As I typed the title to this post, I stared at it for a moment, dumbfounded. Have we seriously lived on the road for two months…? Time has indeed flown by, and we remind each other daily to appreciate every passing moment.
We have expanded our travel resume substantially in the past couple months. Our little home on wheels has seen nearly 3,000 miles (2,782, by my calculations), and spent time in five states (Wyoming, Utah, Nevada, Oregon and California). If we kept up this trend (which we don’t plan to), we would travel nearly 17,000 miles in 12 months (wow!). We have seen some of the most beautiful sights in the West, including the Tetons, Crater Lake, and the coastal redwoods of Northern California. We have experienced life in Jackson Hole, Sacramento, Eureka, Bend, Seaside, Florence, and now, San Francisco.
As I mentioned above, we don’t plan on traveling 17,000 miles this year. Our original route was disrupted when we found a home for our sweet Winston (I talk about that here), and after that fiasco was settled, we were running out of time to see the Northwest before the rainy season. We rushed through a few areas in order to see as much of Oregon as we possibly could, and it was well worth it, but now we’re ready to slow down our travel schedule a bit. After some trial and error, I think we have found our traveling sweet spot: 10-14 days seems like the perfect amount of time to spend in any given area. It gives us the optimal amount of time to travel, sightsee, work, blog, and get things done ‘around the house’ (yes, we still have household responsibilities!), all without rushing. After coming to this conclusion, we were able to create a travel schedule for the next few months. It took a very long time to make, and it’s still a work in progress, but we are beyond excited about where our journey will take us next. If you’re interested, you can see a list of where we are headed at the bottom of the About Us page.
After month one, we put it to a vote and decided unanimously that the hardest part about nomadic life is (and probably always will be) being away from our families and friends. We miss them dearly. Group texting, FaceTime and long phone calls continue to be some of our favorite weekly activities. There is also some good that comes from being away from loved ones, like being able to plan trips to visit one another! Tomorrow, I am headed off to Virginia to visit my brother, sister-in-law and baby nephew for a few days, and I couldn’t be more excited. If there is one thing I am now certain of, it’s that the relationships that matter most in your life will not wither away when you are separated by miles and time zones. François de La Rochefoucauld said it best: “Absence diminishes small loves and increases great ones, as the wind blows out the candle and blows up the bonfire.”
On that same note, Brandon and I have grown closer than ever. I’ll be the first to admit I was worried what our relationship would be like when we were stuck in a 27 foot box together; it sounded like the makings of a great reality TV show. I won’t lie and say it’s always easy, because it’s not. Like virtually every aspect of a relationship, it has taken time, patience, effort and communication to ensure that both of us are feeling comfortable with our new living situation. We’ve learned ways to give each other space when there isn’t much of it, and how to take time for ourselves when we are together 99% of the time. All things considered, I think we are doing a damn good job. I realize that not all couples could be together this frequently, but we are loving it and wouldn’t have it any other way.
We are continuing to work into a routine and figure out our “new normal.” Contrary to what I originally thought, we are not always running around in every city like tourists on steroids. In fact, some days we don’t even leave the trailer. We spend a great deal more time in our little home than we imagined we would; we love being there. We got past the “we’re-on-an-eternal-vacation!” phase of frantically visiting every restaurant and shop with good Yelp reviews, and have come to terms with the fact that we’ll never see everything a city has to offer. Our goal now is to live the way that the locals do and explore the highlights of each city.
All in all, I’d say we are extremely happy with our decision to live this crazy nomadic life—no buyers remorse, here! We can’t wait to see what’s in store for month three and beyond.