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A young man stands on a hill overlooking the sea
A young man stands on a hill overlooking the sea

Living the dream

Recently, on the same day, but hundreds of miles apart geographically, a man and a lady each said to me, “You are living the dream.” They were right. Living the dream of traveling throughout North America in a motorhome with freedom as the key word every day was a long-term goal of mine.

Freedom to travel, freedom to stop, freedom to enjoy life while meeting old friends and making new. Freedom to do what I wish to do, when I wish to do it. In addition to all of the freedom, spontaneity and unrestricted pleasure, I am also able to write about my travels and the wonderful views and sights that I encounter. To share these experiences with others via Let’s RV, blogs and eventually, a self-published book is an extra and unexpected bonus.

Freedom — this word holds different and perhaps quite disparate definitions for each person. What freedom means to me may be called lack of security or instability for another person. Opportunities to go to new places or return to those viewed in the past are experiences that I accept as challenging and rewarding.  For others freedom may be very frightening, startling and absolutely scary.

Stability – security

Often non-RV years asked me a series of questions beginning with: Where do you live? Where is your home? Don’t you miss having friends, relatives and a community surrounding you? How can you live happily in your RV? Aren’t a home and family important to you?

Myy answers are much the same each time. The answers may seem arrogant to some when I say, my security is inside of me. I do not need other people, money and a house in order to feel secure. My security is found in my freedom and in the spontaneity to move about the country when I decide to do so.

Freedom and independence are descriptive terms for the lifestyle of those who choose to travel without restraint and with no restrictions. We each make our own choices of where to go and what to do. For some this means that they must have sufficient money for travel and for others it dictates that they will travel whether or not they have adequate funds. A lack of travel funds simply motivates some to adjust their lifestyle so that they will require less money to travel and live.

Freedom may require a great effort for many people, ample compromise and significant life adjustments, but the resulting lifestyle makes the effort worthwhile.

Incidentally, the freedom approach can be accomplished using virtually any type of RV from tent camper, old travel trailer or motorhome to  a million dollar Prevost.

The attitude is in the heart and mind.

A friend of mine is practicing freedom as he backpacks and hikes the Pacific Crest Trail this summer. I am envious.

About Dr. Bob Gorden

Dr. Bob Gorden is an RVer, hiker and writer. He has a PhD in microbial ecology from the University of Georgia in Athens. He is a retired research scientist from the University of Illinois Natural History Survey. He has owned and operated more than 55 RVs of various types, and has visited every state, except Hawaii, in his RV. He also traveled by RV in New Zealand, Canada and Mexico. He currently owns and travels in a 1978 GMC 26-foot Class A and 2013 Thor ACE 30.1 Class A motorhome. He has a compelling desire to be “On the Road Again!”

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