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!

Sharing our Travels!

One of my favorite things to do while traveling is to share with someone else. We have had friends and family join us for many of our trips and that is an absolute blast! 

Just recently our granddaughter Isabella joined us in Washington DC and it was just a terrific time together. It was so nice to share all the sites and history of the area. She is in ROTC and hopes to serve in the armed forces some day so it was a good trip for her.

Here are the highlights:

Planning the Route across USA!

Growing up with my parents who raised me up in 5 countries and 3 continents before the age of 10 I have inherited a bit of knowledge on traveling. They traveled to see the world but as a kid my favorite part of traveling was to see family and friends. When I became an adult I always made vacation plans to spend time with my mother, my aunt and cousins and all my friends growing up. I continue to do the same thing even with our nomadic life to include all the same people plus now my kids, grandkids, siblings and our 100 nieces and nephews in our family. 

Most people plan a destination they want to explore and we do that as well but it is the secondary goal of our travels. I wanted to visit Niagra Falls so my niece and nephew planned it all and took us. Perfect! My youngest daughter wanted to join us in Europe so we visited our usual places in Portugal and Spain but also visited Paris for her birthday. Most of the beautiful places we venture out to see are because we plan with family and friends who join us or because someone we are visiting wants to show us something spectacular in their area. It's better than getting a tour guide!

That is how we discovered Letchworth State Park in Upstate New York! I planned a trip to visit one of my dearest friends since I was 21 years old. She and her husband live in a small town outside of Rochester and they took us to this beautiful place for a day outing. We fell in love with the area and made that one of our stops to camp each time we are in the area. The places that we have enjoyed the most since we have been traveling has happened just like that - the locals definitely know all the BEST places to see!

Majestic Thor 👑

 We just recently upgraded to a 30 foot Majestic Thor that we purchased from Cruise America. My husband had been researching them for about a year and we decided to check them out while we were up north in Delaware. We took a trip to Washington DC to the local Cruise America dealership and both were happy with one particular rig that we had seen. It was decided!

The Majestic Thor was purchased before we sold our current RV so we could take our time in transferring our things. We were staying at a campground in Maryland at the time of purchase and reserved the site next to the Minnie to make the transfer easily. The next day we took the Minnie to our nephews work lot to clean it up and get it ready for sale. It sat there a few days and one of the employees wanted to check it out to possibly purchase. He and his wife looked and loved it immediately. It sold!

One thing about RV's is they do not depreciate like a car does. In some cases an RV gains value being sold used. People prefer used RV's because they feel any problems have already been handled. It's true, because our first rig was new and there were just little things that needed to be dealt with right away. Our second rig was used and there were less issues. 

Our first two rigs were Winnebago which we felt has a good product reputation. Our new Majestic Thor from Cruise America also has a good reputation which encouraged us to purchase. It has one of the few warranty's that has good reviews. We didn't purchase any warranties with the first two rigs because we didn't want to be forced to have to bring the rig in to their maintenance departments. When constantly traveling that could be problematic. The few times that we did maintenance we were able to call a mobile repair person and have things done right away and the cost was very doable. The difference in the Majestic Thor warranty is that we can choose how to take care of the maintenance and will be reimbursed. That's perfect for us!

Here are 4 pictures of how we began and then upgraded. If you should have any questions about RV's or RV maintenance then let us know. My husband Jimmy has become the RV guru these days. He stays on top of repairs and is good with advise on the rig you are best suited for you personally. He has a vast knowledge of all things RV!

We have been in our new rig now a couple of months and it has just been tremendous. The main reason for our wanting more room was for me to be able to have an area to do artwork. Also, I have insomnia and I am able to shut the door to the bedroom and turn the light on our in the living space to do what I need to be working on at the moment. Before we were sharing the same space and I would sit in the dark or with a head lamp on to work on things. I had to be more quiet and didn't have much room to work on my projects. It has definitely been a game changer for me personally because like tonight I can sit here and type up a blog without the sound of the keys interfering with my husbands sleep! Yay!

Happy New Years! 🎉

 It has been since October that I have written anything because of deaths and serious illnesses in our family. We had to cancel our trip last fall to Bar Harbor, Maine and instead left Upstate New York and traveled to Delaware to be with our nephew as he was suffering from liver failure. We spent the end of Sept until the beginning of December there with both our niece and nephew. During that time we had a death in the family so we spent some of that time in Tennessee with family and funeral arrangements. 

This has been one of the most difficult and emotional years for us in our travels. We were glad to be able to be flexible enough to move around and spend time with family during their difficulties. I have to say that blogging was no longer important and just maintaining ourselves emotionally became the priority. This has left me feeling emotionally fragile this year and I am still processing everything. 

Now we are back in Florida with family and friends getting caught up with everyone, especially our grandkids! We will be here to catch up on medical appointments and things that need to be taken care of before we leave again mid-March. Then we will begin heading west to Texas to spend time in that beautiful state and spend time with family!

During all the crisis of life these past few months my husband found an RV that he has wanted for quite some time. We have upgraded to a 30 ft Majestic Thor and it has been such a great rig for us. I will write all about that in another blog.

We are still loving this travel life and cannot imagine it differently. God may have other plans in our future but for now He has certainly given us the desires of our heart with our nomadic life!