VanLady
Hello Members - My name is Loni.  This is my very first time posting on this forum.  I am not quite a Vanaboder yet at this time but getting ready to.  I am in the process of getting rid of my stuff b4 I can hit the road.

I'd like to know how (garage sale, donation...) you guys got rid of your stuff & how long did it take you? Also, I'd like to know if there is any of you guys living in or from OR?  I am looking for a travel friend who wants to be my road companion.  We will be riding in our separate vehicles, just stop & eat together but maybe camp at same location in our own vehicles.  Any interested?  I am in my 50s, laid back, easy to get along with, love road trips, enjoy nature.

Respond to wilsonbuddy@live.com.  Thank you.
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CuriousTraveler
Hi, Loni. Did you find a travel buddy?  I've been thinking about my own version of traveling around the country in my van, and have been searching for resources on how to do it economically.  I was amazed to find this book today, ordered it, and have read it in one sitting!  It answered nearly all my questions and gave me great ideas about how to make it happen sooner than I thought I could.   I'm awake in the wee hours of the morning taking the first steps to begin traveling in November. 

I don't live in Oregon (I'm starting from Georgia) but will sell my home and possessions so I can become a vagabond.  I will make it out there eventually.  I have a friend I'll want to visit there and will want to see everything in the area and probably travel into Canada as well. I plan to travel as long as I am healthy enough to be safe.  I'm 68 now and want to see the entire U.S. by crisscrossing it east to west, and north to south numerous times.

Let me know if you'd like me to contact you when I get ready to travel.  I'll be doing this solo also, with my two cats, and would love a buddy to meet up with at different sites.  I don't want to take a companion with me, but would love company for activities.

Others, especially women, who might like this idea, please reply also.  Maybe we could start a group of single adventurous women who meet up occasionally around the country.

Sherry

Sherry
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tangledtree
Hi Sherry and Loni, I'm Theresa, 54 in a a couple of weeks, in West Tennessee.  I am also planning to exit the rat race this June.  I'll be selling all my stuff and, in my case, moving into my car.  My plans are to head north along the Atlantic coast.  Maybe we can all meet up somewhere along the way?  
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CuriousTraveler
Hi, Theresa.  Congratulations!  I'm happy to hear you're making your dream come true. 

I'm doing something similar to you.  I'm starting out in a borrowed VW Vanagon pop-up camper van, which does have a propane stove and a little sink, water tank, and a fold-down bed.  It can be plugged into electricity and water hookups, but it has no holding tank and no toilet.  

So while I'll be a little more comfortable than you, at 68 with some mobility limitations, that will be roughing it somewhat. I plan to boondock (dry camp) most of the time.

After my house sells and my mortgage is paid off, I expect to able to save a good bit of money to eventually apply toward a small motorhome to live and travel in full time.   Is that what you plan to do later?

I'm behind my goal at this point, but hoping to get my house on the market by the end of March (I may still be thinking too ambitiously. . .)  If I get on the road before the humidity and mosquitoes hit Florida, I'll head to the south Atlantic coast first.  Then as the weather warms, I'll begin moving slowly along either the Atlantic coast heading north, or go west along the Gulf coast, driving and camping as close to the high tide line as I can get. 

Since I'm finding many more free camping opportunities near or on the Gulf beaches, I may head that way first. 

Are you going to be searching for free or inexpensive camping on the Atlantic coast? I've researched only a few sites north of Florida.  I am making a detailed spreadsheet to show all the free and least expensive camping I find near the coast in Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas--all the way to the Mexican border.  I'll be happy to share that if you want it at a later time.  Also, if you need help getting started to find free and cheap camping, I have a list that will help you.  Let me know if you want it.

If I decide to head north instead of west when I leave Florida, I'll let you know.  Depending upon how quickly you travel the coast, we might be in the same area at the same time. I love the ocean after having lived in Florida for nearly 25 years, and I miss it terribly.  It sounds like you might be a kindred spirit.

Let's keep in touch, and when we both get on the road we can update our plans. We'll need to communicate our travel details and any personal information privately. 

Sherry
Sherry
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tangledtree
Hi, Sherry, I'm so glad to have connected with you!  I'm a teacher and I own a Nissan Cube.  Its a tight fit but I really can't afford to buy another vehicle.  I don't own a house.  What I do have is 3 months of full pay for the summer as my salary is broken down into 12 months.  I have found a website that lists all the free camping everywhere in the USA.  Here is the link.https://freecampsites.net/  it might help you out.  

I plan to build a free website to keep my many friends and family updated on my adventures.  I haven't told them that I plan to live that way for a while, I just tell them I am going car camping for the summer.  Most have already expressed concern and dismay even at that notion.  

I will be leaving on my adventure somewhere toward the 1st week of June.  My email is:  tangledtree@gmail.com.  Email me and I'll give you my phone number as well.  I have a son who lives in San Angelo TX and an acquaintance that lives in Houston, but I won't be going that way until the winter.  Too hot and too humid.  Plus, it is a kind of been there, done that as I myself used to live in Texas.  I've never been up the east coast.  




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CuriousTraveler
Hi, Theresa.  I'm working away on my plan to get out the door.  I still have a lot to do, so I don't know my departure date, but I'm hoping for April.

I'll let you know which direction I'm heading when I know--it will depend upon the temperature and humidity.
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I do use the FreeCampsites.net site.  I have all the Florida & Texas sites near the beach that they list already on my spreadsheet. . .

Here's a Facebook group you might want to check out--it has some great advice and interesting stories:

Rolling Solo-Women Camping/Traveling Alone

Sherry
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tangledtree
If you are leaving next month you must be super busy right now!  I'll be sending good thoughts your way!  Hope to hear from you when you head out.  I posted a picture of my sleeping arrangements in "Nissan Cube" so you can see where I'm at in my plans.  Keep me updated!
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