Hello, I’m Trail (AKA Anne). I’m a house wife and part-time freelancer with a loving husband and two adorable cats. Hitch (AKA Sigfried), my husband, is a talented Software Engineer. And this is a blog about our adventure.
In the past year, we started looking at our current lifestyle and thought we could downsize. I then started looking at tiny homes as a means to simplify life and get out of debt. Eventually, I found my way into trailers and RVs. Then one day Hitch surprisingly pointed out, “Why not travel and see national parks if we’re going to live in an RV.” In the past month, the thought of selling our home buying an Airstream and SUV (or truck) is starting to look very appealing and very do-able.
Before all that happens – before we hit the road – we decided there are things we must do before hand.
1. Reduce the Amount of Stuff We Own
Did you know that 75% of Americans can’t fit their car in the garage because of too much stuff? We have room for a car, but we still have a ton or two of stuff. Most of it we collected over a decade or so. We have to reduce the amout of items such that it fits into a 25-27 foot trailer. This also means not accumulating new and unnecessary items while getting rid of older stuff. I have a new mantra on buying items now: “Do I need it? Do I want it? Do I have room for it?” If any of those answers is “no”, then I probably shouldn’t buy it.
2. Prepare the House for Sale
This means repair and replace parts of the house so that its appealing to buyers. I do a good job maintaining the house but there are some parts that are in neglect. The list isn’t too long thankfully, but doing repairs will help with a quick and easy sale.
3. Find Ways of Making Money While on the Road
Hitch and I are pretty tech savvy with skills in software engineering, web dev, graphics design and writing. This means we can work remotely as need be. We’ve been scanning websites like Upwork, Toptal, Elance, Frelancer, Guru, and Freelance Writing Gigs. We also agreed that we could build a brand for ourselves and get sponsorship from commercial companies.
4. Learning to Live Frugal Now
We will be living on the road as nomads, not taking a vacation. This means we have to keep budgets tight and get really imaginative on limited resources. Being a consumer is something we want to leave behind when we hit the road. I know it sounds kind of silly, but I think having a greater sense of purpose will motivate me to living a modest life. Hitch already has it easy, he just doesn’t like buying new stuff.
This is just the start of our long road to our new life of adventure, so I will be posting more as time goes on.