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Living in an RV and Traveling (with 5 kids) is Freaking Awesome

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It’s been over three years and I still love living in an RV with my five kids. I realize living in an RV and traveling with kids is not on most people’s bucket list and for good reason.  It’s challenging and requires a great deal of perspective.  Most days I do have to stop and remind myself why this is a conscious choice made with intention.  There are many reasons I love this lifestyle, but here are seven of the reasons I wake up excited to be living in an RV and traveling the world with my kids.

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RV living gives you the freedom to get lost anywhere you want

Living In An RV With Kids Gives You So Much Freedom

I love that everything that is important to me is always with me and it can be packed up and ready to move in less than an hour.  When I’m ready for a change of scenery or a new adventure it takes very little work to grab it and go. 

Besides the obvious freedom to move, the cost of living is so much smaller that it allows freedom to spend my time doing things that are valuable to me and bring me a lot of happiness.  Click To Tweet

If you are considering living in an RV and traveling, think about where you’d like to see yourself spending most of your time.  We live in an RV because we like an ever changing backyard, which means we pack light in order to move easily.  Many people downsize to an RV to save money, but are looking to stay put in RV parks and can hang onto a lot more stuff.  

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Finding our freedom on the road but for other, it might just be a campground

Related Blog: Things To Consider Before Buying An RV

It’s very important to know what your intention is when you decide to live in an RV and travel with kids.  Our kids love the outdoors and living in an RV allows them to spend a lot of time playing outside.  If you decide to live in an RV with kids, include them in the decision making especially when it come to where to go.  

Tip: Keep a dream board to add places that you and your kids want to see. Get a Push Pin Travel Map and strat dreaming.

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Hammocks Might Be My Favorite Part of Living In An RV

I traded couches for hammocks and couldn’t be happier.Click To Tweet

There’s a reason why pictures of hammocks are associated with vacation and relaxation.  I dare you to try lying in a hammock and not feel absolutely in heaven while you are there.  We have an ENO Hammock which you can hang from trees so wherever we are, we can lie back, relax, and watch the sky.

P.S. The benefits of getting horizontal on your adrenal health is incredible.  If we ever move back into a house, I’m hanging a hammock inside.  

Related Blog: 7 Easy & Cheap Tips To Improve Adrenal Function 

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What you see here is pretty much the entirety of our living space

Living Small Makes You Appreciate Your  Cozy Corners

I have three windows and a small shelf around my bed.  I spend a lot of time curled up on my bed reading and writing or staring out the window at the amazing scenery I’m surrounded by. 

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Enjoying our simple life curled up with a good book

My friends tell me how each of their kids goes to their own rooms and watch their own show on their own iPad and I can’t relate.  My kids all cuddle up wherever they can fit in our “living room” to watch a movie. 

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Movie night looks a little different in an RV

The closeness our family gets from living in such tight quarters is wonderful. 

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Daniel watching a movie with little siblings all cuddled up in the tiny back room

Tip: Eliminate as much stuff as possible.  It’s amazing when you live in an RV how little stuff your kids really need.  We end up spending so much more time on experiences that we really don’t miss our stuff.

Sunsets on the Columbia River Gorge
Sunsets on the Columbia River Gorge

Living In An RV Means You Tend To Notice The Sky More

How many times a day do you get to look at the sky?  It’s really amazing. 

Watching it change from darkness to sunrise as the sky moves through the colors—pink, purple, blue, and finally, a bright yellow—gives you a feeling of invincibility as you start the day.  A feeling full of potential to do and be anything you want. 

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An incredible sunrise from our campground in Hawaii

Then, to follow the sun as it traces its arc across the wide open sky and observe the constantly moving clouds, reminds me of the impermanence of life and that the only constant is change.  The beautiful colors of the sunset and the feeling of a day well spent reminds me to be grateful for all I have. 

Then finally, the night sky, an endless mystery of something so immense, puts on a magic show right before my eyes.Click To Tweet

Tip: Make an effort to wake up and catch the sunrise.  It gets your day off to a great start!

But what watching the sky really does, it heighten your awareness. It brings you into the moment and improves your wellness by getting you to slow down, observe your surrounding, and live more in the present moment

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Family hike in Jasper National Park

Living in an RV With Our Kids Allows Our Life To Revolve Around Adventure

Most of the time, we are camping in national parks, rural areas, or small cities, which means there is always something active to do literally right outside our door.  We have…

  • Hiked the most spectacular destinations like Abel Tasman, Eiger Trail, and Tryfan
  • Surfed in some amazing breaks like Raglan, Pavones, and Steamer Lane
  • Mountain biked through beautiful forest like Rotorua, the Tetons, and Park City
  • And rock climbed in complete solitude in places like the Puoux, City of Rocks, and Squamish
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Backpacking the Abel Tasman coast all together as a family
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Mountain biking smooth single track in Rotorua

Click here to get inspiration and beta to plan your next adventure.

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Life is a constant road trip when living in an RV

Living in an RV Means We Are Always On A Road Trip

I don’t know about you, but personally, I love road trips.  Setting out on the open road makes me feel like a kid going to Disneyland.  Our life has become one big road trip and the sense of adventure that comes with that is priceless.  

Related: Road Trip Itineraries in the US, Canada, New Zealand, Costa Rica, and Europe

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Living In An RV Creates A Life Of Simplicity

We have eliminated the nonessentials and have only kept what is of value to us.  I used to spend hours cleaning my house, picking up after my kids, organizing and reorganizing all the stuff we had accumulated, now I don’t. 

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A rolling stone gathers no moss, and maybe that’s a good thing

There’s an efficiency to this way of living that makes life simpler and in doing so you feel lighter and can breathe a little slower and deeper.  

Related blog: Lessons Learned Living Small


Living in an RV and traveling is not for everyone, but there are a lot of great lessons it does teach you.

I know living like this is a bit weird, but I love that my kids are learning the difference between wants and needs, value nature over having stuff, and enjoy that there is always someone around ready to listen to them.Click To Tweet

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Do you think RV living is for you? Got some questions about RV living with kids? Let us know in the comments or contact us directly with any questions about transitioning to RV Living! WE’re kind of experts on this 😉

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Monday 11th of March 2019

your lifestyle sounds wonderful...your children are very lucky. we are planning on getting rv for our family...not for full time but part time travel. we have 5 children but they are younger. my question is when did you start traveling full time with your kids? and if they were younger how did you get from a to b with the kids...with car seats seat belts etc.


Tuesday 2nd of April 2019

when they were younger we had carseats for them in our motorhome (or truck when we had a trailer). When we traveled to Europe, we brought our 5 year old's booster seat, but everyone else was older by then

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