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Thanks for coming along on our journey!
If you happened to notice the map on our home page and know where we live, you may be confused right now, because the pin on the map shows us in the same spot we’ve lived for the past 4 years. That’s because we haven’t left yet! Once we do we will update the map. Meanwhile, we’ll give you some more information about us and our plans for our life.
Our road crew
We’re Maya and Ryan. We’re both in our thirties and have been RVing for about 5 years. It’s a choice we made because we wanted our lives to be more flexible.
Along for the ride are our kids (from oldest to youngest):
- Rocky the box turtle
- Mickey the cat
- Tahoe the Labrador retriever
- Mack the English bulldog
They are a big part of why we travel in an RV. We can take the whole family with us and not worry about leaving them with pet sitters or in kennels. They’re happiest with us, and they have everything they need, including their own travel crates and/or seat belts.
We’ve been gradually downsizing in the vehicle department. First we each had a car, but since 2012 we’ve only had one and used walking, biking or public transportation if the car wasn’t available. We decided to give up the car altogether, which leaves us with our bikes–2 each. We each have an electric bike, which is great for shopping or when you just want to relax, and can also be used for exercise. We also each have a road bike.
As for our rig, we have a 35 foot Fleetwood Bounder motorhome. We paid cash for it through an auction. We got a good deal, but it needed some work (some repairs and some things we just wanted to change). And just like any place I (Maya) has lived in, everywhere I look I see something I want to change. I just can’t help it, I’m not a very static person. I guess it’s good that I’ll be travelling now.
Anyway, although you’ve missed some of the work we’ve done, I tried to take as many pictures as possible of the process, so you can still get all the details. Much of the work we’ve done was with the help of blogs and videos from other RVers, so I want to pay it forward.
Ryan and I love food. I spend a lot of time thinking about what I’m going to eat at my next meal, or recipes I develop in my head. I’ve been vegetarian for most of my life (by choice) and gluten-free for about 4 years (not by choice), and I recently started cutting out eggs, dairy (by choice but to address some health issues), processed foods and oils. So I’ve been figuring out how to make most of my food from scratch, including breads, pizza crusts, condiments, vegan cheeses…anything I want to eat, I start with whole foods. I’m happy to share my recipes. Ryan has also recently become vegetarian, and is also learning how to cook vegetarian meals, so we’ll follow along his transformation from the biggest carnivore I’ve ever met to eating a plant-based diet!
As for when we’re leaving, the plan for moment is May 30th or 31st. We’ve already told our landlord that we will be leaving by the end of the month. The exact date will be decided based upon availability at the first park we want to stay. Beyond that, our plans are more like guidelines:
- We are going to make as few plans as possible. Plans can change for any number of reasons, and booking ahead at some places may mean that we lose money if we end up not going. Additionally, this transition to full-time travel is about freedom. Why would we want to tie ourselves down with commitments?
- We will try to be in places that have optimal weather for biking and being outdoors. Our preference would ideally be between 60 and 80 degrees. That means we will be heading north when we leave, since it’s almost summer, and in a few months we’ll start heading south.
- We will not be rushing — we will be “slow camping.” We’re not interested in stopping at a different place every night and spending most of the time sleeping in truck stops or Walmart parking lots to save money. We may do this every once in a while, but we’re not trying to camp, we’re trying to live–so the majority of our stops will be in a place where we don’t have to worry about listening to big rigs idling or the cops knocking on our door and asking us to move. There won’t be full days of driving, either, because I will still have a full-time job, and also because that’s just plain exhausting and not fun. We are going to choose places to stay either because there are interesting things to do and see, or because it looks like it will be very peaceful and/or beautiful. In order to really explore, we’re going to stay most places a minimum of a week and up to a month (or more if we really like it).
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