I live a full-time nomadic lifestyle in my cozy little home on wheels (currently a 2021 Jayco 145RB travel trailer towed by my 2015 Ford Transit Cargo van).
I started this blog to write about my nomadic lifestyle and share my adventures but my blog doesn’t start at the beginning of my journey.
The blog starts about a year and a half after I hit the road.
To bring you up-to-speed at a glance, I created this About page to give you a little of the backstory, some current tidbits and a little bio on the main character’s of my blog.
Why I Chose A Nomadic Lifestyle
The simple version is, I chose a nomadic lifestyle as a way to live better with Multiple Chemical Sensitivities (MCS).
For more details, check out my Living With Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS) post.
My Original Plan For Hitting The Road
I had never camped or traveled very far. Nor had I ever lived in a home on wheels.
My goal was to move into the nomadic lifestyle slowly.
The original plan was to convert my van into a home on wheels (I didn’t have the trailer back then). Then, I’d take short trips to learn how to camp and travel.
Finally, in 2018 I would retire early (age 55) and hit the road full-time.
But Life Had It’s Own Agenda
In August 2015, my job of almost 30 years was eliminated.
Nikki (my daughter) was also planning to leave the nest by the end of 2015. She would be moving to southeast Florida (from northwest Illinois).
After losing my job I briefly considered staying in the little one room, 400 square foot house I’d been renting but I didn’t want to spend the winter there by myself.
My job loss presented me with an opportunity to hit the road earlier than planned – albeit totally unprepared.
October 2015 – Hitting The Road
My first day of full-time nomadic living was October 1, 2015. My nomadic journey began in a 2015 Ford Transit Cargo Van named Bella.
Nikki and Cookie (our dog) would be moving to Florida soon so I decided to take them there myself… in the van… and we’d make an adventure out of it.
Nikki, Cookie and I hit the road in a partially converted camper van… never having camped… never having traveled more than a few hours from home… and never having lived in a tiny little home on wheels.
I wasn’t planning on jumping in head first and clueless but life opened a door and I decided to walk right through it.
The First Few Months On The Road
Nikki ended up traveling with me for about 4 months. Then, Cookie traveled with me for a couple more months while Nikki got settled in an apartment where Cookie could join her.
The first few months on the road were quite adventurous but they were also heavily sprinkled with challenges and struggles as I adjusted to my new nomadic lifestyle, job-loss and becoming an empty-nester.
But it’s those challenges and struggles that made me stronger.
Rather than quitting… I kept moving forward.
My reward for moving forward was doing things I never thought I would do and accomplishing things I never thought I could do.
March 2018 – Taking A Hiatus From The Road
In mid-March 2018, after 2 1/2 years on the road, I took an unplanned hiatus from the road to move in with and take care of my Dad (he lived in northwest Illinois).
When I got the call about Dad I was in south Florida visiting Nikki.
Just before I left to move in with Dad… Nikki had to move to a new place and wasn’t able to keep Cookie with her.
But that wasn’t a problem… Cookie would simply come live with me and Dad!
Related Post: Why I’m Glad I Didn’t Wait For The Perfect Time To Go Nomad.
February 2020 – Life Deals A Harsh Blow
Both Dad and Cookie passed away in February 2020.
The Covid Chronicles began shortly thereafter.
As for the rest of the story…
You can read about it on the blog!
Here’s a little info about some of the regular people, places and things you’ll find mentioned in my blog:
Nikki is my adult daughter who traveled with me for several months (back in 2015) and left the nest in early 2016. Nikki moved from northwest Illinois to southeast Florida where she resides today.
Cookie, a cute Toy Poodle, joined our family in 2006.
Shortly after Nikki left the nest (in 2016) Cookie went to live with her in Florida. He traveled with me a few times (briefly) but lived with Nikki until March 2018 when her housing situation changed. Nikki couldn’t keep Cookie in her new place and that’s when Cookie came to live with me.
Check out my Poodle Adventures posts highlighting some of Cookie’s escapades during his time living with me.
Cookie crossed the Rainbow Bridge on February 13, 2020. You can read more about it in my Cookie’s Final Poodle Adventure post.
Dad – Grandpa – Grandpaw…
My Dad… Nikki’s Grandpa… Cookie’s Grandpaw from northwest Illinois.
Dad passed away on February 27, 2020. You can read more about it in my And Then There Was One – Remembering The Boyz post.
Bella – My Original Cozy Little Home On Wheels…
Bella, a 2015 Ford Transit cargo van, was my first cozy little home on wheels.
I converted her to a mini RV / camper van but my conversion was very simple.
I’ve shared a few of the details in my Van Life posts.
In late June 2021, I purchased a travel trailer. Bella is now my tow vehicle and added storage space.
My Homeland is Illinois. I lived in the Homeland from the day I was born until I hit the road on October 1, 2015.
Home is simply where my cozy little home on wheels is parked.