A recent trip to my husband’s birth country (South Africa) this February made us feel as though we wanted to travel and take advantage of better weather, old friends, and new scenery and places to explore. With my husband running his own business and my recent retirement from the classroom and working for myself comes the possibility of working remotely. We’d like to spend more time on our sailboat when not in charter and travel around our beautiful state and country for extended periods of time. Given this is a big change, we decided to do this in phases. Phase 1 involved getting the right recreational vehicle for us and taking off for a month to test things out. Details of how we decided upon this combination and then, how we personalized our trailer to suit the needs of running a business are in other journal entries.
The road to getting on the road was a long one for me. In the midst of preparing to be gone for a month, we made a significant change to our diet and my husband was traveling for business for the last several weeks before our departure. He got home from Dubai and we left the next day. In addition, I’ve been de-cluttering and cleaning stuff out on the off-chance that we’ll put our house on the market soon.
The idea is to try a month of living and working on the road. My husband owns an engineering consulting company and I’m creating products for Teachers Pay Teachers. We currently live in a 3,000 square foot home on five and a half acres forty miles southeast of Denver. Our whole family is the area. My parents, two kids and their SO’s plus my husband’s two kids their SO’s and three grandsons. Plus we have his sister, three of her four kids and their kids in the metro area.
I wasn’t fully aware of how much it would take to reorganize our lives so that we might live remotely.
- Disconnected satellite tv. I didn’t really need to do this but why pay so much money for something you won’t be using and there are so many online options.
- Enrolled in a mail forwarding service.
- Moving toward getting rid of the business server, including quick books and my husband needing a computer with a terabyte of memory.
This trip has a variety of experiences for us so we’ll be able to figure out what we like and don’t like.
- A state campground with no hook-ups,
- A state campground in another state with electric,
- A commercial campground in Moab with possible doggie day-care for dogs,
- No reservation with attempt at finding free BLM sites,
- A state campground with full hook-ups, and
- Our land in the mountains on 35 acres.
Each of these taught us something about work, play, or rest. Please look for other posts related to these experiences.