April 23, 2014
written by Pam
Richard came home after work and presented a proposal. He was inspired by this homeschooling family who went on a bike trip along the west coast. It took the family 3 years to go from Alaska to South America. Richard knew there was no way I’d travel by bicycle, so he tweaked the plan. How about we travel in an RV, he asks.
We start talking about the possibilities. How about we take our lives on the road, he asks. I stopped breathing when he added, “No house and job to tie us down.”
The idea of taking Owen’s education on-the-go is brilliant. You can’t go wrong with that. Thumbs up for me. Selling the house and our belongings and becoming minimalist put butterflies in my stomach. I want to throw up, to be honest. Intriguing yes, but possible?
Roaming around U.S. and Canada in our RV with only our essential things scares the living daylight out of me. I need my TV. I need to see Jeff Probst on Survivor and Tom Collichio on Top Chef. I need my treadmill, my music, my art, my own space, my circle of best friends and my niece Abby.
This will take some time getting used to, but the plan is appealing to me. It fits my (our) personality. Since we got married in 2001, we’ve always been nomads. We moved every year, never finding a place to settle, not even now in our 2 yr old 3 bdrm, 2.5 bath house in a growing community.
I’ll be honest, I am not immediately on board with Richard’s plan. It would be a drastic change in our lives.
A wise friend of mine by the name of Taz Velardes always told me: if you are having trouble deciding, get a piece of paper and list down the pros and cons. To help me sort out my thoughts, we listed the pros and cons.
- Freedom: no routine
- life experience
- soul searching
- once in a lifetime opportunity
- meet new people
- learn cultures
- visit friends/family living outside California
- explore country, learn about each state
- hotel stays for days I need to feel “normal”
- minimalist lifestyle, less possessions=less worries
- volunteer opportunity
- nurture creativity with photography, journaling, art
- share our adventure with family and friends through blogging
- hike anywhere at any time
- Let go of all possessions
- limited contact with family and friends
- Limited privacy
- Financial outcome unknown
It’s clear that our pros outweighed the cons.