Traveling in a RV for One Year!

Comments 5 Standard

Wow. One year of living in a RV and traveling in the United Sates. We started in Pennsylvania, then New Jersey and made our way across the country to California. Currently we are in Utah exploring the national parks. This has been a massive growth period; learning how tow our fifth wheel, leveling the RV, making repairs, sustaining our new lifestyle financially, and so much more. We took a big risk selling our dog walking business a little over a year ago, but we managed to make this work. Sure there are a few things that frustrate me about living in an RV full-time, but I have zero regrets about embarking on this amazing journey.

I have always struggled living in one place. I never really liked it. I love having new experiences, meeting new people and seeing different places. This is my drug. This is what makes me feel present and feel alive. That doesn’t mean I don’t have any issues with this new lifestyle. One thing I struggle with is that I love travel and I also love music.  I find it much easier to practice music by having a rehearsal studio, a place where you can be as loud as you want. You can’t really do that in an RV. Sure, I can practice my acoustic guitar no problem, but playing drums or electric guitar – that becomes an issue.

Right now I am more focused on adventure, lucid dreaming, this blog, the podcast and our youtube channel. At some point I will want to bring music to the forefront. How that will play out, I am not sure. At the moment I am really enjoying exploring these national parks, going on hikes and feeling free.

What I love about traveling full-time is that everything feels like an adventure. I am always having to adapt and learn new things. This is good for me because I get bored way too easily. At the moment I think our goal is to visit all 50 states. It’s going to take time to achieve that. Sure you can rush through and see all 50 states, but we stay in each place typically for one month. During winter we stay in one place for four months. It is a slower process, but we get to see a lot. It is also much more affordable this way.

Everything has its cons and living an RV is no exception; waiting for hot water, making repairs, travel days are stressful, trains and highways can be noisy at RV parks, wireless internet is slower and more expensive, no dishwasher, dealing with propane, etc. Despite  these things, the good still outweighs the bad. I love the freedom that we have. And I still have a lot of college debt, but I still feel incredible free. I have my debt under control and feel confident I can clear it. If I feel this free with the amount of debt I have now, how will I feel when the debt is gone?

What will we do when we hit our goal of seeing all 50 states? I’m not sure, but most likely just continuing working on art and perhaps starting to explore other countries. Our travels will not end with America. Will we continue living in a RV after touring the U.S.? Who knows, only time will tell. What matters at this moment, is that I am happy. I am doing what I have always wanted to do – travel.

Find Your Freedom,

Andrew

4/30/19 | UTAH

Advertisements

Living a Reversed Life

Leave a comment Standard

We were sold a lie, weren’t we? Work really hard and if you are lucky, you might just enjoy the the remainder of your life. We tend to look at life as mostly being about work. It isn’t until the end of your life that you can actually do what you want to do… That seems a bit off to me. I know this article might piss some people off, but it is something that I think is important to talk about.

My wife and I have been living and traveling in an RV full-time for almost a year now. I’m in my early 30’s and my wife is in her late 20’s. We have never come across people our age that are doing what we are doing. I know with certainty that there are people our age doing van life or RV life, but we just have yet to cross paths with them. Most people doing this are much older and retired. There is nothing wrong with that, but I personally want to do this now while I am still relatively young and healthy. I prefer to live the reversed life…

I already have enough college debt as it is, thinking of having a mortgage or having children just does not seem like a responsibility I am interested at this point in my life. I like the freedom. I don’t feel lost on this journey. If anything this voyage is helping me become more okay with letting go of control, being comfortable in the unknown and being present. Plans don’t always come to fruition in life, especially living in an RV. There is a great deal of room for spontaneity to breathe.

What I notice is that most people tend to go from being a child to being a parent. Adulthood is completely skipped. I like the idea of being an adult for a while. Nobody is responsible for me and I am not responsible for anyone else. There is freedom in that and with my freedom I choose adventure and art, creating as I go. Movement is what I love, whether it is feeling my own energy running internally and / or we are kayaking down a river. Energy likes to move. I like to move 🙂

My goal is to be as healthy as possible even in older age, but I still prefer doing the adventurous activities NOW. I talk with many people from around the world every day and I notice something disturbing and that is how much higher education is shoved down our throats. Study hard, get into a lot of debt and potentially struggle to find a job where your real responsibility is to power someone else’s dream. Maybe I’m just too radical, I don’t know, but after a while, I just didn’t have the energy anymore to power something I did not care about or believe in. What I believe in is myself. I believe in my dreams. And that is what I want to supply power to.

Most of the world operates on the following levels; survival, emotional and an action oriented level. Something is missing. Spirit. And that is the direction we are all heading and will eventually go deeper into; identity, inner voice, neutrality, clarity, and knowing the age old questions. We fear death primarily because we identity as the body. What if we identify as a spiritual being WITH a body? It is a slow evolution on the planet, but it is happening, one chakra at a time 🙂

If you could live a reversed life, what would you be doing now? That thing you are pushing off until the later years of your life, what is that and what would it be like if you were doing it NOW?

Find Your Freedom,

Andrew

3/23/19 | AZ

 

 

Traveling & Making Money Online

Leave a comment Standard

Most people tend to full-time RV when they are retired. Not us. What really helped propel us into this new life style is our passion for adventure and of course selling our dog walking business. No we are not rich, not even close. Hell, we don’t even have a savings. Yes, we have a new business, but we only make a little money from that. Some months for Souls Gone Wild are really good and others are not. That is just the truth at the moment. What allows us to keep on moving are our other jobs. 

My wife and I both teach English online. Heather teaches Chinese children through the platform called VIPKID. I teach on Cambly which allows me to meet people from all around the world. To boil it down, I basically get paid to talk and listen. It is simple and I love it. I log online and wait for incoming calls. Most people want to just talk and some want to go over specific English lessons. When I am not taking a call, I try to relax, edit our youtube videos or work on a blog. What is great about our jobs is that we are both self employed. We can create our own work schedule which works really well when we have travel or adventure days. While these jobs provide a lot of freedom and we enjoy them, they are still jobs. They keep us on the road, but eventually we would love for our youtube channel and blog to take off. 

I was really hoping for a smooth transition from our dog walking business to teaching yoga & meditation. It has not been that easy. We have had some awesome months and some difficult months. But, we are still here… in the middle of a desert – haha! We love traveling and I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else than where we are now. I love traveling full-time. I love the fact that this winter we are not going to have to just deal with the cold. As a matter of fact, we will be in southern California where I greatly look forward to riding four-wheelers out in the sand dunes. Fuck yeah!

The goal is to keep traveling and teaching English, yoga and meditation. We don’t really have a “plan” and that is what is such a relief. We are really learning as we go. With that, I have to ask – what are you current goals? What are you currently learning in life?

Find Your Freedom,

Andrew

10/16/18 | NM

BLOG & SHOP: https://www.soulsgonewild.com

Subscribe to our YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIFzhVI8LRjfBp6veHboFKw?sub_confirmation=1

Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/soulsgonewild

Photography: http://shutterstock.com/g/andrewfritz

Yoga & Meditation Kit: https://kit.com/soulsgonewild/yoga-meditation

RV Kit: https://kit.com/soulsgonewild/full-time-rv-living

Dog Walker Kit: https://kit.com/soulsgonewild/dog-walking

Creator Kit: https://kit.com/soulsgonewild/vlogging-blogging

Teach English Online: http://t.vipkid.com.cn/?refersourceid=e01&refereeId=10605971

Get Paid to Talk: https://www.cambly.com/en/tutors?referralCode=andrew786

Shop online using AMAZON?: Support us for FREE when buying through AMAZON

Social Media:
https://www.instagram.com/soulsgonewild
https://www.facebook.com/soulsgonewild
https://www.pinterest.com/soulsgonewild

Missouri to New Mexico

Comments 2 Standard

Well, we made it. We are currently in a small town about an hour outside of Albuquerque, NM. We wanted to be closer to Albuquerque, however, due to the hot air balloon festival, there were not many options. I am excited to see the hot air balloons in October though. 

We left Missouri and stayed in Kansas for a night, then headed to Amarillo, Texas. The entire road trip from Missouri to New Mexico was really smooth. Most of the land was very flat. We finally figured out how to keep our cat Thor calm and happy during our travel days. We setup a basket for him to sleep in up front with us. I think that makes him feel safe.

The area we are in is pretty desolate. We pulled up to the RV park and the lot was almost empty, so the lady at the front desk let us pick our spot. That was a first for us. The rent here is cheap which is nice, however, it is rather noisy here due to a train. AT&T works great here, but our Verizon hotspot is no good. The weather during the day will be in the 70’s which is awesome! BUT! It gets into the 40’s at night. We knew that going into this, but it has been a while since we have had to use our heater.

There is a mountain range near us which we look forward to hiking. Today we will probably drive around town to see what there is here. Our goal here is to make more YouTube videos and continue to teach. August and the beginning of September have been slow for us, so hopefully things pick up. This new chapter of our journey is all about going deeper into the unknown. We both have never explored the Southwest, so this should be interesting. 

Find Your Freedom,

Andrew

9.21.18 | NM

http://www.soulsgonewild.com

 

Four Months on the Road

Comment 1 Standard

Well we have officially been on the road for four months. I think most people thought by now we would have given up traveling full-time and growing our new business. I have to admit, the journey so far has not been entirely smooth sailing, but we are still here doing our thing and that is what is important. Most people our age are settling down and working for someone else. We are the black sheep living in a RV, traveling full-time and growing a new business. It is not an easy combination, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. 

There many things in this new life that I have not anticipated. Towing an RV can be stressful, but it is not as scary as I thought it was going to be. Sure living in a small space can be frustrating sometimes, but it really isn’t that bad. You will have those moments where you are hitting your head on something and screaming profanity, but most of the time it’s not a big deal. I’m not a huge fan of small towns and that is exactly where most of the RV parks are located, especially the cheaper campgrounds. I love rent being cheap, but sometimes I wish we could be closer to major cities. That’s where the money and entertainment is at. So while we do have a lot of freedom, sometimes I feel a little limited by having our fifth wheel. 

If you are stationary and have a great internet package – be grateful for it. Wireless internet is certainly not as bad as I thought. It’s actually pretty decent, however, it is VERY easy to burn through data. Wireless internet is also not exactly cheap. Something I really love about having an RV is if you don’t like a place or if things are just not working out, you can pack up and move on. We are not stuck with a mortgage or a lease, so that provides a lot of freedom and flexibility for us. 

We have learned that we only want to stay in one place no longer than a month. It’s cost efficient and it gives us enough time to see what we want to see. Any longer than that, I start getting antsy. I personally thrive when I’m having new experiences. That is when my creativity and inspiration are at their peak. That is the biggest reason I love what we are doing. Creativity is so important to me and new experiences fuel it. The more experiences I have the more I have to write about. 

Sure there are cons to what we are doing. There are cons to anything in life, but I love traveling. I love being self employed. I look forward to heading west and stepping out of this humidity. I look forward to exploring the southwest, seeing new places and meeting new people. I haven’t spent much time in the desert so that will be a brand new experience. For the most part, on our four month journey, we have been to most of the places we have traveled to, so going southwest will be pretty cool. It is an area I have not taken the time to explore. 

As long as a place is new and / or there are really cool landmarks nearby I’m all about it. That makes it easy to overlook parking in a small town. Currently we are parked in Missouri visiting family. I’m struggling a little bit because of how isolated we are. Farm life isn’t exactly my cup of tea. I’m more of a beach guy. I’ve mentioned this before, I love big cities, but it was interesting visiting Chicago. I love that city and have many great experiences there, however, I feel like I’m pretty much done with that city. I feel like I’ve been done with it for quite some time. It’s not to say I will never visit again, but for the most part Chicago and I have reached our expiration date. 

We have exactly two weeks and we will be moving again. One thing I plan on utilizing is that fact that I can sing and scream as loud as I want and I don’t have to worry about pissing anyone off. That isn’t something I really like about here. We have a few trips / activities lined up here and then it is back on the road we go. 

Check out our YouTube channel, we are uploading a lot of new yoga and meditation videos!

Find Your Freedom,

Andrew

9.4.18 | MO

Moving Day

Leave a comment Standard

Today is moving day. I’m always conflicted about moving because a part of me is excited and another part of me gets stressed out – haha. Actually today we are not moving very far. We will still be residing just outside of Chicago. We have already seen our new campground and t is really nice, but the only thing I am not looking froward to is how close all the RVs are to one another. At our current camp site we have a lot of space – it’s nice! One really cool thing though is that at the new RV park we will be just a few feet from a small lake. I love being near water, so that makes me happy. Being at our new campground will make things easier for us because we can walk to the yoga studio we teach at. We are also closer to grocery stores and gas stations. 

We have two months left in Illinois. After that we will continue heading west. We know Missouri is our next stop, but after that we don’t know. Most likely we will end up in the southwest to avoid the cold weather during fall / winter. Although I have seen parts of the Grand Canyon, exploring the southwest will be pretty much a new experience for me. 

Speaking of new experiences, yesterday we went to a car show yesterday which was fun. Got to meet a lot of cool people. The did a cruise around the town so I was able to get some good footage of it. Today is the second day of the show, but because we have to pack up and move, I’m not sure how much of the show we will even be able to see. I posted just a few pictures on our facebook page and will be posting the video soon from yesterday so go ahead and check out YouTube channel in the next few days.

Find Your Freedom,

Andrew

7.29.18 | IL

BLOG & SHOP: https://www.soulsgonewild.com

Subscribe to our YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIFzhVI8LRjfBp6veHboFKw?sub_confirmation=1

Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/soulsgonewild

Yoga & Meditation Videos: https://vimeo.com/soulsgonewild/vod_pages

Photography: http://shutterstock.com/g/andrewfritz

eBooks (fiction): https://www.amazon.com/author/andrewfritz

Yoga & Meditation Kit: https://kit.com/soulsgonewild/yoga-meditation

RV Kit: https://kit.com/soulsgonewild/full-time-rv-living

Dog Walker Kit: https://kit.com/soulsgonewild/dog-walking

Creator Kit: https://kit.com/soulsgonewild/vlogging-blogging

Teach English Online: http://t.vipkid.com.cn/?refersourceid=e01&refereeId=10605971

Shop online using AMAZON?: Support us for FREE when buying through AMAZON

Social Media:
https://www.instagram.com/soulsgonewild
https://www.facebook.com/soulsgonewild
https://www.twitter.com/soulsgonewild
https://www.pinterest.com/soulsgonewild

Enjoying the Unknown

Leave a comment Standard

Do I miss having a dishwasher? Yes. Do I miss having a large comfortable couch? Yes. Do I miss having hot water available immediately? Absolutely. Do I miss having faster and more reliable internet? Yup! Do I wish I had more space sometimes? Most definitely! Do I miss spending almost $1400 in rent every month? Not really… 

Despite there being certain things that I miss about having an apartment, I wouldn’t trade it in for what we currently have. We have freedom. Now if we were making an incredible amount of money, maybe I would want to have an apartment, an art studio and travel to and from there. Right now we are not making a ton of money, so that really isn’t a realistic option. Once we ended our dog walking business, we have had to start over. New business. New life. 

The problem is I get bored easily. I don’t like staying in one area for too long. I get antsy. Traveling in a RV is a great solution for this. Maybe one day we eventually have a house and travel from that or maybe we just always live out of a RV. Maybe we end up just finding a really cool place that we park our RV at for longer periods of time and then always travel from that area. If I could find a place that is pretty much always warm and has a music studio – then hell yeah. That could work. 

The problem with a home is a mortgage. I’m not interested. The problem with an apartment is they make you sign 12-13 month leases. Not really into that either. That is why traveling in a RV full-time works so well right now. Will it work forever? There is a strong possibility that it may. I feel like we could have millions and we would still end up just getting a nice toy hauler RV and having a small music studio in it. That would be freaking amazing! But, as we all know, life changes. We don’t know what will happen in the future, but that is exactly what we are enjoying now – the unknown.

Find Your Freedom,

Andrew

7.25.18 | IL

BLOG & SHOP: https://www.soulsgonewild.com

Subscribe to our YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIFzhVI8LRjfBp6veHboFKw?sub_confirmation=1

Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/soulsgonewild

Yoga & Meditation Videos: https://vimeo.com/soulsgonewild/vod_pages

Photography: http://shutterstock.com/g/andrewfritz

eBooks (fiction): https://www.amazon.com/author/andrewfritz

Yoga & Meditation Kit: https://kit.com/soulsgonewild/yoga-meditation

RV Kit: https://kit.com/soulsgonewild/full-time-rv-living

Dog Walker Kit: https://kit.com/soulsgonewild/dog-walking

Creator Kit: https://kit.com/soulsgonewild/vlogging-blogging

Teach English Online: http://t.vipkid.com.cn/?refersourceid=e01&refereeId=10605971

Shop online using AMAZON?: Support us for FREE when buying through AMAZON

Social Media:
https://www.instagram.com/soulsgonewild
https://www.facebook.com/soulsgonewild
https://www.twitter.com/soulsgonewild
https://www.pinterest.com/soulsgonewild