Do you dream of hitting the road in an RV, or sailing off over the horizon in a boat? We’ve been there…and we’re doing that! Read on, and escape with us!!
We are Mark and Emily Fagan, avid travelers and adventurers. We left our old, conventional lifestyle behind in 2007, and have been touring by RV and sailboat ever since.
We love traveling full-time with our own home in tow, whether it is our cherished sailboat named Groovy or our beloved “buggy” which is a fifth wheel trailer.
This blog is both a photo-journal for sharing our adventures in these rolling and floating homes and our way of passing on the things we have learned about these unusual lifestyles.
If you are researching the RV or cruising lifestyle (or both!), there are lots of pages devoted to the many things we have discovered about RVs, sailing, boats, living aboard, living abroad, and the RV lifestyle!
Whether you are looking for exciting travel destinations or a bit of escapist reading, our goal is to inspire you to get out and go — or at least to lift your spirits for a few moments with a fun travel tale or two from the road.
Our story in a nutshell
We began this life evolution in May, 2007, criss-crossing the US, first in a 27′ travel trailer and then in a 36′ fifth wheel.
In January, 2010, we took our travels to the sea, and for the next 3.5 years we cruised our 44′ sailboat Groovy up and down the entire Pacific coast of Mexico, from the US border to the Guatemala border, visiting almost every port in between, including the Sea of Cortez.
In January, 2014, after two brief RV journeys during the summers of 2011 and 2012 (when we left our boat in Mexico for hurricane season), we said goodbye to our beautiful sailboat Groovy for the last time, and returned to the RV lifestyle full-time.
During the course of our travels, we have discovered and nurtured a deep love of photography and writing.
Our special lifestyle has caught the attention of media outlets and industry leaders, and both we and our moveable homes have been profiled by the likes of Highways Magazine, Scientific American, Latitude 38 and Kyocera Solar Power.
Living Off the Grid – How to RV & Cruise Frugally
Throughout our travels we have lived almost entirely off the grid.
In our RV life we like to “boondock,” that is, camp independently on America’s gorgeous public lands, away from campgrounds and RV parks.
In our sailing life we “anchored out” in bays and coves rather than staying in marinas.
To date, we have spent over 1,000 nights boondocking and over 750 nights living aboard at anchor!
These unique lifestyles have taught us a lot about how to live simply and frugally, without “hookups” to power or water, and loads of pages on this site are dedicated to sharing our tips and tricks for living this way.
Where did we get the name for this blog?
We have found in our journeys that we are always wandering off the well-worn paths of other travelers.
So, years ago, when a friend sent me a heartfelt email referencing Robert Frost’s poem The Road Not Taken after he read my post about why we are pursuing this travel dream, it seemed the poet’s sentiments matched the theme we wanted to express.
The final lines of that famous poem, written so long ago, ring true for us today:
Two roads diverged in a wood
And I took the one less traveled by
And that has made all the difference.
Navigating Our Website
There is a ton of info here for RVers, sailors and armchair travelers too. To get yourself oriented, please check out these links:
Below are our most recent posts. Our “lifestyle snapshots” are short and sometimes funny peeks into our crazy lifestyle afloat and on the road. Our “travel” stories are a travelogue of illustrated adventure stories. Our “news & tech posts” include announcements, tech topics and other features.
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- On the Road to your Dreams, Stay the Course! When starting a life of full-time travel, by RV or sailboat or other means, the transition can be rocky. Just remember: stay the course!
Above all we hope you get out and GO!!
We fanned the flames of our travel dreams by following the stories of others. We hope in the same way to light the path for you.
Before you know it, you’ll be running off to a life of adventure too!! There’s a wonderful world waiting for you to explore.
Have a look around, enjoy our blog, feel free to SUBSCRIBE and happy travels!!
– Emily and Mark
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Volume 1 (left) reviews the geography, weather and seasons in Mexico and shows you what the best anchorages between Ensenada and Manzanillo are like.
Volume 2 (middle) gives detailed info that can't be found in any of the guidebooks about the glorious cruising ground between Manzanillo and the Guatemala border.
Volume 3 (right) provides all the info you need to get off the boat for an adventure-filled trip to Oaxaca.