“Home wasn’t a set house, or a single town on a map. It was wherever the people who loved you were, whenever you were together. Not a place, but a moment, and then another, building on each other like bricks to create a solid shelter that you take with you for your entire life, wherever you may go.” ― Sarah Dessen, What Happened to Goodbye
People ask us all the time “are you homeless?” We tell them no. We may be nomadic but we’re not homeless. Just like a sticks and bricks house our RV is where we live, where we keep our stuff, where we return to at the end of the day. But also like a sticks and bricks house our home is made by those who live here, and the family and friends that gather with us.
Being mobile means we get to travel around a lot; visit family and friends in different areas and meet new friends wherever we go. We bring the party with us. However traveling around a lot also means we have to leave friends and family when we go. And that’s hard. Sometimes we struggle to find the balance between the sadness of saying goodbye and the excitement of saying hello.
It was difficult to leave our friends and family this fall after spending the summer in Connecticut. It’s hard to know that by leaving we’ll miss out on celebrating the holidays with family and those impromptu trips to dinner or the brewery with friends . We miss out on celebrating special events with everyone. And being away makes it harder to keep up with people’s lives. And at times that totally sucks.
But if we never left Connecticut we wouldn’t have been able to experience this nomadic lifestyle; the excitement of seeing new places, meeting new friends and catching up with fellow travelers. After leaving Connecticut this fall we explored some national parks, saw some of our nomad friends, caught up with Chloe’s high school bestie in Kentucky and then spent the winter in Orlando, Florida with family and friends from our winter RV resort.
When it came time to leave Orlando in April we had those same wistful feelings leaving our Orlando friends and family, yet we were excited to move to our next destination and spend time with Connecticut/Gainesville friends. We will hate leaving them but are looking forward to meeting up with some fellow full-time RV friends for a week on the Gulf Shores of Alabama.
Sometimes it’s like a roller coaster of emotions. But even when we leave loved ones it’s never “goodbye”, it’s “see you soon”. Because we take those people with us wherever we go. They’re in our hearts. And because of them everywhere is home.