Update on Our Adventures: Nomads Coming Full Circle

by Jason on February 1, 2013

Shelly and I have made significant changes to our routine since my last update. We’ve decided to put down some temporary roots for at least a few months. We’ve been camping in El Cajon, CA (east of San Diego) for about two months and will probably be here until at least summer… maybe longer.

The decision to stop traveling was made for a few reasons:

  1. Money. Frequent travel was expensive, especially toward the end. We racked up some debt over the last few months when traveling from clinic to clinic. Since debt is crippling to the nomad lifestyle, we’re focusing on knocking it out.
  2. Rest. Traveling long distances every week or so was a blast. It was also exhausting. We needed the physical and mental break.
  3. New hobbies. After being immersed in the running world for years, both of us needed a different outlet. Both of us reached a degree of proficiency with running where improvement would have required far more effort than we were willing to expend. We needed something new. Our new hobby- mma training! We’ve been working out at the San Diego Fight Club for several months. We take boxing, Muay Thai kickboxing, and jiu jitsu classes. It’s cool to be complete newbies once again. We’re enjoying the process of learning a completely new skill set. And fighting is more fun than I would have expected!
  4. Kids and school. As I mentioned in an earlier post, our kids were getting bored with homeschooling. We have since enrolled them in school. It’s been going well. They’re learning to assimilate to the classroom environment while being exposed to a wide range of kids… far greater than they normally experience in campgrounds.
  5. Jobs. As part of paying off our debt and rebuilding our savings, I’ve gotten a few part-time jobs. The first was a temporary job working as a driver’s helper for UPS. My current job is a materials handler at a lumber yard (I help load wood on trucks.) Both jobs have been good experiences. I’ve met quite a few people from the area and have learned a few new skills. In the near future, I’ll probably venture back into the classroom as a substitute teacher. I’m not willing to commit to a full-time teaching job… yet. :-) Shelly is doing some freelance online work but is looking for a job locally.

How long will we stay?

At this point, we don’t know. The allure of the open road is pretty strong, but we’re really enjoying our current situation. At this point I don’t think we’ll move out of our trailer… it’s nice having the option to move at a moment’s notice.

After going through a full cycle of leaving our regular jobs, traveling extensively, then resettling, some may have questions. Feel free to post them in the comments section; I’ll answer them all!

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