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Are you really happy as a nomad?
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I am happy. Very happy. I've been mostly fulltime for the past year except for periods of helping my daughter and an ex get through some tough spots in life.

Right now I'm in the desert at Quartzite looking at the Milky Way, enjoying a flavorful yet affordable bourbon.

I have peace of mind, I am content, i shared a dinner with a vandweller close to me. She wasn't as accustomed to the wonderful attributes of bourbon whiskey as I so she excused herself a little early in the evening, ha!

The back of my truck topper is wide open and the weather is perfect. I love this life, I just love it!

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#22
This thread deserves a couple of those gold star thingies.  I need to come back and read all these every-time I get nervous and fearful.  It has really helped me put things in perspective and why I want to do it so much!

PEACE
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#23
Oh, absolutely. I never want to go back to living in a building, anchored to one location.
Someone wanted me to put this here: http://rollingsteeltent.blogspot.com/
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#24
As I was going to sleep last night in Arizona I was thinking I have a full stomach, a soft bed, a warm dog, a cool breeze and a million stars in the sky. I used to be depressed but now there is not one cell in my body that feels that way.
DNA:  It's who you are
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#25
Life is all about being happy and doing what you want, and my wife and I have found exactly what we wanted. She has been living like this since she was eighteen in 2012 after family difficulties, she turned an outcome of a nightmare into something amazing. I've been her best friend before she moved into her car but after spending so much time around her during the time in her new home I soon started having feelings for her. She became a super happy, bright and cheerful woman from living on wheels and that is what I like seeing. We dated and got married, spent our honeymoon in the car, lived in our car full-time ever since we got married and we're not showing any signs of slowing down.

So are we happy? You bet your wishes we are. We hope to spend the rest of our lives living free to go wherever we want. We feel this lifestyle is the only thing that really has helped made her transition work out smoothly.
"Home is where you park it."

2002 Saturn SC1 "S.IX: Phoebe"
Happy home of Karen and Jamie
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#26
I havent started yet but am well on my way. I am still in the saving money/getting rid of stuff phase which is of course completely low risk. If I change my mind, I will just have a bunch of money and a decluttered house. 

I admit that I am kind of risk averse. I am not going to sell my house until I have tried things out for a year. I do hope that this lifestyle will help me manage things like my depression and the loneliness I feel sometimes because of it. This is mostly because I have a lot of close friends and family members who have moved away and I figure it is easier for me, as a childless single woman, to go to them rather than the other way around. I think a mobile lifestyle will make me more social while allowing me to retreat into isolation when I need that too. 

I hope I love it!!!
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Nomadic YT vlogs as a standard for the happiness/success/etc. of a nomadic life are a prime example of, "The problem is people compare other's highlight reel to their own bloopers and outtakes"; I'm not sure about many/most of them being staged, as someone suggested, ... but they definitely leave a lot of the mundane, same no matter where or how you live details out. The lifestyle isn't perfect, and even those enjoying and happy overall with living it (by choice) have had their moments of wondering and regret. Personally, when the regret, longing to conventional "stability", and lack of more joy than sadness becomes more than my enthusiasm to start each day to see what adventures await I may/will come off the road again; ... this time it most definitely will NOT be because of irrational fears perpetuated by others (some of whom had fulltimed themselves).
"Having the gumption to live different and the sense to let everybody else live different.  That's the hardest thing, hands down." --- Alice Venable Middleton
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(11-13-2017, 04:49 PM)slynne Wrote: I havent started yet but am well on my way. I am still in the saving money/getting rid of stuff phase which is of course completely low risk. If I change my mind, I will just have a bunch of money and a decluttered house. 

I admit that I am kind of risk averse. I am not going to sell my house until I have tried things out for a year. I do hope that this lifestyle will help me manage things like my depression and the loneliness I feel sometimes because of it. This is mostly because I have a lot of close friends and family members who have moved away and I figure it is easier for me, as a childless single woman, to go to them rather than the other way around. I think a mobile lifestyle will make me more social while allowing me to retreat into isolation when I need that too. 

I hope I love it!!!

Hi Slynne-- I could've written your post almost word for word. Your last sentence sounds KEY to me! 
And I love how you said, "If I change my mind, I will just have a bunch of money and a decluttered house"....awesome way to put it. That's what keeps me going towards the goal, too.
Hoping to get some other nervous nellies together to head out...slowly....for weekends at first, then more if it feels good.
Thanks for sharing your thoughts here, I found them validating....
Best to you!
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I hope to see you out on the road someday, FlowerGirl!
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Happy? I'm having a blast! I go where I want, do as I please when I feel like it. I am comfortable, I eat well and I have friends that enjoy being around me as I do them. My rolling apartment is the perfect test bed for my weird concepts of solar and internet. It's gone from desert to the deep forest, sea level to a mountain top two miles high and never missed a beat. Lets not forget the best companion I could wish for, Max the wonder puppy. With all of the joy that oozes out of him it is nearly impossible to have a bad day.

So you might say I am happy. Smile
Sparky created, (Sparkles on some Saturday nights)  Max the Wonder puppy approved

2011 Ameri-lite 25 ft bunkhouse with 750w of solar and a 675 Ah bank
2003 Ford Expedition with 435w of tilting solar.
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