One of the questions that we get asked the most is, do you have a route planned? Where are you going to go? The answer is, we kinda have a route planned and we want to go everywhere. That really says a lot, doesn't it? Truth is we don't have to have a plan because we are not going to be on any real schedule. As of right now we are just wanting to go where we want and stay there for as long as we want. If we really dig a place we will stay for longer and if something isn't as cool as we thought we will move on sooner. We want the freedom to take recommendations from people we meet and go to the cool places they love. We also want to go to places that might be having events, celebrations, and festivals, so we are open to taking the road less traveled to be able to experience the whole country. A part of the adventure also involves meeting and chatting with birth workers all over the country so if I meet someone who suggests I visit with someone else we may find our next destination that way. We are going where ever the wind will blow us!
We have a loose plan though, which involves leaving New Jersey late summer of 2019 and heading north to New England. We have good friends in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Maine whom we would like to visit and we will probably spend a month-ish in Maine. The "plan" is to then head south, probably via the coast where possible. We would like to play in Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. I follow some awesome doulas in Fredrick, MD and I would love to sit down and chat with them. Since we are on no real schedule we will pop into towns and stop in National Parks and Forests all along the way. We will visit friends in Ashville, NC and my guess is we will stay there for a bit because we hear it's right up our alley and there are some cool doulas there too. From there we are heading south, maybe stopping in Savannah and Athens, Georgia and who know what we will be doing and where else we will be but we will be ending up at Universal Studios in Orlando in the beginning to middle of December to take the kids to The World of Harry Potter for their holiday present. Then onto my parents and family in Port Charlotte, Florida for Christmas. We will hang out in Florida for a bit, there is a bluegrass festival in The Keys in January so we'd love to check that out, some volunteer opportunities in Orlando, and I'm sure some awesome birth workers to chat with. After Florida things become really unknown, we will leave Florida mid-January and head west, we think. At this point we don't need to be anywhere but we want to be in Telluride, CO for the Bluegrass Festival in June so that pretty much leaves things wide open. We were talking about trying to get up to Alaska in the summer of 2020 after Colorado but who knows. Driving up the west coast is also in the plans as is visiting parts of Canada and Mexico.
The goal is to go anywhere and everywhere we are interested to go. We want to show the kids more than they would find in their school books. There are tons of places and people we would like to see, we want to go to many of the National Parks, we will definitely hit all the big ones. The kids are super exited to see Mount Rushmore and the Grand Canyon but there are tons of smaller parks and monuments that we want to show them too. I've read about lots of small towns in travel blogs that we want to visit to see if its a cool place to live. Which is something else we are doing, looking for a new place to make a home, possible buy some land for the bus and maybe build onto it. Some awesome skoolie families have bought land and added shipping containers or yurts to their property to give them a bit more space or to use as an office or studio. We have some ideas for businesses and projects in the future so a few acres would be great but we still want to stay small so will stay on the bus for a while and see what our lives need then. We love the idea of staying off grid to be more in tune with nature and to respect the environment.
I have traveled a bit in the United States and so has Nick. I went cross country in my early 20's with Green Tortoise and saw and experienced so much of the country. It was definitely one of the best experiences of my life and I think about it all the time. I met so many awesome people, did things I never thought I could do, and went to places I never knew existed. I look forward to going to some of those places again with my children and reliving the magic through their eyes. Nick also has traveled a bit with his family as a boy and on his own following the Grateful Dead. He has seen much of the west and is really excited to show us parts of the country we have only read about or seen on television. There is so much to explore its exciting to think and talk about.
We have map on the wall in the dining room and we are putting dots on it to show all the places we would like to go. It's so great to show the kids where something is or where someone lives and to place a dot on the map. It is truly a family learning experience and I really enjoy their excitement when they ask, are we going to go there? Since you are part of our journey too, we would love to hear where you think we should go? Do you know any cool places we can't miss? Do you want to meet up when we are in your neck of the woods? Do you know some free places to park a 40' bus? We are so excited to be on this adventure and are grateful for all the people who have been a part of it so far and are excited to meet new friends in the future.
Cities & Towns To Check Out
Is there someplace we shouldn't miss? Let us know.