In sharing our plans thus far, we have had a few raised eyebrows and ‘what in the world’ expressions but most have been supportive of our idea to take a year off from schools and careers to see as much of the United States as we can. Despite our fondness for routines, schedules and long term plans, we thought it would be an awesome adventure that would be educational and eye-opening not only for our kids but for us as well. Then we started sorting through the details of our idea: logistical, educational and financial considerations.
Traveling the country while living in a camper was an idea we came up in 2015. We thought it would be a chance to slow down a little, have more family time and see new places. Never mind we had not camped as a family up to that point, so we began by looking at different camper types. Airstreams were at the top of the list and I initially thought they were too small, though I loved their design. After seeing 5th wheels and buses that were as well equipped as a house (fireplaces, kitchen islands, multiple bathrooms) we circled back around to an Airstream. Aside from the aesthetics, we liked the flexibility that the Airstream’s size would give us specifically allowing us to access many national and state parks that can not accommodate larger RVs.
Since 2015, we’ve taken Airstream trips from Houston that ranged from long weekends away to almost a month. The four of us always look forward to spending time in the camper and are sad when the trips come to an end. We’ve gone as far as Big Bend & Rocky Mountain National Parks to the west, Mt Rushmore & The Badlands to the north and the Appalachian Mountains & some Florida barrier islands to the East. With our kids entering first and fourth grades, we feel like this is a good time to take the year away and try our hand at “road-schooling,” understanding if we wait much longer it will likely be much harder to pull them out of their lives and routines.
Whether you are saying to yourself “wow this is so neat” or “why?” we hope you follow along as we share our experiences.