Life on the road is full of surprises, and we expected to receive our fair share of them. However, we didn’t imagine our “social life” would be one of those surprises.
In this weeks Q&A article we’ll answer:
Is it hard to socialize and have friends on the road?
In the Beginning
During our first month of fulltiming we traveled like vacationers; driving from Alabama to California and hitting all the National Parks in between. Our social life was the size of our camper – very small. At this point, we hadn’t slowed down enough to even consider “social life” on the road.
Breaking the Seal
Once we settled down in Valencia, California for a month we joined multiple Facebook RVing groups. This felt like a safe way to break into the RV community; we had the option to observe or participate.
These Facebook groups led us to connecting with Small House Big World. We were both millennials, working on the road, fulltime RVing, and happened to be in the same area. When they told us they’d be camping at the same campground for a few days, we were excited to finally meet like-minded (and like-aged) travelers!
Needless to say, we had a great time hanging out. We had dinners, dog-park dates, afternoon teas, and discussions about things only fellow fulltimers can understand. This was just a glimpse into the social activities to come.
At the end of November we relocated to Desert Hot Springs. Little did we know, DHS is a popular hang-out for fulltimers. During our stay we were introduced to Technomadia & RV Geeks over an amazing sushi dinner and hung-out more with Small House Big World.
Holidays on the Road
Christmas was a few days away and we were moving south to Niland, California. We were unsure if loneliness would creep in during our first holiday away from family.
We shared a wonderful Christmas potluck, swapped stories while soaking in hot pools, and toured Slab City. This was one of the most memorable Christmas holidays we’ve experienced.
Xscapers is a community of working-age, fulltime RVers. They were hosting a Quartzsite convergence in January, and we were interested in the opportunity to connect with more like-minded folks.
At the convergence we met at least 40 fellow fulltimers and had the chance to really connect with a few of them. Spot the Scotts and His & Hers Alaska encouraged us to create a YouTube channel, and our new found friends, Aaron & Amanda, introduced us to the joys of a generator.
We were on a whirlwind socializing streak and needed some downtime – we said our goodbyes and set back out on the open road. Over the next few weeks we caught up on our personal time, went on many hikes, and roamed around southern Arizona.
The beauty of Nomadic life is having the ability to choose how social you want to be.
Once we built a network of friends, we were amazed how easy it was to stumble upon them again accidentally! During a trip to Tucson we ran into Live Work Dream and Live Small Ride Free – two couples we met earlier in the year.
Overall, we’re continuously amazed by the community of fulltime RVers. We’re 10 times more social now than when we were stationary.
Here are some of the online groups & communities we find most useful:
- Xscapers – a branch of Escapees, focused on working-age RVers
- RVillage – a social network connecting RVers with location specific features.
- Fulltime RV Travelers – a Facebook group focused on fulltimers who travel more often.
- Fulltime RVers Under 40 – a Facebook group focused on younger RVers
- NuRVers – a Facebook group focused on a new generation of RVers
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