1 Year Anniversary of Full-Time Travel + RVing
It is really hard to believe that it’s already been a year since we made the crazy decision to sell (nearly) everything, buy a RV and trade out our high-rise Seattle digs for a life on the road, traveling full time.
It probably sounds crazy to some of you – because it did to me too when I was first presented with the opportunity. Living in 250ish square feet and not having an address sounded absolutely insane.
But honestly, as much as I adore the city of Seattle, we were both so ready for a change this time last year. We made the decision to do this and within 5 days, we had sold almost everything, packed the rest, bought an RV and were driving it out of Seattle. We are truly all or nothing types of people.
All I can say is, wow, so so much has changed in a year. We arrived back in the Midwest exactly on Zach’s birthday last year (July 26th). We both count that as the start of us living this lifestyle we have learned to absolutely adore. When we drove out of Seattle, we had a much smaller Class C RV and a renewed sense of freedom.
Since then we got married (our anniversary is coming up on August 11th), got not one – but two – mini Australian Shepherd puppies, bought a car, upgraded to a much bigger Class A RV, got a real office for Everly, hired on five employees and traveled so much. This last year has been the turning point from our dreams just being dreams, to now being our every day reality.
I am answering some of the most-asked questions about the RV lifestyle:
How did you decide which RV to get?
Well, to be 100% honest, at first, we got what was cheap, know would run and that we could renovate. That just happened to be an older Class 28″ C RV. See the renovation on the original GlamV here. We were in that for about 5 months before we saved up and found our dream RV. But before I get into that, I think some context might be helpful…
RVs can range from $2,000 (for an absolute beater) to $1,000,000. Yes, you read that right. We have met TONS of people who have spent $300,000+ on their RV. For us, we think that is absolutely ridiculous.
We found the biggest one, with a floor plan we liked, with slide outs that we knew we could renovate (that had low miles and was clean). That just happened to be a 1998 35″ Damon Challenger. This is the only year that they had a smaller kitchen (fine with me, I basically just make coffee there) and a full wall of closet space. We also have a very large car trailer so my Z4, both of Zach’s motorcycles and my moped can go with us wherever we go. We negotiated hard and drive 8 hours to Tampa to buy it back in February. We are so close to being done, but to be honest, life has just been so crazy that is has been 95% done for months. We have a bit of painting, reorganizing and finishing touches to do. I can’t wait to reveal it!
Does it actually feel like home?
Our first one, not so much, because we knew it was temporary. It was more of a means to an end. It got us exactly where we wanted to be but had some major flaws, like no slide outs (which makes a HUGE difference).
Our new one, which I lovingly call Glam-V 2.0, 100% absolutely. When we are out and about, we always say “let’s go home.” It truly does feel like our place. We love it. We have everything we need. I have enough space to do a BBG workout in out “living room” and I have my office corner. Zach created a vanity for me, so I have my own space to get ready. We have a couch, a bathtub and a rather large bathroom (by RV standards). We also have a large queen bed. The dogs can run around. We genuinely love it.
What’s it like to live in 250 square feet?
In Seattle, we had a 750 square foot apartment that we paid an absolute fortune for. We said all the time that there was so much waisted space. For us, it really isn’t a big deal. The floor plan is great and the space is so well allocated. The biggest thing is that there isn’t a ton of room for things you don’t need and use regularly – which is actually so refreshing. You have to stay clean and organized, like, it is not even an option. What would be some clutter in a corner in a normal house looks like an absolute disaster in an RV. Also, everything you own goes 80 miles per hour on the highway – kind of a crazy thought. If things aren’t put away, it gets broken.
For a workaholic like me, it actually forces me to get out more, away from my desk. You spend more time actually living. That’s the whole point of this lifestyle.
What is the best part?
Traveling can be really exhausting normally, but I think a big part of that is that your things aren’t with you and that you are constantly packing. With RVing, everything you own is already with you. My fur babies, my favorite coffee mug, my computer and my shoe collection is all with me.
Also, I can’t complain about travel days. Zach drives 100% of the time. That is our agreement. So on long travel days, I can wake up and just go. It is so nice. I can make coffee as we drive and can be on my couch watching a movie, at my desk working or in my bed napping as we drive.
Next, there is just the freedom of it all. You wake up and you are sick of the cold, you just go more south. I find things on travel blogs and Pinterest that I want to go see and do, we just simply go there. If there is bad weather coming, we simply leave. Can’t beat that!
Finally, there is the financial part. Don’t get me wrong, RVing can be very expensive or very inexpensive. You can have a million dollar rig and stay at RV parks that cost $100+ a night. You also can boondock for free in a very cheap RV. We stay in RV Parks most of the time, because we like the amenities and security of it all. Most the time, there is a pool and it’s all very nice. We have stayed in places for free and we have paid nearly $100 a night (in Key West). But for us, switching to this lifestyle is what allowed us to afford to invest and really grow Everly. We went from being super stressed financially to living our best life, with the most freedom possible.
What is the worst part?
Sometimes, you do just want an address. At least I have the Everly office back in the Midwest. But for the most part, there really are no downsides. There is constant maintenance, but Zach handles everything in that department.
How do you get your mail?
This is one of the most frequently asked questions we get! One of the main reasons we stay at RV parks is because we have somewhere to send things if we stay somewhere for more than just a night. If I have no idea when it is going to here, I send it to the Everly office. You should see our Amazon account – so many different addresses!
How do you run a business with employees when you travel full-time?
I touch 0n this in this blog post.
Here is the list of places we have been in the last year:
– Cartagena, Colombia
– The US Virgin Islands
– Vancouver, BC
– The Midwest: Minneapolis, Iowa, St. Louis
– South Carolina/Georgia: Myrtle Beach, Charleston, Hilton Head, Savannah
– Florida (both coasts): St. Augustine, Cocoa Beach, Melbourne, Deerfield Beach, Boca Raton, Miami, Key West, Fort Meyers, Sanibel Island, St. Petersburg, Sarasota, Williston
– Southern cities: Gulf Shores and Mobile (Alabama), Jackson (Mississippi), New Orleans (Louisiana)
– Colorado: Denver, Aspen
What are your travel plans for this year?
We just booked some really exciting trips! We are going to Athens, Greece in October and Lisbon (Portugal), Barcelona, Marseille (southern France) and Savona (Italy) in November. Right now, we just got to Aspen, Colorado (so pretty here). From here, we are going to Moab and Salt Lake City (Utah), Kalispell (Idaho), all over Washington state (including our old stomping grounds of Seattle, Vancouver (BC), all over Oregon (mainly the coast), Napa Valley, all over California, Los Angeles, San Fransisco, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas and back through New Orleans, Gulf Shores, Florida and then back up to Savannah and Charleston.
Have any more questions that weren’t answered in the post? Just comment below! If you have any recommendations for our upcoming destinations, please let us know. Anytime we have taken any of your advice, it has never failed us. Also, I will (finally) be revealing the new Glam-V within the next month and our wedding within the next week or so!
As always, thank you for reading.
See the original Glam-V reveal here
Read about how I travel full-time and run Everly here
Striped off-the-shoulder dress I am wearing in the pictur