Full Time Living Versus Full Time Vacationing

Tiffany and I live in our RV full time. We have a home address, and we go there occasionally, but we still live in our RV. Full time. We’ve been traveling for six months now and some people still confuse full time living versus full time vacationing. Let me try and break it down for you.

For us, this is our life. All our possessions sit in our RV and we take them with us. Our pets come with us. We travel some, we live a lot. We are not on a long term vacation. We don’t socialize a lot even though we do have conversations with our neighbors. We are not weekenders looking to go camping Friday through Sunday and going back to work on Monday. We exist as nomads and are living as travelers.

When we go to a location, we are not on vacation. We don’t expect you to entertain us. We don’t have to spend every waking moment with you. We did not come close to you just so we could spend all our time with you. You are not the goal and sole reason for our traveling. Our lives may involve a lot of travel and stops at campgrounds, but that does not mean that we are living a life of luxury and a permanent vacation. We still do work, we still need to make money, we still need to take breaks. We don’t want to spend 100% of our time hanging out with anyone. We don’t want to go to restaurants all the time and spend money eating out.

If we come to your town, then yes, we would like to see you. But eventually, probably in a week or so, we’ll move on. We will be back at some point, but we aren’t sure when. We move when we want to, return when we want to, and we’ll make time to see you.

It might be once a year, it might be twice. It might be less. We might be staying at a campground 40 miles from you and see you once or twice. Don’t expect us to wake up, come see you, spend all day with you, and then do the same thing every day for the week we are there. Sometimes, and by that I mean very, very often, we need a break from people, no matter how close we may be. We can’t pack up everything in our RV and come to you, so yes, you may need to come pick us up. But please keep in mind that just because we are in your vicinity, it doesn’t mean we need to do things with you every day.

We might take a day off, get a meal with you, spend an hour or two, and then go back to Sleipnir and just chill. We like having our home with us. We can go back to it, watch a movie, wander the internet, whatever, we aren’t locked away in a hotel room ordering delivery every night for our meals. We have an oven, we have our own bed, we have all our stuff, we even have our cats.

Sometimes a break is needed. Your kids are sick? That’s fine, we’ll figure something out to do. You have an appointment? That’s fine, we have stuff to do too. And then there are times when we have nothing to do, but we don’t want to do anything anyway. We are living each day with previous engagements and living each day because this is the way we want to live.

We will plan out our travels as far in advance as we can, but things change. Hell, we were stuck in Kentucky for three months with a dead transmission. We made friends, we found things to do, Tiffany got really good at building a fire. And that was just fine. We can spend our days living outside by a fire pit and there is nothing wrong with that.

If we do come to your town and ask for a ride to the nearest grocery store, then yes, we’d like to spend some time with you and yes, we’d like a ride to a store. That’s as in depth as it gets. You don’t need to come to us, take us to lunch, take us to the store, take us to see a movie, takes us anywhere else. We really just need to stock up on supplies and figure we can hang out while wandering the aisles and Walmart.

But you don’t need to entertain us…

Its funny, we have movies, TV, music, books, internet, games, and so we can find things to do. We are not sitting in our RV trying to figure out what to do. This is our life, this is how we are living. Yes, there are destinations involved and yes, there is travel involved, but that doesn’t mean we are on a permanent vacation. We are just living. It just so happens that that living happens to involve moving around every few weeks.

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