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
(Year-Round, In Less-Than-200-Square Feet)

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

Some folks are perfectly content living in the same town their entire lives, staycationing at home, never traveling more than 10 miles from their front doorstep. I wish ’em well, I really do — all tucked up warm and snug under an electric blanket. ‘Cuz that just leaves more world for me to see!

I am a full-time RVer and I travel around the country. I can think of no greater joy then landing in a new town, someplace I’ve never been before, and coming to know it like home. I’ve seen some amazing things, met fantastically gracious people, had incredible experiences on the road — and come to realize that this is a pretty damned fine world in which to live!

I’m the kind of gal who goes tremendously out of her way to try the only food truck in NYC serving cricket quesadillas. Or to be handcuffed to the table while I eat a dinner served by fake prison guards. Or to visit the final resting place of Stonewall Jackson’s arm — that’s right, just his arm. (Seems it was amputated before he died, so the arm is buried separately from the rest of the General’s corpse. I know that not many people would actively seek out a tourist attraction like this — but as far as I’m concerned, it’s a hell of a lot more interesting than yet ANOTHER historic house!)

The Anti-Tourist

I inherited busy feet from my father — but that supremely American two-week-a-year vacation limitation always frustrated me. I couldn’t even begin to THINK about fitting all the destinations I wanted to visit into just 14 days every turn around the sun. So I became a “banzai traveler,” treating each trip as though it might be my last. My motto was “if you’re conscious and not doing three different things simultaneously, you’re a holiday slacker.” I crammed as-much-activity-as-humanly-possible-and-then-some into my itineraries. And I’ll tell you right now, you do NOT want to mess with a compulsive planner and her to-do lists while on vacation — she will fuck you up, and make sure you have a good time while doing it!

But as a full-timer, I can stay in one place as long as my greasy little heart desires, enjoying all that an area has to offer sans deadline — zero anxiety, negative pressure, minus any vague FOMO-based sense of disappointment. And even though I travel more than ever before, the word “vacation” has virtually disappeared from my vocabulary — as the line between work and play grows blurrier, and “touristing” becomes just another normal part of my daily routine. Not to mention the fact that I have folks all across the country, and I could use up every bit of a two-week vacation visiting high school and college buds — now I can plan my route so that I can pass through those towns where my peeps live.

A Different Kind Of Souvenir

And I don’t just limit myself to domestic road trips — I’m just as happy toting a backpack in a place where I can’t speak the language and have no idea what that thing is the waiter just served me. But god forbid anyone peg me as a tourist! My goal while traveling abroad is to shut out all things American and “go native,” immersing myself in whatever culture I happened to be passing through. I don’t care if it’s watching French “Funniest Home Videos,” otherwise known as “Drle de Vido” (wow, the French are not funny!), listening to Hello Muddah Hello Faddah being sung on the radio in Welsh, eating rice crackers and dried fish while at a sumo match, or mastering the squatty-potty in India — that’s the fun of travel!

But no matter the destination, my favorite “collectibles” are not physical objects — they’re anecdotes and historical facts, photographs and recipes, people and stories and experiences and lessons learned. That’s what I’ve compiled here to share with you!

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