So I mentioned in my last post just a little about how I wanted to eventually get a travel trailer and be on the road full time..just me and my dog, Zero. I didn’t go into a lot of detail about it because I think I wasn’t really ready to put it all out there. I mean, if I just sort of casually mention it, it seems like just a far off thing that will happen “someday”. And even though I am super excited about this and cannot wait to start, it is going to turn so many things upside down and be such a different way of living that it’s…yeah…kinda freaky. But, I am so ready for this to happen so I am putting it all out there, so here ya go….
What is this crazy way I will be living? I will be giving up the comforts of home, moving into a small travel trailer, and on the road…full time….with my dog. 🙂 My goal is to do this full time with using my hometown city (which I am currently in) as sort of a “home base”. My mom and son are here so I will be coming back frequently. (And don’t worry- my son is 20 yrs old, living with his girlfriend and has his own life going on now. Didn’t want those who didn’t know me to think I was just leaving some little kid behind…lol).
My plan is to start small and take shorter trips at first so that I can get used to the trailer, driving it, sleeping in it, etc. I will also use the shorter trips to see if there are things I need / forgot so that when I go for longer I will be 100% prepared. My ultimate goal is to be able to be on the road for months at a time, then come back to my “home base” city, see my mom and my kid, hang out a couple of weeks, then go out again.
I know this wont be easy and I know there will be obstacles and maybe even times where I think, “Am I really doing this? What am I thinking?”…but I know in my heart and with every fiber of my being this is what I am supposed to do.
If you are wondering why I am doing this, it’ because I truly believe with all my heart there is so much more to life than working all day just to buy stuff so you can do it all over again the next day…and the next …and the next…you get the idea. I have never believed in the whole 9-5 lifestyle and I just never will. I feel like …I don’t know…the world, society, corporations, whatever- has locked us in a web of ties that bind us from really being free. There are expectations , bills, commercials telling us we are not good enough unless we buy this new product, etc and I just am kind of fed up with the whole idea of how it all works and the circle of it all. I mean, if you can distance yourself from it all, and really look at it…it’s just crazy. I just want to “be”.
I want to be free to explore. I want to be free to decide how my time on this planet will be utilized.
So what type of travel trailer do I want to live in? I would like either a Casita or Scamp of something similar. These trailers are so super cute and have everything Zero (my dog) and I will need. They have a bed, table and chairs (that makes another bed…that will be Zero’s), a sink, 2 burner stove, a small fridge, fans, furnace… and…the most important part…a bathroom with shower. And they are so super cute!
So with all of that that being said, I will be using this blog to journal about the process…all of it. From picking out the right trailer, to my fears and doubts, to getting my dog used to the trailer, learning about how to “plug into” campsites and use shore power, figuring out solar panels, to how I will make money while I do this (I will need less, but still gotta have the darn stuff!)…all the random thoughts and anything that comes up…from step one to the very end goal will be here.
So….if you think this sounds crazy and you have no interest in this at all, you should probably not visit the blog again…I wish you the best but we are just not on the same road trip. If you are interested in this (or maybe you still think I’m crazy, but you want to see how crazy it gets..lol) I would suggest you subscribe (top right corner of blog) so that you don’t miss anything. (Since I will be posting things as they come up, there will be an “order” kind of to them and I don’t want you to miss any).
I do know my very first step…
Figure out if my car can pull a small trailer.
I think it could maybe pull a newer fiberglass one (since they are lighter) but still not really sure. I have looked online and some places say yes, it could be done, and others say no, you shouldn’t do it. So this week my plan is to call some places that sell trailers and talk to them about what’s up.
If it can pull a trailer, then awesome, just need to find (and purchase) a trailer.
If it can’t pull a trailer then my plan is to trade in Dante, my car (..yes…his name is Dante 🙂 ) and get something that can tow a trailer. I will downgrade from Dante (he has a lot of bells and whistles) and just go for something that is reliable, has the towing capacity and low in miles. As long as it has AC and a CD player, I would be happy. Plus a bonus would be that an SUV or such wold give me more room to store things and Zero might have a bit more room in the backseat.
That is my first step. There are so many things to think about / figure out that if I try to do more than one, it becomes a little overwhelming. So, one thing at a time and that gets me one step closer each time. I’m not sure how long this process will take. I mean, I have never before kind of “abandoned” my current life for a new one…lol…of course I am so ready for it to happen tomorrow but I know that is not feasible (see, I’m not totally crazy…lol).
There you have it. That’s my plan…my future reality…a bit crazy but oh, man, I can’t wait! Hope you join me on this journey. Since this is all new to me, we can learn all of this stuff together! I’d love to know what you think…leave a comment and let me know if you think I’m crazy or if this is something you would do someday….