We started this blog a couple of years ago to chronicle our thoughts and experiences as tried to “embrace uncertainty and gain perspective”. We were not sure where those efforts would lead, until now. On July 1, 2014, we will leave a “Sticks & Bricks” rental home and move into our new home on wheels. We will cruise North America slowly, living and learning.
This isn’t a long vacation, but rather Life. On the road. Together.
Fite Family 2.0.
Money (aka How will you survive?): We’ve lived relatively frugally for years – saving as a default and avoiding debt unless absolutely necessary. We sold our money pit of a home last year and started renting, which allowed us to put some money away. We also got rid of 99% of what we owned. We got pennies on the dollar for it, but its more pennies than we had before and like they say, “you can’t take it with you”. Going forward, we’ll live on savings while trying to find freelance work along the way, and defray costs with opportunities such as workamping (working in exchange for a site with hookups).
What about Health Insurance?: Yes, we’ll have it. Initially we figured we’d use either Cobra (through our employers), or get private insurance. Recent developments in the healthcare world have complicated the latter option because we may no longer be able to find the plan that is best for our family. So, we’ll have insurance, but the details are to be continued…
Are the boys OK with this?: They are very excited. They will connect with family and friends online, and look forward to meeting many new friends along the way! They may also start their own business in order to share their travels with others – details to come…
What about the Dog: He’s going, too. We think he’s excited, but he’s a boxer, so he’s always excited.
What about School?: We started homeschooling in September 2013, and it’s been a great change for us. We’ll just continue on! We’ll call it RoadSchooling.
How long will you be gone?: We’re keeping it open ended. We’ll roll until we don’t want to anymore. Part of our travels will be to scour the country and see if we want to settle in a new place, or we’ll keep living nomadically assuming we can sustain the lifestyle. We’re flexible.
and, now for the biggest question…
Why?: Because we can.
In truth, there’s not just one reason. It just feels right. We could go on and on about the reasons (especially Tiffany), but we’ll just leave it simple for now. Happy to discuss if you’d like.
Starting a post with a definition seemed desperate, so we got creative and put it near the end. The Internet (aka Dictionary.com) defines Inertia as “inertness, especially with regard to effort, motion, action, and the like; inactivity; sluggishness”. Giving up secure jobs and the “white picket fence” lifestyle is scary, but we are more afraid of staying put and insulating our children (and ourselves) from the world by going through the motions for a couple of decades only to find ourselves wondering “what if”. We’re breaking away from comfortable compliance and embracing uncertainty. Crazy? Depends on your perspective.
Anyway, if you are interested in watching us try, fail, learn and live, please follow along. We would love to connect with folks along the way and hope to see you on the road!