“I never thought about it,” my wife said the other day. We had been talking about our travel goals; specifically about the need to make future reservations if you want to go precisely where you want, and when. It’s something that in the days before we hit the road she’d never thought about; dreaming that life would just be “hop in the coach and go anywhere we wanted when we wanted”.
It’s possible to move about freely and without reservations if one is looking to make off season visits, but nowadays, if you are looking at whatever might be the high season for your intended destination, you’ll probably find that reservations are almost mandatory. Especially if you don’t want to break the bank.
When we started full time RV’ing 5 years life wasn’t quite this way. Oh, sure, we made a lot of reservations — but usually for only a few weeks or even days before arrival. More of our stops we never even bothered reserving. Alas, those days are disappearing as RV’ing becomes more popular.
Visualization becomes ever more popular. It’s a knack that needs developing; this ability to see yourself a few months hence, in a different state of mind, in a different climate, in a different STATE. I’m not sure that we are all equally adept at this — nor do we want to be.
I wonder whether some people actually quit full timing just because of the need to plan more carefully. It’s quite a difference from living in Sticks & Bricks where you can get away with thinking about nothing more than what to habve for your meals and what’s on TV tonight.
My last word is that it all depends on what you visualize.
–– Ansel Adams
I like this quote from Ansel Adams even though it’s about photography — I think it has equal application to life in general. Life is all about achieving what your visualize. Instead of Ansel Adams this could as easily have been a quote from some Olympic athlete! They’re great at visualizing. Or from a Tour de France rider – seeing that time is coming up again too!
It’s easy for a lot of folks to see themself RV’ing, as long as they don’t look at the details. But life is all about the details — especially RV’ing. How do you do this, and when do you do that? RV’ing is an intensely concsious way to live. Your RV needs care, you need to plan, you are at the mercy of the weather, and nothing much is certain other than road construction!
And yet it’s a fun, sometimes glorious way, to spend one’s retirement years!
Oddly enough I find that once we have determined a general locaion that I don’t visualize things we’re going to do there. We are over tourism; so we look for activities that the locals might engage in — and sometimes we don’t discover what those are until we too are locals — or as close to locals as you can be if you’re ‘just’ an RV’er. It’s as if I don’t want to spoil the surprise! I don’t want to know too much about where we’re going so that when we get there each day can be new and unique and different.
My daughter and I were talking about something that reflected on our individual personalities and I encouraged her to take a few minutes to do a personality test. After doing so I got to wondering whether RV’ers in general tend to have any particular personality traits in common. It would be an interesting project for someone’s doctoral thesis! She’s an ISFJ (about 13% of the population). I’m an INTP (about 3% of the population), but I’m doubt that’s very common among us full timers. But then one never knows.
Thanks for stopping by, and I’ll be here tomorrow… will you?