Tin Can Travels —
What It’s Like To Live, Work, And Play On The Road
(Year-Round, In Less-Than-200-Square Feet)

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What's It Gonna Take To Get You Traveling?

The Road To RVing —
What’s It Gonna Take To Get You Traveling?

What’s It Gonna Take To Get You Traveling? -- find out whether you've got the stuff to live on the road year-round (#blogpost #RVlifestyle #RVer #fulltimer #fulltimeRVing #Airstream #glamping #travel #lifeofadventure #homeiswhereyouparkit) at http://ramonacreel.com/2018/02/07/living-in-a-tin-can/get-you-traveling/I was chatting with a couple yesterday — while waiting for the start of a live HungerGames-style-kill-or-be-killed theatrical performance, only with video game characters like Mario and Link and Donkey Kong. (It’s fair to say that we gypsies do meet people in the strangest places!)

Anyway, I listened with great patience (and a solo cup full of pinot in hand) as they bemoaned the many seemingly-insurmountable obstacles standing Gibraltar-solid-and-resolutely-in-the-way of their becoming year-round RVers.

Money. Work. Family. Timing.

All totally legit concerns — but I could sense something else going on, lurking right beneath the surface.

After a little impromptu coaching (‘cuz that’s what I do, whether folks request help or not), it finally came out that the REAL reason my new friends hadn’t hit the road is that they just weren’t yet willing to live the smaller-less-stuff-driven life nomadery required. They blamed a million other “circumstances” for cockblocking their dreams — but this was a smokescreen. Not-so-secret-code for “I’d have to do things differently to make it happen, and I’m ill-prepared to pay that particular piper at this moment in time.”

Same story as with most goals we struggle to achieve. (The biggest roadblock we face is usually us!)

The real kick-in-the-head is, you can have almost anything you desire in life (except maybe sex with George Clooney or a lottery win), if you’re willing to make the necessary sacrifices. And when you aren’t, what you’re really saying is that you didn’t want it badly enough to forfeit something else in return.

Think you might like to be company president? How do 80-hour-work-weeks-sans-vacation sound? What if I offered you debt-freedom — but only if you put a total moratorium on any less-than-life-or-death spending for a year? Want to pen the great American novel? Still excited about writing it if doing so means indefinitely giving up all your favorite shows? Wish for one of those mister-or-miss-universe-I-could-break-you-in-half-like-a-twig-with-my-bare-hands bodies? Get ready to sweat — for hours, every single day.

That’s what it takes.

Now before you get onto me about using an unrelated blog post to play “Little Miss Organizer” here — know that ain’t the case. (Not that I would be above such sneakitude in any way, shape or form.)

We’re talking goals, ‘cuz embarking upon a full-timing adventure is about the same sorts of trade-offs.

Which aspects of your sticks-and-bricks life would you absolutely-with-no-complaint-or-hesitation be willing to surrender in exchange for all that travel, freedom, and simplicity? Which MIGHT you be prepared to relinquish — if the cost’s not too dear? And what parts of said existence couldn’t be pried from your cold-dead-Charlton-Heston-esque-hands, no matter what the compensation?

Hard flipping questions! So how do you find the answers?

Start with either a buttload or a crapton (your choice) of logistical decision-making. With modern RVing, you can’t simply jump in your rig and go — not unless you’re planning to completely unplug from society, start writing manifestos, and become an itinerant Unabomber in the process. Life is very different minus a set home base, and you’ve got to plan accordingly before you make like a banana and split.

How will you pay the bills? Who’s traveling with you? What kind of trailer/motorhome/fifth-wheel will you get? What activities and social connections are you leaving behind? Any physical, financial, or other limitations? Which possessions are you bringing? When will you be ready to launch?

At every question mark, you may run into one of those self-created impediments I talked about earlier.

When this happens, think in terms of a commercial transaction. Ask yourself, “What toll am I being charged to move past this obstruction? How much will it cost to purchase my dream life?” See how your response feels. Sit with it for a while. Does the thought make you anxious? Energized? Overwhelmed? Filled with contentment? That says VOLUMES about whether or not you’re making the right move.

Last step (and this is the hard part) — are you willing to ante up, or have the stakes have suddenly risen too high for you? You’ll find out soon enough how desperately you want to live on the road.

(And FYI — this works really well for the rest of your life, too!)

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    8 Responses

    1. Ariane says:

      WOW Woman you are AWESOME! This is definitely an amazing guide to FT RV Living. I already feel like it’s doable. You’ve got a great book in the making here! Thanks so much for sharing this!

      • Ramona says:

        Thanks! I am actually working on a book, and I’m doing full-time coaching for potential RVers who want to make the leap but are “stuck.” There was a lot no one told me, a lot I learned (and am still learning) even after hitting the road — I’m hoping to make it easier for others through my experiences.

    2. Sue says:

      I hope you will please include a chapter about sustainability. It’s getting extremely crowded out here, and I think it’s time we start talking about that side of the equation as well. I’ve been full timing for six years now, and the growth is staggering. No more NP campsite availability. Have to book a year in advance. Boondock spots are becoming over used and overrun. BLM land is shrinking. And RVIA reported 440,000 new RVs delivered last year. Sorry, but I don’t think we need another “hurry and come join us!” post…

      • Ramona says:

        I hear you, but I’m not a big fan of “I’ve got mine and now it’s getting crowded so I’m going to shut the rest of you out” — that’s why we’re in the group-fighting-group sociological mess we are right now as a society, folks thinking that they’ve got to exclude others from access in order to protect their own rights. I believe the pie is big enough for all of us to have a slice. Inclusion will definitely force all of us to be a little more creative, a little more proactive, to plan ahead (and god forbid get up off our asses and fight for the funding-and-expansion of public services, contrary to everything the current administration is attempting to do). I personally don’t see that as a bad thing.

    3. Joseph Labelle says:

      cool. good. stuff.

    4. L.j. Stevens says:

      This is what I eventually want to do! Thank you for this.

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