START WITH AN APPROXIMATE PLAN
You don’t have to plan all the details, but it’s a good idea to have a general idea of where you want to go and what you’d like to see. Think about which part of the world you would like to explore and what time of year you want to go. And as you travel and talk to people, take the recommendations from the locals and change your plans as you go. If you have an approximate plan, you can create a certain structure while opening yourself up to flexibility so that things change. Half the fun is seeing and doing the unexpected. Just a plan for that.
THE PLANS WILL CHANGE-JUST RIDE WITH HER
As we said, life on the road is an adventure. And adventures wouldn’t be adventures if everything went according to plan. Things are going to change, the planes are going to be delayed, the cars are going to break down, and you just need to account for some of the fun. At worst, it’s a good story to tell your friends and family someday. And laugh. Nothing is more fun than a horrible situation. Throw your hands up and just laugh. He’s gonna help her. Promise. Unless, of course, you’re in danger – don’t laugh, seek help, please don’t laugh.
IF YOU ARE A COUPLE, PREPARE TO COMMUNICATE
Travelling with your meaningful partner can be a wonderful experience, and it can also become a challenge when you have different opinions. Compromise is probably the most important communication tool when living on the road. If one person wants to lie on the beach while the other wants to hike, split up for a few hours so that both can meet their needs. It’s normal to take time apart – it will help you regroup and also help you enjoy spending time together. If you travel full-time, believe us, you will be bored with each other at some point. But that doesn’t mean you’re doing anything wrong, you just need a little time.
YOUR VEHICLE IS YOUR BEST FRIEND, TAKE CARE OF IT
We live very small, so everything we own has a function in our lives. If it’s not useful, to get rid of it. The downsizing took a few months, but now we’re only traveling with what fits in our 15-foot truck.
On our three-week trip to Hawaii, Bali and Japan, we took a five-pound pack and that was the best decision we made. Basic necessities could be easily stored in our bags and exploration was easy. Every taxi we took, the flight we took, or the long walk to our hotel, we could carry everything on our backs no problem.
Light travel frees up time, space, and also gives you a sense of freedom to explore the road. Very recommend to travel light when you live on the road!