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As part of our developing Solo Female Traveler eBook, which will offer stories and advice from well-known Instagram female travelers, we are featuring an interview with Stacey of @tincanadventure. Find out how she started her journey, how she supports herself and what advice she has for you to start your adventure!
I’ve worked remotely in San Diego for the last 8 years so when I started to see people working and living full time from the road, I thought I had the perfect setup to be able to do that as well. I’ve always struggled with staying put and I love trying something new and changing things up so the concept of being able to have a new view out my window and a new place to explore was very appealing to me.
Once I got the Airstream, it took me 4 months to sell everything and move into it. I didn’t have a plan, I just knew I wanted to go from San Diego to Tofino, BC and surf along the way.
I love the flexibility it allows in where I can be. When I want to surf and be close to the ocean, I go there. When I need trees and mountains, I can go there. I also love that I can have my home with me wherever I go. No matter where you go, it always feels like home. And the best part, you have everything with you! I hate packing for flights now because I have gotten so accustomed to just having everything with me.
I hate the planning aspect of it. This lifestyle, unfortunately, as free as it seems, takes a lot of planning and sorting things out. That part I definitely do not like. Even having to map out how to get somewhere every time you get in the truck. You forget how mindless things become when you live in one place and know how to get around everywhere.
Oh the challenges! Well for me, planning is a huge challenge. I hate planning and I am not good at it. Part of the reason I was drawn to this lifestyle was to just hit the road and go. But having a 25’ trailer, means you have to either be in a campground or boondocking. So all of that takes a lot of planning and sorting out. Plus maintaining a full time job and wanting to explore where I am at, I find it challenging to balance my time in a healthy way. I have definitely gotten better at planning or at least figuring out where I want to be, and making sure I am there for at least a week instead of having to bop around and move spots as that takes up a lot of time and just becomes exhausting. Work/life balance is still something I am working on. Working remotely and not going into an office means work just always seems to be there. So making sure I try to stick to “office hours” has been key in allowing me to truly disconnect and enjoy the whole reason I hit the road in the first place.
Honestly, I don’t think so. I grew up with a dad who always told me I could do anything my brother could do and was the first to put me on the boys baseball team instead of the girls softball team. So for me it has never been something I question or see differently being a female. I get asked a lot if I feel safe and honestly I do. And if anything, I think people are more keen to help me or check in on me because I am a female and they feel concerned, but I don’t ever feel concerned for myself, haha. I love when I’m driving down the highway and someone passing me gives me a honk and a fist pump to cheer me on. It feels good to know there are people cheering you on and excited to see a female pulling a trailer. But I think in general it’s similar. Doing anything solo is challenging.
Definitely my parents. They actually gifted me the Airstream as a Christmas gift as a way to help me see my dream come true. They are always there for me to listen when I have down days and cheer me on when things are challenging. But I think all around, everyone in my life has been super supportive. It just made sense to everyone when I told them that I was doing this. They were all stoked and excited for me. I’ve been able to park outside of lots of friends and family members homes and that has been one of the best things about being mobile. I stay pretty well connected to friends and family so they have all been a great support system. I think when you do anything on your own, it is always helpful to have a support system in place.
100%. Definitely would do it again and again and again. I have zero regrets and only great things to say about this journey!
There really isn’t anything I would change. Sometimes I wish I didn’t have a job to tend to but having that job has also given me structure and a sense of purpose/connection to something when everything else in my life feels a bit all over the place.
You can follow and connect with Stacey of @tincanadventure via her Instagram channel.
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