In the past, I have mentioned how our family has become desensitized to our sometimes out of the box ideas or very last-minute travel plans to random places. Well…we really tested them with our new plan. There has been this idea floating around in my husband’s head for several years now. He has proposed it a few times to me and I have shot it down for various reasons. This fall I was watching a YouTube episode while working out and it caused me to think about his idea again. I thought about it for a bit, saw the potential, got excited and this time I proposed the idea:
Let’s sell our house, move into an RV and travel the country!
He was very surprised to hear this idea coming from me. We talked about it for a while and realized that it really was something that we were interested in doing and the timing for us was perfect. A few of the things bouncing around in our heads were:
- The home and neighborhood that we live in are very nice, but we knew it was not the forever home for us.
- The local housing market is definitely a seller’s market. Now would be a good time to take advantage of that and cash out to help make this all work out.
- We started homeschooling this year and all really enjoy it. It should be an easy transition to take it on the road.
- With my husband working as an airline pilot, we have some flexibility with where we can live. We currently do not live in his base city so he commutes right now. This involves him riding on an airline flight to his base, it is a common practice and allows a lot of freedom. Since he is commuting already, life really wouldn’t be much different. All we would need for him to be able to get to work is to be near an airport with airline services.
We tend to jump into things head first and then figure out things as we go. We knew that this was a drastic life change and needed to be done slowly for both kids and adults. By slowly transitioning into this mindset and change, we gave ourselves the opportunity to really make sure that this was something we wanted to do. Therefore, we made this decision last fall and have been working towards the point we are at right now.
We have gone back and forth and back and forth again about what kind of RV we wanted to have. After lots of research, talking with others, touring units and working out a budget, we decided to go with a fifth wheel trailer and truck. We have now purchased a camper and truck and will be bringing them home soon to start getting it ready to live in. We went a bit bigger than we initially planned to. But, in the end, we decided it was going to be our home and we would enjoy a few house-like comforts. We ended up getting a model with a bunkhouse in the rear portion to allow the kids to have their own space with room for all of their stuff.
Speaking of stuff, we really had a lot of it! I have been slowly whittling down the amount we have. Once we made this decision, the “stuff” in our home was looked at differently and we realized that we didn’t need a lot of it. There were so many things that we had kept because we might use it again or because we have so much space in our house to fill. Going from 2,800 sq. feet to about 300 sq. feet will be a big change. We are putting things in a storage unit, but I’ve been trying really hard to let go of things that do not have a specific purpose.
The last step to make this process happen was to sell our house. We finished all of the projects that we had kept putting off and listed the house this past week. Due to the craziness of the housing market in our area, we were able to sell our home in four days!
The puzzle pieces are all clicking into place and we will be setting off on our adventure very soon. When explaining our plan to others, we typically get asked where are we going to go? Well, our first stop will be in Northern Wisconsin for the summer to help my family with their own major housing change. They will be moving out of a home that they have been in for 30+ years and be building a new home. We will be there to help with the transition and construction. This will allow us time to adjust to camper life before setting off around the country. I have a feeling we may overpack the camper initially. After this summer…we are not exactly sure. We have narrowed it down to south/southeast. We will see where life takes us and figure it out as we go.
Don’t Be Afraid to Choose Adventure is our family motto and we will definitely be going on an adventure. Even the cat and the dog will be joining us on this adventure. We have had many discussions about should we or shouldn’t we do this. In the end, we keep coming to the conclusion – Why Not? Life is about the risks you take and the memories you make. We are going to make some memories exploring and seeking out some of the amazing things our country has to offer. If you have any recommendations for our future journey, feel free to throw your ideas in the comment section below!