We picked up our RV one year ago today! Obviously, it’s been a year of transitions and major changes – with some pros, some cons, and some surprises! We try to be as open as possible here and are always willing to answer any questions. Let’s dig right in: Family – We’ve been blessed to Read More
5 Things We Wish We Had Known
Anyone who knows me in real life knows I do EXTENSIVE research on all things I undertake! Here’s a list of our five slap-your-forehead moments – or completely not on my radar to even research – or plain old blunders! #1 – Which states take which toll transponders! You would think with how much ground Read More
Moving Day! Interior Routine
I love moving days! The excitement of someplace new, along with truly enjoying our mobile lifestyle makes the work all worthwhile! Having our first 4,500 miles under our belts, we’ve got it pretty much down pat! Todd and I split the interior and exterior jobs. This post will be all about my interior processes – Read More
House Sold! RV Acquired!
In April of 2021 we listed our house for sale in a very hot market – sold in two days over asking price – YAY! We spent the better part of May finalizing details and moving everything for the RV into a storage unit. We closed on a Monday, but the RV wasn’t going to Read More
Our Tale of 2020 – And What’s Next
I flipped into our Facebook page for RV Freedom 4 Us today, and saw that our last post was from October of 2019 and we were counting down days to sell the house in June of 2020!!! Here it is almost February of 2021 – and we haven’t sold the house – what happened??? In Read More
Priorities and Discipline
ONE. YEAR. TO. GO! And we’re busy disciplining, prioritizing, discussing and planning! We’ve had our plan in place for a couple of years already (waiting for youngest to graduate) – inching along – with MANY spreadsheets to help direct our focus and reach our goal! I know this next year is going to go by Read More
Gift Buying In Downsizing Mode?
As Valentine’s Day approached this year in the midst of much purging and downsizing for our anticipated retirement in a year and a half which includes selling the house and buying an RV to travel the country, Todd turned to me and said, “So, are we buying each other Valentine’s Day cards/presents”? He’s watched me spend Read More
Awesome Interactive Maps!
As I’ve surfed various RV and travel related websites and forums/groups, I’ve stumbled across some AWESOME maps! So I’m tucking them in this blog post to share – and so I can continue to find them! First off, this is the weather map we all always wished we had for planning trips around the country! Read More
Paprika! & Instant Pot
During the cold days of our last three winters before selling the house and buying an RV to travel the country into our retirement, my mind is (thankfully) constantly thinking about downsizing. Knowing we still have plenty of time, it’s easy to say “what’s the rush?,” but I don’t want to save it all for Read More
Retirement Road Map – For Motorcyclists!
As I sit with all my maps and web apps plotting our next big motorcycle trip to the Smoky Mountains, I know I’m lucky to take such trips with my best friend/hubby on our motorcycles! It’s easy to get frustrated trying to squeeze in all the awesome roads in the limited time we have dictated Read More
Money Talks #1 – Chiseling Away At Debt!
HUGE Step in the Right Direction So where do you even start to consider if you could retire early to roam our great country??? #1 – Without a doubt, the first step is getting out of debt! #2 – Followed by the just as major “living within your means” and even downsizing. Those are actually Read More
Who Are These Dreamers Anyway?
We’re Todd & Sandy – just one of many people determined to start worrying more about making memories than money! Most of our play time together is spent exploring and travelling on our motorcycles – and we want to expand those horizons and not always have the time constraints of set vacation times. We aren’t Read More
A Home That Rides On Wheels
You Just don’t know how good it feels To have a house that rides on wheels To watch the sun as it meets the sea Knowing there’s no place else you need to be To listen to the winter time rain To use the pool you don’t have to maintain To know you never have Read More
We’ll Be Counting Stars
What happens when we stop worrying about how much money we’re making and start focusing on the beauty around us? Miracles! This is sometimes a tough concept to grasp because success is often measured by the size of your treasure pile. “Lately I’ve been losing sleep Dreaming about the things that we could be No Read More
Finding New Peace In Our Plan
(For geographical context, we live in the Chicago suburbs) Days are getting shorter… Nights are getting colder… Politicians are getting away with murder… Riding season is getting thin… Jobs are stressful… ALL the same stuff that happens every fall like clockwork! *deep breath* In these moments of frustration and aggravation, I’ve found a new peace. Read More
Semantics or Ignorance?
It’s funny the looks and comments you can get when you start telling your friends and family that you are going to sell your house, buy an RV and start retirement early! The words “ Homeless”, “Vagabond” and “Transient” start rearing their heads! Let’s clear up any ignorance on what those words actually mean first: Read More
This has given me amazing focus!
Pondering all the Whys and all the details, of which there are MANY involved with pursuing this dream, has been a little time consuming! I’m glad we’re nailing down some of our wants and our budget, etc. – it has given me an unexpected sense of direction and focus. My pick up truck has a rust spot in the bed. In the Read More
Turn Your Dreams into Goals
As we look forward to our early retirement dreams of travelling this great country, we realize how woefully unprepared we are for it financially! So we’ve made some radical decisions in order to reach our retirement goals. This site contains everything you may be curious about and why we’re making these decisions. Read as much Read More