Towards the end of February we passed the anniversary date marking one year full-time on the road. We didn’t get a chance to celebrate this milestone. As a matter of fact, we didn’t even know it happened. The date came and went as we were busy preparing to hit the road once again and failed to recognize our accomplishment.
Reflecting on the last year we have come a long way and yet it seems as though we are just getting started. Perhaps this is because we began our adventures in February, but it took another seven months before we actually started living life on our own terms.
The year is off to a rough start both at home and around the world making for difficult times for people’s lives, budgets and the financial markets. Thankfully we were busy in February and couldn’t devote much attention to the headlines or the marketplace. However, the impact is being felt throughout our portfolio.
The month started off with the markets looking to reverse course from correction levels. While I enjoyed seeing this, I felt it might be short-lived based on the Fed and the uncertainty surrounding rate hikes. Then the world was rocked when a scumbag dictator with little dick syndrome and delusions of a Soviet renaissance decided to invade Ukraine. This along with the complete failure of American politicians to take steps to combat inflation, remain energy independent and help free nations deter aggressive foreign dictators, has put our economy and our country in a precarious position. These developments have sent the financial markets on a rollercoaster ride and are showing a lot of resilience. It’s amazing they are not down another 20% during this time.
Anyone else happy to move on from January? Perhaps this update should be titled “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly” as it might be more fitting? January was busy, expensive, and at times, frustrating. I don’t mind rough months in the markets as they are needed in order to facilitate long term progress. I would prefer large market drops happen in months where we are not already committed to shelling out a lot of cash. As the Rolling Stones song goes “You can’t always get what you want.” Hopefully we got it all out of our system and can move forward to greener pastures. Let’s stick with our theme for a little levity.
How do you decide where to go? How do you decide where to stay? Isn’t it stressful to have to make plans all the time? Isn’t it expensive?
These are some popular questions we get asked so we thought it would be a good idea to give some insight into our current planning process similar to what we did with full-time budgeting. I say “current planning process” because I feel the process will evolve over time as our circumstances change and as we gain experience with a higher level of comfort on the road.
What a difference a year makes! As a matter of fact, we never published our 2020 year in review for a few reasons. Mostly because 2020 just plain sucked! The pandemic ruined everything from our son’s senior year of high school, large parts of our college road trip, his freshman year in college and our plans to start our full-time RV life. And who can forget the financial rollercoaster from the top of the world down to the pit of despair and back again? Publishing a blog post and reliving it all over again was the last thing on our minds.
Here we are at the end of another year and still dealing with the continued fallout from the pandemic. Some things have remained the same. Everything else in our lives has changed for the better.
It’s hard to believe the time for another monthly update is already here. November seemed to fly by and with the end of the month came the end of our time in the Sedona, AZ area. We absolutely loved every minute of our time there and we look forward to returning next year. In fact we already made reservations for the entire Winter next year and have the option to work camp and stay for free!
We hope everyone enjoyed their Thanksgiving holiday and was able to spend time with friends and family. Thanksgiving this year was very different for us as it was our first as full-time RVers and also the first time we didn’t have any family around. But that didn’t stop us from having a good time as we had a wonderful dinner and lots of laughs with our new friends at the campground. One of the great things about this lifestyle is that you are always meeting new people and making new friends. We even learned that it’s a thing to have full-time RVer business cards to hand out to people you meet so everyone can stay in touch and meet up in other locations when paths cross.