Small House Big World

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About Me

Deciding to live in an RV was not an easy choice to make. I don’t think it is a choice I would have made alone. As much as I’d like to say I would have had the guts, I don’t think I would have. I decided to do it with the help of my boyfriend Kelly. We discovered we both had latent desires to make an escape from our normal lives. I wanted to go backpacking and camping with my dog, Max, for an extended period of time. Kelly had thoughts of world travel – heading wherever the wind took him. We happened upon the idea of getting an RV and traveling the country after a period of brainstorming, and while it wasn’t what either of us had originally dreamed of, it seemed to fit the bill.

As we continued to think it over, we were amazed by how excited we both found ourselves about the idea. At first it was just a crazy thought, but slowly we realized that we could turn it into a practical reality. Traveling, getting outside of the normal routine, increasing self-sufficiency, having the opportunity to optimize our use of space, embracing the need to get rid of the majority of our possessions, and living in the moment – all of these things were exactly what we were looking for.

Of course, there were some complications. Neither of us had spent any time in an RV. Kelly didn’t even have a driver’s license when I met him. And while we had no trouble supporting ourselves, we didn’t have an “excess of money” to put towards an endeavor like this. Plus my job had been 9 -5, in a fixed location, at an office in downtown Chicago. So – we had a lot of things to think about, a lot of things to learn, and a lot of planning to do.

We set off in March 2015 and BOY did we have a year. I can honestly say it was one of the best years of my life, and a complete blast. Click through the old blog posts and check it out. And although the lifestyle is everything we’d hoped it would be and more, in February 2016 Kelly and I mutually and amicably decided to part ways.  

So… Remember what I said above about not being able to do it alone? Scratch that. At this point, after one year on the road, I have the confidence to try. I am loving this life enough that I am not willing to give it up. It’s the best thing I’ve ever done. Plus, I have met a number of remarkable traveling friends, so I have a bit of a network.  I feel like I have at least a baseline of knowledge and experience to do this by myself. (I hope…)

This website is meant to chronicle of my experiences, from the beginning onward.  From traveling as a couple, to traveling alone. I also deeply hope it will serve as inspiration for others who want to pursue a similar path.  Nothing makes me happier than hearing something I wrote inspired someone. It’s the best feeling in the world. 

If you want more background on me and where I came from, click through: 

Anna’s Story

Comments

  1. Ron Bunge April 26, 2015 - 7:23 pm Reply

    A hint for income check out https://www.google.com/adsense/start/
    Found you on Technomadia and their livestream. Costs of Full Time Rving.
    I will be adding your site to the listings on http://www.hitchitch.com
    Enjoy
    Ron

  2. Jessica May 3, 2015 - 7:12 pm Reply

    Hey, just wanted to stop by and say how excited I am to watch you embark on this new adventure! I am actually in the very beginning stages of a plan to renovate an old school bus and hit the road, and your blog is giving me so much motivation/inspiration! I think it’s awesome what you’re doing and can’t wait to get out there myself! Best of luck to you both!! 🙂

    • Anna Edgren May 4, 2015 - 2:01 pm Reply

      Thank you Jessica! Rennovating a bus sounds awesome. I’m so glad to hear you’re liking the blog!

  3. Ed Mahlstadt May 11, 2015 - 10:07 am Reply

    Hey guys, looks like you made it by the only 5 dome capital in America. One of positions was the Administer of the Capital Complex for the State of Iowa, this was my site, all of it.

    It was a tremendous pleasure to meet you both, enjoyed the conversation and sharing of your travels! When you get back this way please do not hesitate to stop on by and spend the night again!

    Happy travels!
    Ed

    • Kelly Reid May 11, 2015 - 10:14 am Reply

      Yes, the Capital Building was GORGEOUS! Thanks for an awesome stay, delicious wine, and the eggs! Will be one of our fondest memories for sure.

  4. Kelly (K2) March 16, 2016 - 9:46 pm Reply

    Oh good LORD, woman!!! You can definitely do this without a partner! I’m sorry to hear about you and Kelly, but so goes life, right? No big deal. You’ve already done this for almost a year with someone, you know exactly what to do and you can do it. Now, you ALL of the decisions are yours! That’s got to be the best part- doing whatever you want to do whenever you feel like doing it.

    You need any help or have questions, I’m always here to answer! I’m sorry we didn’t have more time together at Q . 🙂 But I’m sure I will see you again down the road.

    • Anna Edgren March 17, 2016 - 10:09 am Reply

      Haha THANKS Kelly! I do like the sound of “doing whatever you want to do whenever you feel like doing it”. I HAVE always enjoyed that…. 🙂 Definitely hope to meet up again in the future!!

  5. Art Fuerte April 21, 2016 - 2:38 pm Reply

    Hello Anna, Really enjoy reading your adventures. I see your going to AZ if you make your way into southern California feel free to reach out if you are need of anything. I have a beautiful 2010 Tiffin Allegro Bus that my family and I enjoy taking out almost every weekend and normally travel 4 hours or less from camp(home).

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