Chris and I have made some big decisions lately, and one of them affects our future travel plans. We have been looking for a way to keep the travels going, while accomplishing several other goals; and we think we have figured out a good way to do it.
Chris and I have decided to build a small home base. We have a bunch of reasons for wanting to have a home base, but let me explain a few of the foremost reasons to you.
#1 We want to continue RVing.
When we first set out, we were hoping to make it three months. After the three months, we decided to keep it going. We loved travelling fulltime, and our RV made it easy for us to do just that. So, three months turned in to 2 1/2 years. And we want it to last even longer. Actually, we want the ability to be able to RV as we please indefinitely. We don’t want it to be a season in our lives, but an actual lifestyle that we can maintain for decades to come, Lord willing. We feel that by having a small home base, built specifically to be low maintenance and easy to “leave in our dust” so to speak; is our best option for continuing to RV as we desire.
#2 We have some other goals too.
Chris’s work has really expanded, and it will be very helpful for him to have a home base during our non-travel times. He loves what he does, and he has a gift for it. While he can accomplish a lot from a distance, it is still important that maintains some face-to-face contact as well. And there are some other aspects of our lives that we are looking forward to being able to expand with the added stability.
#3 We also have some other responsibilities.
Twice now we have been called home due to illness in our families, and we want to be available to meet those needs. While I wish I could talk both of our families in to moving to the South, where we could stay in our RV over the winter, it just is not going to happen. And RVing in the winter in PA just does not seem realistic or enjoyable.
#4 We have learned about ourselves.
After 2.5 years, we have really learned what we like about RVing, and what we do not. We were drawn to RVing for the travel aspect, and that remains our main motivation and enjoyment. Wintering over, or spending months at a time at one RV park has not been an aspect of the lifestyle that we enjoy. Don’t get me wrong, skipping winter is nice; but overall we felt that our time would be better spent in PA, especially for the winter. We would much rather have a home base where we can be available to our families and give Chris the best work environment.
Now that I have explained some of our reasons, let’s take a look at some answers to questions that you may have.
What will happen to the blog and YouTube channel?
We are still going to be RVers, so nothing will change there. I plan to continue both of them. To Wander Freely is about living abundantly & lightly, and this is just another form of that same mission.
How often will we be in the RV?
Our hope is to be in the RV 6 months out of the year. The other 6 months, we will be at our other home. We are calling it “Wanderer’s Rest”. We hope that sharing our time equally between Wanderer’s Rest and Aunt Glady will keep her from becoming too jealous. Aunt Glady can be demanding!
Why building a new home?
With Chris’ gift and background in design and construction, this is really a way for him to specifically walk through all of the pieces of the puzzle to better understand the process from beginning to finish and bring that knowledge base to his design and preconstruction work. The thing about gifts is that we have to nurture and grow them to be truly successful. At least that is how we see it.
Also, by designing the home ourselves, we are able to incorporate everything we want in order to make the home as low maintenance as possible, and easy to leave.
How big will our home be?
1700 sq feet. Not a tiny home, but a small, manageable home.
When are we planning to build?
Now actually. As we were making these decisions, certain things fell in to place, and a great piece of land was introduced to us by a friend. Things have moved very quickly for us, and we intend to keep it that way. Chris has put together a great team and a simple design, so our goal is to have Wanderer’s Rest completed at some point in January 2018.
Will we be sharing the build?
Absolutely! This is something Chris is very passionate about, so we will be sharing videos of the progress on our youtube channel. We also have a lot of RVers who have similar plans – they want to fulltime RV, but they also want a home base to go back to. So, we think it will be valuable information to share.
Chris and I are looking forward to many travels to come! Lots more fun with Aunt Glady! And the opportunity to keep this whole idea of living abundantly & lightly going!