Living In A Tin Can
The Full-Time Airstreaming Lifestyle
Matt and I have been full-time RVers since July of 2008 -- and each day brings a new life lesson (help, I'm growing, and I can't stop!) We are having a wonderful time, and wish that more people would break free from the shackles of stationary life to join us (Kendra and Doug, if you're reading, this means you!) This weekly blog shares our experiences living the nomadic life -- tips about the mechanics and practicalities of full-timing, obstacles we had to overcome to be able to travel year-round, what it's like to work on the road, and our observations about the world as we see it from our Airstream.
I was listening to someone complain about how hard travel is the other day, and I couldn’t help but disagree. As far as I’m concerned, there is nothing more freeing than heading out the door on a road trip. I actually see travel as the perfect metaphor for simplifying — and as an RVer, I (Read More)
When you full-time, you’re not on vacation — this is real life, and (especially if you work on the road like us) you’re still responsible for getting things done while you travel. Have you ever had a leg of your trip dampened by the stress and frustration of some huge looming task hanging over your (Read More)
Matt and I met some new people this last week when we were out with friends. When they asked, “And where are you from?” we gave them our standard cryptic answer (“Everywhere and nowhere”) — then explained that we were full-time RVers. They said, “Oh, so you’re homeless!” Sure, why not! But I guess you (Read More)
All Americans these days have a tendency to live off of fast food and frozen dinners — even some full-timers. Oh sure, we know that homemade is healthier — but who has time for grocery shopping, planning, preparing the ingredients, and cleaning up (especially when your kitchen is only 8 x 8?) You do, if (Read More)
Junk mail is a modern-day plague — no vaccine will protect you from it, even as a full-time RVer. But there are steps you can take to cut down on the amount of unsolicited mail you receive, if not entirely eliminate it. Fair warning — if you are currently inundated with junk mail, it will (Read More)
When you tell someone that you’re an RVer, most folks say, “Wow, that must be a great life!” But they are usually only looking at it from a “you-get-to-travel-all-the-time” perspective — not the “simplifying-your-life-and-reducing-stress” angle. And in doing so, they often misunderstand our reasons for giving up a stationary life in favor of the road.
As a full-timer, I spend a lot of time researching where we want to go next. I love it, but travel planning can seem a bit overwhelming — especially when you're visiting a new city and know nothing about the area. However, it's much easier for do-it-yourselfers to find both the fun activities and the (Read More)
“Out there things can happen and frequently do to people as brainy and footsy as you. And when things start to happen, don't worry. Don't stew. Just go right along. You'll start happening too. OH! THE PLACES YOU'LL GO!” ~ Dr. Seuss
A lot of people ask, “How can you and your husband live in such a small space without killing each other?” I will tell you that sometimes, it's not easy! But there are a couple of things we've got going for us — three factors that I see as requirements for being able to full-time (Read More)
When we bought our tow vehicle, Matt and I talked to other full-time RVers about whether we should go diesel or gasoline. The general consensus was that diesel would get you more power going up an incline, but in flat areas, gas would be fine. However, no one ever discussed the concept of “altitude” with (Read More)