With not being able to go anywhere or travel like we usually do we thought we would start updating and redecorating the camper! .
We took the sliding glass doors out of our camper bathroom that were half broke anyway! That track was a pain to keep clean also so we decided on putting a shower curtain up and it looks so much better! .
I took our hideous valances down a couple days ago and still in the process of hanging the curtains up! .
The campers finally starting to look more like home! 🖤
A swing next to a quiet river is just what we needed. We're usually go go go. So it's been tough to just sit around and wonder what's next. But the days seem to pass quicker when we have views like this out our back window. 🌞
2 1734 minutes ago
Bye Bye👋🏼Workspace and Computer‼️ Steve mailed his Laptop back to Corporate today and we Finally👍🏼have our Front Sitting Area back‼️
When I look at Skye I often wonder “What is going on inside your head?” but today I think the roles were reversed... She could not leave me alone today while I was doing yoga!
I used to practice several times a week, but since moving to North Carolina I haven’t been nearly as consistent. Now that my gym is closed I have plenty of time to get back on my @suga.yoga mat
9 2749 minutes ago
Well Jon suited up and we are celebrating 10,000 Facebook followers! 🎉
We are so GRATEFUL and never thought we would hit this # while waiting out a pandemic. Thank you!!! We look forward to sharing our future travels with you. Cheers to seven years of full time travel! 🥂 Be safe and know we are truly thankful for you! 💕
6 1656 minutes ago
We never expected that a 2020 pandemic would put a halt on our full-time travel lifestyle. 🚫
We are adventurers. Telling us to stay put is like telling us not to breathe.
Even so, we understand that no one's life is normal right now. So we made the hard decision to extend our original one week stay in Northern Alabama into one more, and today, we made a reservation for another two weeks. 📅
Our 310 square foot space feels even smaller when you're stuck inside, so we've been filling our days with hiking and biking...away from people, of course! And we continue to remind ourselves that life is what we make it, even if it's not according to plan. 💖
Fellow RVers, how are you holding up?
Hey-o!! Thanks for joining us on our journey! Usually we have three boys on this adventure (our son and two brothers) but, my daughter’s University is obviously closed due to Covid-19. One of my brothers flew back to my parent’s and will be re-joining us in August. .
So, until August this is us- the travelingstanturfs. .
Jeremy- the redhead, loves campy movies & cartoons to include the old Batman & Robin, likes shirts with fun sayings (refer to shirt in this photo), and has the biggest sweet tooth of anyone I’ve ever met. In fact, I think his blood has slowly turned to Mt Dew.
Mellissa- that’s me! I’m artsy & creative, love traveling and seeing new things, I will try things that I’m afraid of doing because I feel the need to prove to myself that fear can be respected but also won’t control me. I’m an introvert an extroverted introvert. Most people have no idea that I’m as introverted as I am because I’m so social in one on one settings. .
Kaylee- our 19 year old daughter who attends @mercyhurstu University. She loves anime, speaks fluent #japanese , and is currently working on her forensic anthropology degree. .
Dominic- my 14 year old brother. He’s quiet, loves electronics, video games, & wears his emotions on his sleeves. He loves mangoes and all things chocolate.
David- my sweet and loyal boy. He’s an empath with a big heart. He loves sports-especially basketball and football. His favorite player and team is the Portland Trail Blazers and @damianlillard He tells me often that the man is a legend. He enjoys reading books on History especially the Civil War period. .
Which of us five do you relate to the most?
We are currently #socialdistancing in #galvestontx and love this beautiful city. .
Brewery pit stop
We made what is likely to be our last campsite for a little while (more on that soon) at yet another #harvesthosts . It's been a great outlet for us during this time as they have remained open, require little interaction, and support small business. We got to sample two awesome microbrew beers including Mexican Hot Chocolate. Dinner was yummy stone soup, from a magic stone of course. Good Friday.
As far as the van build goes, I’ve been trying to keep things going pretty normal despite this whole corona virus chaos 🚐🔨 For the most part, our day to day life hasn’t changed that much. Since I’m self employed, I always work from home unless I’m meeting with an account or attending a trade show and the kids aren’t old enough for school (and we plan to homeschool regardless).
I thought, “a couple weeks and everything will be back to normal, hopefully we won’t even feel the effects”. My job is completely commission based and all of my orders have been put on hold for the foreseeable future 😬 I have to say I’m really glad we don’t have a mortgage payment, car payment, cable bill, and all the other bills that go along with all of that right now.
When we decided to sell our house and buy our Airstream, we paid off every debt we had. It’s amazing to be able to say everything we have, we own. My plan for now is to keep going on the build, and spend some of this extra time getting some of the more important videos up on YouTube. Hopefully this social distancing works and we can all get back to our normal lives before too long 🤞😎🚐
Thinking back over our last year of travel, Sedona kept coming to mind as one of the most peaceful and magical places we visited. The beautiful red rocks have a calming quality about them. Don’t get me wrong though, the hiking was tough. + +
Looking back over our pictures during this down time has been super helpful. We can’t wait to get back on the road and see many more amazing places! +
A 15 second escape to Pacaya Volcano, one of the three active volcanoes in Guatemala ⠀
15 segundos en el Volcán Pacaya, uno de los tres volcanes activos de Guatemala ⠀
1 153 hours ago
🇪🇨 Si pudiese hablar con mi yo de hace 5 años y decirle que iríamos a ver la gran barrera de coral; nunca me lo hubiese creído. •
Y es verdad, aún hoy me cuesta mucho entender que tuve la gran oportunidad de verla. Pues es un organismo vivo y como todo lo vivo, muere. •
No quiero arruinar el momento, pero aunque aún sigue muy colorida y llena de vida, pudimos ver en algunas partes ‘el blanqueamiento de el coral’ que se debe al fenómeno del niño y al calentamiento global, los cuales afectan muchísimo a este lugar. •
Y bueno si, fue una experiencia única y maravillosa poder nadar en sus aguas, ver peces tortugas y tiburones. Tantos colores y tanta vida en un solo lugar. Pero también no dejo de preguntarme. ‘¿Que estamos haciendo con el planeta?’
Y con eso en la cabeza, no puedo estar más que agradecido por cada paso caminado. —————————————-
🇬🇧 If I could talk to myself from 5 years ago and tell him that we would go to see the great barrier reef; he would never have believed it. •
And it's true, sometimes I still can’t believe that I had the opportunity to see it. I know it’s still there, but it is a living organism and like everything that lives, dies. •
I don’t want to ruin the moment, but although the reef is still very colorful and full of life, we could see in some places ‘the bleaching of the coral’ that is due to the phenomenon called ‘el niño’ and global warming, which considerably affect this place. •
With That said. ‘YES’ it was an unique and wonderful experience to be able to swim in the Great Barrier Reef, and see turtles, fishes and sharks. So many colors and so much life in one place. But I also keep wondering. ‘What are we doing with the planet?’ •
And with that in mind, I can't be more than grateful for every step taken on my journey. 📍The Great Barrier Reef, Australia 🇦🇺 •
3 504 hours ago
I put off changing my composting toilet for a while when I first started using it. Now it’s a fifteen minute job that I tackle about once a month. ......
The first time I made sure no one was around, it was late in the day. I was prepared for war! ......
Now I’ll pull that bad boy out anywhere and swap out the coconut coir for some fresh stuff. .....
Do you compost?
With wanting to shed some positive light in a time of uncertainty we want to bring your attention to some of the amazing people we have met on the road
Sort of a "Friends From the Road" list of all the amazing people we have encountered and spent good quality time with.
So, here we go. @jaxaustin we didn't get a chance to meet him @skooliepalooza but a few weeks later our paths crossed for a few nights.
This is Jax second bus I believe. Obviously we got to see this site together, but Al got to spend some time around the campfire together. He even hooked us up with maple marshmallows, and a great idea to make biscuits on a stick (we tried it was an epic fail). Jax is a YouTube creator and a travel blogger/ photographer running around the country seeing the sites and living life on his terms.
Check out Jax at his YouTube channel or @jaxaustin and see how he does this thing we call life
It was nice hanging with ya homie see you on the flip side
If you could transport yourself (and loved ones) anywhere right now, where would you like to go?
We will get back to normal! We will walk on beaches and climb mountains.
I know in my heart we will as long as we continue to work together in this time of uncertainty! #hope#faith
Zwangspausiert von unser Reise sind wir mittlerweile wieder in Deutschland angekommen & können bei unseren Familien Unterschlupf suchen . Wir bleiben weiterhin im "Lämbchen" wohnen versuchen das beste aus der Zeit zu machen, ihr hoffentlich auch. ✌
back when isolation was enjoyable .
hope everyone is doing good out there . these are some wild times we are living in, no doubt about that. stay safe friends 🤙🏻
📸: @joeytaylorphotography with my edit.
Many friends have been checking in with me recently...
"How are you nomads handling the #Covid19Quarantine ?"
Well... like everyone else... we're holding still and staying home.
Fortunately, we were already planning on being here through the end of April at least.
If you're curious about life here in New Mexico over the past month, then...
>>> Click link in bio <<<
to get the full update for our Course Update with the photos and stories from life here in New Mexico.
Dran erinnern, dass Zeit mit lieben Menschen unglaublich kostbar ist. #wertschätzung ❤️
Bei uns hat sich nicht viel verändert, außer dass wir nicht mehr so oft draußen sind. Auf Reisen sind wir viel Zeit alleine, nur wir als Familie.
Wir schätzen diese Zeit und sind dankbar dafür.
Vertrauen ins Leben ☘️
Alles wird sich fügen 🙏
Wir lieben die Natur. Die fehlt uns schon ein bisschen. Die Beachvibes fehlen 💙🌊
Dafür gibt es jetzt Forestvibes🌿🌳☘️🌴
Nimm den Moment und mache ihn perfekt. 🎉
2 616 hours ago
What do you do when it is 96° Outside🥵and Social Distancing? You play Cards inside the RV and Drink🍷Sangria... Of Course‼️
The Hollywood Walk of Fame is nothing special. It’s a bunch of stars that people step on while walking between a series of touristy shops. But it was still cool to find a bunch actors and directors who I admire, such as Jack Black and Quentin Tarantino.
I wouldn’t recommend going out of your way to see the Walk of Fame, even the title makes me roll my eyes, but if you happen to be in the neighborhood it’s something cool to check out. Just avoid the shops and people asking for money all along the Boulevard.
B E L L + S M I T H + S P R I N G S
Took a cool hike down to Bell Smith Springs in the Shawnee National Forest to find the Devil’s Backbone. We can see why this is a local fun spot along the river in warmer weather. The trails aren’t clearly marked, but it was fun getting lost in the woods for a bit.
Officially closed as of yesterday 😩 We were able to stay at Chatfield for 13 days and it so happened our last night was the last night the state park campground was open. .
We have some amazing friends that have full hookups at their house and we are setup to stay on their property for the next few weeks during the CO stay at home order while being separate from their family for everyone's safety.
Stay safe, stay home, and try not to lose your mind with the kids 😁
2 167 hours ago
就是不能讓自己閒下來。我同意㗎，一諗到可能要呆在家裡工作不能見人，我就 ＼( 。ᐛ )／
Make this world a better place，
📷 Bayreuth, Deutschland, 2019
/ #莫嘉在德國 /
For the last couple weeks, I’ve been isolating myself in the middle of the desert and finding some cool spots to sit out this whole pandemic. This is one of my favorites. It feels like the type of cave where there should be a giant snake in the back that tells you a riddle and sends you off on a side quest. No magic snake today, unfortunately. 🐍
I can definitely see why they filmed an alien movie here. This thing is just about as otherworldly as our planet can get. Have you ever heard the Native American legend about this place? The Kiowa tribe say that there were once a group of girls playing when some giant bears started chasing them. The girls prayed to the great spirit to save them, and the ground beneath their feet began moving up to the sky. The bears tried to reach them, but they only were able to claw at the rock, leaving marks in the sides. The 7 girls then turned into the constellation Pleiades. Next time I’m being chased by a bear, I’ll definitely remember that one. 🐻
106 6,24723 March, 2020
Can’t believe it’s been almost a year since I was exploring cenotés in Yucatán. Time is moving too quickly! This sapphire pit was one of my favorites out of the 6000 cenotés here, but I honestly still have no idea where it is or what it’s called. I was helping shoot a big video down here, and some local Mayans loaded our crew up in a van and drove us deep into the jungle to this spot, where they then did a Mayan ceremony that we filmed. Afterwards, we hucked dozens of backflips down into the Cenoté sauce and tried on some Mayan attire. One of my favorite experiences ever. Also, I just started a travel podcast! Go check out my story to give it a listen.🐢
“Can we see the hobbit hole for seven, please?” 🤗
We are about ready to move right into Hobbiton! #sponsored
We relished this adorable movie set and all daydreamed 🥰 of the simple Hobbit life. How lovely it was to forget all things virus-related for a bit!
Be sure to see stories for more of this magic. I’ll be sure to save to highlights too.
We took in the lunch option and feasted like the little hobbits we secretly are. Just a nice nap on the green, rolling hills and a party with Gandolf would have made it a better day. 🎇
We were a bit worried as we were warned you don’t actually enter the hobbit holes, which is true. However, the magic of the place is enchanting. The toddlers think it’s built just for them and parents are ready to pick one of the more than 40 unique, individual holes and call it home!
Sadly, no permanent plans to move in currently, so we have to keep scheming 😀🤔
~ TRIP STATS ~
For those that are interested, here is a brief breakdown of some stats from our trip (if you have any questions/ want more information feel free to message us). 343 days (11 months) on the road travelling
Total spent: $37,635
Total travelled: 36,926kms
- $1.01 for a km travelled
- most expensive: The Gibb @ $2.13
- cheapest: Ceduna @ $1.15
Food & Drinks: $10,786
- an average of $6.38 a day
- most expensive: Gold Coast Caravan Park @ $58
- we free camped the last 3 months (except 1 night at a national park)
Car Related: $8,965
Other Costs: $3,206
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How goods a snorkel when there’s actually pretty things to look at! 🤩🤩 #restingbeachface