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What’s a Snowmad?

Enjoying a cold brew in Alaska while
warming a cold Chihuahua!

Hiya! I’m a Snowmad: Kristin Snow, a 30-something travel-addict and part-time nomad. I broke away from a cubicle and more conventional lifestyle five years ago, in search of something more suitable to my somewhat unconventional life goals. I love to collect experiences instead of things, hopefully gaining some valuable perspective on life along the way, and meeting new friends at every opportunity.

I was a full-time, RV-dwelling nomad for a while, wandering the roads of North America for three years with my former partner, Jason. Though this crazy journey we call “life” ultimately led us down different paths, I still travel a lot on my own or with friends and family, mostly by RV for now, because it’s easier with two dogs. ūüôā¬†

How did this adventure come about?

On a whim, and with no RVing experience, I purchased (then completely overhauled and modernized) a 1965 Airstream travel trailer with my then-partner. We lovingly rebuilt it over the course of a year, thinking we could take weekend camping trips nearby and travel more easily with our dogs. Not long into the project, we realized we were subconsciously building ourselves a home on wheels Рand much more than just a means to take short vacations! The wanderlust was too strong to resist, so we got rid of nearly everything we owned, rented out our house out long-term, and hit the road full-time.

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Before – it wasn’t much to look at. What did we get ourselves into?!

 

After – so shiny you could use it as a mirror (and we did!)

 

Sadly for us, we weren’t funding our travels through being independently wealthy. We had to make a career transition to digital nomadism: a term for working remotely from anywhere that you can be online. We both work for Automattic, the minds behind WordPress.com, Jetpack, and major contributors to the open-source WordPress.org software – the software used to create this blog, and that powers nearly 1/3 of all websites on the internet!

As a result of my profession, I need to have an arsenal of mobile technology to help stay connected and make a living while traveling. I aim to have less of a distinct separation between work and life, preferring to truly live while I work, and to do something that matters to me, lets me be creative, and makes a difference to others. 

Our office view now changes every day!
Your office view sometimes changes every day when RVing!

  

We lived and worked very happily in the 150 square foot Airstream for our first year on the road with our three rescue dogs, visited 35 states, and drove around 25,000 miles. Desiring a slightly different method of travel, a little more durability, and flexibility in our living and working space, we sold our Airstream to a loving new home¬†and traveled in 2015 in a new Trek¬†motorhome for a year, which was leased to us¬†from the manufacturer to help them test it in the real world and provide feedback on it. You may have even seen us on a TV show called Going RV: it’s basically the House Hunters for RV buying.¬†

That newer, motorized RV took us on another 10,000 miles of fun adventures in 2015, traveling from Florida to the Southwest US, up the Pacific Coast Highway, through Canada and all around Alaska, and it added a few features we enjoyed for our second year as nomads. It was a great experience, and we enjoyed the differences in the two types of RV. 

Trek RV in Alaska

 

We returned our Trek after its long test drive and moved on to our third RV in as many years – we bought a smaller camper van: a 2016 Winnebago Travato.

 

 

I’m still loving the Travato for my road trip adventures with my two small dogs, and especially the ease of driving and parking it, compared to the bigger motorhome or trailer and truck combo of the past. It’s even my daily driver when I’m at my part-time home base in Knoxville, Tennessee! You should see how good I’ve gotten at parallel parking it in the city – people are usually shocked when they see me hop out of it! 😉

More than just an ordinary sightseer, my goal is to feel like a local in the areas I visit¬†– frequenting local businesses, making new friends, and absorbing the culture and history – all while hopefully inspiring others to live¬†their lives in a way that’s similarly rewarding to them, whether that includes travel or not. I just happen to be in love with travel, and the hands-on cultural, historical and environmental experiences that come along with it.¬†

I hope to share my experiences here to inspire others not to wait to follow their dreams – whatever those may be! Make yourself at home here: poke around the site, feel free to ask questions, give me a shout if it looks like I’ll be near your neck of the woods (especially if you have a 20-foot-long driveway! 😜), and follow Snowmads on social media if you’re so inclined. I’m so glad you stopped by!

Kristin Snow

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