Most people have the same reaction when we tell them we’re going to travel the U.S. in a trailer, homeschool our kids and not work full-time, possibly for an entire year.
“That is so cool.”
“I’ve always wanted to do that.”
“You are going to have so much fun.”
But there are also a few who think we are downright crazy, and that’s probably closer to the truth.
As we get deeper and deeper into planning this journey, the logistics of it all are overwhelming:
- We’ve got to buy the trailer. Ideally, we’d like three separate sleeping spaces, a washer and dryer and, in a perfect world, a half-bath. So we’re basically looking for an apartment on wheels.
- We’ll need a giant truck to pull that sucker and comfortably fit the four of us.
- We’ll be bringing snow skis and winter gear, bikes, tools, clothes, shoes … and a cat. (Sidenote: Where do you store skis and boots in a trailer?) (Second sidenote: Where do you put a litter box?)
- We need to plan a route, factoring in where we want to be during the different seasons, plus what we want to see along the way and places we want to check out as a possible permanent home.
- We need a homeschool plan for the kids, who will be in 7th and 9th grades.
- One of my kids takes daily medication for a minor condition and needs lab work every few months. Another has braces and has to see the orthodontist regularly. No idea how you do either of those on the road.
- WiFi. We need reliable WiFi.
- How will we get our mail?
- Where are we going to store our car?
- How much is all of this going to cost?
The list keeps getting longer, the questions more complex and the deadlines closer.
We came up with this idea in about five minutes, after I emailed my husband a link to a story about another family doing something similar. He emailed back with a quick “Let’s do it!” I replied with an even-quicker “I’m in.”
I don’t think either of us quite knew exactly what we were saying.
Whatever it is that we’re “in” is getting deeper by the minute.