My husband is notorious for his crazy ideas-it’s what I love about him. Nothing is out of his reach or impossible. For me, everything is impossible, so I admire his ambition and courage and I have had some amazing adventures because of him. That being said, every now and then I have to seriously question some of these ideas. Is quitting our jobs and moving to South America a good idea when we’ve never been there? Is buying a farm in southwestern Virginia wise when we know nothing about farming? These are just a sample of questions I have asked on numerous occasions in the last few years. So, you can imagine my response when Chris said, “Hey! Let’s sell all of our belongings, buy an Airstream, and live on the road!” Of course, I did my typical response of, “You’ve truly lost your mind this time” because we had never been in an Airstream nor do we know anything about RV living. His Airstream idea seemed immature, crazy, impractical, and surprisingly, irresistible. While I had fears, the excitement of it all buried those fears quickly and I was onboard with this idea. Approximately 160 sq. ft. of aluminum bliss and the country as my backyard…who wouldn’t go for that idea?
The idea started in January. By April, we were the proud owners of a 2008 Airstream International CCD 23’. By the end of May, we had sold the majority of our belongings and had put the rest in a storage unit.
On June 1, 2009, after a whirlwind five months, we departed Blacksburg, Virginia and set off for our new adventure. We rushed across the southern part of the country to get to San Francisco for a conference and since then have been slowly exploring the western part of the country, including Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Utah, Montana, and Wyoming. We even took a brief trip into Canada to see Banff and Lake Louise. We plan to head back east for the holidays, with visits to Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, and Illinois along the way. After the holidays, who knows? We may just do the whole route all over again!
During this past year, our family and friends asked many of the same questions: I’ll take a moment to answer each briefly:
Why not? Chris has the great opportunity to work from anywhere (providing there is internet). He travels a lot for work so I might as well be with him, right? It seems like a good time in our lives, especially since I just finished graduate school and we recently sold our home. Lastly, we crave adventure and the open road.
For how long?
Indefinitely, I suppose. Or, at least until we get tired of this lifestyle.
When will you ever settle down and have children?
Hmmm….eventually. Don’t worry! Having children doesn’t mean we will settle. Our daughter Emerson was born on July 5, 2010.
What about your dogs?
They like a good adventure and will be joining us. (If Buddy’s barking gets us kicked out of campgrounds, we may have a dog up for adoption.) Update: The dogs love this new lifestyle. They get constant attention, lots of walks, and can always keep an eye on us!
Have you lost your minds?
To some, probably. To us, not yet. But, living in this small space may take us down that path. Only time will tell.
Did you really sell your belongings?
Yes, we really did. Decluttering and simplifying one’s life is difficult. The month of May was a whirlwind that I barely remember. Things that I had owned for years and years were walking out in other people’s hands. It was hard to watch. We still have a storage space of some pieces of furniture, a piano, artwork, and some other things that we felt were very important at that time. Nearly four months later, a lot of those things seem so unnecessary now. Apparently my little yellow teapot was not vital to my existence. Living simpler is possibly the most freeing experience. I look forward to returning to our storage space in December. I have a feeling we’ll be getting rid of more stuff then. For now, I am amazed at how little we need. Trips to Target just aren’t the same.
What do you do for internet?
We carry a Verizon MiFi, which has proven to work almost everywhere. There are, however, those places where it doesn’t work. To avoid the hassle of driving around searching for a signal, we bought a satellite…which we’ve yet to figure out. So, if you are knowledgeable of satellites, I beg you to e-mail me. On occasion, our campgrounds have free wifi. We love stumbling upon these places!
What does Lani do while Chris is working?
This is a popular question. Somehow I pass the time. I write. I blog. I tweet. I walk. I cook. I clean (often). I read. I search for jobs. And, before I know it, the work day is done.
Any more questions? Jus let me know!