If you haven’t read one before, Inside the RV is my way of providing a little bit of community to The Virtual Campground while also feeding the RV obsession of those that need the fuel.
Today’s edition brings you Bryanna Royal of Crazy Family Adventure. I met Bryanna and her amazing clan at the RV Entrepreneur Summit back in February 2017. In fact, they were the first family I met there, setting me up for an amazing weekend. Here’s an interview with them on the hows and whys of their RV travels. Enjoy!
PS. This post contains an affiliate link. This means if you purchase their course at the end, I get a commission. It doesn’t cost you more, but it helps fuel The Virtual Campground. Isn’t that awesome? Yeah, I think so too.
Who is Crazy Family Adventure?
We are a family of 6 (mom, dad, 9 year old boy, 7 year old boy/girl twins, and a 4 year old boy) plus a dog! We sold our house in May 2014 and have been living, working, and traveling full-time in our RV ever since. We recently downsized from a 39 foot motorhome into a 23 foot Class C so we can focus on spending more time outside and to make travel easier. We have been to over 25 states and plan to continue to travel around the US while also heading into Canada and Mexico in the near future. Our whole intention with traveling is to focus on deepening our family bond.
Tell me what brought all this up? Why did you choose the RV life?
We were living your typical American dream with a big house, nice yard, everything you think you want. Then we started to realize that all our time and energy was going into maintaning the house, driving to activities, and working. We wanted a change and a way that we could focus more on each other. We came across other families that were traveling full time in their RV and it seemed like an amazing way to simplify our lives, focus on each other, and to visit all the places we wanted to go!
One of the reasons I want to RV full-time is for my daughter. I think it’s an amazing way to raise a child. What were your kids’ reactions and how do they feel now?
Our kids were all for the adventure when we first started. Now that we have been on the road for 3 years they don’t really know anything else. They love exploring new places, going to the beach, finding new places, and just hanging out at the campground getting cvovered in mud as they climb trees and make up games. There are times when they ask to go “home” (our hometown in Wisconsin) where we have amazing family and friends. They miss them just like we do. But any time we ask if they want to stay on the road and keep traveling they almost always say yes.
We love the fact that both Craig and I are around and that we continually deepen our family bond. Finding the balance between working, parenting, schooling, living, and traveling has been a challenge and continues to be. But we wouldn’t change our life and will continue to strive for making our familiy a top priority.
Now, my favorite topic. What kind of RV do you have?
We now have a 23 foot Class C Winnebago View. It is small and tight but it has been working for us! Winnebago does a great job with coming up with storage solutions that make the space seem bigger than it is.
What did you do with all your stuff originally? And how did you downsize again to the Winnebago?
When we decided to downsize, we had multiple rummage sales, solat a lot of things through Craigslist and Facebook, and donated a ton of stuff, too. The funny thing is we don’t really miss any of it!
We do have about 4 bins in my parents’ storage that has our keepsake items– like our wedding album and things like that. Plus we sent a few boxes back to my in-laws when we decided to downsize again (to the Winnebago). Things like NERF guns the kids wanted to keep, winter coats (haven’t used them much on our travels!), and out Renaissance Faire costumes (we go to the Faire in our hometown so we don’t need them on the road). Things like that. Plus some books, which are always so hard to get rig of!
Each time we downsize we realize more and more that we really don’t need that much. Even with 6 people and a dog!
(Here is a video of what their life looks like in their Winnebago!)
Just how long have you been on the road? Do you ever see a “finish line”?
We have been on the road almost 3 years. Crazy how time flies. We don’t have a finish line is site. When we started, we never set a stop date and figured we would just do it until we or the kids didn’t want to. We have also talked about overseas travel, renting a house, homesteading, etc.
After being exposed to this lifestyle, I think it would be really hard to go back to “normal” life… it doesn’t mean we don’t sometimes think about that life and wish for it, because we do. But we also know this wanderlust will never go away and a “normal” life just doesn’t give us the flexibility we are looking for. Then again, we can’t predict the future so we never say never. Who knows where we will end up in 6 months, 1 year, 5 years. That is the beauty of it!
What is the absolute hardest thing about full-time travel?
Missing friends and family back home is that hardest part, hands down. Next is always having to plan and know where we are going to go next. If you don’t plan, you don’t have anywhere to stay.
What is the absolute best thing about it?
The close bond growing within our family and especially between our kids. They really are best friends and it is amazing to see. Also that we spend so much time together as a family. And of course, the exploring! We have seen and done things that we never thought we would. I love visiting new places and exploring and finding cool things to see and do.
What have you learned on this journey and what are you still seeking?
I have learned patience, acceptance, how to relax and how to go with the flow. Craig and I have also grown as people in ways we did not expect with this lifestyle. Coming into it, we thought it would be a fun adventure. We had no idea it would also push our comfort zones further than we thought possible and grow us all as individuals and as a family.
All of us have learned to face fears and to do things we never would have done otherwise. And how to be owners of our own time. No one is telling us (all 6 of us!) what to do day-in and day-out, so we are all learning how to full our time with things we love and enjoy. I really like the fact that our kids have this freedom.
Alright, I’ve gotta ask. How do you make money?
We know everyone is curious and we love to share our story! When we started this lifestyle we weren’t planning on starting our own business to support ourselves. But quickly we realized we wanted that freedom, so we went for it and have built our own business over the last 2.5 years. This allows us to continue to travel, own our time, and do what we want day-in and day-out.
Our business is Virtual Powerhouse where we do social media, blogging, newsletters, website development, and SEO work for small businesses. All of our work is done virtually. We have enjoyed the process of growing our business and have decided recently to go down the path of creating a course to teach other people how we have done it and how they can build their own business and travel full-time with their family if they want to!
Tell me more about this course and what others can expect from it.
This course is a step-by-step process of exactly how I created and grew my service-based virtual business. It will walk you through choosing your business, getting it started, finding clients, keeping the business simplifies, and networking for continued growth.
It also includes bonuses about how to start your website, brand you business, taxes for small businesses, masterminds, and more! There are even top tips for other virtual business owners who are currently working and traveling full-time.
A big part of being successful with a business is knowing how to make decisions and move forward. The course will not tell you exactly what you should pursue business-wise, but instead will guide you through the process where you choose a business that fits you personally. I truly believe this is such an important part of getting your business off the ground. You need to have ownership of your decisions and you need to make those decisions and keep moving forward with your business.
When you take the course you will also have access to our private Facebook group where you can ask any and all questions and receive the personal help you need! It is a great way to get support and have people there to help you through those tough decisions.
Click here to learn more about how you can get started with the course.
And if you decide to buy it, use the code lw50 for 50% off!
Questions for Crazy Family Adventure?