter and “stuff” to you. Your house suddenly seems much larger than it did before. You feel overwhelmed and stressed out from the life that you once loved. Seemingly overnight, your heart is unsettled.
That “awakening” was what happened to me back in June of 2014. I woke up one morning and called my best friend Danielle from The Frugal Navy Wife. It was actually sort of eerie because at almost the exact same point in the conversation, we both brought up how overwhelmed we were and how we wanted to simply sell everything, pack up and travel full-time. We knew that we were pretty well on the same page with most things in life, but I don’t think either of us realized just how much until that day.
Full-Time RV Living – Making the Decision to Travel Full-Time
We both had our own reasons for wanting to set out and travel full-time, but the truth is that they were both pretty close to each other. We were both tired of the “rat race” that our lives had become. We were both tired of the clutter and stress that had taken over our lives and we were both spurred on by a desire to spend more time with our families, see more and do more. Danielle ran with the idea and launched with her family in 2015. I’m not ashamed to admit that I totally allowed her to be the guinea pig so that I could sit back, watch and learn from her mistakes. She knows that and we’ve laughed about it a couple of times.
The big differences in the two journey’s (mine and hers) is that her family jumped on the idea with her and mine didn’t. The kid was right with me, but the same can’t be said for the hubby. It took a year of back and forth between the two of us to finally reach the decision to go full-time and have everyone be happy and content with that decision. Now, I can officially say though that we are headed toward full-time rv living and full-time travel!
‘Scuse me: Yaaaaaaaayyyyyy!
Here’s the details as they stand so far:
- Our full-time travel launch budget is huge. As in, I could “probably buy a fixer upper home” for what we will spend huge. Could we do it cheaper? Yes. Why aren’t we? We don’t want to launch on our journey with any debt. This means paying cash for both our tow vehicle and our RV. That cost alone is multiple thousands of dollars.
- Our launch date is tentatively set for June, 2017. This is our ideal date since our lease is up in June. However, we are down to just over 9 months until June and with the amount of money we will need to save, we may not make out June date. If not, our launch date is December, 2017 to allow time for us to reach our goals.
- Since we already live in Texas, we see no need to change that once we launch. This means that we will keep our domicile in Texas, receive our mail in Texas and so on.
- The kid is already homeschooled using a curriculum that I plan myself. This will not change once we launch. If anything, she will actually learn more since she will be visiting places, museums and so on that are on topic with what she is learning.
- We understand that not everyone in our lives will be on board with us doing this whole full-time rv living thing. That is perfectly okay but we ask that you respect our decision.
- Our employment will stay the same as it currently is. With all businesses, including our Amazon FBA business and Six Dollar Family, we are fortunate enough to be able to work from anywhere that has net…and yes, we can get net while traveling full-time.
So there you have it! We’re selling most of what we have (with the exception of heirlooms. Those are staying) and moving onto full-time RV living! Let the journey being! It’s going to be a wild ride!
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