1,000 Days of Full-Time Travel

WN Travels Day 1000We’ve been keeping track, and on July 26, 2016, we reached 1,000 days of full-time travel. One thousand days of full-time camping. One thousand days of adventures on the road. One thousand days, and not one of them has been what we planned ~ mostly, it’s been heaps better.

On October 31, 2013, we had just sold our home, furniture, and junk, and we moved out of our rental close to the Georgia coast into our camper. We didn’t know what to expect, but we had a 6-month camp hosting gig, and we were determined to find out if our full-time travel dream could come true through full-time RVing. One thousand days later, we’ve seen 35 states, traveled over 16,000 miles, and made more memories and more friends than we can count. Our dream is coming true, and we hope we’re not anywhere close to being finished.

Here are just a few things we’ve found out in our last 1,000 traveling days:

  1. Funding strategies change, and it’s amazing what happens when we’re okay with that. Initially, we had planned to fund our travels by breaking off ties with traditional full-time employment and relying on work camping jobs across the country, but at the beginning of 2016 we woke up to what a blessing full-time remote employment in the IT field can be.
  2. Connecting with a place and the people there doesn’t take 6 months – it’s more like 1-2, and then the travel bug starts to set in. Initially, we set out to travel very slow – settling in a place for 3-6 months before moving on, but our winter out west taught us that while we don’t like to travel every single week, the 1-2 month range is our sweet spot. However, we have loved both of our 5-month summers on Mount Desert Island near Acadia, and we see many months of our future there as well.
  3. An open mind and an open heart is a beautiful thing. One of the big reasons we love to travel is that we love to meet new people and make new friends, showing the love of Christ in a way that we haven’t been able to do before and experiencing cultures different from our own, and when we meet people who have an open mind and an open heart, it’s a beautiful thing. Also, the adventure of getting out there means meeting all types of people and learning things about ourselves along the way, stretching to open our own minds and hearts over and over again, and challenging ourselves to overcome discouragement when people don’t open their minds and hearts to us. It’s beautiful when it works out, and a beautiful experience of moving on when it doesn’t.
  4. Don’t be afraid to surprise yourself. At the beginning of this year, one of the New Year’s phrases that kept rising to the top for me was “surprise yourself.” And even though this year still has nearly half of it left to be lived, there have been more surprises than we can count, and we’re loving them, hoping for many more. There is always the opportunity to step back, but I’m finding that when we step forward, unafraid to do something we’ve never dreamed of, things turn out so much better.

So, what’s in store for the next 1,000 days? We really aren’t sure, but we’ve got some new tires, a few routes and destinations picked out, and 15 more states just in this country alone to experience.

3 Comments

  1. Congratulations guys!!
    It was really good to see you in Titusville.
    You seem to have missed the upper left hand corner of the US. You can travel between islands on the excellent Washington State ferry system. Also give Voodoo Donuts a try in Portland, Oregon.

  2. Jim Sherry

    Saw your beautiful rig at Great Dunes park on Jekyll Island. Noticed you have not traveled to Wisconsin yet. Don’t miss Door county or the Hayward area. Oh and don’t tell your readers about our little piece of paradise here on Jekyll!

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