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

Are you dreaming of RV living or sailing the oceans, or perhaps wondering what it would be like to travel full-time and live a nomadic lifestyle? We are Emily and Mark Fagan, and we’ve been there and we are doing that! Back in 2007 we left convention behind to live a life of adventure on the road, and this website is filled with inspiring travel stories and articles about everything we’ve learned along the way.

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Mark and Emily Fagan in Spearfish Canyon, South Dakota

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For over ten years we’ve been traveling full-time by RV, and for some of those years by sailboat too, and we’ve been sharing our travel stories as well as our cruising and RV lifestyle tips on this website ever since.

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Sunrise in Kansas

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Sunset in Nova Scotia

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Our rolling home — a 2007 36′ Hitchhiker fifth wheel and 2016 Ram Dually truck — in Utah

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Our (former) floating home “Groovy,” a 2008 Hunter 44DS, in Mexico’s Sea of Cortez

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

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Grand Teton Natiional Park in Wyoming.

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A rainbow over saguaro cactus in Arizona

From RV tech tips and RV lifestyle tips to cruising tips and 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!

Our goal is to inspire you, to lift your spirits with fun travel stories, and to share our tips for how we’ve lived the dream of traveling full-time by RV and sailboat in an exciting nomadic lifestyle.

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Barns and mountains in eastern Oregon

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East Quoddy Head Lighthouse offshore from Lubec, Maine, and Campobello Island, New Brunswick

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 at this link: Our Rigs for Full-timing (also in the menu)).

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Mabry Mill on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia

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Horseshoe Bend in Arizona

At the beginning of 2010, after nearly 3 years of full-timing in our RV, we bought a sailboat and took our travels to the sea. For the better part of the next 4 years, we cruised our 44′ sailboat Groovy up and down the entire 2,000 mile Pacific coast of Mexico, spending the summertime hurricane seasons traveling in our trailer in the US while Groovy waited for us in Mexico.

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

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Conception Bay in Mexico’s Sea of Cortez

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Las Hadas in Manzanillo, Mexico

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Catching dinner.

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Sunset in Zihuatanejo, Mexico

In the summer of 2013, we did the infamous Baja Bash, sailing Groovy uphill against the wind and waves from Puerto Vallarta back to San Diego. We were not only chased by but were riding behind after a series of hurricanes for the whole 1,200 miles!

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

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We loved Groovy and cruising Mexico but we were excited to return to living exclusively in our RV.


You can learn the rest of our backstory before we became full-time travelers on our About Us page (in the menu too). For a thrilling overview of our first ten years of full-time travel — chock full of gorgeous photos — check out these two posts:

In our nomadic lifestyle we have both discovered and nurtured a deep love of photography, and I (Emily…the author and webmaster of this site) have pursued my lifelong love of writing as well.

We have both grown tremendously as photographers — photography has become a truly shared passion for us — and this website is a fun testament to our improved techniques and maturing artistry from 2007 to the present!

For tips on how we learned photography and the gear we use, visit our photography page (also found in the menu).

Over the years we have published our photos and travel articles extensively in various print and online publications.

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Sedona Arizona

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Las Vegas, Nevada

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Zion National Park, Utah

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Bryce Canyon, Utah

PUBLISHED WORK

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.

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Waterton Lakes National Park, Canada

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Moraine Lake in Banff National Park, Canada

In 2017 we began authoring a column on the back page of Trailer Life Magazine showcasing our photos of special places we’ve been.

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New York’s Watkins Glen State Park impressed me so much I featured it in my May 2017 Trailer Life Magazine column!

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A wild lovebird in a saguaro cactus 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.

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Camping in Utah

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

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Anchoring out on Mexico’s Costalegre

As of December, 2017, we have spent over 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.

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Morning mist in the Sonoran Desert of Arizona

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Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

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Deer in eastern Wyoming

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A mountain bluebird catches breakfast in the Black Hills of South Dakota

NAVIGATING THIS WEBSITE

With nearly 800 articles on this website, there is a ton of info for you about RVing full-time as well as cruising tips for sailors. And there are plenty of travel stories for armchair travelers too.

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Crater Lake National Park in Oregon — It really is that shade of blue!

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A surprise September snowstorm in Colorado

To get yourself oriented so you can easily navigate to the articles that interest you, please visit these links which explain how the website is laid out:

RVers Start Here! Cruisers Start Here!

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Taking a break from photographing Petrified Forest National Park in Arizona

WHERE DID WE GET THE NAME FOR OUR BLOG?

We are perpetually wandering off the well-worn paths of other travelers.

So, years ago, after 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, I realized the poet’s sentiments matched the theme I wanted to express.

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What an inviting road to go see the fall foliage in Colorado!

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.

Perhaps you are at a crossroad in your life. We hope that if, like us, you decide to follow the many roads that are less traveled by, it will make all the difference for you too.

As John Irving once noted, “If you are lucky enough to find a way of life that you love, you have to find the courage to live it.”

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A rainbows breaks through the rain and fog in Montana

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Two very happy campers at Banff National Park, Canada

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On the roads less traveled in Utah 🙂