I love staying organized and keeping records. But for some reason, I’ve had a hard time creating maps of our travels that make sense and look pretty. After three and half years of it bugging me, and me doing nothing about it, I finally sat down this month and created a color-coded Master Map of allllll our RV adventures, from when we started in February 2014 to now.
Map Breakdown by Color and Date
- Trip #1 (2014): February 21, 2014 to May 10, 2014
- Trip #2 (2014): May 11, 2014 to December 2, 2014
- Trip #3 (2014-2015): December 3, 2014 to November 6, 2015
- Trip #4 (2015-2016) – “Grand Loop Trip:” November 7, 2015 to July 26, 2016
- Having a Baby Break (2016-2017): July 27, 2016 to May 31, 2017
- Trip #5 (2017): June 1, 2017 to present
How We Plan Our RV Trips
A little more than a year ago, I wrote a whole article to explain how we plan our RV trips:
Everyone travels differently due to life circumstances and priorities. And that’s okay. The key is to find what puts wind in your sails, not to follow what others are doing or what they expect of you.
What We’re Missing
We planned to hit Montana + North Dakota + South Dakota + Nebraska + Kansas + Oklahoma during our Grand Loop Trip last year. Then Baby Nomad happened. But we have big plans for 2018, which should allow us to hit some of the central northern states we’re missing.
New England in the fall has been on our bucket list since we started traveling, but we don’t have a date in mind yet. We’ll hit the rest of the states in the continental U.S. eventually.
Here’s the deal. There’s no expiration date to our travels. We’re not looking for a favorite city to settle down in. We’re not funding this lifestyle with a nest egg that’s eventually going to run out.
We don’t want or need to stop RVing…ever.
So while it’s hard to see our friends travel faster than us and see so many things we haven’t gotten to yet (FOMO!), we’re biding our time. We’ll get there. Until then, the wheels keep turning and we’re fascinated by everything we see out the window.