Well, it’s that time again. Another year has gone by and as of today, we’re officially five years into this crazy full-time RVing thing. Five years! Can you believe it?
In the past, we’ve always celebrated our “On the Road” anniversaries with blog posts that express gratitude, share wisdom, and speculate on the future. But this year when we sat down to talk about the five-year post, we both drew a blank. Should we summarize the past five years? No, I write a year-end summary at the start of the calendar year so that seems repetitive. How about a list of favorites places and experiences? No way, choosing favorites is nearly impossible. What about an informative post about planning, travel logistics, and finding the best ca….ugh, too boring.
At one point I said something about how I didn’t feel inspired to write a big celebration blog post because this milestone doesn’t really feel like a big deal.
Tim replied, “That’s what you should write.”
“I should write a blog post about how I don’t want to write a blog post?”
“Yup, write about how full-time travel is now our normal life and five years of living it doesn’t need a special blog post.”
Okay, so here is it. After five years of living full-time in our Airstream, visiting 43 states and staying in 364 different campgrounds, public lands, driveways and parking lots, it no longer feels like something to celebrate. Not because the past five years haven’t been amazing and life changing, but because this is our new normal.
I’m not trying to come across as blasé or ungrateful about the past five years. Believe me, we are thankful every day for the new places, new people, and new experiences. Any struggles we go through or problems we encounter pale in comparison to the joy of discovering a new trail, new campground or new beach to wander down.
Maybe the reason why we don’t feel the need to celebrate is that, in some ways, this is the year that we’ve become more settled into this lifestyle than ever before. In the beginning, we thought we would travel around for a few years, find a place we loved, and make a new home there. Five years later we realize we’re still not ready for that step. The house rental experience this winter was a nice break but it confirmed that full-time travel is still very much in the cards for us.
With that said, the end goal remains the same. Someday we want to have a house without wheels, a yard with a garden, and a garage for projects. But whether that’s two years, five years, or ten years down the road, we don’t yet know.
So here’s to our non-celebration/celebration of five years living on the road. Five years of saying no to conventional norms and making the most of our lives. Five years of personal growth, overcoming fears, trying new things, and making incredible new friends. Hmmm…I guess we do have something to celebrate.