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 It’s Like To Live, Work, And Play On The Road
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Living In A Tin Can
The Full-Time Airstreaming Lifestyle

When a stranger asks where I'm from, my response is "nowhere-and-everywhere-all-at-the-same-time" -- 'cuz that's your permanent address when you sell the house and ditch stationary life in favor of an RV! Endless wanderlusting's a no-brainer for someone who hates yardwork, is a career-minimizer, and can't sit still. But the actual transition from bricks-and-sticks to full-time-nomadery is a tad more complicated -- lotsa details to square before actual road-hittage (like picking a domicile state, mobilizing your legal/financial affairs, earning money in transit, deciding what to take with you, and clearing out the rest.) Research-girl-that-I-am, I asked both library and interwebz to educate me about this bedouin-minus-the-sand lifestyle -- to answer questions like, "Where will my mail go?" and "What kind of insurance will I need?" and "How does one stay powered-and-watered sans hookups?" Unfortunately, the pairing-a-retirement-fund-with-occasional-workamping-to-bankroll-antiquing-excursions-and-grandkid-visits info I found didn't match my pre-AARP-home-base-free-self-employed-no-freaking-way-am-I-swamping-toilets-for-a-campsite version of transitoriality. So I decided to create a different kind of peripatetic resource. Each day brings a heaping helping of migratory life lessons (which I here bestow upon you) -- this tell-it-like-it-is-with-zero-punch-pulls-and-minus-the-usual-monosaccharide-varnish blog explores the ups-downs-and-honest-to-pete-realities of rubber-tramping. As a hyper-creative-to-the-point-of-scary-full-timing-RVing-year-round-traveling-veteran-professional-organizer-cum-accountability-guru, I've dedicated my existence to eliminating the boundaries between live-work-play, sharing as-I-see-the-world-from-my-Airstream observations, and encouraging others to join the caravan. If I can do it, so the hell can you!

2018 BLOG TOPICS

  • January -- The Road To RVing (why I became a full-time traveler, and how you can too)
  • February/March -- On A Rig-Picking Expedition (score the right vehicle for your wanderlustings)
  • April -- Making The Travel Transition (getting your preparing-to-hit-the-road ducks in a row)
  • May -- Stray-Happy Supply Stockpiling (whatcha need and don't when you take off traveling)
  • June -- Here To There With Savoir Faire (the art of pulling up stakes and putting down new roots)
  • July -- Parking-Space-Sweet-Parking-Space (for all your temporary neighborhood needs)
  • August -- This Ain’t Your Daddy’s Triptik (the joys of RV travel planning in the modern era)
  • September -- Road Rage Rants (a few peripatetic protests for your acerbic amusement)
  • October -- Halloween Horror On The Hoof (enjoying a case of the scaries while full-timing)
  • November -- I'll Take That Turkey To Go (a menu of migratory holiday season experiences)
  • December -- Wandering Like Mary And Joseph (except smart enough to bring your home with you)

2019 BLOG TOPICS

  • January -- Defeating Your Driving Doubts (safely piloting that recreational vehicle from A to B)
  • February -- People To Go With Your Places (reveling in roadside relationships and RVing romance)
  • March -- Peripatetic Pet Particulars (keeping those furbabies happy and healthy as they travel)
  • April -- Danger Will Robinson (dealing with unexpected emergencies, both big and small)
  • May -- The Environmental Side Of RVing (a look at how green full-timers really are)
  • June -- Eat, Drink, And Be Mobilely Merry (mobile cooking and entertaining tips)
  • July -- A Little Bitching’s Good For The Soul (a few of my favorite RV park complaints)
  • August -- The Full-Timing Price Tag (saving money day after day through the magic of RVing)
  • September -- Making A Migratory Living (how to support yourself financially on the road)
  • October -- Lessons From Lucy (see how much The Long, Long Trailer resembles your RV life)
  • November -- Mobile Money Management (keeping your finances in order on the road)
  • December -- Simplicity On The Road (finding ways to make travel easier and less stressful)

2020 BLOG TOPICS

  • January -- Poo Patrol (all the fun that is managing your RV sewer system)
  • February -- Water Worries (avoiding potential plumbing problems in your rig)
  • March -- Gonna Bring You The Power (understanding RV electricity, at least a little bit better)
  • April -- A Little Awning TLC (caring for the shade that keeps you cool all summer long)
  • May -- Vagabond Border-Crossings (travel tips for going to and coming from Canada)
  • June/July/August -- The A-To-Z Of RV (26 picture-book principles for happy nomadery)
  • September -- Getting Sweaty, Staying Cool (RV exercise and climate control options)
  • October -- Gas, Gas, The Musical Rig (keeping your liquid propane system flatulence-free)
  • November/December -- Chillin' Like A Villain (RV survival tips for those cold winter months)

2021 BLOG TOPICS

  • January -- Airstream Snob And Proud Of It (the coolest, most durable RV line on the market)
  • February -- Roving Repairs (maintenance is the key to keeping your rig in tip top shape)
  • March -- Achieving Steering-Wheel Zen (maintaining calm, centered, balance while you tow)
  • April -- I’d Give My Left Front Tire (things you don't realize you'll miss when you hit the road)
  • May -- Portable Parenting (a child-free perspective on what it looks like to raise kids in an RV)
  • June -- The Transitory Tidy-Up (keeping your rig clean while you're out on the road)
  • July/August/September -- The A-To-Z Of Globetrottery (26 picture book principles for successful travel)
  • October -- Shit My Tiny Kitchen Can't Live Without (a few required road-cooking tools)
  • November -- The Dark Side Of RVing (nomadic challenges you'll probably face if you do this long enough)
  • December -- My Nomadic True Love Gave To Me (twelve, well actually ten, days of full-timing)

2022 BLOG TOPICS

  • January -- Road-Warrior Resolutions (a few full-timing annual goals all nomads can all appreciate)
  • February -- My Favorite Portable Playthings (tons of cool toys for making mobile memories)
  • March -- Making Mini-Meal-Prep Easier (simple cooking secrets for tiny gastronomic miracles)
  • April -- Freaky Fun Forays (some of the weirder RV trips you might want to take)
  • May -- Turning Travel Into A Career (the mechanics and logistics of paid travel writing)
  • June -- RV Living Simplified (making your rolling day-to-day a little easier)
  • July -- Renovating Your Rig (our favorite home-fix-it-on-wheels projects)
  • August -- Thrifty Travel Tips (living large on a small budget while you wanderlust)
  • September -- Every RVer Is A Philosopher (the esoteric side of life on the road)
  • October -- Bad-Ass Boondocking (how to survive and thrive when you’re living off the grid)
  • November -- Serious RV Upgrades (high tech renovations you might make to your rig)
  • December -- Prepping Your Rig For The Open Market (time to sell? get your RV’s full worth)
(if you'd like to be notified when ye olde posts start a-flowin',
just shoot me a message and we'll add you to the list!)

Living In A Tin Can

Well, well. You’re shopping for an RV that will comfortably accommodate year-round-on-the-road live/work/travel? Then please allow me to direct your gaze toward la ligne du bas. (That’s French for “the bottom line.” Oui, it is.) Once you hit the road, nearly every sentient being you meet is gonna ask (and I’m talking within the first…

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The most important choice you’ll make as a full-timer is picking a lifestyle-appropriate rig. This isn’t just some fun-bus you’ll take on one weekend trip then leave in the driveway. It’s your HOME, for fuck’s sake! And although a rolling residence (hopefully) won’t set you back as much as a plot of land, you still…

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I was chatting with a couple yesterday — while waiting for the start of a live Hunger–Games-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…

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You know the time is right for something to happen when you’re suddenly bomarded with a cascade of fall-from-the-sky-and-land-unexpectedly-in-your-lap opportunities — and this was sure-as-hell the case as I made my decision to hit the road full-time. (In fact, I ended up with some pretty grody-looking bruises that made folks think I’d either been assaulted…

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Search the interwebz, you’ll find a pile of articles aiming you toward those beliefs/behaviors that encourage RVing success. And those are awesome. But as an amateur-turned-professional contrarian, I wanted to point out a few of the less-constructive mobile attitudes I’ve run across while traveling the country — the kind that pretty much guarantee right-from-the-start-on-the-road-misery-and-failure. Yes,…

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Some folks take their first road trip while still in diapers (if your mother also used the carseat as a sleep aid, welcome to my world where “passenging” equals “snoring”) — others hit the road later in life. But nearly every full-timer I’ve ever coached has had a wanderlusty undercurrent running beneath the surface —…

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I’m the first to admit my born cheapskateitude (inherited from Richard, along with the itchy feet and doofy sense of humor). Really truly, never let me on The Price Is Right — my “what’s-it-worth” barometer’s perpetually stuck in about 1982. (I’m forever saying embarrassingly-dumb-shit things like, “When did a dozen eggs stop costing 79¢?” “What…

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Living In A Tin Can

Soon after discovering that I’m a full-timer, the-non-nomad-to-whom-I’m-speaking usually says something like, “Gosh, I sure wish I could afford to retire so young.” My response? Well, so the hell do I! Why do stationary folk automatically assume that a traveling lifestyle means independent-wealth-and-leisure? Not all RV-peeps spend their days sitting under sunbrellas, reviewing their investment…

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Living In A Tin Can

Homeownership’s supposed to be a cornerstone of the American dream, innit? I mean the damn thing’s right up there with childbirth, ladder-climbing, and religious freedom — all that makes ‘Murica great. Family, faith, fringe-benefits — and freeholdings! I had eschewed the first three as unnecessarily-life-complicating, but got somehow-or-other-sweet-talked into the latter. What the hell was…

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Living In A Tin Can

Travel looks very different for a full-time RVer (like me) than a weekend warrior. Sure, I enjoy the same vacationy-type activities as my sunburnt-tourist compadres — biking, swimming, canoeing, torching hot dogs, throwing up on roller coasters. But at the same time, I’m still managing the daily grind that those escape-artists are trying so desperately…

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