One of the advantages of having a house on wheels is that when you don’t like the weather you can just pick up and go. We have been staying at the amazing LVM RV Resort in Las Vegas (more about this in an upcoming blog post). Everyone told us to head north for the summer and they were right. Continuous days and nights in the extreme dessert heat was unbearable.
So, Elsy went to work and found a few gems. Here are some pictures of the last 4 weeks. The pictures will not do this place justice but we have enjoyed not having to run the Air conditioner and waking up to amazing mountain air.
First off, thanks for stopping by and checking out our blog. The first blog post is the hardest, so bare with me. The goal this blog is to share our journey and transformation to a mobile lifestyle.
Just a couple of months ago all of “this” was just a daydream. If you would have told me three months ago, that we (Elsy, Jax, & Bruno) would purchase a brand new RV and travel 2,500 hundred miles in two weeks while both working remote, I absolutely would not have believed you. I would have said something like:
“Too many things could go wrong. You can’t just make several life changes all at once.”
It’s Real – We Really Did it!
There were so many things that had to work out for this change to happen, and I don’t want to go over all the details, but let me list a few here so you can appreciate what we have done and maybe even get inspired yourself.
What had to happen to make this possible (Each item below deserves it’s own blog post – and that’s the plan)
Remote Work Arrangement for Elsy and I (Elsy was already working remote, so we were halfway there)
Larry has to find a contract sourcing/recruiting role with a bad ass company.
Contact network and put feelers out (Who is hiring – Who is cool with remote work – find a culture fit)
Phone interview / Video interview with short list of companies.
Consider offers and possible relocation options and select a new home.
Give notice and transition out.
Make sure the new company was ok with me traveling around the country in an RV.
Consider and figure out tax implications and a plan to start working contract.
We needed to get health insurance
Do we talk to a broker to directly to the insurance companies?
Find a plan that won’t break the bank but will give us the coverage we need.
Research and physically look at as many RV’s to find the right RV for us and one we could afford.
What kind of RV do we need?
Do we tow an RV (5the wheel) one or get one you drive?
Do we get a Class A, Class B, Class C and what the heck is the difference?
Do we get gas or Diesel?
What size do we get (24 ft to 40+ ft)
New or Used?
Do we tow my car when we travel? If so, what kind of tow hitch do I need?
Can I really drive a huge RV?
Is the mobile lifestyle for us? We all need to be on board 100%, or this will not work.
Is it safe out there on the road?
Get RV insurance
Select and haggle with RV dealers and go through the financing of a huge purchase.
Where are we going to park this huge RV when we are at home?
Can I drive this monster through big city traffic and construction zones?
What if we breakdown in the middle of nowhere?
Make our new RV a Mobile Recruiting Vehicle
Figure out the best solution for internet (satellite, free hot spots, 4G mobile WiFi)
Make sure our mobile phones could get signal into the RV (RV is a huge box with lots of metal)
Make sure we can power up all of our technology while traveling and camped.
Make sure our house is taken care of while we are on the road
Make sure Bruno and Jax have everything they need while traveling
Wow – I know I probably forget something but you get the idea. Keep in mind that all of this is new for us and I really was overwhelmed and worried that I would make one wrong decision that would set us back somehow (career wise, financially, our well-being). Let me say this again because I don’t think one sentence really does it – I was scared sick some nights that something was going to go wrong or that I was getting myself in over my head.
The “Why” is more important than the How and the What!
Let me take a deep breath and smile. Much better. Here’s the thing, time is flying by and the days, months, and years are all running together. When it comes to my personal life, routine and safety now tend to be the norm. But deep inside I know that life has more to offer. Sitting in a cubicle all day doing routine tasks and migrating from meeting to meeting, slowly becoming just another brick in a large corporate structure is zapping my energy away. This is where Elsy comes in. She is my rock and we complement one another. Whenever I have a doubt (ok, let’s call it what it is – anxiety), Elsy helps pinpoint the root of my fear and then helps me put a solid plan in place to overcome it or just accept it.
My point is this, knowing deep down that you want to make a change in a certain direction will turn all the unknowns into an adventure. An adventure that now becomes your new lifestyle.
More to come and please don’t be shy with questions, comments, and suggestions.