Time does not stand still for us. Things keep happening and life continues to move forward. As we travel through this amazing country we find so many new and interesting things to experience, but we still have to manage to fit in everyday things. Our refrigerator does not fill itself, the dishes don’t wash themselves, and no one comes to take out our trash while we explore a new city. There is still an endless amount of chores that need to be done on a daily basis and honestly it can be challenging to find time to fit things in when we are so busy discovering new places. It is also important to us that the kids pitch in to help with some of these tasks, but they are still learning and it takes time to teach them how to do these things right. Life is a balancing act whether stationary or on the road.
After having traveled through this country with my family for over a year I thought I would write about some of the highlights of our adventure.
However after thinking about what I would write I realized that it would be a very extensive article since we have been able to do so many awesome things this past year. I also realized that our website is filled with articles about the amazing places we have been and you could easily go to anyone of those to read about some cool places we have traveled to. Instead I decided I would highlight some of the difficulties we have encountered after a year of living full time on the road. Because we all know that it can’t always be like a vacation when it’s our life. So let me tell you about some of the challenges we have faced that were unexpected and some of the things we dislike about life on the road.
We want to help others save money while traveling America with kids, so here are some tips.
People have asked us how much it costs to travel to every state in America and it is a hard question to answer. We definitely try to save money while traveling America with kids. For us it costs almost the exact same that living in a 2300 square foot house cost. It might seem like we are living a really expensive lifestyle because we see so many great places, like museums,zoos, and historical sites. In reality we spend very little on our family fun. Playgrounds and capitol building tours are always free, which is why we visit them where ever we go.
Packing a lunch costs the same in a large house or in Washington DC. Yes, we have found the cost of goods is close to uniform across the country. So if something is a little more expensive in one place, then something else is probably a little cheaper. If you are the type to try to save a dime anytime it is possible, then it will be cheaper than for someone who spends without a worry. Since we are frugal travelers, who like to save money, we thought we would share some tips to save money while traveling America with kids
The reason it is almost impossible to answer the question how much does it costs to travel to every state in America is because it largely depends on the traveler.
We move frequently, by frequently I mean on average about every four days. This means we spend quite a bit of time looking for a new home (aka campsites). Before we started this adventure we did a lot of research about many aspects of traveling full time in an RV. We even did a mock up of what a month of travel might look like to give us an idea of the cost. Not having traveled in an RV before, however; we didn’t really know what to look for in a campsite (price was our main concern during research phase). When you find yourself constantly in unfamiliar territory it is difficult to know what an area will be like. After having stayed in many different campsites in many different states we have a much better idea of what to look for and how to find a site that suits our needs.
It was difficult parting with our stuff and it took several garage sales, donation runs, and a trip to the dump to finally pare it down enough that it would fit into our 10×20′ storage unit. After narrowing our possessions down to the important junk, I mean glorious items that were important, we traveled across the country to pick up our travel trailer. We could only take what would fit into our Armada and a small carrier we strapped to the roof rack. Yes it was a great feeling having almost no worldly possessions and every time we had to cram everything back into the car to hit the road again we cursed how much we had brought. Then the magical moment happened when we did the walk through of our new home to travel the country in. Reality quickly set in when we realized we now had to
purchase all the numerous items that a travel trailer has to have, like a water hose and a sewer hose. Everyone who is on the road has these essentials and each person has an opinion as to which brand or type is the best. This article isn’t about the stuff that everyone has to buy to get on the road. It’s about the things we feel are essential for our travels and every item on this list is something we don’t know how we would get by without. Each has a story behind how we came to know we needed it or how many times I was grateful to have it, but these are the things that allow us to achieve our dream of seeing every state in America.
Laundry is one of those never ending chores (no matter how much you do there is always more!) and I get a lot of questions about how we get the job done while living on the road full time. It was something I had definitely taken into consideration before we took the leap to live full time in our travel trailer since I had no experience doing laundry anywhere but in my house. The information, however, was limited. I couldn’t find anything about the cost of doing laundry at a laundromat or a campground. So after having done laundry for a family of five while full time living in our travel trailer I thought I would share my experience for others who might also be considering this lifestyle.
Traveling across the country a couple of times gives you perspective. America is made up of individual states and each state has it’s own style and idiosyncrasies. Although there are tons of similarities and people are basically the same whether you are in Washington of Florida, there are lots of differences. As we travel around this big country we have noticed these five things are drastically and can be hard for a full time traveler to deal with. If you are thinking of full timing and want to know what you might encounter, then this blog might help you. Just remember there are tons of things that stay the same (we will go over some of those on another blog post).
Almost every full timer makes some modifications to their living space. We talked with another couple that had the same model trailer as us and they had a few mods to show us. I decided to show our mods to him and we both walked away with plans to make future modifications. It got me to thinking that our mods might help someone else planning on full timing or satisfy someones curiosity about life on the road. After you read this please feel free to comment suggestions for additional mods that would help us or questions if you want technical information on how to do the mod yourself.
Cars, like homes, always need maintenance and it can be tricky finding good auto shops while traveling. The plan was to replace the tires when we were in Texas, but we wore them out faster than anticipated. While driving in ABQ, as the locals call Albuquerque, we started having a bumpy ride and were worried … Read more Car Troubles in New Mexico