Dec 292018
 

When Miss Terry and I started fulltiming way back in 1999 we went into it with the idea that it was something we were going to do forever. We adapted well to living in the small space of a motorhome, we loved traveling and meeting new people, and we said that if we ever decided […]

Hanging Up The Keys

 Posted by at 12:30 am  Nick's Blog
Jun 242018
 

A blog reader contacted me yesterday asking when Miss Terry and I knew it was time to hang up the keys. He and his wife have been fulltiming for close to 10 years and enjoyed it much of that time. But he said lately they are beginning to dread it every time they leave a […]

Apr 052018
 

When we bought a house and got off the road, and stopped publishing the Gypsy Journal, a lot of people thought that that we were retiring. But that’s not true. We just changed our lifestyle and refocused our energies. But that doesn’t mean we’re sitting around watching the grass grow and listening to our arteries […]

Q&A Time Again

 Posted by at 1:15 am  Nick's Blog
Nov 132017
 

I’ve been getting a lot of questions from Gypsy Journal subscribers and blog readers, and while I try to answer all of them individually, I wanted to share some with the folks here today. Q. I know that you and Terry built a bus conversion and lived in it for quite some time before getting […]

I Have Found Me A Home

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Oct 182016
 

The title of this blog is also the title of my favorite Jimmy Buffett song, which he wrote after his first visit to Key West, Florida. If you have never listened to it before, check it out at this YouTube link. Miss Terry and I can relate to that song today. As most of you […]

Run Nicky, Run!

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Oct 052016
 

Last year when I wrote in the blog that we were looking for a place to buy in Florida to serve as our winter base and fulltime home if we ever hang up the keys, somebody asked why we would want to live in a place where they have hurricanes. My reply was that everyplace […]

Close, But No Cigar

 Posted by at 12:05 am  Nick's Blog
Mar 052016
 

As I’ve said here previously, we are looking for a place to buy to use as a winter nesting spot, and maybe a fulltime home if and when we ever have to hang up the keys due to health issues or something like that. We have certain criteria that we will not compromise on, and […]

New Smyrna Beach

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Feb 282016
 

We are not ready to stop traveling yet, and probably never will be, as long as our health allows. But after almost 17 years of fulltime RVing we are slowing down. We like being at Point A and Point B and Point C, but we find we are not enjoying the trips between those places […]

That’s A New One!

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Oct 172015
 

We’ve seen a lot of subscribers come and go in our sixteen years of publishing the Gypsy Journal, and we’ve seen a lot of fulltimers hit the road and later hang up the keys. Some try it for a few months and decide it’s not for them, others travel for a few years and settle […]

Apr 302015
 

I get a lot of e-mails from people who are just getting into the fulltime RV lifestyle and have questions about everything from which state to chose as their legal domicile to what kind of RV is best for them, to which camping clubs, if any, to join. One of the most frequent questions is […]

We’re In Texas!

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Jan 292015
 

There’s an old saying that goes “the sun has rose, the sun has set, and we ain’t out of Texas yet.” But what the heck, we’re not in a big hurry to leave the Lone Star state so, it doesn’t matter. When we left West Monroe, Louisiana Tuesday morning we had an easy run west […]

Jul 242014
 

The weatherman was predicting thunderstorms, some potentially severe, for us yesterday. But the storm came and went before we even got out of bed. It rained off and on all night long, sometimes pretty hard, but by the time we were up and dressed it was just overcast with a few scattered sprinkles during the […]

Why Would You Stop?

 Posted by at 12:04 am  Nick's Blog
Jul 212014
 

In the past I’ve published several blogs about hanging up the keys and getting off the road, and talked about where we would settle down. Looking back at those blog posts it’s interesting to me to see how our interests have changed, yet how they have also stayed the same. In blogs in 2009 and […]

Love Or Obsession?

 Posted by at 12:30 am  Nick's Blog
Oct 172011
 

I got an e-mail the other day from a couple, informing me of their new address, and telling me that after two years, they have sold their motorhome and are off the road. This happens. The fulltime RV lifestyle does not fit everybody, and for some folks it is not intended to be a long […]

Nov 202010
 

We had a lot to get done yesterday, and accomplished very little of it. Some days are just like that, I guess. We had quite a bit of stuff that we had been carrying around in the van that we decided had to go away, so I loaded it into the Explorer to drop off […]

Nov 192010
 

Well, it took a while, some trial and error, and my blood pressure was in the stratosphere for a couple of days, but it was worth it. Well, it was worth it to me. Miss Terry had to live with the grouchy bear I become when I get too stressed out from dealing with thieves […]

Nov 182010
 

I have had a very frustrating couple of days, and if I had any hair left, I’d probably be pulling it out about now. Our Ford van has 163,000 miles on the odometer, not counting many thousands more being towed behind our motorhome, and behind our bus conversion before that. It’s reached the point where […]

Nov 172010
 

The time comes for all fulltimers when illness, advancing age, changing interests, family needs, or some other reason causes us to make the decision to hang up the keys. Some fulltime RVers enter the lifestyle knowing that they will only be traveling for a certain amount of time before they settle down, while others hope […]

Mar 142009
 

My dad never read the newspaper’s obituary column. “I’d rather think that my friends don’t like me anymore and just stopped coming around than to find out that they’re dead,” he’d say. Sometimes I feel that way when I hear about another fulltime RVer who has come off the road and hung up the keys. […]