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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  • Minnesota: We’ve Only Seen Like 5 Lakes So Far… Disappointing. May 28, 2015 For the past week and a half, we have been stationed in Minneapolis, Minnesota. This is the last big city we will be in until we reach the west coast, so we’ve been soaking it all in.  May 18th was our first day in the city, and it was Kelly’s birthday (the big 3-0 plus 1). ... Read More...
  • Adventures in Painting – Or “WE CAN’T BREATHE” May 20, 2015 As of late, Kelly and I have decided we should try our hand at some easy DIY renovations in the RV. We want to test out the waters and see if we are any good at this kind of thing. As you may recall we have a bit of an issue with the color pallete ... Read More...
  • Dale Valley Vineyard and Walnut Woods May 15, 2015 This past weekend we stopped at Dale Valley Vineyard for our Saturday night wine-times care of Harvest Hosts. The vineyard is located a few miles outside of Stuart, Iowa. That’s right – we have entered a new state! My dad grew up in Des Moines and my grandparents lived here for a long time. They both ... Read More...
  • The Dream of the 90s is Alive in This RV May 12, 2015 When Kelly and I made the leap and bought our RV, we had a number of concerns about it. One doesn’t simply buy a well-used 1993 RV for $6,500 without losing a few nights of sleep wondering whether or not one is crazy. Common worries include: “Is it going to run for 200 miles and crap out on ... Read More...
  • Kirksville, Friends, and Pizza Night at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage May 11, 2015 We spent last week in the thriving metropolis of Kirksville, Missouri.  Kirksville is a small town of about 17,500. It is located approximately 2.5 hours by car from any reasonably sized city – Des Moines, Kansas City, St. Louis, and Omaha are all just out of reach. Impressively in the middle of nowhere, really.   Good friends of ours, ... Read More...
  • Finding Perpetual Spring – Where We’ve Been May 1, 2015 If you talked to Kelly or me before we set off in the RV (or read the first version of our “Spring Route” on this blog), you probably heard big plans of heading down to the Florida Gulf Coast. Well… we didn’t quite make it there (yet). The main reason we were so eager to head ... Read More...
  • RV Costs – Technomadia Video May 1, 2015 When we had the chance to meet Chris and Cherie from Technomadia, we also had an opportunity to be their “studio audience” while they made a video about the costs of full-time RV living. This is of course a very important piece to consider when thinking of hitting the road full time, and it is something ... Read More...
  • Harvest Hosts #3: Missouri is Beautiful. April 29, 2015 Saturday morning we left our campground outside of Carbondale, Illinois, and drove to Missouri. I was pumped because Missouri is the first state we’re visiting that I have never been to! Turns out, it’s gorgeous and hilly and green. Also, since it’s spring, tornado season is upon us. Our drive to our 3rd Harvest Hosts location presented us with ... Read More...
  • Harvest Hosts #2: We Could Get Used to This April 22, 2015 As is apparently our new habit, Saturday night we stayed at another winery through Harvest Hosts. It’s really a treat to be able to do this, and we’ve decided we want to take advantage of our membership as much as we can. It makes for a really nice week to spend Monday through Friday at ... Read More...
  • Carrying a Heavy Load April 15, 2015 If you are like us, you probably figured the worst of our plumbing issues were over. No such luck. This afternoon Kelly and I were a little surprised to find that our black tank was totally full. Now – each of the tanks has a sensor that tells you how full it is. Our black tank had ... 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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