Woohoo! On March 15th 2016 we celebrated our 6-month anniversary of RV life. It has been 6 months since we closed on the sale of our house.
It has been an amazing six months, and we wanted to mark it by providing an update on some of the most frequently asked questions, as well as reflect on some lessons learned.
Q1: What has been your favorite place?
We get this question ALL the time, and it is so hard to answer! We have loved so many different areas for so many different reasons. Some areas are amazing for their outdoors and hiking, and others have fabulous beaches.
Best Outdoors Area: West Virginia or Boone/Blue Ridge Mtns, NC area
Best Beach: Emerald Coast, Florida
Best City: Charleston, SC or Savannah, GA
Most “Liveable” Areas: Northern Virginia, Mid-west North Carolina
Other Highlights so far: Aldersen Haunted House, Green Bank Telescope Tour, Bridge Day, Lake Norman, Hiking the Blue Ridge Mountains, Bahamas Cruise, the Florida Keys, Swimming with Manatees, swimming in Rainbow Springs, and making new friends all over the place!
Q2) How is living in such a small space?
We love it. In fact, we have long discussions about how we don’t think we could ever go back to have a big house. It just gets full of stuff that – if we’re quite honest with ourselves – we don’t really need.
As for getting along in such a tight space, we’ve had no major issues. We’ve learned how to work disagreements out quickly and to respect each other’s personal time and space. We’ve also learn more about each other and ourselves regarding what we like to do and what each of our strengths are. This has only made us work better as a team.
Q3: What do you do to Make Money and Travel?
First of all, we started off this adventure thinking we would still work 40 hours a week, just on our own businesses vs. our corporate jobs. We’ve now changed that attitude to a more “seize the day” mindset.
We want to take this adventure as an opportunity to fully enjoy the new areas we venture to, and see a lot of the country over the next year or two. That decision changed how we looked at our work schedule, and the types of work we were interested.
We started this adventure working a lot with our aerial videography business, Windtrap Digital Media, LLC, and our MOTM blog and YouTube Channel. We still are doing these and drawing a small income from them, but as we’ve traveled we’ve realized that our drone videography business model required quite a bit of time in any particular area.
To make a connection, negotiate a contract, do the shoot, edit, and deliver could take many weeks. We decided that we didn’t want to slow down our travel for this. At least, not at this time.
We have had many other opportunities come up, and we are now working on more online product marketing and sales management, digital media consulting, and stock aerial footage sales.
Does it offset all our costs of living? Not yet. But we feel like we’ve finally started to find our groove, and are very excited about the potential of our current projects!
Lessons We’ve Learned
Here are a few of the “big” lessons we’ve learned from full-time traveling so far:
1. It’s okay to be unsure – this is outside of most people’s comfort zones, so this is natural. While uncomfortable, some wonderful things can happen from it.
2. Opportunities are everywhere; you just need to be open to them
3. Everything is figure-out-able
4. Talk to people; it is amazing what you will learn and what opportunities will arise from this
One Year of Full Time RV Life
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