We are two months into our year of travel! It has been an amazing, crazy, incredibly busy time in our lives. We have driven and flown thousands of miles. Every day we have been challenged, between issues with campers, cars, or just general life headaches.
Traveling always comes with a small level of stress, between the constant changes and unknown that you throw yourself into. One of the most stressful experiences for me is the unknown of the parks that we are traveling to. We don’t have the time or resources to go and check out our RV parks prior to arrival so we have to put a lot of faith on what we see online and reviews of the park. It’s incredibly stressful driving across the country and hoping that the space you have reserved is in a nice, safe area and will work for the month or two that you are there.
Fortunately for us, we have had wonderful experiences so far. The parks have been clean, well maintained and the people have been friendly and accommodating. Our experience on the road has forced us to let go of our need for control and learn to trust that things will work out.
An example of this just happened the other day. On our way down to University of Florida Hospital, our truck broke down! We were only an hour into our trip and had to pull over for 3 hours while we tried to fix the truck. Luckily, we have wonderful friends who helped us figure out the problem and get back on the road after lunch. We have had several moments of cars breaking down, electrical, and roof damage and a whole host of other issues during these last few months.
Through it all, my wonderful husband has taken on each challenge with grace and fixed each problem so that we can move on. This road has been laced with challenges, however each step along the way has been worth it in order to stay together. No matter how frustrated or tired we get, I am thankful for the time we get to spend together. So here are a couple tips that I’ve learned on the road.
1.) Have Patience.
Between the constant travel, new environments, car and trailer issues and busy schedules; its easy to get frustrated and take it out on your spouse. Patience is a necessity along with a whole lot of grace and love. It’s easy for me to get frustrated after dealing with my travel and work schedule, but I have to take a step back and remember how tired and stressed out my husband is. When I do, I have more patience and love as I know he is doing the best he can as well. Patience becomes easier the more we step back and look at things from another point of view.
2.) Perspective is Critical
I find that I can get lost in the day to day of trailer living. The trailer gets messy quickly because its so small, it can get lonely being by myself all day, and I can get frustrated that there’s no one to talk to during the day. For me, I have to have perspective that we are able to experience new areas in the states, we are able to travel together and we are able to accomplish my husbands goals of being a doctor. The more I remember the goal, the easier the day to day gets.
3.) Expect the Unexpected
The amount of problems with the trailer, the car, the truck and just general travel has been crazy. It feels like every time we turn around there is something else we need to fix. These unexpected challenges are draining and can be discouraging as they seem to keep coming one after another. Give yourself grace when these challenges come, don’t focus on what you could have done to prevent it, just take it as they come and have grace with yourself and your spouse.
4.) Have Confidence
It is absolutely critical to have confidence in yourself and your spouse. Confidence that you can tackle situations together and with grace. Confidence when your car breaks down on the side of the road, when the roof leaks all over the floor, or when the electrical suddenly goes out. Traveling in a trailer will always bring some sort of problem, its how you face it that matters. Be confident in yourself that you can handle whatever comes your way.
After two months on the road, we feel like seasoned vets at this! But be on the look out, I have no doubt there is more to come!