Life As A Roadtrip . . . Live Like You Drive
Aaaah . . . the open road! Just begs for a roadtrip, doesn’t it? We’re getting closer and closer to pulling up stakes and taking off down the open road to live full time as wanderers, explorers, adventurers. No destination, no final stopping point . . . just living life as one continuous road trip. ” the open road is a beckoning, a strangeness, a place where a man can lose himself.” -William Least Heat Moon We’re not alone in living this roadtrip lifestyle . . . The Complete Idiot’s Guide to RVing states that there are more than 30 million Americans who are living the RV lifestyle and the millions of others who are thinking about taking the plunge to live life as a roadtrip. Those who live as fulltime RVers say they wished they had started years ago. They have found the freedom and adventure of living every day on a roadtrip to be a new drug and they are addicted. But, those who are tip-toeing around the idea . . . who have the dream and desire for freedom . . . for taking off on the endless roadtrip . . . are sometimes hesitant to take the plunge because of all the “what-ifs” . . . Worrying about all that could go wrong on the roadtrip.
Isn’t that how most of us live our lives . . . having a burning desire to live our dreams, but allowing fear to hold us back? How does one break through that fear? Simply live like you drive on a roadtrip. Let me explain . . . The following 3 principles can change your roadtrip in life.
LET GO OF THE PAST You don’t drive on your roadtrip with your eyes on the rearview mirror. Sure, you check it once in a while, but it would be disastrous to drive that way down the open road. Live like you drive. There is nothing you can do to change what has happened . . . all you can do is change what you do from this moment on. If your focus remains there . . . it will be disastrous. Let go of judgments, mistakes, regrets from the past. “If you wish to travel far and fast, travel light. Take off all your envies, jealousies, unforgiveness, selfishness and fears.” -Glenn Clark
USE YOUR MAP
Travelers know the value of an atlas, a map, GPS to keep track of where they are and where they want to go on any roadtrip. Maps provide directions to get you to the next point. Some travelers take the shortest and most direct route to get to their destination . . . but some choose an alternate route, knowing the twists and turns of backroads are full of adventure and discoveries they would have missed on their roadtrip. Live like you drive. Keep your goals in front of you . . . map out your plans . . . and move forward towards your dream. But, when faced with setbacks and detours, boulders and bumps in the road . . . take another route to reach your goals. Don’t let anything stop your journey . . . find another way . . . and you will discover new ideas and solutions to help you keep going. ”Not all those who wander are lost” -J. R. R. Tolkien
LIVE IN THE PRESENT When you drive, your focus is on what is right in front of you. You are fully aware of where you are on the road . . . you watch your speed, you check the road signs, you maneuver around detours and roadblocks. Staying alert and aware is crucial to safe travels on a roadtrip.
Live like you drive. Be fully present in each moment . . . not distracted by what you have left behind or what might happen down the road . . . set your pace at a comfortable level, accept the detours and find a way around the roadblocks that pop up. Not driving recklessly or crazily speeding . . . just simply enjoying the ride. “For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move; to feel the needs and hitches of our life more nearly; to come down off this feather-bed of civilization, and find the globe granite underfoot and strewn with cutting flints.” -Robert Louis Stevenson
Life IS a roadtrip . . .
No matter where you are right now . . . whether you’re already a fulltime rver or planning to be . . . if you live like you drive . . . living by these three principles will assure safe and happy travels.
About The Author: Trisha Barnes We’re Bruce and Trisha of the Naked Hippies Road Trip! We absolutely DO live life fully - gave up our house in the suburbs, got rid of tons of stuff and moved to the banks of the Missouri River to live at a private campground. (No, it isn’t a nudist campground!) It was where we started to take the steps toward our dream of living and traveling full time in our RV. We started out bare bones naked - nothin’ to our name except our tent and essential stuff - and now we're living full time in our RV! Got a dream? We'll share the Naked Truth about all the ups and downs we've experienced - lessons learned - and how we can help you live your dream now - not in two years, not in twenty years, but NOW! “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”~ Mark Twain