Greg and I are planning to go full-time in our RV sometime later this summer, with September looking like a possible timeframe, pending a few arrangements we need to make beforehand. While we’ve discussed what we’re doing, we haven’t talked about why we’re doing this. It all comes down to personal space.
When we relocated to this area three years ago, we were seeking a quieter lifestyle with fewer people, less traffic, and increased security. We previously lived in Clearwater, FL, which was a lovely place, only two miles from Clearwater Beach, and boasted several amenities like restaurants, clubs, bars, and water activities. However, with those conveniences came a massive influx of people and traffic.
As a result, we decided to move away from the Tampa area to somewhere with more affordable housing and fewer people. We settled on Spring Hill, about 40 miles north of Clearwater. Initially, we found a serene community where we could leave our garage doors open without worrying about theft. The area was conservative, friendly, and close enough to everything without being overwhelmed by people.
Unfortunately, things started to change. After a year, road construction began on the main throughway to the interstate. Subsequently, a subdivision with several hundred homes was built, followed by another, and then another. All the farmland was sold, and businesses started pouring in. Our commute times increased, crime rose, and our once-quiet community was being transformed. So much for progress.
We decided to move again, but this time we wanted to travel and live in less populated areas where our personal space wasn’t constantly invaded. This decision led us to embrace full-time RV life.
While people often cite the opportunity to see new things and spend time with family members as their reasons for embarking on this journey, our primary motivation was to escape the rat race that the world is rapidly becoming.