5 Things We’ve Learned During Our Break From Full-Timing

 
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When we made the decision to sell our travel trailer and buy a fifth wheel, neither of us had any idea that we would be off the road for so long. It’s been over three months since we’ve lived full-time in our RV, but I cannot believe how quickly time is passing. We’ve had a lot of fun new adventures while here in Utah, and have learned a lot during this transition period.

To preface this, taking a break from traveling has been a good, dare I say great, thing for us. In a sense, it’s made us appreciate many aspects of traveling that we took for granted. Here’s a few details:

1) We love tiny spaces.

We’ve been staying in a good sized house for the last couple months. Friends and family have said, “I bet it’ll be a shock adjusting to life in 300 square feet after this!”

You would think….but, actually, we cannot wait to get back in a 30-something foot long space!

I mean, when you live in an RV, you are about 10 steps from everything you own at all times––do you know how great that is?! If you’re hungry? The peanut butter and chocolate chips are 4 steps away. Need to use the bathroom in the middle of the night? You can sleepwalk there in less than 2 seconds. Tell me that’s not a desirable trait!

Bottom line: When there’s more space, there’s more stuff. The proverbial “stuff” has become my enemy, and I can’t wait to live simply once again.

2) Living in a “Sticks-and-Bricks” house is much easier than living in an RV.

Honestly, RV living can be a ginormous pain in the ass. You are constantly planning out new driving routes and destinations, worrying about cell service and park cleanliness, and remembering (or occasionally forgetting about) every tank, plug, button, drain, potential leak, problem area, etc. It sucks up a decent portion of your time!

That being said, I am itching to have those problems again! I love planning new adventures and having to set up a table a half mile away from our trailer to get cell service (yep, I’ve done that).

RV living and traveling can be messy, and at times, downright frustrating, but it’s so much more rewarding.

3)  Predictability isn’t our thing.

This may sound odd, but we aren’t good at predictable routines. We just don’t deal well with having to do the same thing, day in and day out. I get so sucked into my routines: wake up, make a smoothie, work, take a lunch break, work, exercise, make dinner, watch Shark Tank, catch some zzz’s (or some similar variation of this).

I don’t mind the routine––I do plenty of routine things while RV living––but I miss the unpredictable. I loved getting invited to wine tastings, picnics, grill-outs, movie night, etc. with new traveling friends. I miss seeing new cultures constantly and meeting new people all of the time. I miss getting the crap beat out of me by folks in their 80’s during pickleball; who would’ve thought?

4) A travel break has been great for us.

I’m not going to lie and say we’ve enjoyed every second of this break, but I do believe that it has benefitted us in many ways.

When we first realized that we would be living sans-RV for a couple months, I griped. I was excited to spend time in a state that I love, and see my friends and family more, but I would have rather continued traveling. Hindsight is a funny thing, isn’t it? I now realize how fantastic this break has been for the two of us. We’ve been able to celebrate my incredible Grandma’s 89th (!) birthday, fly down to Texas for a week and spend time with all of Brandon’s relatives, have my best friend fly in from Seattle and spend a week with us, etc. Traveling makes those type of things much more difficult, and sometimes impossible.

We were also so focused on exploring that sometimes we forgot to kick back and relax with each other. It is critical to slow down and put up your feet every once in a while. I realize now that we never let ourselves do that in fear of “missing out” on something we could have seen; I won’t be making that mistake again.

5) We’re not ready to quit traveling.

Moving out of a trailer, selling our trailer, and getting settled into a normal routine forced us to consider this. Did we really want to go through all of the stress of getting back on the road? There is so much that goes in to a decision like this, so we didn’t take it lightly.

In the end, we both realized that staying in one place is still not our cup of tea. We’re not ready for the typical settling down routine. Adventure, exploration and travel have been infused into our bones, and we are constantly itching to get up and go somewhere new.

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.” – Mark Twain

We finally heard back from the factory that’s building our fifth wheel and we have an official build date! Our new home will be rolling off the line the week of April 24th. We have another month, give or take a bit, before we are full-timing once more. In the meantime, you won’t hear me complaining; I am going to take full advantage of the situation and soak up every moment we have here. Carpe diem, folks!

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