This is the first post in a series featuring fellow full-time RVers. As much as Tim and I love writing, we want our readers to get perspectives on this lifestyle from other people doing it, too! If you’re a fulltimer and you’d liked to be featured, contact us and we will get you an interview.
First up are Rae and Jason of The Getaway Couple!
Tell Us About Yourself.
We’re Rae and Jason! We have been dating since 2010 and married since 2015. We’ve always had the travel bug and would use every day of our vacation time in our corporate jobs to travel overseas or weekend trips around the US. We originally wanted to travel full time overseas and had a 3 year plan in place to do so… but then we rescued a dog (our dobie mix, Carmen). Our plans quickly changed as we wanted to travel with Carmen and we stumbled across the RVing world. We realized we could make that dream come true faster than our 3 year overseas plan and dove head first into the adventure. We hit the road in July of 2017 and have never looked back.
How long have you been RVing?
Approaching 8 months now!
What was your catalyst for starting the full-time RV lifestyle?
Rescuing our dog, Carmen. We wanted to travel full time with her and the RV lifestyle was perfect for that.
What is your rig?
2018 Grand Design Solitude 375RES fifth wheel
Did you do anything to renovate your RV? If so, what?
Nope! We wanted to hit the road as fast as possible. We bought a new one so we could be road ready.
What are your “must see” destination(s)?
This is a hard one since there are so many beautiful places! We would definitely recommend Yellowstone National Park, Moab UT for the coolest landscapes, Biloxi MS for stunning beaches, and Arcata CA for towering redwoods.
What advice would you give to someone considering the full time RV lifestyle?
When we left our home we had no plans of returning. We didn’t realize how much that weighed on us until we flew back 6 months later for a wedding. Saying “okay, we’ll come home at least every 6 months” to each other made us feel so much better about leaving. We would definitely advise to have a plan of when you’ll come home to see family and friends, even if you fly home instead of drive. When you know when you’ll be back it makes leaving a little easier.
What are the best and worst parts of life on the road?
The best part is getting to see so many amazing places! We love heading to a new state and saying “what do you think this place will look like?” and it’s normally nothing like we thought! Discovering a place through your own eyes is indescribable. The worst part on the road was actually just the steep learning curve we put ourselves through. We had never RV’d before so having to learning so much at once, on top of moving weekly was a lot of stress for us. Now that we know how to do everything and have found our groove, that’s pretty much gone.
Anything else you’d like to share?
We would like to let people know that the RV community is awesome. You’ll meet some of the best people on the road. If you don’t know how to do something or have a question, there’s always another RVer around that’s will the help. Please even feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions regarding this lifestyle!