Two things in life are certain — one is Change!
Well, the kids have decided not to start full-time RV living in the spring. If you haven’t been following my blog, “the kids” are my son, daughter-in-law, and three grandchildren. Can’t say that I blame them. It’s a huge decision to start full-time RV’ing with three small children and the uncertainty of whether or not they could make a living on the road and not burn through their savings. They need to step back and take more time to figure this out. The plan is still to leave Indiana and move south in May. They hope to buy a small pop-up or small camper and take baby steps by camping on the weekends. That will certainly help them figure out whether or not they want to live the lifestyle full-time, and how to support themselves if they do.
As for me — I’m still going for it! I am tired of paying $1,200 a month rent (increasing annually) for a one bedroom apartment and seldom going anywhere. So I will continue looking for an RV and hit the road shortly after the kids leave in May. I have a lease until July, but I might try to sublet it before that.
I will probably find a campground somewhere near wherever it is they end up (I’m guessing North Carolina). Plus, I have a couple other places I can go and stay for free, which will help with keeping expenses down. I’m thinking of heading south, or possibly to the Southwest during the winters.
As for traveling full-time, I will most likely take baby steps myself and plan shorter trips throughout the Southeast until I get comfortable enough with RV living (especially towing!) before heading to places like Yellowstone and further west. Since I have never towed anything it may take some time to feel comfortable doing this on my own – or perhaps it won’t take any time at all. Who knows. But I do want to be very comfortable with my ability to do this before heading out on long trips.
Right now, I’m looking forward to heading south. This will be my last winter in Indiana! There are plenty of places in the Southeast that I haven’t seen, so I’ll start taking trips there and move forward. Heck, right now, I’m just looking forward to being able to grill a steak again! I cooked one under the broiler in my apartment tonight. It was good, but just not the same as grilling!
Go with the flow!
This isn’t earth-shattering by any means. A little disappointing, yes. But I completely understand their decision. I wouldn’t want them to be so worried about everything that it would overpower their ability to relax and enjoy the experience. They’ll figure it out soon enough.
It will be hard for me not to be near my grandchildren, even if only for a few months, believe me! I’ve been here in Indiana with them for nearly four years now and there is nothing more important than my grandkids. My main hang-out will probably be somewhere near them, with trips south in the winter, and other trips in the summertime.
Having an RV will allow me to visit my family in Florida more often — most of them are down there. I think I’ve only been down there once since I moved to Indiana four years ago. No desire to live there again, but I see more visits in my future. I still intend to head west as soon as I can — after all, I have to work on my bucket list!
Onward and upward!