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As a part of our developing Solo Female Traveler eBook, which will offer stories and advice from well-known Instagram female travelers, we are compiling their experiences into individual posts first. Here, we present the wonderful and exciting story of The Wandermires, a family of three (Kendra, Amanda and Clark who is 4.5 years old) navigating the wide open spaces of the United States with their “fat cat”, Reese. While this isn’t highlighting a solo female traveler, their experiences as a female couple still provide a valuable point-of-view into traveling solo females. We hope their experiences inspire you to get out there and have fun with no fear! Enjoy!
We were really tired of the stress of life and busyness in a major city, so we were looking to slow down. We felt overwhelmed to keep up with daily chores, house maintenance, 40 hour+ jobs, a small child, and friends. We also missed traveling and exploring nature.
We both grew up traveling with family and friends throughout our childhood. As young adults early in our careers, Amanda was a flight attendant and I traveled as an engineer. Traveling has always been a part of our lives. Once Clark was born, we wanted him to experience and love traveling, too. We had always talked about wanting to do RVing at some point in our life, but we thought it would be more attainable as empty nesters or after retirement. When my job provided an opportunity to work from home, we decided to do it then.
One of our favorite aspects of traveling has been meeting so many amazing people and families that we never would have met. We now have many great friends that we met at Xscapers convergences, sitting around a campfire on BLM (Bureau of Land Management) land, and through social media. It is a joy to also watch Clark develop friendships with other traveling kids. Another favorite aspect is living in awe-inspiring and beautiful locations. Being able to open your front door to a beautiful desert, staggering mountain, or flowing river is so awesome!
Toys everywhere, all the time! Even Kendra’s keyboard and mousepad turn into a helicopter landing pad, Pokémon safe place, and a LEGO lineup. Also, rainy days can stink because we get cabin fever.
For Amanda, her biggest fear was leaving friends. We have found that traveling has allowed us to see and spend more time with family and friends. Amanda also worried about how Clark would adjust to traveling full time. Clark loves our traveling life, and he has loved meeting so many new friends on our journey.
For myself, my biggest fear was not having enough knowledge of driving and maintaining an RV. After many hours of YouTube research, we felt more confident before hitting the road. I was also concerned with how I would adapt to working on the road, especially with making sure I stayed connected. Using apps like Campendium with cell signal status information has allowed us to make better decisions on camping locations.
We feel that the daily life and activities of a female RV’er is not any different than a male RV’er. We have not encountered any experience that we have not been able to take care of ourselves. The difference is the reaction and response from other people you encounter. Most are surprised when they find out that we are traveling as females. We have received a lot of comments by older males that suggested we couldn’t do something on our own. As a female RV’er you have to be prepared for being stopped and asked if you would like to have someone else back your rig into a spot.
Our families have been very supportive and very excited for us to have this opportunity as a family to get out and explore. We did have some push-back, but it came from a concern that we had not thought of different aspects of life on the road such not having a set address, insurance, job stability, and knowledge of RVing. Once we could answer all the questions, everyone was excited and happy.
We are 100% happy with the decision to travel full time. Traveling as a family has brought us together through so many adventures, and has allowed us to slow down and take time for one another.
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