I’m writing this post about comfort vs. courage after reading Becky’s fantastic post on Interstellar Orchard titled, Full-time Travel Isn’t Comfortable. It made me reflect on our travel plans.
You should check out the post, there are many wonderful comments including a little something for anyone thinking of traveling on a full-time basis. My comment on her post was “I love this post. I’ve always lived outside the box. And for me there are two choices. Comfort or Courage.”
Don’t Let Fear Block Your Path
I left this comment because I have experienced fear when choosing to live my life outside the “Box” but I know that courage is all it takes to move forward and push fear out of the way. Have I been uncomfortable during this process? Yes, but being comfortable and safe just isn’t the path I want to take.
So when both my husband, Hassell and I, decided to sell almost everything and travel full-time in our RV I had no problem selling the houses, cars, stuff, suffering through multiple yard sales and the criticism of friends and family to finally hit the road.
The fearful parts of going full-time:
1. Will we have enough money?
2. What will our friends and family say?
3. Full-time RVers, Will we enjoy being almost constantly mobile?
4. What if we break down?
Money is the biggest issue for people trying to live and travel full-time in their RV. Especially, people like us who are too young to retire. I am definitely the idea person/risk taker in the family. Hassell is much more conservative. So, to ease into full-time RV living, Hassell took a seasonal job in Helena, Mt. We found this job on workamper.com. Which by the way is a great resource for learning about workamping, full-time RV travel, and developing skills to allow you to work on the road.
This job began as a seasonal position but it has turned into a more permanent position with work continuing through the winter. Which was great for us because we need more time to explore the area. And, we both want to experience the winter sports we missed out on growing up. These include snowshoeing, downhill skiing, and cross-country skiing. All within an easy drive 20-minute drive from Helena.
This job includes a good wage and an RV site with full hookups. Which in this area is valuable since a site at a local RV park can run about 1,000/month for the monthly rate. We do pay for our own propane. And, we have learned a ton, the hard way, about how to survive in a 3 season camper in – 21-degree weather. More on this in future posts.
Well, you know what they say about opinions…
And, let me tell you everyone in Hassell’s family thinks we are crazy. They were pissed when we sold everything. And they have basically been judgemental and unsupportive. But, you know what? We don’t want to live their life. AND, we don’t want them to live ours. So, they will just need to get over it because we are getting on with living the life of our dreams.
The people I consider family were all much older than me and have passed. Heartbreaking and lonely. I miss them so much. But, I am completely free of the ties that bind and in a way it is a form of freedom. I’d want them back in my life in a second but since I can’t have that the trade is complete and total freedom to do as I please without judgement or opinion.
It is hard to completely buck the system and stand up to family and friends and say, “We love you but we need to be free to do as we please. Thank you for understanding.” But, is all part of the Comfort vs. Courage mindset.
I have a gypsy heart and a wandering soul so being constantly on the move with no “real” home works for me. I think being houseless is wonderful.
I have lived a much different life than most people. It has been unconventional. I’ve done tons of fun stuff and when I tried to settle down and have a house, mortgage and do the rinse and repeat of work, eat, and sleep it made me sick.
Suddenly, I developed back trouble and I spent a fortune at the chiropractor trying to fix my back. And, I developed digestive issues.
Since we have been on the road full-timing it most of these stress-related problems have disappeared.
Hassell could stay settled but he is enjoying the road and the freedom you have when you don’t own a home. Now the time and money we used to spend maintaining a brick and mortar house and mowing the acres of yard are ours.
Of all the things about living in a regular house that I hated the most was mowing the yard. Ruined a whole day. Was bad for the environment and made me crazy to feel like the neighborhood we lived in was monitoring whether I kept my yard as nice looking as theirs or not? Paranoid? You tell me.
And, We are minimalists so making the move to an RV was great. It was another opportunity to get rid of more stuff. Downsize, Downsize, Downsize. Breaking free of our stuff was liberating.
Thankfully, Hassell is a skilled gas and diesel mechanic. So, he can handle most anything that goes wrong with the trucks or the RV. If he can’t then we carry AAA to get us off the road and to the nearest mechanic. I don’t even worry about breaking down. I just accept that it will happen and when it does we can handle it.
Whatever your dream life is don’t let fear hold you back.
Ask yourself these 3 questions:
1. What is the worst that could happen if you followed your dreams?
2. If the worst happened could you handle it?
3. Why aren’t you going for it?
Have fun and RV!