Small House Big World



In March of 2015, I left Chicago and hit the road full-time in a 1993 Pace Arrow RV with my boyfriend Kelly. In February of 2016, Kelly and I decided to amicably part ways, but I didn’t want to give up the RV lifestyle I’d come to love, so I decided to GO ROGUE and go solo! This site is meant to be a journal of my adventures as a full time traveler.  For more about me, check here

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  • Away I Go! March 29, 2016 A lot has happened in the past week. I kind of don’t know where to begin. First off, I’m happy to announce that I am writing this from a new town in a new state. I successfully packed my stuff, hooked up the car, said goodbye to Kelly, and hit the road again, alone. I ... Read More...
  • Life on Pause and BIG Repairs! March 16, 2016 Ok friends it’s official: I’m sick of Desert Hot Springs. This is a GREAT area, but we’ve been here for like 2 months. This is not the RV adventure into the wilderness that I signed up for! Also it’s starting to get HOT. In the 90’s all this week. Boo-hoo I know, but all I ... Read More...
  • Preparing to Go Solo February 23, 2016 First off: News. Kelly bought an RV! A 1989 Pace Arrow (keeping it in the family). It is currently in the shop being serviced so we are unsure when his moving date will be. It’s a work in progress. In the meantime, Kelly and I have each been gathering resources and trying to prepare ourselves to ... Read More...
  • Changes: An Announcement February 10, 2016 There’s no great way to say this so I’ll just spit it out: After much deliberation Kelly and I have decided we should part ways. We made this decision a couple of weeks ago and have taken some time to let it sink in. Long story short, we greatly enjoy each other’s company, but ultimately we ... Read More...
  • Desert Boondocking January 20, 2016 Kelly and I have spent the past 3+ weeks boondocking in the desert with new friends. I have been bad about updating the blog, mostly because we have been BUSY!  For most of our time on the road, we’ve been pretty solitary, only meeting up with friends here and there when we cross paths. But the ... Read More...
  • San Diego Christmas January 5, 2016 Growing up in Michigan means a warm Christmas is always a little unsettling. The nostalgia factor is missing. That being said, palm trees and sunshine are hard to frown beneath, so I will keep my whining about no white Christmas to a minimum.  We had a great Christmas in San Diego, where my parents were ... Read More...
  • Desert Hot Springs and Joshua Tree National Park December 29, 2015 We spent a week in Desert Hot Springs, California, a small city just outside of Palm Springs. Turns out, the desert is AWESOME. Let’s talk plants. Boring right…? NO! In the desert everything that was once mundane is now fascinating. Oranges growing on trees, ripe for the picking, and one wrong step can mean a foot ... Read More...
  • Work + Travel: Earning a Living on the Road December 21, 2015 Deciding to live in an RV and travel full-time was not a quick or easy decision to make. One of the big issues I had early on in process was figuring out if I would be able to support myself and make money while traveling.  Because sure, traveling the country sounds like fun, but is it affordable? ... Read More...
  • Lake Piru, California and a Look at the Drought December 18, 2015 Yes, we are still in California. And no, not one single part of me is upset about that. It is a big, beautiful state with incredibly diverse landscapes and a ton to see. After Monterey, we wound our way down the coast towards Lake Piru, which is about an hour outside of L.A. But first, ... Read More...
  • Monterey Bay and Minor Repairs December 9, 2015 Our luck couldn’t last forever – something finally broke. Well, it broke on the drive from San Francisco to Half Moon Bay, actually, about 2 weeks ago.  When we pulled into our campsite, there was a burnt-sugar smell coming from our engine area.  I’m only bringing it up now because we decided to pretend that ... Read More...


  1. Edith Hofmaenner February 19, 2015 - 7:41 pm Reply

    congrats. Looking forward to your adventures . Love your blog

    • kelly February 19, 2015 - 8:14 pm Reply

      thank you! subscribe to posts by email to keep up with the latest.

  2. Tom Sherry February 19, 2015 - 9:03 pm Reply

    Subscribed. Love the countdown clock!

    • kelly February 19, 2015 - 10:22 pm Reply

      that was all Anna’s idea 🙂

  3. Ajani Eagledove February 19, 2015 - 11:40 pm Reply

    keep us update to your adventures,.. may we someday meet on the road to evertywhere.

  4. Dominic February 20, 2015 - 3:32 am Reply

    Looking forward to your adventures. I own a travel trailer but we’re only weekenders right now. Have a great time!

  5. Kim February 19, 2015 - 11:28 pm Reply

    Good luck as you get rolling. Hope to see you down the road.

  6. Cindy Weisser May 7, 2015 - 6:18 pm Reply

    Hi Anna & Kelly,
    LOVED reading your blog! I went to lunch with Kelly’s mom Rachel today and she told me about your blog. I am your Second Cousin Once Removed.. My dad, Jay Saks, and your Grandfather Jackie were first cousins. Your mom and I are second cousins.I have a son your same age Jared, and a daughter Jaime who is 28. They are your third cousins! If you make it to South Florida, I would love to get together! Enjoy every minute of your journey! It is something I never had the opportunity to do, however, I plan to do it in the next few years!!!
    Cindy Weisser

  7. Diana Vargas February 18, 2016 - 3:03 pm Reply

    Would love email notifications of new posts.

  8. Tyler Hammack May 31, 2016 - 1:24 pm Reply

    Hi Anna,
    I was shooting new videos with the RV Geeks last week and they had to share your Instagram photos with me and your adventures. I just wanted to introduce myself. I am Tyler with Tough Top Awning. Good for you and welcome to the RV lifestyle.
    If you ever make it back to the West Coast we would be happy to replace your Patio awning fabric and maybe have the RV Geeks shoot a video on it. We also, don’t charge anything when we shoot videos as it take 10 time as long to do it.
    Safe Travels

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