Hi, I am Stacey and I am a solo female who travels full time in a 25’ Airstream! I am totally living my dream life right now. I have worked remotely for the majority of my career (social media strategist/photographer/designer) and dreamt of one day living and working from an Airstream. My parents have always pushed me to follow my dreams and truly made my dream come true when they surprised me with an Airstream for Christmas 2 years ago. I’m not much for planning, so within 4 months, I had sold everything that didn’t fit in the Airstream and hit the road. I didn’t have a plan, I just knew I wanted to surf all along the coast from San Diego to Tofino, BC.
Did I say I wasn’t much for planning? Well the reality of this lifestyle is that it takes A LOT of planning. I think that’s something most of us either don’t see coming or ignore? Or maybe that was just me… I guess I just never thought about it. But the idea that living on the road is “pure freedom” is ironic because in my opinion it takes more planning than living in a stationary house. Not only do you have to plan out where you are staying next etc. but every time you roll into a new area you have to look up and plan out how you are getting to the grocery store, to the laundromat, the post office, etc. Basically google maps becomes your best friend and you spend way more time looking stuff up than you probably want.
The up side to all of that is every day is truly an adventure and that’s something that awakens my soul. I love the unknown and I crave being challenged. It also pays off when you score a sweet spot and can look around and take it all in. One of my most favorite things about this lifestyle is being able to roll up to family and friends homes and be neighbors with them for a few nights. There is truly nothing better! Also, the full time nomad community is incredible. It’s comforting to know that there are others out there who crave the same sort of zest in life that you do. I love that instagram and similar platforms have allowed us to find each other and connect not only online but also in person.
A few apps I love and recommend for “planning” are AllStays (for campground locating), Waze (for navigation because it also informs you of things in the road etc… very handy when you are pulling a trailer), and inRoute (to inform you of any weather along your route, very handy when you are traveling in the winter and want to avoid storms!).
Despite some of the challenges, this lifestyle is totally all worth it and I absolutely love every second of it. I originally thought I would just do it for a year, and here I am almost 2 years in :) If you even have the slightest itch to do something, I recommend you just go for it. Figure it out along the way… you don’t need a plan ;) Happy travels!