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 who left convention behind in 2007 and have been touring by RV and sailboat ever since.
This website is our photo-journal for sharing our travel adventure stories. It is also our way of passing on the many things we have learned about the unusual full-time RVing and cruising lifestyles.
Our goal is to inspire you to get out and go, to lift your spirits with a fun travel tale or two from the road, and to share some tips for how to live this way.
Our story in a nutshell
We began this life evolution in May, 2007, in a 27′ travel trailer. We criss-crossed the US for a year and then upgraded to a 36′ fifth wheel.
In January, 2010, we bought a sailboat and took our travels to the sea.
For the next 3.5 years, we cruised our 44′ sailboat Groovy up and down the entire Pacific coast of Mexico.
We sailed from the US border to the Guatemala border, and visited almost every Mexican port, 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 our travels, we have discovered and nurtured a deep love of photography and writing.
We have published nearly 70 feature articles in the major RVing and Sailing magazines, and we’ve created a video guide series for cruising Mexico. Many of our photos have appeared on magazine covers in the RV and sailing industries.
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 1,800 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.
Navigating this Website
There is a ton of info here for RVers, sailors and armchair travelers too. To get yourself oriented, please check out these links:
Where did we get the name for this blog?
We are perpetually 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.
Have a look around, enjoy our blog, feel free to SUBSCRIBE and happy travels!!
— Emily and Mark