Hey! I’m Erica. I’m a 20-something, live music enthusiast who enjoys the Grateful Dead, writing, and long naps in her hammock. Over the past few years, my boyfriend, Tim and I have come to realize that the the traditional “American dream” of corporate jobs, houses and 2.5 children is just not for us. Sometime last year, our long time plan to move from Connecticut to Colorado sparked another idea: to travel around the country in an RV full-time.
Admittedly, I was skeptical at first. I’d always dreamt of a grand road trip, but to actually execute a plan like that seemed impossible. Just thinking about not having a job to pay for my ever present student loans made me sick to my stomach.
But after some researching, careful planning, and my unexpected layoff… I soon realized we had nothing to lose. Initially, I had a really great job, which was my biggest roadblock for our travel plans… but only three weeks after we bought the RV, that job was gone. And in its place was enough of a severance package to supplement the money we’d already started saving for the trip. It almost felt like the universe was sending us signs to take the leap. (I totally believe in that stuff! I love all things woo woo.)
The adventuremobile we bought to house us on this journey is a 1985 Toyota Coachmen Mini Motorhome named Yoda. She’s cute, and tiny, and slow as hell.
We spent 6 months remodeling her, and then hit the road in June.
Since then we’ve traveled over 10,000 miles together. We’ve traveled from sea to shining sea (literally) and feel like we’re just getting started exploring this beautiful world.
Although we plan to return to our home in Connecticut come December – our future plans are completely up in the air! For now, we’re just enjoying every minute of life on the road. Connecting with people and experiencing new places each day has been an incredible experience and has inspired us to think harder about the things we want out of life in the long term.
I started this blog, Thriving in Tie Dye, in the infantile stages of considering life on the road. At the time I had no idea what I’d even write about, because even if I was planning to quit my job to travel… writing about it before quitting would totally blow my cover.
Sure enough, taking action on this blog and my creativity… lead to taking action on buying an RV and changing our lives. When I set up my WordPress account last September, I never would have dreamt that a year later I’d be writing this post, from my RV – with over 10,000 miles in the rearview mirror.
Thriving in Tie Dye is a testament to finally making shit happen.
To following dreams, even if it means going against society’s expectations.
And above all else, it’s a quest to seek out a path in life that brings abundant joy every day. What that looks like… I don’t know just yet.
But you can join me if you want to find out!!