“Travel as much as you can, as far as you can, as long as you can. Life is not meant to be lived in one place.” This is so appropriate for the lifestyle we adopted, cruising in an RV. I bet you will never guess how much, how far and how long we have traveled nor how many places we have lived in.
Bill and I have traveled 30,000 miles in our two RVs put together. An additional 60,000 miles are in road trips in our first red and second tan Saturns. On our ten months in our first year we traveled all of 15,000 in our RV from the Arctic Circle in the Canadian Yukon to the Tropic of Cancer in Mexico to the Southernmost Point in Key West, Florida. In the next 32 months we went as far east as Nova Scotia in Canada to as far west as Homer in Alaska, traveling the balance of 15,000 mile with a three-month trip to Asia in the middle.
Wherever the RV is parked, a campground, a friend’s driveway, or even a Walmart, is called home. I estimate that we have lived in over a hundred homes in those 42 months or an average of two weeks per home. That was really a lot!
We are staying put now, months at a time in a resort. So
that has changed. But this does not come as a surprise for I have been relatively
mobile in the Philippines. In 54 years, I lived in 8 homes, an average of 6.75
years per home all in Metro Manila. Bill, on the other hand, had been even more
mobile in America and lived in 18 homes in 64 years, an average of 3.5 years in seven
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So the quotation is really appropriate for Bill and me. The question is: what is the benefit of being this mobile and living not just in one place? The other famous quotation of Mark Twain, from Innocents Abroad comes to mind: “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.”
I do hope that there will come a time when I will have absolutely no more bigoted views. That is why we will not stop from all our wandering. Travel makes me open to learn, be moved, and change.