As a woman, people find it unusual when I travel alone. I recently went on a solo two week trip around the UK and Europe, and usually one of the first things someone, especially women, would say to me when I told them about it was "Oh, I could never do that!". People, especially women, in our culture are not encouraged to do things alone. Travel is intimidating for a lot of people, and traveling alone is especially off-putting for people uncomfortable with getting out of their comfort zone.
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Here are 7 reasons I've decided to go solo RVing:
- Constant change - New situations, meeting new people, discovering new places - these are all things I thrive on. Choosing a life that is constantly changing and constantly giving me opportunities to try and see new things is my dream.
- See the country - I used to be a travel snob - if it wasn't international, I wasn't interested. But I recently traveled to Colorado and spent some time in the Rocky Mountain National Park and it opened my eyes to the beauty that is available in my own country. I still want to see more of the rest of the world, but I don't want to squander the opportunity to discover more about my home.
- Minimize and downsize - After my divorce, I moved from a 2,000 square foot house to a 700 square foot apartment. I loved the feeling of getting rid of things and really having the opportunity to evaluate the value I placed on them. I'm now in a slightly larger duplex with a roommate and have started accumulating stuff again, so I want to get back to the essentials.
- Commutes are miserable - I hate commuting to work, sitting in an office from 9-5, and driving home again. I want to become my own boss, and have the freedom to work from wherever I might be staying that day. Initially, I'll be working a remote 9-5 job, but I'm hoping to shift from that once my finances allow.
- Get outside - I want to spend more time outside. I've recently gotten into camping, purchased a kayak, and started hiking short distances. I'd like to opportunity to spend more time outside (which is nearly impossible in Texas in the summer - tomorrow's high temp is 109!).
- Old lady dog - My dog, Lola, is getting older so I'd like to have the chance to spend more time with her. I know those who aren't dog people won't really understand, but she's been with me since I moved to Austin in 2011 and her loss will be devastating to me. She'll turn 11 in October, which is pretty old for a larger dog, and she's been having a lot of mobility issues, so I know I don't have a lot of time left with her. She loves rides in the car, so I think riding in an RV seeing the country will be wonderful for her last few years.
- Save money - I want to reduce my monthly expenses. This probably won't happen right away as I have a decent amount of debt I need to pay down. My living expenses aren't super high right now and I'll have to borrow money to get an RV and get on the road, but I think it's the right long-term solution (or I just really want it to be!)
Are you thinking of hitting the road? Will you have a two- or four-legged co-pilot? My reasons are very personal but also fairly universal - what are yours?
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