What Type of RV Should I Get?

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When we began researching the idea of traveling in an RV, we had no idea of what we wanted! We just knew we wanted to travel and ‘see the world!’

Well, at least see where the road would take us!

Looking back, I wish we would have had the forethought of what we needed when it came to choosing an RV.

Having driven public transportation for a number of years, I wanted an RV you could drive.

Mom only looked at the dollar signs and wanted to go small.

Neither one of us gave much thought about what we would actually need!

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Now of days, RVs come in all shapes and sizes, but not all RVs are created equal!

Just because your RV can sleep 8 people, it doesn’t mean much if you don’t have enough storage space for clothes and food!

When looking to purchase your RV, you have to ask yourself some very pointed questions!

Does it have drawers to hold your silverware and kitchen tools?

Do you like to bake? Not all RVs have ovens!

Are you a ‘weekend warrior’ where storage and space wouldn’t matter much… Clean clothes in a suitcase or bag, and just throw the dirty clothes in a corner till you get home!

Are you going to be a ‘full-timer’ where you will appreciate the simple comforts of home, like having a residential refrigerator and a washer and dryer! Oh, if only!!!

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Will a smaller RV suffice, or would you wind up having to upgrade in a few months because of additions to the family?

Are you going to have someone with special needs traveling with you?

Will you need a wheelchair ramp?

Do you need a special area to keep crafts/activities for children?

Are you traveling with pets? Cats need a litter box! Where will you put it?

There are so many things to think about when buying an RV.

Whatever type you choose, make sure it grows with your plans, so that you don’t have buyers remorse and have to make an upgrade right away.

Make sure you go to RV shows and dealerships. Take a walk through the RV that you’re interested in and ask yourself these questions.

Think about how you plan to utilize it. Does it meet all your needs and maybe even a few wants?

You’re going to be living in it, whether part-time or full-time, and you’ll want to enjoy your RV to the fullest while on your adventures!

Till next time,

Peace, love and safe travels,

~ Sheri

Do People Still Read?

Lately I have been prompted to start writing again… but, I find myself wondering what I should write about?

True, I do have a lifestyle blog about purposefully old-fashioned living, travel and life in an RV…

But are people really interested in reading about it?

It seems that gone are the days of leisurely sitting down and reading something… anything…

Rather, we are inundated with videos of this subject and that… of people wanting their time in the spotlight…

I get it! They have something they want to share with the world!

However, too many times, I find that I am stuck watching a 30 minute video on a particular subject, only to find that what I really wanted to hear about was in the last 5 minutes of said video!

I can’t get that time back!

I lost track of how many times I’ve sat down to watch video after video of something that I might be interested in, only to find they lost my attention after 5 minutes of them droning on and on about something that had nothing to do with the subject I was interested in learning about!

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With reading what someone has to say on any particular subject, I can skim over the ‘boring bits’ to find the true ‘meat and potatoes’ of whatever subject it is that I am truly interested in!

Am I the only person who feels this way?

I truly am curious to know!

Either way, I am going to start writing again.

Maybe you will be interested in what I have to say. Maybe you won’t!

That’s okay!

And if you are reading about my purposely old-fashioned lifestyle, my travels and life in my RV, don’t worry, I won’t be upset if you skim over ‘the boring bits!’

Until next time!

Peace, Love and Safe Travels,

~ Sheri

My Workamper Experience

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When I was younger, I never thought I’d grow up to be a workamper.

Instead, I always thought I’d grow up to be a veterinarian, or an interior designer… but a workamper?!?

I didn’t even know what a workamper was!

It wasn’t until we got ‘stuck’ in South Carolina, that some friends told me about the possibilities!

I quickly jumped on the idea and soon I began my new career as a workamper!

So, what exactly is a workamper?

Well, the best way to explain it is this…

If you have chosen to be adventurous and combine ANY kind of part time (or full time) work while RV camping, you, my friend, are a workamper!

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There are so many opportunities!

You can work as an employee at a campground…

You could donate your time as a volunteer…

You could even run and operate your own business from the comforts of home!

Most campground jobs usually last about 4-6 months at a time, but if you do your research, you can find jobs that last longer or shorter if you prefer. You will find that many employers are willing to work with you on the time frame!

The biggest perk is that while you’re there, you can use your free time to explore, and at the end of job, you are off to your next destination!

So, what do I do as a workamper?

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In my current position, I work in the campground store/office.

Registering guests, answering phones, stocking shelves and answering any questions about the local area are the norm for me! However, when I’m not in the office, I work my two businesses.

The first is sharing cooking tips using/selling my favorite kitchen products, and the other is my favorite freeze-dried food business – which I got into because of wanting REAL food, but needing to be cautious about the weight limits while traveling!

However, in past positions, I have also escorted guests and their RVs to campsites, cleaned out firepits, took out trash, filled propane tanks, and helped maintain the pool, among other things!

And what do I enjoy most about this lifestyle?

That’s easy! It’s the chance to meet so many interesting people who have the same desire as I do… the desire to travel!

Until next time,

Peace, love and safe travels,

Sheri

We’re NOT Your Ordinary Homestead

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When you think of a homestead, you probably think about chickens, goats, pigs, cows, and fields filled with plenty of vegetables!

We’re not that kind of homestead!

Once upon a time, we did have a small farm with veggies in the garden, and chickens foraging in the field. However, in January of 2019, we decided to pull up roots and travel while mom still had her health!

Originally, I was to have a job as a photographer, for a travel adventure company. I was going to journal about our adventures in the RV and they would use my photos in their brochures and on their website.

Fate had other plans…

The company we bought the camper from, messed up with our permanent plates. What should have only taken a month, took over 3 months to get!

The photography job fell through, and we got ‘stuck’ in South Carolina.

A couple of our friends from church had been living in their RV full-time for more than 19 years! They shared with me about the benefits of being a workamper which would allow us to travel, and I could still earn some money!

I jumped on the idea!

I applied for a job at a campground back in our home-state, and the rest as they say is history!

I still find it hard to believe that we have been living this lifestyle for the last three years… having left our traditional homestead behind…

But leaving our farm did NOT mean we’d given up on our traditional homesteading skills!

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When campgrounds allow, we plant a small garden in containers!

And we make sure to buy fresh produce and meats from local farmers.

We also preserve our foods as space and weight limits for travel permits!

However, there is one thing I still truly miss about our traditional homestead… Spending time with my chickens!

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They used to bring me so many hours of great joy just watching them scratch and peck!

For the time being, our current ‘homestead’ has wheels! So, let’s see where the road takes us next!

Until next time,

Peace, love and safe travels!

~ Sheri

How to Make Quick and Easy Chicken Fajitas

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With a renewed vigor and purpose to eating healthier, I have sought out some of my favorite recipes that are both delicious and easy to make!

Here’s one of my favorite ‘go-to’ meals!

Quick and Easy Chicken Fajitas

Ingredients:

  • 2 medium green or red bell peppers
  • 2 medium onions
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 lime
  • 2 Tbsp taco seasoning or Chipotle Rub
  • 1 1/2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 12 flour tortilias
  • optional toppings: shredded cheese, sour cream, salsa and guacamole

How to make:

  • Thinly slice the chicken into thin strips, then place into a Dutch Oven. Add the seasoning and squeeze the lime over the chicken. Stir to coat.
  • Cut off the top of the bell peppers and remove the seeds. Cut each bell pepper into four segments and slice the peppers into strips, then place into the Dutch Oven.
  • Cut the onion in half and slay flat side down on the cutting board. Thinly slice the onion and place the slices in the pan. Press the garlic on top of the veggies with a garlic press.
  • Cook for 8-10 minutes or until the juice of the thickest parts of the chicken run clear.
  • Wrap the tortillas with a damp paper towel and microwave on HIGH for 30 seconds or until they are warm. To serve, spoon the chicken and veggie mixture into the centers of the tortillas and top as desired.

Hope you enjoy the recipe as much as I do!

Till next time,

Peace, love and safe travels!

~ Sheri

Our New Adventure

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When mom and I started this RV lifestyle 3 years ago, we’d set out to travel while she still had her health.

Not only did we want to ‘see the world,’ we wanted to seek out others and their ways of utilizing their homesteading skills. We looked forward to the adventure!

Somewhere along the line, we wandered off that path…

So that mom wasn’t the soul financial provider, I became a workamper — and started working at various campgrounds on our journey.

This last campground that we came to, we did so because it was close to family. We’d been there for a year and a half! We’d even started to feel the itch to look for a piece of land so we could grow and raise our own food once again!

But the campground where I was working was sold and the job had come to an end! Once again, it was time to pack up and hit the road!

Yet with our packing, it brought a sort of sadness about this trip…

Where I once felt a sense of adventure to travel, I now have a longing to set down roots… a deep longing to get my hands back in the soil of a more traditional homestead.

Yes, the campground I’m heading to will allow me to grow my own food in small containers, but it just doesn’t feel the same as when we were living on our traditional homestead growing and raising our own food.

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So, what does this sudden change in our plans mean in regards to the future? Will we start looking for a piece of land at our new destination? Or do I just need to get there, bring out my planters and feel the soil in my hands once again!

Only time will time…

Until next time,

Peace, love and safe travels,

~ Sheri