I probably haven't mentioned it on the blog, but my older sister & her family (5 kids!) live in an RV full-time. They made the switch after her husband retired from the Marine Corps, and they've been enjoying life on the road for over a year now... They home school the older kids and do various internships at farms, etc, around the country, following the weather to warmer temperatures.
Right now they're in Florida, so on recent trips down south, I've had the chance to hang out with them more. Every time I visit the fam at their RV & campsite, I'm reminded of the beauty of simplicity. Their life focus on faith & purpose & family has caused me to think deeper about my/our own, and how I want to raise my son.
Enter Airstream. I think I'm in love. I don't personally know anyone who owns an Airstream (well, my brother has a '58 Silverstream, which looks almost the same, different brand though) but I'm a fan. Not only are Airstreams awesome-looking, the designs are well-made & last generations if well-cared for, and the brand has a solid reputation. While in Florida I visited a dealership twice to get more information on the models + brand and was impressed with what I learned. I even made (asked?) my dad to go to a second dealership to grill them with more questions and get his feedback (gotta love it when Dad swoops in for back-up!).
I'm #4 out of five kids. Growing up, our family vacations were often camping adventures (either tent or with a travel trailer) out in Colorado. Some of those experiences were the best of my childhood – I often share these stories when I speak in schools about adventure travel & how my early love for nature inspired my career choices as a writer.
I love living in New York City. We've been here going on four years now. It's an incredible city – arguably the coolest city on the planet – and I'm grateful for this chapter in my life, even when I'm grumpy about not having a backyard, or how expensive everything is, or how I'm jealous of anyone who has a washer & dryer. I experienced my pregnancy here in New York City, gave birth to my son here, raised him into toddlerhood here, and he starts preschool in the fall (already! where has the time gone?!). But the city can be a bit stifling at times too (for ALL of us), and coupled with my wanderlust, we're often talking about our next adventure beyond these brick walls. Anyone who knows me knows that I'm a restless wanderer and road trip warrior, and it feels like Airstream might fit the bill for a mobile vacation home/NYC escape. Thankfully I married an amazing man who loves adventure travel as much as I do!
Will we get one? I'm not sure. We'd like to test one out first. But the idea of getting away from NYC on some weekends to the Great Outdoors is incredibly appealing. Here are a few pics from a 19-foot Airstream I toured... Isn't she a beauty?! I'm ready to hitch her up and hit the road! (Is it hard to hitch one up?? I have no idea!).
I'd actually consider living FT in an RV – at least, for a designated period of time, like six months or a year – But it's not in our cards right now. Wouldn't it be fun to tour the Pacific Northwest for awhile with a travel trailer? Or the Southwest, through Sedona and Tucson? Our first apartment in New York was smaller than my sister's fifth wheel trailer, so I feel like we're already prepped for tiny living :)
Awesome Airstream renovations.
More Airstream models.
Do you think you could live in an RV full-time? And do you know anyone who has an Airstream? I'd love to hear their review!