Our friends and fellow nomads the Vegan Voyagers were kind enough to nominate us for the Sunshine Blogger award. We met Aaron and Hayden while we were staying in San Marcos, TX and had a blast hanging out and having drinks with them at their nightly campfires. They travel with 1 dog, 5 cats and a chicken! They have a great blog and take amazing pictures. Their chicken Brienne in front of the Las Vegas sign is one of my favorites. Makes me giggle every time I see it. Don’t forget to check them out!
As a part of this award, they sent us the below list of questions for us to answer.
What made you decide to start RVing full time?
It was definitely a combination of things that all ended up leading us to choose this lifestyle. One of them was we were getting into the tiny house movement and even ended up staying in one in Portland. We loved it and really liked the idea of living with less. Also, my sister and her family were full-time RVers. We stayed with them a couple times in some beautiful places and loved watching their adventures. We also knew Houston wasn’t where we wanted to settle down. Chris has a great relationship with his boss so he decided to ask him if he would allow him to work remotely and told him our plans. He agreed to it and the rest was history. Now, we kind of get to “date” different cities with the hopes of eventually finding the place we would like to live happily ever after.
What is the one piece of advice you wish you would have gotten before you started?
Take it slow! It’s not a rush. I did see other vlogs and blogs where people suggested as much but it obviously didn’t soak in. When we were driving every Saturday and Sunday and doing about 500 miles a weekend, we started feeling pretty burned out. We were also having a lot of problems with our rig which didn’t help. We feel like moving every other Sunday is a pretty nice pace for us. I also like staying somewhere for a month occasionally, but after that I start getting the itch to move again.
What do you miss most (if anything) about living in a house?
I really don’t miss anything about living in a house. I miss having a “home base” sometimes. It was nice knowing where everything is, having a vet and doctor, a gym and having your friends and family around to do things with. Everything around us is always changing and you have to start over each time finding a new grocery store or restaurants but that is also part of the fun.
How do you go about planning your travels?
We normally choose a place we would like to go and then check out some other possible stops along the route to stay or visit. Then, we check out different RV Parks close by and always make sure we are somewhere that has good cell coverage and wi-fi for Chris’s job.
What is the one thing you cannot live without?
Chris says the refrigerator (he’s always hungry) and I say good wifi and cell service for our jobs. We can’t continue our travel lifestyle without them.
Where has been your favorite place to visit?
We really loved Santa Fe, NM. What a beautiful, artistic and fun city. We also love visiting National Parks. Yosemite blew us away and we only really got to check out the valley. There were gorgeous waterfalls everywhere.
What’s your least favorite “from the road” memory?
Probably the time we didn’t plan our route well when leaving Pigeon Forge and ended up face to face with a giant drop and a twisting road that resembled a roller coaster. It was terrifying. We had to hurry up and unhook our toad and try to turn around while traffic was backing up on this tight two-lane road. I have no idea how Chris turned the rig around in such a tight spot. Not fun!
What’s your dream destination?
There are so many places we would love to go not in only the U.S. but all over the world. Our list is so long and only grows as we travel. As far as the U.S., we would love to visit every state, go to all of the National Parks, and eventually Alaska and Hawaii (obviously not in the RV) as well.
Do you prefer bigger parks with more amenities or smaller, less crowded places?
I don’t think anyone necessarily likes crowded places but sometimes it is nice to have all the fun amenities at the larger campgrounds. I don’t mind a large pool and hot tub. I would really prefer staying at more National and State Parks or doing some boondocking but the wifi and cell service is normally bad or non-existent. We would love to get our rig set up to do more boondocking next year.
What’s the weirdest thing you’ve seen while on the road?
For some reason the city of Pigeon Forge, TN comes to mind. We had no idea what to expect when we decided to stay there to visit the Smoky Mountains National Park but it was like a giant tourist trap with tons of go kart places, pancake houses, Christmas shops, restaurants, hillbilly everything and live sharks or bears in the stores to view. We were amused.
What’s the best meal you’ve had while traveling?
Oh man that is a tough question. We have had a lot of amazing meals while travelling. I can think of a bunch of different places for different types of food. We are big foodies. Chris is obsessed with fish and chips. His favorite place was Churchills in Savannah, GA. Right now I am craving pizza so I will just say Oreganos in Arizona. It was our first deep dish pizza and so thick and cheesy. Yum.
Thank you guys again for nominating us. What great questions. I’m actually going to cheat and steal your questions for our nominees. We would like to nominate the following blogs for the Sunshine Blogger Award. We have met all of these people on our travels and now consider them friends. Don’t forget to check them out!
Rockin’ the Road with Mike & Kat– We first met Mike and Kat in Santa Fe, NM. They were the first RVers we met during our travels. We shared a couple drinks and lots of laughs. We have been able to meet up with them a few other times including the Balloon Fiesta and it’s always a great time.
Migratory Life– Mike and Steff have been full-time RVing for just over a year, like ourselves. We first met them in San Marcos, TX. They travel in their travel trailer with their handsome bengal cat named Buddy. We love hanging out with them. We are hoping to meet up with them again this month!
Nealy’s on Wheels– We first met Jen and Deas in Tucson and then we were able to meet up again in Chowchilla, CA. They have been traveling in their motorhome for the last 3 years with their 3 adorable pups and they definitely love finding a good brewery. Hopefully, we will cross paths again soon!
Ardent Camper– This is one of the blogs we were following before we hit the road and they were a big inspiration to us. We were lucky enough to meet up with Marie in Houston, TX. Marie and Josh are no longer full-time RVers but I believe they will continue to travel part of the time. If you haven’t bought your rig yet check out their Towables versus Motorhome post. It helped us decided to go with a motorhome for our needs and it was the right choice.
RV Reboot– We just met Jon and Cathy this month but have been facebook friends for a while. They decided to hit the road after Cathy was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. She was previously an RN. They are also vegans like the Vegan Voyagers and take beautiful pictures. They are summering in Washington so hopefully we can meet up again before we leave.
For their questions we would like to ask the following:
- What made you decide to start RVing full time?
- What is the one piece of advice you wish you would have gotten before you started?
- What do you miss most (if anything) about living in a house?
- How do you go about planning your travels?
- What is the one thing you cannot live without?
- Where has been your favorite place to visit?
- What’s your least favorite “from the road” memory?
- What’s your dream destination?
- Do you prefer bigger parks with more amenities or smaller, less crowded places?
- What’s the weirdest thing you’ve seen while on the road?
- What’s the best meal you’ve had while traveling?
Do you have any questions for us or our nominees? If so we would love to hear them. Please drop them in the comments below.