When we first started homeschooling some 13 years ago, I read an article about a homeschooling family who took a year off from life to travel the United States in an RV. I shared the article with my husband and it instantly became our dream. We never thought it would happen for us, however, because the other homeschooling family was definitely very wealthy. Still we dreamed…
Last summer we left years of tenting behind and bought a 23 year old pop-up. It was in horrible condition so my husband rebuilt almost the entire thing. We nicknamed it the Duct-Taped Ghetto because we had to add more duct tape nearly every day. We had a great time camping all over the eastern side of MI.
At the beginning of that summer, our oldest said to us one night across the campfire, “You know, you only have about 3 years left with me. Then I’m off to college.” We couldn’t believe it. How had the time slipped away? I remember thinking, “Our dream will never happen.”
As the summer went on and different things came up in our life, we began talking more and more about the possibility that our dream just might come true. We homeschool, so school isn’t a problem. My husband’s business is 100% web-based, so that’s another problem solved. But wouldn’t it take a lot of money? Could we afford a bigger camper? Would it hurt our business to leave the area? What would our family and friends think? Is it really sane to take off with three girls and two cats in a camper and live like gypsies? What about church, mail, banking, etc? We began praying about the possibility and then reading everything there is on the internet about full-timing. We started to realize that it was going to happen!