Hitting the road tends to put life’s most ordinary routines into the spotlight. Suddenly things like grocery store shopping and getting your mail are a very big deal – and sometimes an ordeal until you get used to the changes in everyday routines. If you aren’t able to adjust your expectations of what these routines “should” be like, you might as well hang up your keys because when it comes to full-timing RVing, sometimes every day is different and nothing is like you knew it before.
During our first month on the road, we thought we would only be traveling for a year. As a result our pace was much faster than it is now. Like most newbies, we wanted to see as much as we could and only spent a few days at each location before we packed up and moved on again. The problem with this frantic pace is that we never got to know a place well enough to create routines.
The more we moved, the bigger an ordeal it was to handle ordinary endeavors, like grocery shopping. Think about it: when you live in one place for a while, you become familiar with the local food stop which enables you to complete this weekly drudgery quickly and without much stress. But when every store is new, food shopping can be a stressful ordeal. Every grocery store action, from finding your way around the aisles to acquainting yourself with local food costs, an ordinary shopping trip can take ten times longer once you hit the road.
After a few months as full-timers, I finally learned to accept that these epic excursions were a very small price to pay for our lifestyle. Today when I hit a new store, I stay organized and sane by sticking to my list and reminding myself how much I love full-timing.
Another small price to pay for this lifestyle is how we handle our mail. When we decided to stay on the road we knew we couldn’t ask our family to continue collecting and sending our mail to us. After talking to full-timers we learned about mail forwarding services that provide full-timers with a post office box will send mail upon request.
To take the mail burden off our family’s shoulders, we selected a mail forwarding service provided by the Escapees RV club (www.escapees.com). For $80 a year plus postage costs, all of our mail gets sent to club headquarters and whenever we want it we simply call and have it sent to our current location. The upside to having Escapees handle our mail is that our address is also our official residence, which I’ll explain in an upcoming post. The downside is that without daily mail, we have to wait on valuable items like checks sent by our clients. Thank goodness many people are starting to pay us online.
This lifestyle has numerous little adjustments like these that must be made in order to stay mobile. Fine-tuning daily routines is a pain at first, but if you stay on the road long enough they become second nature and free up your time for more entertaining endeavors.Research Campgrounds, Plan RV Safe Routes & Turn your phone into an RV GPS.
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Rene Agredano and her husband, Jim Nelson, became full-time RVers in 2007 and have been touring the country ever since. In her blog, Rene chronicles the ins and outs of the full-timing life and brings readers along to meet the fascinating people and amazing places they visit on the road. Her road trip adventures are chronicled in her blog at LiveWorkDream.com.