Space, more importantly, personal space. This is the concern for most of the people I talk to. It’s hard for most people to fathom living in such small accommodations solo, let alone with three other people and three cats. And it can be very tedious being in such close quarters a lot of the time.
What tends to work is being out as much as possible. Being at campgrounds and spacious RV parks are a sweet spot. Lots of bike riding and walking the trails help to cure some of the small lifestyle blues. Some of our past places had
fruit to pick and large playgrounds to run off steam. Taking a few minutes or sometimes a few hours to research local parks, festivals, and various other activities has become part of my weekly and sometimes daily tasks. It does pay off when we can enjoy a new event like the Apple Festival in Ithaca or watch a reenactment at the Castillo de San Marcos in St. Augustine.
The best money spent has been our annual membership to Western North Carolina Nature Center. I picked it up while we were in Asheville. The membership has reciprocity with AZA (zoos, aquariums) and ASTC (science centers) either free or at a discount. We visited WNC twice while there and several AZA and ASTC across the country. It’s an easy way to beat the heat, cold, or rainy weather. Depending on the day, there are ample opportunities for the boys to find playmates.
Most recently, I’ve started to focus on my own activity and health. This has been one of the hardest things to accomplish given the amount of time we move locations and getting myself motivated to do so. For a few months, I’ve slowly increased working out by simply walking and running using the Couch to 5K program. It
only relies on having shoes and getting out. I was halfway through the program but have put a pause to incorporate My Peak Challenge. This is a more rounded, full body program. It cost a bit but doesn’t require a lot of equipment. It also provides an online support group to help keep me motivated. It’s only been two weeks and I feel the drive to complete the daily workouts.