Being a nomadic full time traveling homeschool family was never on our radar exactly. We’ve known that we wanted to travel a lot as a family, and have taken several road trips across the country already. Tony and I have talked a lot about just picking up and moving to a sunnier state, rent a new house and enjoy better weather year-round. Yet, the more we talked and researched online, the more we realized that we want to be nomadic and take our family to many different places! Our country has too much to see, do and learn to stay in one place!
We started doing all sorts of research on full-time RVing, found some amazing blogs (this is my favorite blog) discovered many Youtube channels of families (here’s my favorite Vlog) that live full time traveling the US in an RV and joined Facebook groups to connect with other families that are doing this.
We don’t know what life will bring us, but we know that in this season of life traveling full time with each other is like a dream come true! Here I listed 10 Reasons why we are making this big change.
Reason #1: To live a healthy and active lifestyle.
We want to get outside and be active with each other every day while striving to eat healthily. Over the past several years, Tony and I have discovered that we love to be active and stay in shape.
Yet, when winter hits we lose our motivation to stay active and our physical health goes downhill. Traveling full time will allow us, and even require us, to be more physically active!
Reason #2: To think and behave more positively, instead of living in fear of the unknown.
This lifestyle will absolutely allow us to encounter many times that we need to keep our patience and find the silver lining. We know this, and we honestly are looking forward to these experiences. We both (Tony more so than I 😉 ) have found ourselves being pessimistic about life in general when we really want to become more optimistic.
Is there a chance that we will get a flat tire? Yes of course, and we’ll be as prepared as we can to handle it when it happens. Will there be days when we feel cramped in our small RV with 6 people? Absolutely, but we are excited for the challenge of persevering through and finding reasons to smile and enjoy the moment. We are not afraid of the challenges that lie ahead.
Reason #3: To live simply as minimalists.
We want to avoid wanting more and ‘better’ stuff in order to make ourselves happy. Over the course of the last couple of years, we have worked hard to provide Christmas and birthday gifts to our kids as experiences. Such as family ice-skating or going on rides at the Mall of America. Tony and I have realized that the kids enjoy the time they have with us making memories more than something wrapped from Target.
As a family of 6, we have accumulated so many things that it has been overwhelming to keep any organization or cleanliness.
I am really looking forward to being able to clean our entire ‘house’ in under one hour, then use the rest of the day to spend giving my kids the attention that I have been wanting to give them all along. Yet, I’ve felt so overwhelmed with just keeping up with the day-to-day picking up and cleaning of our 2,700 square foot house!
Reason #4: To have more family time making memories.
We want to have more TIME and make more MEMORIES all year long.
Living full time in an RV, away from extended family while Tony works remotely from our RV ‘home’, will absolutely increase the amount of family time we will have whether we want to or not 😉 We are looking forward to spending more time together, especially having Daddy around more. Even if it’s just to show him something they found while on a hike with me, or to enjoy eating lunch together each day.
Reason #5: Avoid seasonal depression by following the sunshine!
I’m just going to say it…I do not like Minnesota winters. Tony does not like Minnesota winters. Winter in MN lasts from November to often times April and sometimes even May with a dusting of snow!
Yet, we decided after I finished graduate school in Carbondale, IL that we were going to move back to MN to get married and start a family to be near our extended family. We made it 9 years in MN, gave birth to our 4 wonderful children and had all the amazing support we could have ever asked for from family and friends in MN. Now, we are ready to leave the long nights and short days of the cold and gray winters behind and travel south for the winters. With technology today, we are looking forward to staying in close contact with our family and friends in MN using things such as Skype, Facetime, texting, phone calls, and even writing letters and sending postcards!
Reason #6: Learn to have more humility and raise our kids to as well.
I love the Midwest, but I want to experience and have our children experience other cultures and ways of life. There are so many opportunities out there for us all, and I want to introduce our kiddos to that. We are so fortunate to have the freedom to find jobs that allow us to work remotely, purchase an RV and travel full time with our family! We are so very lucky to have been born into this wonderful country and have the safety and freedom that we have.
Reason #7: Roadschooling, Homeschooling, Worldschooling and learning right alongside our kiddos!
There is so much to learn, and what better way to learn than by experience. We have been homeschooling our kiddos since our oldest was 2 years old. So, we are not taking them out of school to embark on this adventure. Yet, we are changing the way we homeschool them. There is a term called “Roadschooling” that means to teach your children while traveling.
I still remember the field trips I took back in school. I retained so much more from hands-on experience during field trips than just reading about a topic in a book. I want to provide that for our children to learn by experience, and I want to learn right alongside them. You are never too old to learn!
Reason #8: Adventure and experience!
We know this will be an adventure of a lifetime, and we are really looking forward to it! As a family, we have begun to make our ‘bucket list’ with places we want to visit and activities or adventures we’d like to embark on.
For instance, I really want to take the kids swimming in the ocean, ride in a hot air balloon and hike the Grand Canyon. The kids have mentioned how they want to see Mt. St. Helens, go swimming every week year-round and visit Harry Potter world in FL. While Tony wants to hike, row, and bike at Crater Lake National Park.
Reason #9: Work on self-growth.
We are striving to be open-minded while decreasing our judgment of others, which in all honesty is hard to do. It’s human nature to judge or compare how others are doing things to how you would do them. It gives people the ability to relate to one another.
I know that when we first told friends and family about our plan to sell most of our belongings and travel full time, they had a hard time understanding as they could not fathom doing it themselves. We have also found ourselves looking at certain lifestyles and trying to see if we’d ever be happy living that way of life. Reflecting on this, we realize that we are judging others, and we’d really like to try to move away from that.
We are hoping that by traveling full time and meeting all types of people we can train ourselves to be more open-minded and accepting of others. We want to demonstrate how to be accepting of all people, no matter, if they are living their lives the way we think is right or not. What better way to teach our own children to do this, than leading by example?
Reason #10: Because we can…….we are living today, healthy and able-bodied.
We have no idea what the future holds for us, and we do not want to have any regrets. I don’t mean to sound morbid, but we are trying to live our lives to the fullest each-and-every day. Nobody knows the future, and this has become our ultimate dream. So, we are grabbing ahold of it and jumping in with both feet!!