Ambassador Spotlight: Simply Scenic
Updated: Oct 5, 2022
Q: What was life like before RVing?
A: We had been thinking about doing this nomadic lifestyle for quite some time before actually taking the leap. As if the restraints of the pandemic on our life and family weren’t enough to make this desired changed, the final push of a tree falling on our house was the extra nudge from the universe that we needed to start our journey. The date was June, 7th 2020. At this point, we were several months into the "new normal" in the global pandemic, not knowing how long we would have to stay quarantined in our now damaged home. At this point, we had been getting grocery orders to the house and not going anywhere or seeing anyone, trying to minimize our exposure. Now we needed to invite people in to asses and repair the damage to our home.
Q: What made you decide to go full time?
A: The idea started out so simple, ‘why don't we just buy an RV to move into while the repairs are being done to our home?’ What followed was a trip down the rabbit hole into a whole new world that is full-time RV life. We had always talked about living a minimalist lifestyle, living tiny, and focusing on our family. We did our best to Marie Kondo our current life and only keep what brought us joy. We always try to live by having experiences and memories over possessions. As the saying goes, you can't take it with you when you're gone. We felt that all the things we were striving for were achievable through RV life. So, within two months of our tree disaster, we had sold our house and almost all of our belongings, bought a fifth wheel, and hit the road.
Q: What is one piece of advice you would give to someone hitting the road for the first time?
A: Anyone who has made a lifestyle transition like this will understand that there is a learning curve and no matter what amount of research you do there are always things you're unprepared for. For anyone who is planning on hitting the road full-time, our biggest piece of advice is to do your research, just know that there will always be things that inevitably will not go as planned. For several weeks leading up to our full-time RV journey, we spent our time binge watching YouTube videos, reading articles, joining Facebook groups, and researching everything we could find about RV life.
Q: Where is one place you have always wanted to visit and why?
A: There are several places on our list that we cannot wait to see, but one that really stands out is Zion National Park. We hope to finally get to Utah this next Spring to see all the beauty this state has to offer!
Q: (For the kiddos) What is your favorite part about traveling?
A: Our kids love being home schooled! They love that we are able to get out and learn things by seeing this beautiful country first-hand. They really do love the flexibility that traveling and homeschooling provides.
Q: (For the kiddos) What is your favorite campfire snack?
A: Our 13-year-old son prefers s’mores while our 4-year-old daughter prefers a lightly roasted marshmallow. But if you were to ask me, I recently was taught to put a Reese’s peanut butter cup on a s’more instead of plain chocolate, and wow is that good!