So Jeff and I are starting to get excited. We have never been camping together as a family, and now we have decided to hit the road together for 2.5 months in a small confined place. Have I mentioned that we are a loud family?
Some of our friends and family are excited for us and others think we are crazy. And quite frankly, we vacillate between being ecstatic and being terrified. Yet neither Jeff or I have ever suggested throwing in the towel. And after 12 years of marriage, we agree that we have a lot of love, a spirit of adventure, and a whole lot of crazy that has helped us through other transitions and will help us through this one.
So Jeff and I know that we have the following things to plan out and do in the next 8 weeks:
Sell many belongings and pack up the rest and put into storage.
Secure an RV or a 5th wheel. We are looking at either borrowing, renting, or buying something used. We are going to an RV show next weekend here in Phoenix to gather some information and figure out our best option. If you know the owner of an RV dealership that wants some free advertising or if you have an extra RV you need out of your driveway due to that pesky Homeowner’s Association, let me know.
Map out a general route. I would love to travel indefinitely, but Rebecca starts high school in the fall and is passionate (adamant) about being back for school at the beginning of August.
Determine the future of my career. Do I take a leave of absence for the summer or do I retire after 17 years? The economy has made us a little hesitant to make a firm decision. If I retire, then we need to secure private health insurance.
We asked the kids want they wanted to see and do. Within 10 minutes of our discussion, they were busy watching Youtube videos of all the waterparks, roller coasters, and baseball parks throughout the country. I completely lost control of the planning session. No shocker there.
The kids only added 3 sticky notes for “must stops” to our big map:
Schlitterbahn Waterpark in Texas
Cedar Point Amusement Park in Ohio
Statue of Liberty and Yankees Stadium in New York
At least we know the kids have their priorities straight. And if we run out of money on the road, at least we have some cute kids to hitch hike and our families to crash with.
Have you ever traveled with your kids for a lengthy trip? Have you ever traveled by RV? I would love to hear any tips you have for us.
Blessings sweet friends – JennyTweet