MAKING MEMORIES (AND SAVING THEM)

We’ve all seen it on social media…the “humble brag,” scenery almost too beautiful for real life, and photos so perfect that they must have been staged. Just because some people pair their adventurous lifestyle with social media doesn’t mean it’s for everyone. However, the process of documenting your RV escapes can be both a fun and rewarding endeavor no matter what you do with it. With a little preparation and planning, you can preserve your adventures to look back on and create something to share with family and friends who might be interested in taking a peek at your life on the road.

 

Phone taking a picture of a stunning waterfall with greenery

 

Before you start your adventures, or if you’re already adventuring, we found that asking yourself a few questions will help you document your experiences in a more organized way that will yield better results.

 

Why do you want to document your adventures?

 

Portrait of woman in hiking gear with canteen

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HOW TO BOONDOCK (AT LEAST THE WAY WE DO IT)

“You’ll never get to shower.”

“No bathroom? No thanks.”

“There’s no way you’d get me out there without electricity.”

 

 

The list goes on. We could probably write a short book with all of the objections we heard from family, friends, and random people when they learned we lived in our RV. Some of it was probably attributable to not understanding why we wanted to make a dramatic change in our lifestyle, some likely due to a fear of leaving modern amenities, and some was probably just people who like to rain on others’ parades.

 

We knew we wanted to spend as much time away from large cities as we possibly could, and we were even wanting to spend as little time hooked up in RV parks as possible. We had lots of experience car camping and backpacking, but neither of us had really ever spent time in an RV. Even though this was going to be new experience with a quick learning curve, we felt like we were setting ourselves up for success because we were doing something that we each really wanted. We wanted boondocking.

 

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NAVIGATING THE UNKNOWN – HOW WE FIND OUR WAY IN A NEW CITY

We’ve all been there…

 

 

…a long day on the road after a great adventure, pulling into a new city you’ve never visited before, you’re both hungry and have lost the ability to civilly communicate between yourselves. It’s not pretty. We’ve definitely “been there, done that,” which is why we’re here to try to help you avoid the frustration. We have some quick and easy tips for finding cool stuff to eat, drink, and do in a new place. They’ve worked for us, and we hope they work for you too.

 

Technology is your friend. Use it.

 

 

In the past, we’ve suggested that you put away your smart phone and Google Maps and opt for the navigational tools of generations past — paper maps. However, just to make things interesting, we’re now suggesting that you put aside your paper maps and use all of the tech you have to your advantage. Keep tabs on a few info sites that you really like…restaurant blogs, bar guides, or urban entertainment sites. These can help cut time out of randomly reading through a bunch of junk before you get to info that’s actually helpful.

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TRAVEL TIPS FOR THE YOUNG RV COUPLE

College, job, marriage, house, kids, sell everything, buy RV, travel. The “Dream,” right? Well, for us, we jumped ahead to the “buy RV and travel” bit a little sooner. We decided to shake things up and become a part of the ever-growing community of Road Warriors. The allure of life on the road — adventuring, working, and buying diesel instead of paying rent — was invading our every thought. Finally, we made our decision to bail on life in Los Angeles so we could create a lifetime of memories on the open road.

 

The transition into “RV life” has its own set of stresses: Will we kill each other? Where do we sleep? What do we eat? How do we find all the cool stuff we see on Instagram?! What if a jar of peanut butter we forgot to put away flies into the air and smashes against the wall? (side note: that happened and it was awesome). Learning how to deal with being young, inexperienced RVers has been a constant in our travels, but we’ve learned a lot about how we are going to function as a couple while living this dream. So, for those of you who are young couples (or those young at heart) going down your own path, here are some lessons learned that help us thrive and survive.

 

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TIPS FOR SMALL SPACE LIVING FOR THE ADVENTUROUS RVER

We’ve all heard horror stories about housing in big cities like one bedroom apartments with five roommates and a sixth in the bathroom. More and more frequently, people are paying to live in crawl spaces and walk-in closets. If they’re lucky, they get enough room for a bed and a coffeepot. It sounds crazy because it absolutely is crazy and a little extreme. We are adventurous small space dwellers, but we aren’t living in someone’s closet — we are RV dwellers! Specifically, we’re in a Sprinter RV, and we’ve been living in all 110 sq. ft. of it full-time while adventuring and working across the Western U.S.

 

 

While living in the RV, we’ve learned a lot about how to maximize our time and our enjoyment on the road. We wish we had the benefit of someone slipping us a few tips before we hit the pavement, but we had to learn them for ourselves, sometimes the hard way. So, we thought we’d pay it forward and give y’all some tips on how we manage to live in such a small space and not go completely crazy. We broke it down into some very important categories: Food, Adventure, and the Nitty Gritty. Hopefully, you’ll see why, and how, we traded space and stuff for better adventure and travel.

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