Living The Dream: Couple Quits Finance Jobs To Travel Around America In An RV With Their Dogs — Here’s How They Did It
Editor’s Note: Back in May, just outside the South Rim entrance to the Grand Canyon on Highway 64 enroute to Flagstaff, I drove behind an 1989 Toyota Dolphin motorhome advertising the website thejourneywithn.com. It turned out to the be the travelog of Gregg and Anna Davis, a recently-married Mississippi couple on a cross-county journey to some of America’s greatest wilderness destinations, alongside their three dogs. After quitting the 9-to-5 grind in the finance industry, they sold all their belongings and moved out of a big house, choosing life on the road in their RV — affectionately named Nancy Extended stays include the beaches of Florida in the winter, Austin, Texas, Carlsbad Caverns, New Mexico, Moab, Utah, and then a swing through Arizona, California, and up to Oregon, where they’re chillin’ in the beautiful coastal parks on US 101.
Gregg and Anna are very much living the dream. A few weeks ago I e-mailed them to ask them about their wanderlust and how they decided to make such a life-changing journey. Here’s a little step-by-step guide they compiled for BroBible readers with similar itchy feet.
Anna: The biggest step is the first step! Deciding to make the big move is the hardest part. There is no rational time to make the decision. Moving into an RV, quitting our jobs, and trusting that we would be able to fly or life would catch us when we jumped wasn’t easy, but it was worth it!
Gregg and I went to lunch one September afternoon in 2016. Gregg had been working in the financial industry for four years and had been running low on energy and passion, so I suggested we make the plunge and move into the RV to give him a break from the everyday work day grind. We couldn’t come up with a reason why we shouldn’t go for it, so we did. We left our lunch date looking at each other with apprehension wondering what we had just decided to do, but excited to begin planning.
Gregg has had this dream of living in an RV since 2011. Only this was the year we made real and we have a lot to share.
After deciding to make the jump comes buying an RV. We began by looking on local craigslist’s sites, eBay, and local for sale ads, etc. to get an idea of how much we were willing to spend. After searching with no direction in sight, we decided to go test drive a few rigs to see what size, length, and brand to get an idea of what we would want. Keep in mind we have three dogs so we needed enough space for all five of us to live comfortably. So as we would travel to near by cities, we would test drive RVs. Realizing thirty feet was too big for us, we began to look for smaller RVs.
After two failed attempts at boondocking, getting stopped at a nuclear research facility checkpoint at the top of a mountain to be turned around, thirty minutes down and up mountainous dirt roads going 10 mph, snow, rain, and finally this sunset last night , we are happy to be parked at Heron State Park ending our 62 day streak of camping without pay to wait the next few days out because of winter storm about to hit New Mexico 🙌🏼