These last couple of weeks we both really miss home. Well not exactly Long Island, but the comforts of a traditional stationary home, that doesn't move every other day. Here are a few things we have been missing:
2. Consistent Internet
Internet coverage from site to site is so frustrating. Often times we have to book sites we normally wouldn't simply because we will have service. Despite all our technology and applications to enhance our signals, it is still a struggle to work on the road and a constant battle for consistent internet. I guess it’s the price you pay for these remote sites.
3. Availability of your own doctors.
Bottom line being sick on the road sucks. Ash has been struggling lately and hasn’t been feeling great for a lot of our trip. The problem is the doctors who know your history and how to fix you are thousands of miles away, the doctors you find on the road don’t. A walk in clinic or new temporary doctor's office can only do so much and sometimes you just need your own doctor.
4. Trader Joes
Sure there are some Trader Joes throughout the US, but not in the tiny towns we’ve been staying at. When the population is less than 1400 people, you pray for any super market that's not named Walmart. Don’t get me wrong, a Walmart will have the essential food for survival but when you have a taste for something somewhat exotic or organic a Walmart falls short. We miss the fresh produce and variety of options that you find at Trader Joes.
5. Stability of a consistent place
You learn quick to be comfortable being uncomfortable. While RV Life is always exciting, it does get tiring to always be somewhere new. There's no stability in where you shop, who you meet, where you are going, or the road conditions. With the constant travel and having to maximize each location by seeing the best the town offers, you rarely get to have a lazy day. Each new site also bring its own sacrifices, sometimes we don't have water, or sewer, or internet, or anything at all. Sometimes we are low on fuel, or propane, or food or pet food which often isn't an easy fix or a simple 5 minute trip to the store. You consistently have to be on your game and think about your resources and what is next. Sometimes we just want it to be easy and familiar.
To my full timers out there, what do you miss from home? I miss NY Bagels and Pizza.
By Kevin Quiambao