Not what I expected
(New Braunfels Tx)
I was so glad to find this site! I thought it was just me feeling all of these emotional challenges in our RV lifestyle! A year ago we sold our home, got rid of most of our belongings, and put the rest in storage to embark on a 2 year full time RV lifestyle. We had grandiose ideas about traveling all over the country and enjoying our newfound freedom.
We both retired early convinced we could live on an established budget. We left our careers, our home, our family and friends and our community. We found out 6 weeks after we began that our financial advisor and my husbands company pension department made grave errors that affected our budget severely. My husband took a temporary 4 month long consulting job which we were very fortunate to have. It took us away from everyone everything and placed us in an RV in a winter climate in a strange place.
Although we did get to take two trips in the last year, they were both stressful family related adventures. We have discovered we were naive and uneducated about a lot of things. I'm sure retiring together, moving, giving up family and friends are all challenges in themselves but, going from that to living in a small space 24/7 with your spouse does create many additional challenges.
I miss my children, grandchildren, and friend much more than I thought. I miss having a house with what we consider now as luxuries like, wifi, our own laundry room, comfortable furniture and beds, a solid floor, private space between residences, quiet, feeling safe and secure, decent shower, not worrying about plumbing and grey water, etc etc.
I thought I would be better at a new adventure every week to few weeks than I am. Sometimes it's tiring to learn a new town all over again so often. I miss my hairdresser. I think the thing I underestimated most is how much I miss being s part of a community, being near family and friends you can rely on when you need help or just want company.
We have met people but just as passing acquaintances not friends. The ideal situation for me I think is to keep a home base and take trips which is what I am praying for in the future.