Small House Big World

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Welcome!

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Anna


  • Spring 2015 Route December 4, 2014 Route Options, May & June We’ll be setting off from the Ann Arbor area in late April, with the 30th being our absolute cutoff date.  We aim to be at the Cass Lake cabin by mid-June, with no firm date yet in mind.   I’ve plotted a route that takes us through the great outdoors and ... Read More...
  • Legal Logistics: Domicile – How to give money to a state you might never visit December 4, 2014 To grossly over-simplify the issue, establishing domicile as a full-time traveler is the act of simulating a home base.  This is accomplished by selecting a state with nomad-friendly laws  and using a forwarding service  to handle your mail.  You register to vote, get a Driver’s License (DL), tag title and register your vehicles, pay any income taxes, ... Read More...
  • Decision Making December 4, 2014 “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” I had a bit of a meltdown this evening. And I use that term very loosely – nothing crazy happened. I mainly just felt kind of sad and bad and talked to Kelly about it. The last few days have ... Read More...
  • Summer 2015 Route: First Drafts and Calculations December 2, 2014 Our absolute last day in Chicago is April 30th.  From there, we have 6 weeks until we aim to be at Castle Grenhjeim (also known as Anna’s family’s cabin in Cass Lake, Minnesota).  We’ll probably spend about 2 weeks there before beginning our 4 month summer excursion out west. Based on a loose understanding of the ... Read More...
  • Getting closer to finding The One December 2, 2014 After what feels like an eternity scouring the Internet, I’ve managed to cull the list of candidate Class A motor homes down to a modest 15 units.  Our search criteria was as follows: Within about 3 hours of either Chicago or Detroit Sticker price under $25k, although I am using NADA Low prices to consider what we’ll actually ... Read More...
  • Some Rigs We’ve Seen December 1, 2014 2002 Fleetwood Bounder 37′ – USAdventureRV, Joliet IL Quoted Price: $27,500 NADA Low Retail: $26,000 ($33,500 @ 6k miles) Anna took this one for a test drive and  thought was a nice unit for the price.  It was a good rig to see to give us a baseline of what to expect in the mid-20k range.  This one had a ... Read More...
  • Hitting the Dealerships November 24, 2014 This weekend Kelly and I took a trip to the outskirts of the Chicago area to check out some dealerships. Our main goal was to talk to some knowledgeable folks and get a feel for what we want for the RV. Seeing these things in person makes SUCH a difference.  I think we learned more in the ... Read More...
  • Cases For and Against Towing November 18, 2014 Even so early into our adventure, before we’ve even started looking at vehicles, we have to make a decision.  Do we tow our Honda Accord behind our (currently theoretical) Class A motorhome?  We hashed out plenty of cases for, and against, doing so.  We reviewed loads of posts from other bloggers who have also struggled with ... Read More...

Comments

  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
    Tyler

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