As full-time RVrs, living and traveling in a motorhome without a “sticks and bricks” home base, we used to say that we are houseless, not homeless. After nine years on the road, it’s time to have a home again, one that’s made from sticks and bricks. Our news: we’ve moved out of The Dip into a single story villa/apartment in a 55+ complex in Olympia, Washington.
A combination of things led us to this change. We’re in good health, but not getting any younger and just couldn’t see ourselves aging to the point of needing assistance in the motorhome. A broken leg or stroke or even Covid would create an incredible hardship while living in The Dip.
RV travel has changed in a number of ways since we started in 2009, in the depths of the Great Recession. RV parks averaged $35 a night back then. Today, they range from $45-60 per night. When we started, reservations could be made a few days (or even a few hours) in advance. Today, reservations need to be made months in advance. It’s gotten crowded and crazy out there now. (Covid has changed this, but once people can get out again, RV parks will be very busy.)
This isn’t the end of our travels. Instead, it’s the beginning of a new way of traveling, one that will take us to the far ends of our earth after Covid-19 calms down. We have a trip to Antarctica scheduled for next January. If not 2021, then 2022. We also want to spend extended periods in one place. Riley has a cousin that owns property in Malta that we would like to visit. We also want to return to Africa, Japan, Europe, and many other places.
It’s the beginning of a new chapter for us….
More later about the challenges of moving during the Covid-19 crisis with minimal furniture.