We’re just shy of the one-year mark living as nomads on the roads of North America, and wow, what an adventure it has been! 35 states, countless new friends, and more stories than we can even begin to remember. An important thing we’ve learned this past year – maybe the most important – has been that travel has changed us more than we ever anticipated and we must remain adaptable and open to new experiences, or it stops being fun.
While life in general shapes all of us, travel seems to speed up that growth, through the sheer volume of diverse people, places, and experiences a traveler encounters in a short time.
To us, its feels like several years’ worth of living were compressed into the past 12 months. It’s surreal at times to think about what all we’ve done since last summer!
We spent the last few months doing a good bit of soul-searching with our one-year nomadiversary there on the horizon, imagining what our second year as wanderers will bring and how we can continue to optimize our travel, while still challenging ourselves in this unconventional life we constructed for ourselves. We’ve decided, with much difficulty, that it’s time to part ways with our Airstream.
We’re not getting off the road – far from it, in fact! – we’re just seeking a different type of RV (newer, and motorized instead of being a tow-behind) that will allow us some new experiences and comforts that our current setup isn’t as well suited for. We took a 50 year old trailer and made it as new as possible, but it’s still a vintage RV being used as a daily driver. A new home where she’ll have a lot fewer miles put on her seems like the best option to keep her in great working shape for years to come.
As abrupt as it may seem, it was a difficult, emotional decision for us that we haven’t taken lightly. While we’re really going to miss our trailer’s distinctive look, the great community surrounding Airstream ownership, the feeling of living in something we built mostly ourselves, and the pride in having taken an abandoned trailer that was destined for the scrap yard and making it beautiful again, we look forward to the new perspective and opportunities this change will give us.
We’d obviously prefer to find just the right home for our beloved Airstream.
We hope to find a new owner for our trailer who will love it as much as we have during the two years it was part of our family. UPDATE: We sold the Airstream a mere two and a half weeks after this was originally posted, to a lovely young couple much like ourselves who will be living and traveling in it with their dog as he is stationed around the country for his career in the military. We couldn’t be happier with how everything turned out, and it looks like we’ll even be able to pay it a visit in Florida this winter! Thank you to everyone who shared our listing and our apologies to those who expressed interest but were later in the line of people interested in buying it.
Thank you also from the bottom of our hearts for following along on our vintage Airstream renovation and travel adventures the past two years, and we hope you’ll all stay tuned for our to-be-determined adventures in the upcoming year(s)!
~Kristin and Jason~
PS: No, we’re not renovating our next RV – or anything – EVER again! It was a lot of fun and very rewarding, but we’d rather use our time to play and explore nowadays. 😉