RV living, Travel Stories & Nomadic Lifestyle How-To Tutorials

RV living, Travel Stories and How-To Tutorials for the Nomadic Lifestyle!

With our floating home, Groovy

Are you dreaming of freedom and travel adventure? Curious about RV living or sailing the oceans, or perhaps wondering what it would be like to live a nomadic lifestyle?

We’ve been there, we’re doing that, and this website is filled with articles about everything we’ve learned. Our travel stories will get you inspired!

We are Mark and Emily Fagan, avid travelers and adventurers who left convention behind in 2007.

We have been traveling full-time by RV and sailboat and sharing our travel stories and tips ever since.

Our travels have taken us throughout North America, from Canada to Mexico, RVing scenic byways and back roads and sailing Mexico’s Pacific coast. This blog brings our wealth of knowledge to you.

From RV tech tips to travel stories, from full-time RVing ideas and pointers to a vivid glimpse of what goes into RV living, we give you the tools you need to plan your escape and live the dream of a nomadic lifestyle!

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Read on for a peek at what we’ve seen and done…

RV living and travel stories from Flaming Gorge Utah

A rainbow over our rig in Flaming Gorge, Utah

RV living and our nomadic lifestyle in Sun Valley Idaho

“Boondocked” in Sun Valley, Idaho

Our goal is to inspire you, to lift your spirits with fun travel stories, and to share our tips for how we live the dream of full-time RVing and sailing in a nomadic lifestyle.

Travel stories from the nomadic lifestyle of RV living in Flaming Gorge Utah

Taking in the views at Flaming Gorge, Utah

Our story in a nutshell

We began our full-time RV travels in 2007 in a 27′ travel trailer. We criss-crossed the US in that RV for a year and then upgraded to a 36′ fifth wheel.

(You can see our progression of trucks and trailers under Our Rigs for Full-timing in the menu above)

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 2,000 mile Pacific coast of Mexico.

Sailing a Hunter 44DS sailboat in Mexico gave us lots of travel stories!

Groovy in the Sea of Cortez

We sailed from the US border to the Guatemala border, and visited almost every Mexican port in betwen, including the Sea of Cortez.

During the summer of 2013, after two brief RV road trips during the summers of 2011 and 2012 (when we left our boat in Mexico for hurricane season), we did the Baja Bash, sailing Groovy against wind and waves from Puerto Vallarta back to San Diego, with hurricanes ahead of and behind us!

In January, 2014 we said goodbye to our beautiful sailboat Groovy for the last time, and returned to RV living full-time.

You can learn the rest of our story on our About Us page, and you can read an overview of our first ten years on the road in these two posts:

In our nomadic lifestyle we have discovered and nurtured a deep love of photography and writing.

Photography is a big part of our travel stories

Taking pics from the deck of our boat

Published Works

We have published over 100 feature articles in the major RVing and Sailing magazines, and 24 of our photos have appeared on magazine covers in the RV and sailing industries. We’ve also created a video guide series for cruising Mexico.

In a nomadic lifestyle of full-time RV living and nomadic finding a hobby is important

Photography has become our passion

In 2017 we began publishing a column on the back page of Trailer Life Magazine showcasing our photos of iconic and stunning places we’ve been.

Our nomadic lifestyle has caught the attention of media outlets and industry leaders, and we have been profiled by the likes of Kyocera Solar Power, Highways, Scientific American and Latitude 38.

RV living in Arizona

A classic Arizona sunset

An RV living space become a true home with hummingbird feeders!

A hummingbird visits us in our rig

Travel stories from our nomadic lifestyle and RV living in Arizona

Rio Verde in Arizona

RV Living and Our Nomadic Lifestyle

In our nomadic lifestyle we have lived almost exclusively off the grid on solar power. In our RV living we like to “boondock,” that is, camp independently on America’s gorgeous public lands, away from campgrounds and RV parks.

In our nomadic lifestyle of RV living we boondock a lot

Fire lights the sky over our trailer in the Arizona desert

In our sailing life we “anchored out” in bays and coves rather than staying in marinas.

As of November, 2017, we have spent nearly 2,600 nights boondocking in our RV and over 900 nights living aboard our sailboat on solar power!

This unique nomadic lifestyle has taught us a lot about how to live simply and frugally, without “hookups” to power or water.

Our travel stories from Red Canyon Utah are really popular

Red Canyon, Utah

A highlight in our nomadic lifestyle was seeing Natural Bridges National Monument in Utah

Natural Bridges, Utah

Travel stories abound at Palenque in Mexico

We visited Mayan ruins in Palenque, Mexico, during our cruise

Navigating this Website

There is a ton of info here about RVing full-time, plus tips for sailors and stories for armchair travelers too.

To get yourself oriented so you can easily navigate to the hundreds of articles on RV living and find our travel tips, travel stories and nomadic lifestyle tutorials, please check out these links:

RVers Start Here! Cruisers Start Here!

Snowbird RVers love the nomadic lifestyle and RV living in Florida

A Florida sunset.

Our travel stories from Colorado National Monument were really fun

Colorado National Monument

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, SUBSCRIBE if you like what you see (it’s free) and happy travels!!

— Emily and Mark

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