It was just 3 weeks ago, Holly and I were at our friend’s house and they were telling us they’re buying an RV park. Instantly, I had an idea pop into my head and I said, “Why don’t we selling our house, everything in it, buy a camper, and join you guys!?”
Just like that, this idea was born to sell all our belongings and travel the world with my wife, Holly, and our two kids, Amelia (2 years old) and Duke (1 years old).
Holly dismissed the idea, at first, thinking that I had one too many drinks. I remember that first night, laying down in our friend’s living room, Holly and I talking about all the “what ifs”. Thinking this could be a real possibility but not knowing all the details, like how we’d make money or how health insurance would work, and feeling this idea quickly slipping away. I recall asking Holly just to have an open mind and heart and not to make any decisions about it for a few days. Let’s face it, I was literally asking my wife to join me in selling all our stuff (house, 2 cars, furniture, etc), buy a truck and camper, and live full-time in an RV. Not to mention, we’ve never been RVing before in our lives!
Why sell everything and travel?
When Holly and I met, we talked about all the places we wanted to travel to in the world and the places we wanted to see. We started by going on a Carnival Cruise. Than a Princess Cruise several months. We traveled to several states including Florida, Tennessee, and Texas. Then we got married and decided that it was time to buy a house. Shortly after buying our first house, we found out that we were pregnant with Amelia. With a monthly mortgage payment coupled with the fear of how much do kids cost our travels just sort of halted.
So sitting at our friend’s house that night, I asked myself what’s really important to us? This house we’re living in or creating memories with our family. There’s a rule in real estate, on the investing side, and it’s this, never love a property because it’ll never love you back. We didn’t love this house, it was just a money suck and our family is suffering from it. Then we heard a quote that said, “You only get 18 summers with your kids”. Yikes! My daughter is turning 3 next month and we spend most of our time working just to pay for this house.
So we’ve decided that we’re going to make a change! We decided that we’re going to do this! We’re going to sell everything and travel. Over the last 3 weeks, we’ve been working endlessly on getting our house ready to sell. We’ve bought all new appliances (that will go to the new buyer), changed many of the light fixtures, painted every room, and so much more. All to try to appeal to the most people. You can see the photos of our home.
What’s the plan?
We’ve been so focused on getting our home ready that we haven’t really discussed our next steps. Typically, homes take about 30-45 days to actually sell once they’re under contract. So the main focus has been to get the house ready and get it listed. Then keep it clean for showings; kids… We’ve thrown around the idea of asking for 15 days of occupancy. Meaning that we’d sell the house and then rent it back from the buyers for 15 days. This would give us the cash from the sale of the home to then go purchase a truck and RV. We’ve also talked about doing a couple international trips first, then coming back and do full-time RV traveling.