About 10 years ago, I (Shea) got the crazy idea that it would be fun to travel or live in a camper trailer. I got this idea from one of my first managers at Target, Greg, when they were talking about who knows what. Greg sent over a blog post about a family that did this. Seriously, how cool would it be to have the flexibility to travel all over the US, maybe anywhere, and still be able to work and have an income?
For 10 years, this stuck in the back of my mind. However, Erin and I chose the typical American path (in no particular order) – get married, buy a house, get some debt, get a masters degree, more debt, buy different vehicles, more debt. We went down this path, owned our home for about 5 years and then something happened. We wanted a new adventure. This adventure was… moving to Colorado
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Ok, now we moved to Colorado after putting the house up for sale, trading in vehicles to get “Colorado” vehicles (I got a Subaru Outback). We lived in Colorado for about two years, had some great times, met some new people, and became better friends with some of our existing friends. It was a fun adventure but something was still missing.
After about a year in Colorado, we got the bug… The bug that said we had to try something else. I’ve been a huge fan and follower of the tiny house movement and Erin slowly came on board. Enter “Operation Travel Domination”. This code name didn’t last for long but it was fun to say and it got the ball rolling and start daydreaming about traveling the United States. We didn’t want to spend a lot of money and we didn’t want to have to build something. Why not something that was already built, like a camper? And that’s what we did!
So, you got a camper. Are you going to take some weekend trips to the mountains or state parks? Nope! We’re going to travel to all 50 states, parts of Canada, and maybe some international travel along the way (without the camper of course). We are going to do most of this journey in our truck and 19 foot camper trailer. That’s right, Erin and I are going to be confined to a 19 foot camper trailer! We are currently figuring out a lot of the logistics and planning right now. There are a lot of things that we need to learn and purchase for such an adventure – that will be a post all on its own.
Some people might think we’re crazy for doing this. When we told people what we are doing there were three common responses:
- You’re doing what!? Why would you do that!?
- That’s awesome but I could never do that.
- That’s awesome and I’m jealous
Let the adventure begin!