Our Big Plans…

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!


About Jen

I love travel, which led me to become a fulltime RVer. I love wellness, which I can talk about 'til the cows come home. I love being self-employed, which means I get to dabble in what interests me from essential oils to RV planners. But most importantly, I love my husband and our life together on the road!

14 comments on “Our Big Plans…

  1. Oh, my goodness, Jen. I certainly wasn’t expecting to see this but I am so excited and HAPPY for you both! I cannot wait to see the entire process unfold. My husband and I are hoping to build a home upon retirement in about 10 or 12 years. I hope to gain a lot of knowledge from your experience and writings.

    Looking forward to hearing more. Take care!

    • Thanks so much, Sandra! It has been an interesting process so far, but enjoyable too! We have lived in 7 different homes together (3 we owned, and 4 we rented), and I have to say it is so nice being able to take our experiences and design something that will actually function the way we want it to. I am so glad that you are planning to do the same too! Thank you for letting me know, as it helps me to see that there is an interest in that information, so we will definitely share!

    • Thanks, Maggie! Our families have always been supportive of us, but I have to admit that they seem pretty relieved knowing that we will be around more! 🙂

  2. Jen, I am so excited for this new adventure you and Chris are undertaking! Yes, both ways of living should still be interesting and entertaining! Being in the position of caring for my dad (not full-time) I totally understand being near is important. (We moved next door to my parents.)Looking forward to seeing the progression of the build and all that is to come.

    • Hi, Becky! Thank you so much! I am sure your parents are so grateful to have you so close. We have learned so much by living in a RV, in terms of the space we actually need and how to keep it all functional, so we are really looking forward to incorporating all of that in to the house design. It is going to be so nice to have a place in PA to actually come back to when we want to see our families. Glad to hear that you are looking forward to seeing how this all unfolds! Thank you!

  3. Hi , Jen, We have been following you and Chris on your adventures and we will gladly follow the home building process as well. I’m excited to see your design. We were finally able to buy our first RV this past month. It is a 1994 Barth motor coach. She’s retro and we love her! Just wish it was the beginning of summer. Good luck on the build and can’t wait for the videos.

    • Hi, Kristy! Congratulations! Your RV sounds awesome! So glad that you found what you were looking for! Now you can spend your winter planning for all the places you want to see. Thank you for the feedback on the house plans too – it is helpful to know that there is interest. Thanks for reaching out! -Jen

  4. We’re wintering in central IL in our 5th and just had a 250# propane tank delivered. This is a first for us. We’re still working slowly on clearing the house for sale in the Spring. Downsizing is hard and once you start, you just have to keep plugging away at it. We can’t go on the road until the house sells, but God willing, that won’t be a long process. I’m glad we’ve made this decision because it would be a really big hassle for my kids to do later.

    I understand your decision for a homebase and know we’ll need to do that later, too. I hope we can come there on our travels once we get all the ends wrapped up here. Although we’ve never met, I feel like we know you through your channel. God bless you both.

    • Hi, Jayna! Thanks so much for reaching out! That is a great plan for finishing the downsizing and getting the house on the market. Thanks for sharing about how you are making the transition and your thoughts about the process. I know it is so helpful for our other readers too! Stay warm this winter (we will be attempting the same until the house is done). Wishing you a smooth selling process and abundant blessings in your travels to come!

  5. Oh wow that is exciting news and do agree having a home base close to family is a good idea. Looking forward to hearing more on how the whole process goes and what the finished home looks like. I bought some land in NM so when I want to stay put for a while I have a place. Although I’m thinking of a tiny house shed conversion.

    Wishing you both all the best in 2018! 🙂


    • Hi, Tina! So good to hear from you! I love your plans! I remember you said that you really loved NM, so that sounds great for you. You will have to send us some photos too, once you have it set up. I would love to see it. Have you hit the road yet? I think last time we chatted you were saving up and getting ready. Hope all is going well! -Jen

      • Hi Jen!

        I’ve not hit the road yet, this year has been very difficult. Both my parents have had health issues and my father passed away in June. I’m still making progress on clearing out my home and hope to be out of here next year. For right now I might just get small trailer to travel around with part time. I’m pet sitting so have a house to stay in most of the time.

        I just love NM, was there earlier in the month and it was so pretty with all the leaves changing. And back in Sept. from all the monsoons everything was so green, I’ve never seen it that way before.

        Looking forward to getting ideas from you on your house build. 🙂


        • Oh, Tina. I am so sorry to hear about your father. It is no surprise that you have needed some extra time. Best to take care of everything you need to, so that you can hit the road confidently. Next year is just around the corner. And part-time travel is just as fun as fulltime! -Jen

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