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Adding yet another fascinating interview to our developing Solo Female Traveler eBook, which will offer stories and advice from well-known Instagram female travelers. This time, we interviewed Solo Female RV Traveler, Rachael of @create.discover.nosh. Read about the ins and outs of Rachael’s journey as a metal smith and full time RVer.
I already had the pattern of moving to a different state every couple of years. Going through everything I owned, purging, packing, moving, unpacking, and once I started settling in I would accumulate more stuff and the process would start all over again. I loved all the experiences and people it led me to, but there is a certain level of stress and anxiety (at least for me), that came with making big moves like that and so frequently. About four years ago, I started working for myself and when I started to get that itch to move, it made sense to make my home mobile, so I could just take it with me.
I remember it started as more of an idea for the future. Thinking it would be nice to one day live on the road with a partner and a couple dogs. I soon realized I didn’t need to wait for the perfect situation or opportunity, I was just going to go for it and make it happen. I waited for my lease on the house I was renting to be up and I bought an RV!
Change and control…
I’ve always been a lover of change. While a lot of people resist it, I have always leaned into it or searched it out. Change is new, change is exciting and it can lead to a world you didn’t know existed.
I feel like I’m more in control of my life and situations than ever before. If I want a lake front property or a mountain view, if I want to retreat into solitude or be surrounded by people, if I want to ditch the noisy obnoxious neighbors, the road will get me there.
Someone once described RV’s to me as rolling earthquakes, which ultimately leads to always having to fix something. Whether it is outside or inside or under the hood, there is ALWAYS something that needs to be worked on or fixed.
Oh boy have I faced some challenges! The RV that I bought was an older gal and someone who owned her previously did some amateur wiring that really has been the biggest contributor. I’ve been towed 6 times since owning her (thank goodness for roadside assistance with unlimited tows and that I was always in cell service when I needed them!!). I feel like I’ve finally worked out all the kinks and we’ve been smooth sailing for a while now. I just figured that life would throw my hurdles regardless if I was living in an RV or in a stationary home so I might as well stick with the one that is going to bring me the most joy.
I think women definitely have to be more aware and cautious of their surroundings. Not to say that there isn’t threats or people who are going to take advantage of men who travel alone, but there are definitely more threats to women. I don’t think that should stop anyone from living the life they want though. In my planning stages I prepared for things that would make me feel more safe and secure. I decided to buy an RV instead of a trailer or truck camper because I wanted to be able to jump from my living area to the driver’s seat if I needed to, thankfully I have never needed to, but I’m grateful for the peace of mind it gives. I also took a women’s self defense class before I left, which I highly recommend.
To be honest, everyone in my life has been pretty darn supportive of my decision to live on the road. My mom of course was very nervous for my safety at first, but after over a year of staying in one piece, I think she’s realized it isn’t as dangerous as she was imagining. On the other hand she has been one of my biggest supporters. Her and my stepdad let me stay with them while I renovated my RV, which took A LOT longer than anticipated. Taking over their driveway and using all their tools was invaluable.
A thousand percent YES! I really believe I was meant to be doing this. I’ve had so many stumbling blocks throughout the journey, but every time I realized I am the happiest I’ve ever been despite all of the hard times.
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