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Christina Nealson, “Drive Me Wild”

If you’ve ever dreamed of selling your stuff and taking life on the road, Christina Nealson’s memoir, Drive Me Wild: A Western Odyssey, is for you. (If you buy through this link I get a tiny kickback from Amazon, but feel free to get a copy anywhere.)

christina nealson's memoir drive me wildNealson had me at “drive,” but the rest of the title is pretty great, too. This beautifully-written book lives up to its name with lots of wild places and encounters, and enough dramatic tension to make it a page-turner. After reading it you’ll have a good sense of what it’s really like to have a home on wheels.

Christina’s in Taos for a bit and has quickly become my new favorite person. She was nice enough to answer a couple questions for us.

Q: What’s your best piece of advice for someone wanting to do what you’ve done, live full-time in an RV?

A: The best piece of advice would relate to flexibility – plans change, priorities shift, weather comes roaring in, shit happens then rainbows split the sky. If you are staunchly connected to plans you’re not going to be a happy camper. Breathe deep, smile and be in the moment. If you can’t see the humor in a situation or laugh at yourself, you’re in for a hastened dead-end.

christina nealsonQ: What do you wish you would have known before you started?

A: The most important challenge of full-time RV-ing? To create boundaries and ensure time alone. No matter how much you like the person you’re traveling with, you both need time to immerse yourself in your own rhythms. Even RV-ing alone, I make sure I have time when the cell phone is off and I’m off by myself, inside or outside of the trailer.

Great advice! Thanks to Christina for sharing it.

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  1. I’m not sure I’m the RV type but this book does sound like my cup of tea. I already loved it when I saw the cover image and the title. I read the book description on Amazon and went “Gotta have this!” Anything describing itself as a “travel book for the soul” goes straight onto my wish list. Plus there are all those tantalizing places and animals I want to read about – including how the author manages to live in an RV with her husband, a dog and a cat (but not just any cat!).

    I’ll keep this on my Amazon wish list for now but would rather buy it when I get to Taos. Like from Moby Dickens. Or maybe from the author if she’s still in town when I get there.

    P.S. Stay flexible and set good boundaries. I agree. Great advice for just about any living arrangement.
    Millivers Travels recently posted..10 Courses at Remy on the High Seas: Part 3 – Cheese, Desserts, Coffee and Roses

    • Milliver,

      You should absolutely buy it from our lovely indie bookstore or the author herself. And I agree about the advice – it works for love relationships, friendships, colleagues….

      Deonne

  2. Some day I would LOVE to be on the road. Christina’s book pushes me that direction each time I pick it up. I’ve read the whole thing through and now pick it up on occasion and open to any page for a few minutes of beauty.
    Emilie Vardaman recently posted..A Drive to Remember

    • Emilie,

      I can see Christina’s book being that kind of resource. I hope you get to fulfill your dream sooner than later!

      Deonne

  3. Thanks so much Deonne! It’s pure pleasure to appear on “gone scamping” — thank you for kind and wonder-full words. I’d like to invite your readers to hop over to my “WildWords” blog as well. Between you and me we’ve got a lot of ground covered. Here’s to friendship. Here’s to women on the road! Onward! xoxo
    http://www.christinanealson.blogspot.com

  4. Thanks for the recommendation! I’m always on the lookout for travel books – especially those written by women. I placed the Kindle edition on my wish list. Thanks again!
    Kim recently posted..Return to Deming, NM

    • Kim,

      I’m happy to share, and I agree – we need more books written by women about the road. (I’m going to start doing my little part to up those numbers this year.) Thanks for commenting!

      Deonne

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