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.)
Nealson 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.
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.