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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  • Our Introduction to Harvest Hosts – Chateau de Pique Winery April 13, 2015 Saturday morning Kelly and I woke up debating where we should head next. Monday I start my first day of work (hooray!!). Because of this, it is very important that I have access to a good solid internet connection. We decided we wanted to check out Hoosier National Forest. This area is conveniently close to Bloomington, Indiana, which ... Read More...
  • Abandoned Schools in Butlerville, Indiana April 11, 2015 As we were driving through southern Indiana I glanced casually out the window and was surprised by this incredible crumbling school. We pulled over immediately because we had to get a better look. It was built in 1904. Surrounded by caution tape as it is obviously a hazard.  Next door was another school building, built in ... Read More...
  • Well That’s an Odd Place for a Brewery… (and Other Cincinnati Adventures) April 11, 2015 Wednesday night we decided to go out on the town and have some fun.  We wanted to go somewhere easy and close by to watch the Cincinnati Reds game and grab a few drinks. It turns out there is a brewery only 3 miles away from us in the small town of Williamsburg, Ohio.  It is ... Read More...
  • Jungle Jim’s – You’re in the Jungle Baby!! April 7, 2015 This morning Kelly and I had to go out and get more groceries and run a couple of errands. We had a minor emergency as we were nearly out of cheese and beer. Driving on the interstate a couple days ago I saw what looked to be a cool grocery store. I based this assumption almost ... Read More...
  • Plumbing and Other Such Nightmares April 5, 2015 Today we de-winterized the RV. This had trouble written all over it, and we knew that from the start. The one thing we weren’t able to test before purchasing the RV was the plumbing system. When I say we “weren’t able” I mean we probably SHOULD have and COULD have, but it would have been ... Read More...
  • We Are Now Full Time RVers! April 4, 2015 It’s official: We now live in the RV, it is our home. We finally got it all packed in, checked out, filled up, and ready to go. We tossed in the cats and dog and set off this morning for Cincinnati – a 275 mile drive.  Of course our start couldn’t go off without a hitch. In order ... Read More...
  • It’s Alive! March 30, 2015 Whenever you make a big new exciting purchase, there is always some stress involved. I remember when I first got my puppy Max, I was terrified I was going to accidentally kill him (which I actually almost did when he ate a bottle of Ibuprofen, but that’s another story for another time). Kelly and I had both ... Read More...
  • Everything is Terrible. (a.k.a. – Moving Day!) March 25, 2015 There comes a time in every couple’s relationship when two people must come together to mutually attack a difficult task and …things get real. Stress creeps in through small hidden cracks to fracture even the sturdiest foundation.  Moving day is no exception. So I am proud to announce: We survived! There was only minimal door slamming and ... Read More...
  • Packing and Moving March 19, 2015 This month Kelly and I have been focused on getting ready to move away from Chicago and into the RV. Very exciting! The plan is to load everything into a Uhaul and drive back to my parents’ house in Dexter, Michigan, which will be our “staging area” (thanks Mom and Dad!!) while we go get ... Read More...
  • How Much Will it Cost to Start Living Full-Time in an RV? March 19, 2015 One of the most important questions we needed to answer before switching over to full-time life in an RV was: Can we afford it? Can we buy the type of RV we’d like with cash or will we need to get a loan? How much will it cost to move all our stuff from Chicago ... 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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