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Category Archives: Full-Time Living

There is a romantic myth that when you take your life on the road, things are somehow easier, simplier, stress-free. Crap. That’s the first thing we unlearned when we first hit the road. The problems that were problems before we hit the road continued to be problems. There were no magic bullets. Simply put, life on the road is tough.

That said, we wouldn’t trade it for the world. Everything is more stressful, there is more that can go wrong that threatens your plans and dreams. Everything you do is “taking a chance” and “living by the seat of your pants”. You learn to trust strangers, and you learn that “risk” is your new middle name. Life on the road is tough because it makes you tougher, stronger, and more able to deal with the problems you didn’t leave behind.

This series of articles should help you better cope with the challenges of living on the road full-time, from choosing residency, choosing a full-time vehicle, how to stay in touch, and more. Knowing what to expect and what the realities of life on the road are like should help make the traveling more fun and comfortable.

Thinking Small Living on the Road

One of the biggest challenges of living in an RV on the road is space. Fitting it all in. Now that we are living in a home without wheels, space means something else, but every home is challenged with space issues. A student of mine found a video showcasing modular and flexible furniture from Italy […]

In Case of Emergency: Use Your Library Card

My local library sent out a newsletter stating the following: Making a personal emergency plan and kit does not need to be all consuming. Take it in manageable bits—add to it each month until you have all of the components assembled. There are many easy items to add from the outset to pack in your […]

My Father Helps Me Fill in the Blanks of Our Story

In going through stacks of papers from my father’s home more than a year after his death, I found a manila envelope with my name on it. Inside were printed copies of emails I’d sent out in 1996 onward before we had an easily-updated website. When we left my father’s driveway in Marysville, Washington, I […]

Which RV to Choose for Travel and Life on the Road

I’m constantly asked which vehicle or trailer to choose when making a decision to take your camera and life on the road. My answer never varies. Here it is. There are a lot of articles out there with one view or the other on what type of recreational vehicle you should choose for travel. I’ve […]

Man Finishes 11 Years Walking Around the World – Just Because He Could

Walking for eleven years around the world, Jean Beliveau is about to return home to Montreal. Beliveau left Montreal on the day of his 45th birthday, August 18, 2000, after his small sign business went bankrupt. He decided to run around the world to try to escape that painful episode in his life. Archambault and […]

Brent and His Practice Guitar

My husband, Brent VanFossen, plays classical guitar as well as steel guitar, specifically fingerstyle. He’s been playing since he was a kid, rock and roll style, and learned how to do fingerstyle guitar while we were in Israel, then realized he needed to go back to the basics and started on classical guitar training. He’s […]

Track Your Packages Online from One Site

Because we travel so much, when we order something online there is a paranoia that the package won’t arrive before we make the next trip. Package Mapper is a new service which combines the database information for tracking shipping from UPS, FedX, and other delivery services, with Google Maps. Enter your shipping number and the […]

150 Tips and Tricks on Cleaning

I’m working on a series of tips for cleaning your trailer or motor home, which are slightly different from cleaning in your traditional home, and I ran across a batch of cleaning tips that I just had to share with you now. 150 Tips and Tricks on Cleaning from Life Hack is an amazing list […]

RV parts, manuals, surplus and salvage locations

If you are looking to find trailer, motor home, or even mobile home parts, pieces, and manuals for RV refridgerators, hot water heaters, stoves, ovens, sinks, water tanks, showers, toilets, heaters, air conditioners, electrical systems, generators, and all other parts that make an RV a portable home, instead of buying new, try surplus and salvage […]

Full-Time 24-7

Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. When you think about retiring early and taking off from our busy lives to travel in a trailer or motor home together, you dream of the wide open roads and chasing adventure where it leads. The last thing you consider is 24-7. Yes, twenty-four hours a day, […]

The Ideal Photo Recreational Vehicle

When you take your camera on the road, everything you take with you becomes part of your photography equipment – and some items will surprise you. Did you realize that the vehicle you travel in is part of your photography equipment? It is. It holds your equipment, it gets you to and from your photographic […]

Storage Tips for RVs

Living in a small space, especially one the size of most American bathrooms, combined with the fact that the small space isn’t standing still all the time, well, storage can be complicated. It isn’t a matter of where to put things, but how, why, and will it fall down and hit someone in the head […]

Is Living on the Road Full-time Right for You?

Is full-time life on the road right for you? What kind of person can live on the road full-time and call it home? What does it take to go it alone (or with others) on the road? Full-time life on the road is hard work. It is uncertainty. It is fear. When you take your […]