Lots of people who took my reader survey left comments and questions I would like to respond to a few of those today.
“I don’t have a husband, so I don’t know If I could travel like that by myself or not!”
“Would you have made this move if you were single and on your own?”
Yes, if I was on my own I would have gone on a trip like this by myself. When I finished university (in my mid-20’s) I travelled in eastern europe by myself for 8 months and loved it. I met so many people I didn’t feel like I was alone. But, if I was doing this trip, I wouldn’t travel with the fifth wheel on my own. It’s a big endeavour to tow a rig and deal with all the plumbing and maintenance. I really rely on Ray to do all that. However, I have met a couple of women on this trip that travelled in big rigs alone: one was in a fifth wheel and the other was in a big bus type rig. I really admire them for taking that on. I don’t think I would. If I was on my own I would probably travel in a little camper van with a porta pottie and use the campground showers.
“You’re inspiring me to take the plunge and make the changes, even if they seem big and scary. Also, with two kids and a working husband it’s not practical for me …”
I dont’ know what your husband does for a living, that would make a big difference. But if there is any way he could transform his career into a location independent career there is nothing stopping you. I don’t have kids so I cannot really give advice about taking kids on the road. All I can say is that I have met tons of families who are doing this. Most of them travel in a bus type rig and do home schooling or correspondence. I’ve talked to some of the kids and they LOVE it! They are getting some great life experience. Check out these folks, they are a family of 6 travelling around doing a public art project: http://inspiretoinspire.com/
“Financially I’ve never been able to catch up with debt while pursuing my photography, and now I’m out of work and shooting/networking again but don’t have capital to show work or travel.”
You know, I kind of hate to say it, but you cannot really live this lifestyle if you have debt. Debt is a huge anchor. My advice would be to work your ass off until the debt is paid. Sell your stuff. Only do photography for fun to keep yourself sane. Then once the debt is paid you can do whatever you want. You can go live in the desert for practically free and photograph all the time until you are a totally awesome photographer and then start a business of some sort. That’s what I would do. Actually now that I think of it, that is what I did! I wanted to be a photographer a long time ago, but I had student loans. So I started a traditional career. I didn’t really take up photography seriously until much later.
A few people said they would like help setting up a wordpress photo blog or other portfolio site. Others said they would like to see more details about the RV life. Okay!
One person said they want to see more porn. This is the one case where I know exactly who that person is — I’m looking at you Ray!
I really want to thank all the people that said they visit my blog for inspiration, motivation to make a change, and watching someone live their dream. A couple of people said it particularly well: “I appreciate people who decide to change their “comfortable” life to live an “extraordinary” one” and “Thank you for living your life authentically and gifting the world with it”.
The best part of my journey is living my dream. The next best part is being able to motivate others to live their dream too.
I really got a kick out of the person who said “My life is too much to go into in this short box.” Bravo!
By the way, the photos I post on the blog are usually about 2-4 weeks behind my current location. On the sidebar of the blog there is a little map that shows my current location. If it looks like I am near you or coming your way, give me a shout. I really like meeting up with fellow photographers for a photo walk. I get lots of comments from people who want to meet up based on the location of my last blog post, but I have usually left the area by then.
And finally “hi” back to India, France, Sweden and Poland
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