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Changes: An Announcement

Anna Edgren • 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 have different visions of what our lives should look like long-term. So as much as it totally sucks to split up when things seem for the most part totally fine and good, we know that in the long run it will be best for both of us. This is a completely mutual, amicable, and supportive split, which is undoubtedly the best kind. 

So this brings up an important question: What in the heck are you guys going to do? With the RV? With the travels? With your blog? Well… you may have gathered from numerous photos and blog posts, that this past year has been AMAZING and we have had a COMPLETE blast. Both of us are totally in love with the RV lifestyle. Travelling and working at the same time is a fantastic thing. The freedom, the independence, being able to experience nature outside of your doorstep, meeting great friends on the road, all of it. We both love full-time travelling, and we both intend to keep going, just separately.  

Next steps: We thought about selling this RV and each getting our own smaller RVs, but in the end we have decided that I will keep our current RV and live in it solo, and Kelly will get a new rig. Since we already made a lot of repairs to this one, I already know its strengths and weaknesses. It seems silly to introduce a whole new RV to the mix if we don’t need to. Yes, the Pace Arrow is a bit larger than I need, but I am already comfortable driving it and parking it so at least I have those skills in my metaphorical toolbox. Which reminds me, one thing I need to get: An actual toolbox. No more relying on Kelly to fix stuff around here! Kelly is now looking for his new RV  – something similar to what we have now, but sized for one person. He will be better suited to fixing additional maintenance problems that will inevitably come from buying another 1990s era RV, and he is up to the task. Brave man! 

We will be heading towards the L.A. area where there seems to be a good amount of cheaper/used RVs that might fit the bill. Of course, the logistics here are tricky, but we’ve decided once Kelly has his new RV we will post up for a week together and do the move. Then we intend to caravan together for a while, maybe a month or two, to make sure we are both comfortable and happy with the new changes. When it feels right, we will part ways. Like I said, we have virtually no hard feelings between the two of us, so we are totally fine with continuing to hang out and be here for each other while we adjust. 

I intend to keep using this website to document my travels. I am going to have a lot to learn about being on the road by myself, and I am certain there are adventures in my future. I can’t wait to keep sharing them and am happy to continue to be a part of a community of full time travelers. That being said, all you solo female travelers out there (and heck, solo male travelers, too): Advice is welcome! I’m a little nervous about setting out on my own, but very excited.  If Kelly decides to start his own website I will add his info here so you can follow him as well. 

Thanks for keeping up with us this past year, and here’s to another great year ahead!

Anna Edgren • February 10, 2016

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  1. Edith February 10, 2016 - 2:42 pm Reply

    It was so much fun following you out of snowy Chicago to so many amazing places and adventures .
    All the best to the two of you
    We just started our full time RV adventure a month ago , enjoying sunny Texas

    • Anna Edgren February 10, 2016 - 4:36 pm Reply

      Thanks Edith! I hope you continue to follow along on the blog – I can guarantee I will have some interesting stories as a solo traveler! Best of luck in your new RV adventure! Hope you like it as much as we do πŸ™‚

  2. Jeff Chandler February 10, 2016 - 4:51 pm Reply

    It really has been great following your adventures and having started full timing at the same time as Chanda and me, you two have been a great resource. Thank you.

    • Anna Edgren February 10, 2016 - 7:31 pm Reply

      Glad to hear Jeff! We are both excited to keep going on our own, should be interesting!! πŸ™‚

  3. Jill Sessa February 10, 2016 - 7:12 pm Reply

    Anna and Kelly: you both rock. This sounds so mature and thoughtful! Let us know how we can support both and each of you. And not just by returning some chairs, lol.
    Anna: you’re totally going to nail the solo thing. But shout if you need a hand with anything. Tribe always!

    • Anna Edgren February 10, 2016 - 7:32 pm Reply

      Thank you Jill! Much appreciated.

    • Marshall February 10, 2016 - 8:32 pm Reply

      Hey, wait a minute, if memory serves me correctly, I’m the only one of the tribe that actually has returned one of their chairs to date. πŸ˜‰

  4. Cherie February 11, 2016 - 4:08 pm Reply

    The way you two are approaching this is so commendable. It takes self knowledge and love of each other to make such a decision. Inspirational, really.

    Wishing you both the absolute best in your respective paths.. and hope they cross ours many time into the future.

  5. Debbie LaFleiche February 13, 2016 - 10:35 pm Reply

    Sorry to hear it, but so much better to part when you can do so as friends and not hold on until you are at each other’s throats. Break ups where you stay friends is the best. I’m still friends with a man I dated 30 years ago.

    Looking forward to reading about your solo adventures on the road. You’ll do great!

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