Our story!

For several years now I have had the urge to travel which has been a dream of mine before marriage and children. My husband was never keen on the idea until one afternoon in 2016 he said, "let's do this!" The next day I began to sell, donate and give away items from my home. He was a bit shocked when he got home from work. I immediately called a realtor and our home sold within 24 hours for more than we were asking. I had sold, donated and given away EVERYTHING so that the day we moved we didn't even need a truck. We were able to drive away with everything we had left in both our vehicles. We moved to a smaller place directly across from the beach to enjoy the sunrise and sunsets for the following year before taking off to travel full time!

Carriage & Horses in Pine Mountain

 


Pine Mountain was such a gem for us to find as we explored Georgia. This little town is situated near the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, about 60 miles southwest of Atlanta. It is most definitely a peaceful getaway!

Our favorite place to eat was Carriage & Horses (website: https://www.cometodagher.com/) The owner Dagher was such a delight and made us feel like family. He went above and beyond to be sure we had the best dining experience. The food was such a delight and we continue to visit each time we are in the area.

Living with the “What If’s!” (Preparing for Retirement)

Written 9/12/2017 when we were preparing for retirement.

When people find out we don't plan to buy another home and living full time on the road we get all the "what if's!" Those same "what if's" usually can apply even if we planned to live another 30 years in another home. If we took the time to worry over the "what if's" our anxiety levels would rise and that alone could kill us.


Fortunately, we do plan to settle down from time to time in an area such as Spain. The cost there is so much less than here and would allow us to travel other countries in the same way we are able to travel in the United States. Our last trip to Spain was so affordable we had enough spending money left over from our trip that we could have brought our kids and grandkids with us.


The trip to Spain gave us a lot of momentum to continue on this path. It has been fun to watch my husband be as excited as I am about our plans to collect moments not things!



Visiting Milan, Italy

 


What fantastic architecture there is in Milan to see. The best way for us to get an idea of what we want to see is to get on a hop on hop off bus which is located in front of the Duomo Cathedral. The bus ride took us through the historic parts of Milan and the modern parts as well. It’s a great way to plan what we are going to see while we are there visiting. 

We found that the Airbnb prices were better than the hotel prices and we very much enjoyed our accommodations. The hosts of our Airbnb’s recommended we use the metro’s and trams to get from the airport to the apartments but we found that route to be daunting. In some areas we had to climb over 100 steps to get out of the metro. Can you imagine that with your luggage? No thanks, so we just went via taxi even though it cost more, it was well worth the convenience.

My brother-in-law and his wife joined us to visit Milan so we explored together. This was our first time in Italy for all of us. 

Duomo Cathedral website: https://www.duomomilano.it/



Driving on Rural Roads vs City Highways & Freeways

We love the scenic rural roads around the country. There are some great little towns we get to experience and the farmlands are amazing. I love when we pass by a driveway that is giving away produce because they had a massive crop that season and don’t want it to go to waste. It’s just not something you see every day living in the city and suburbs. We especially enjoy seeing the Amish buggies on the road with their families or passing by their farms with all their clothing drying on a line outdoors. Another thing you don’t see growing up in the city and suburbs. It’s like going back in time some days!

There isn’t much traffic on the rural backroads but the downside is they may be very narrow for our Majestic Thor 30 foot RV. Some days our gps has taken us through very narrow gravel roads in the middle of farmlands. Other days the gps has taken us down roads so tight we just pray no one is coming the other direction. Then there are the occasional low clearance bridges that surprise us. The RV is 10 foot 4 inches high and we have seen them lower than that on occasion. Fortunately, only when driving our truck. Today we had a bridge that was 10 foot 11 inches high. When driving highways and freeways that really isn’t a concern.

Yes, the rural backroads would definitely be our favorite otherwise but to avoid any unforeseen narrow roads and low clearance bridges we do the interstate and freeways more often now. When we first began traveling my husband wasn’t comfortable driving the highways and interstates but after 6 years he is a pro!


Stone Mountain Campground website: https://stonemountainpark.com/Campground/