Our New Home
Let’s backtrack for just a moment. Why in the world are most camper layouts not as family friendly as they could be? With all of the bunkhouses we looked at and toured, in the beginning of our quest and this time around, none of them had adequate storage AND bunk beds for the kids. In our Outback travel trailer, it offered great bunk beds for the girls, but it lacked clothing storage. We found a temporary solution for storing the girls clothing while vacationing, which included a laundry basket on the top right bunk. Since we were only taking trips here and there, it wasn’t a huge problem. Our new home on wheels didn’t have the bunk beds, but it did have better storage. The bunkhouse had a tri-fold couch and a mini me bunk bed on top. We are blessed to have some very handy dandy friends, who are going to help us build bunk beds for the spot. I’ll post before and after pictures once we are finished. In all seriousness though, RV Manufacturers, PLEASE remember that we all need a place to sleep AND store our clothes!
In the past few weeks, we have been busy bees getting our life in order with wrapping up unfinished projects, getting the house ready to put on the rental market, prepping the camper, packing/goodwill-ing/ selling our stuff, and planning our route all before departing. I try to keep in mind that all of this hard work is for our future, a way to become closer as a family, and make incredible memories. This trip is an experiment for our family, it is also an adventure, whether we are gone for the entire year or just six months. It is better to have tried and failed, than to not have tried at all. We are naturally nomadic by moving every couple of years. It’s taken me until recently to come to terms with this. I have felt like we needed to grow roots in one place and call it home until we die, but after a few years, we get that itch again… and we have it bad! Instead of moving our family and selling our house, we have decided to take a different route. This route has been an idea for almost a year and a plan for a couple of months, but a dream of ours for a lifetime. We are going to travel around the United States for a year in our camper. Crazy, right? Yeah, we are. Exciting, right? Yes, it is! We need an adventure, a once in a lifetime opportunity to travel as a family, and to experience many things on our bucket list.
Our first handful of trips have been exciting, new, and adventurous, but what happens when the honeymoon phase is over?