Six Months In a Camper

Part of me can hardly believe I’m writing this, but:

As of January 17, we’ve been living full-time in our camper for six months.

Maiden Voyage - Our Streamlined Life

In the past six months we have:

  • Traveled through 25 states;
  • Stayed at 9 state parks, 5 KOAs, 1 private campground, and 1 national park;
  • Visited family members in Washington, Illinois, and Louisiana; and
  • Put almost 15,000 miles on our Chevy Tahoe.

Here’s how we’ve spent the past half a year:

  • 10 weeks in West Virginia/Virginia;
  • 6 weeks roadtripping to the Pacific Northwest;
  • 2 weeks in Virginia;
  • 2 weeks traveling the southern East Coast; and
  • 8 weeks in Louisiana.

And here’s how we’re feeling about camper life at the six month mark:

  • The most surprising thing about camper life may be the long chunks of time we’ve ended up parked in one place or another. I’m not complaining; extended parking is less expensive than moving constantly, and it’s a lot easier to get work done. I think we just envisioned spending much more time jumping from place to place (and I’m pretty sure we’ll be doing more of it in the future).
  • Our favorite place visited has been Savannah.
  • Our favorite thing about camper life has been the simplicity of a smaller space (Rebecca) and campfires (Ryan).
  • Our least favorite thing about camper life has been unexpected homesickness for Virginia (Rebecca) and the volley of unexpected and expensive camper repairs (Ryan).

In many ways it still feels like our adventure is just beginning. (Which means that we’re not even close to being done with our camper life!) We’re enjoying planning our upcoming adventures and loving the freedom that our smaller life is giving us. We’re having big conversations about travel, careers, and what the future looks like for our family. And we’re loving sharing our story and meeting other people who are living their dreams too.

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I'm the oldest of 12 crazy kids and two pretty awesome parents. My love of travel developed during my early years traveling the globe as an Air Force brat. I'm a runner, a writer, and a reader, and I love cooking up good food and cozying up our camper.

6 comments

  1. Congrats!!! I enjoyed your summary post and was surprised by the most surprising thing about your camper life. 😋 We did all 48 contiguous states in 7 months, and it was a whirlwind! We were trying to see and do as much as possible and wish we had taken more time at many of our stops. I guess it’s all about finding a balance between going too fast and taking too long. I’m sure staying at one place for awhile can become monotonous, but my one piece of advice (not that you were asking for my advice, but you’re getting it anyway…haha!) would be to not rush too much. Enjoy your future adventures!!!

    1. Thanks Briana, we are ALWAYS happy for advice 😀 I can’t even imagine doing the whole country in that space of time. I love seeing new places but after a while I feel like my brain reaches max capacity and I need a break to absorb and catch up on real life. Hopefully one day we’ll figure out the perfect balance between staying in one place and roaming the roads. Either way we feel super lucky to have the freedom to make both those things happen.

  2. Hey Rebecca and Ryan-totally enjoyed seeing y’all over the holidays! Please continue blogging about camper life-I can live an adventurous life through your blog. Love y’all bunches!!

    1. Thanks for reading Aunt Cindy! It was so nice to see you too. We should have more exciting adventures to share once we hit the road again in a couple of weeks!

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