His & Hers: What We’ve Learned Out on the Road (Part 1)
Life on the road has a huge learning curve. In this blog series, we are going to talk about what we’ve learned on the road in two aspects:
Our RV life and our personal life.
Those aspects include how we meet friends on the road, how we deal with everyday life, and how our views about society have changed ever since we started living on the “margin of society”.
Many people see RV life as a glamorous experience based on all our Instagram pictures and all the breathtaking views. While in reality, to get to those pictures, you had to accomplish a huge step into the dark side of society. Living on the edge of society has many perks, hint why we decided to do it.
Our RV Life
The fourth time is the charm. I know people don’t say that, but in my case, it is the truth. This is the fourth time that I am living off the grid. I must admit, I am learning a hell of a lot more than all previous attempts combined.
This time, the RV life is awesome! I am learning how to live in the moment, enjoy the journey along the way, and the areas we are visiting.
Living off the grid has allowed me opportunities to explore the US in ways that I have never experienced before, in a more frugal, deliberate, and fun way.
Boondocking has allowed me to meet people that I would have not met otherwise if I were to live in a specific geographic location.
It has allowed me to care more about our public lands. It has provided me with the resources and abilities to understand the conservation of natural resources on a more personal level.
Meeting Nomads On the Road
I had to learn how to use social media to be able to communicate with people. Living on the road might have a bit of a downfall when it comes to meeting people. But by learning how to use social media, we are able to deliberately find the people we want to hang out with and be able to meet them for a night around the campfire, sharing travel stories.
We also realized that people are inherently nice and they want to help. As many of you know, living on the road is full of surprises. Many of them are amazing, and some are not so amazing. We were fortunate to have all our major truck breakdowns on the road close to small towns. I must admit, the hospitality of these towns and their people is mind-blowing.
Many of the shops offered us a place to stay, a shop car to drive, and tried to get the vehicle into their shop as soon as they can to get us back on the road.
I’ve learned that I can do it! I can live off the grid. I can go without my walk-in closet. I can live a fairly minimalist lifestyle.
Living on the road has opened my eyes to so many things. Meeting up with fellow road warriors at Xscapers convergences in Taos, Santa Fe, and Salida gave me the opportunity to meet new friends, whose stories and adventures are similar to mine. Most learned that living a simpler life in various places across the country have led them to be happier people.
Cohabitating in 250 square feet definitely makes one assess every item they own. I have found that I don’t need as many clothes as before. I rarely wear makeup nowadays and don’t know the last time I used a curling iron. There are days I miss being dolled up, but mostly, it doesn’t matter how I look.
With the people I have met on the road, it is more about what I can bring to a conversation than what I look like on the outside.
Stay tuned for Part 2 (Coming Soon) of what we’ve learned on the road. We will dive more deeply into how the RV lifestyle has shaped us personally.