My Best Content
Interstellar Orchard isn’t just a collection of personal travel journals, it’s a compendium of informational articles designed to help you get on the road as a full-time RVer and live a more fulfilling life. Listed below are the most useful and popular posts I’ve written over the years. Read what resonates with you and craft your outline for freedom.
- How to Choose the Best Type of RV – How to decide which type of RV will be best for you.
- Why go Small RVing – The advantages to choosing a smaller RV for full-timing.
- RV Payments – Why you should think twice about going into debt to buy your RV.
- RVing in Adverse Weather Conditions – Heat, cold, humidity, wind, precipitation? Find out how to handle these situations while RVing.
- RVing Safety – My 2016 article on boondocking safety, with a link to the old 2011 one as well.
- Finding Good Campgrounds – Knowing your goal and priorities is key to choosing a great camp.
- Boondocking Answers – Cut your camping fees drastically, this is everything I know about camping for free on public lands.
- Thinking about a Casita? Check the Rig page for more info.
- Top 10 Things to Know About Full-timing – Is full-time RVing right for you?
- Full-time RVing Won’t Change Who You Are – The number #1 thing I wish I would have known before hitting the road.
- An Open Letter to New/Prospective Full-timers About Fear – Yes, going full-timing is scary.
- Downsizing – A few tips on downsizing to an RV.
- On Domicile State Selection – Most full-timers choose one of these three states to domicile in, here’s why.
- Setting up South Dakota residency for RVers – A two part series covering mail forwarding, vehicle registration, vehicle insurance, and drivers licensing; includes all forms and documents needed.
- South Dakota Health Insurance as a Young RVer – Navigating the Affordable Care Act for pre-medicare RVers (though I’m sure this’ll be changing soon with a new president in office).
- Getting Dental Work in Mexico – A cheaper alternative for dental care, eyeglasses, and medications.
- How to Avoid Loneliness as a Solo RVer – A two part series on one of the most pressing issues facing solo full-timers.
- Mobile Internet – How I stay connected on the road.
- Five Pieces of Advice for Aspiring Female Solos – Ladies, here are some tips just for you.
- What About Retirement? – Most people don’t go full-timing until they have a nest egg saved up, here’s my solution.
- Moving Back to a Fixed Home – An exit plan for getting off the road when you’re done full-timing.
All About the Money
- The Cost to go Full-time RVing (by stages) – Exactly how much it cost me to move from an apartment into an RV in 2012.
- Full-time RVing Cost of Living and Income Report – A chart detailing my yearly cost of living and income from 2011 to 2016.
- The RVing Emergency Fund – Bad things will happen while RVing, and if you’re on the road long enough your equipment will wear out and need replacing. It’s important to have a fund to cover these costs.
- RVing and Taxes – Handling taxes for working-age full-timers.
- Comparing Work Options for RVers – A look at the four basic ways to earn money on the road in handy chart format with positives and negatives listed.
- Six Benefits of Seasonal Jobs – How do I pay for my travels? I started as a work-camper and actually enjoyed it more than expected.
- About Amazon’s CamperForce – People say this is the most comprehensive collection of information about CamperForce in existence. The main article explains a lot, the links at the bottom cover everything else.
- Working at National Parks for RVers – A two-part series that covers working for the NPS and for concessionaires.
- Finding Temp/Contract jobs for RVers – Just because regular temp jobs don’t cater to RVers, doesn’t mean an RVer can’t do them.
- Three Ordinary Work Days – What a typical day of work is like at a National Park, Amazon, and volunteering as a camp host.
- Nine Months Without A Job – My review of working remotely for myself most of 2016.
Looking for more about full-time RVing?
If you’re really serious about hitting the road, consider my e-guide: Solo Full-time RVing On A Budget.
About Deliberate Living (philosophy)
- You Must Be Crazy – You aren’t crazy for wanting to do something big and unconventional with your life.
- Remembering How to Dream – The first IO post, a five-part series on figuring out what your dreams are, and how to make them a reality.
- Beach Visits and Opportunity Costs – For every dream, there is a cost. If you want the dream badly enough, the cost will be worth it.
- Don’t Listen to Naysayers – The various ways people might react to your decision to follow your dreams, and what you can do about it.
- Give Yourself Permission – Ultimately, your future is in your own hands. Give yourself permission to be great.
- It’s Not What You Own, It’s What You Do – American society prizes consumerism, but if you’re looking for happiness, collect experiences instead of possessions.
- Thankfulness – Being thankful for what you have shouldn’t be limited to just one day a year.
- The Importance of Contribution – Deep down, we all not only want to be happy and successful, we also want to make a difference in the world.
- Fluid Decision Making – It’s okay to change your mind! The world is not static and neither are you.
- An Ode to Diversity – If you can be nothing else, be kind. Embrace the differences of others.
- Age, Beauty, and Wisdom – Life is a gift, thoughts on turning 30.
- Facing Down Obstacles – It isn’t easy, being the kind of person who won’t settle for mediocre.
- Words of Encouragement – Motivational quotes have really helped me achieve my dreams.
- Little Moments – Contentment resides in the little things just as much as the big ones.
- Having Enough – Throw off the mantle of scarcity and choose abundance.
- The Pie Is Unlimited – Everyone has something unique to offer the world.
- Never Settle – When your life is starting to look pretty good, that’s the perfect time to reach for the next big dream.
Looking for more about deliberate living?
If you’re really serious about taking control of your life, consider my e-guide: The Little Guide To Dreaming Big.
- An Introduction to Travel Blogging – A two part series on how to start, maintain, and make money from a travel blog.
- An Introduction to Travel Photography – Some suggestions for taking better pictures, for those without fancy cameras.
Gear I Love
Wondering what solar setup I use for boondocking? How I heat my RV in the winter without a furnace? How I can be such an avid reader with so little space to store books? How I get pictures and videos of myself when I travel alone? Experienced RVers know that less is more when it comes to belongings, but here are four items that I consider crucial to my lifestyle. Yes, these are affiliate links, but this is also gear I Actually Own and personally vouch for.