Annual Bash photo dump! More fun at the rodeo grounds including a crawling block party, tours of some epic rigs (like popcorn Jeff’s van, pictured), gallons of jungle juice in the party section, more presentations, awning help from @toughtopawnings, and last but not least... drunk Marshall! 😂🤩

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Today was an all-day mimosa fest with friends, rounded off with fake tattoos and a night keeping it real in @theflippingnomad’s rig, admiring her endless hard work. Bonus excitement, besides finally seeing this beauty in person- seeing that the Ultimate, her RV concept with Keystone, uses some of the same tile as @dustydeezel’s bathroom #imdead #ontrend #blacktilesareinyall #lowesforthewin

Sunday funday definitely lived up to its name today!! Even if we’re all paying for it by passing around this cruddy desert cold. 🤧😷 #xscapersbash2020 #sundayfunday #letstalkrenovations #xscaperstherapy #butwhatpaintdoyouuse

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SLAYING with Hollie from @thenerdynomads 🔥🔥🔥🔥 #80snight #xscapersbash2020 #fulltimerv #rvlife #fulltimetravel #nomad #nomadlifestyle

SLAYING with Hollie from @thenerdynomads...

Trying to post more in real time.. happy day 1 of the Xscapers Bash! It’s 80’s prom night... I was born for this! 😜

#80snight #xscapersbash2020 #yolo

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I don’t know her exact birthday.. but my babygirl turns 10 this month. 😭 I don’t know how to feel about that. She has been by my side for almost ALL of my 20s and I’m so happy to have such an awesome adventure sidekick. Faithful, playful, protective, whip smart and silly - I love this girl and am ecstatic that I’ve been able to take her from a pound in LA to some of the most beautiful, wild locations in the country. 💜

#rescuedog #adventurdog #adoptdontshop #dogmom #grandtetons #wyoming #boondocking #homeonwheels #tinyliving #vanlifedog #nomadlifestyle #nomadlife #dogswhohike

I don’t know her exact...

I almost forgot to add NYE to my timeline. It was a pretty crazy night in the desert.. amazing that Xscapers can set up a night like that for free!! I have so many fun videos of friends dancing that would probably bore you so I’ll just post a taste :) #NYE #nomadlifestyle #fultimerv #xscapers

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Someday I’ll fix that darn awning. 😅 But first... sunsets! This was the first sunset of the year for me, and a really great way to start the year.

#nomadlife #nomadlifestyle #nomad #rvlife #homeonwheels #homeiswhereyouparkit #traveldog #desertdog #desertmagic #rvliving #fulltimerv

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The last few weeks (months maybe?) have been such a whirlwind of activity that I’ve barely had time to sit and appreciate everything happening.

Right now I’m looking back at Christmas in awe of the holiday setup we had in the middle of the desert.

I mean, c’mon. When I started RVing, this stuff was nowhere to be found in the depths of my imagination!

One of my focus areas for the new year is to get back into hobbies for the sake of hobbies, so while I’m figuring out what that is, you’ll probably be seeing more photo edits here. 🤓 I hope your new year is kicking off to a great start and I’m excited to start sharing more again!

#adventure #desertlife #desertmagic #wanderlust #strangeadventures #nomadlife #nomadlifestyle #digitalnomad #digitalnomadchristmas #merica #publiclands #homeiswhereyouparkit

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Why I Bought an RV

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As many who follow me on social media already know, I recently bought an RV and moved into it! It sounds pretty crazy, even to me, and I’ve fielded a bunch of questions so far about who/what/when/where/how, but wanted to put this together for those who might be considering doing the same thing, or who are wondering how anyone could do it at all.

I ended up in the right situation at the right time to do this. Anyone can, really, but it takes some planning and is much easier when you have less strings attached. I don’t have kids, a house/mortgage, or an office job anymore, so it just made sense to take the leap.

Here’s the rundown of my current situation and the biggest reasons why I bought an RV to live in full time!

1. Newfound Freedom (And the urge to take advantage of it)

After a few years of participating in the rat race, April was my last month at my job as VP of Operations at a marketing agency. After leaving school, moving to LA, working crappy part time jobs, becoming a social media manager at the company and then working my way up over a few years to VP of Operations, I’m now location independent and work for myself online. This is the biggest goal I’ve ever had, and I achieved it. Maybe someday I’ll get into the story of how I dropped out of college (cough.. more than once), learned about online marketing, how I was inspired by other location independent entreprenuers, and ended up here…. but that’s a story for another day.

2. A Longstanding Desire

This is something I’ve wanted to do for a long time. After I finished going to college and before I moved to LA in 2011, I seriously considered buying an RV at that time. I’m happy I waited because now I have a career and experience I can build better and better things off of, but this has been something bumping around in my head for about 6 years.

3. Questionable Rent vs Opportunity Cost

Living and working in Los Angeles, I was paying $$$ rent for a very nice apartment (my favorite ever! I was VERY sad to leave), but no longer needed to be paying that sky high rent in the area since I was no longer location dependent. I did the calculations and realized that if I budgeted, I could live and travel in an RV for 6 mos to a year and actually save thousands of dollars. In short: The RV life might be a more financially responsible choice for me! If I really budget, my living expenses can actually be about $12,000 less over the year than living in LA. I imagine I will want to splurge a bit to enjoy my newfound lifestyle, though, so I will be happy with breaking even. 🙂 But after looking at everything initially, it almost seemed financially irreponsible to stay in my expensive apartment without a solid location-specific reason, as opposed to having a great life experience for the same (or less) cost.

4. A Traveling Boyfriend & Empty Apartment

Being in the music industry, le mister travels a lot. I mean, A LOT. Tour comes often, has unpredictable timelines, and his schedule is going to be especially full this year with his new album coming out. I went into this knowing that he already wouldn’t be home most of the time. Sitting in an expensive apartment by yourself and working for yourself doesn’t really make sense if you can do your work from anywhere! He leaves for tour again in about 2 weeks and isn’t expecting to be done (for this round, at least) for 3 months.

5. Enthusiastic Support

Somewhat to my surprise, when I told le mister and le mother about my idea, both were not only supportive – they were majorly enthusiastic about the idea. What better time to live in an RV than when you’re young, can make money on the road, and have nothing serious holding you back? The second I knew they were both fully on board, I knew it was happening.

That’s the quick and dirty version of why it was so easy for me to make this decision. It’s definitely not for everyone, and I have no idea how long I’ll stick with it.. but for right now, this is where I’m at with life and I’ve never been happier! If you have more questions, feel free to ask in the comments. 🙂

Oh, and make sure to check back soon to see my solar setup, the start of my RV renovations, and what happened on the first trip!

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2 Comments
  • Sharon King
    July 7, 2016

    Congratulations on your decision. I think it sounds awesome. I lived in a truck for a year, then I’d take a year off renting a house, then the traveling bug would hit and we’d take a cross country job again, and it was smaller than an RV but we had everything we needed. Even though it was short time in cities, I saw things I’d never see otherwise sitting at home. Good luck on your new adventure.

    • Hannah
      August 12, 2016

      Thank you Sharon!!

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