Home is where you park it…that’s our life for the next few months. Randy said the other day that the camper is “his happy place.” I would have to agree unless you ask me when Lars is screaming or Kalden has a millions LEGO pieces all over the floor, toys on our bed, and I can’t find a single quiet place for a conference call. But no place is perfect and a having a place we can move when the weather turns bad or when we’re bored is priceless. I know for some people this would be pure torture – living with few belongings, changing
Win the lottery. Retire. Save. Those would be the three traditional ways to fund travel. But since travel is more of a lifestyle for us we do things a bit differently. Travel for us does not equal a vacation and so we must plan and budget differently than we would for a week or two vacation. Expenses Travel is budgeted into our everyday spending. A typical American vacation on a cruise or to Disney for a week funds us for months. Besides extra gas or plane tickets we usually maintain the same budget on the road that we would at home. Example: If we had
If you’ve ever read or heard of the 4 hour work week it’s likely you’ve heard the term “lifestyle design.” You may have wondered just what it means, and how you can do it because you are sick of the 9 to 5 cubicle life. Just because everyone around you works in an office, sends the kids to daycare or school, plans to keep the same job until retirement does not mean you have to. But it also doesn’t mean you have to jump ship, switch careers, pull your kids from school and travel the world on a shoestring budget funded by a blog. Lifestyle
Travel in general has actually been a sort of therapy for us. A month after Axel died we took a trip to Sedona. It was very healing to be together, on our bikes, and camping in a beautiful and spiritual place. I also know that our life of travel and adventure helped us build the resilience to deal with the trauma of losing Axel. Resilience is the ability to maintain your core purpose and integrity in the face of dramatically changed circumstances. When you travel you are forced to give up parts of your identity, most of your possessions, and control. You are prone to
Travel is an important part of our bike, life and wellness lifestyle. We travel about 50-60% of the time and almost all of that is with our road and/or mountain bikes. Ironically the only trip we took in 2013 without our bikes was a 4 day trip to Las Vegas for Interbike (bike trade show). I don’t focus a lot on our travels so I thought I would take this week to highlight that part here on Velo Mom. In addition, it’s the reason there is a new section called Ride Guides. We have spent the past 15 years discovering, exploring, and learning a lot
For the first 12 years of our marriage we camped in our VW 4WD Vanagaon (aka Vanny). To say it was just a camper would not be right. It defined us around Boulder and Colorado. We drove it to mountain bike races every weekend and to camp and ride all around the western US. We even drove away in it after getting married. When Kalden was born we strapped a car seat in and continued on. By the time he was 5 it was getting tight fitting us all in the bed but workable.
Living out west it’s hard to imagine crossing multiple state lines in a matter of hours. But here in New England you can move through states like a breeze. Day 1: Boston to New Hampshire We flew into Boston and headed straight to my in-laws. After 4 hours of flying and 3 hours of driving it felt good to breathe in some fresh mountain air and get to sleep. Day 2: Kayaking in Grafton, New Hampshire We awoke to a beautiful sunny day. I think it’s the first time I have been in NH and seen the sun. After it warmed up we headed down