I wrote this post over 2 1/2 years ago and I just came across it. It still rings true today and I wanted to share.
Also, I am bringing back Off Topic Friday…
Today I am going to start a new post called – Off Topic Friday. Why you ask? Well…sometimes I think I have some interesting stuff to talk about yet it doesn’t always pertain to adventures and/or tykes. So this will give me a time and place to ramble and since it will be every Friday you can choose to look and read or… not. Completely up to you. You can also tell me that I am crazy and the content stinks and get back to the adventures and outdoor topics instead.
So, here is my first Off Topic Friday post:
The other day I read a feature at everythingmom.com about families that have sold all their belongings and have hit the road to travel across the country in either a travel trailer or motorhome. They have no agenda, no time commitments and no excess belongings. These are families with children, families whom have left six figure incomes and families whom have wanderlust. These families are blogging about their journeys and their adventures and I have to admit I am a bit jealous. We LOVE to travel and the thought of being on the road as “full timers” has always appealed to us. Yet, we like the stability, friendships and experiences we get from being planted in one place.
In 2005 hubby and I took a 4 month road trip across the west. We made a home in a small T@b trailer (Harvey as we called him) pulled behind my hubby’s first love, his Toyota Tacoma. We had our mountain bikes mounted to the roof of the truck along with a rocket box to store gear and toted our young pug – Bierstadt, along.
What an amazing trip it was. We saw fascinating small towns, met and still keep in touch with wonderful people, experienced some incredible scenery and ate some delicious and unique food. We were very fortunate to be able to have the time and the means to take such a trip.
To do it now, with a child, 2 dogs, sell all of our unimportant belongings and house and just cruise the highway is appealing and yet scary. The scary part for me is how it would affect our son.
How would it affect him socially?
What about stability?
Would he get the education he needs and deserves?
What if we get tired of traveling and have to start over?
What about him bonding with other children and creating long lasting friendships?
So many questions and yet how do you really answer them? How do you decide what lifestyle is best for you and your family when both feed different sides of you.
I think we will always have the desire to be “full timers” but the reality is we will stay planted until our son has left the nest. We will live vicariously through the journeys of these other families and one day, yes, one day when we retire we will be called “full timers”, too.
Have you ever gotten wanderlust? Thought about selling everything and hitting the road? Are you a ‘full timer’ already?