S2 Ep 78: RVing to Alaska: I leave another camp on the Cassiar Highway on my way to Alaska and travel the Cassiar highway toward Dease Lake and Yukon Territory. I talk about my budget and why I'll never be rich.
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On a budget you can't do everything. So you have to focus on what's important to you. Otherwise everything is possible and nothing is special. I've never been well off, but I've managed to learn that lesson. Took me much longer than you'd expect, though.
If something moved in the background Carolyn's eyes would immediately be drawn to that. With the screen she effectively has eyes in the back of her head 😀. It's easy to forget that when we can't see the device.
Capone is looking lively in the RV, ready to go, alert and excited for the next adventure...kind of like you! Exercise and the rich sensory stimulation from exploring so many new places, good food (I'm sure), and a caring companion; no wonder he looks like a younger pup. Oh, yes, of course, we love you too, Carolyn...and Phoenix (what a blessing)!
Am so glad your enjoying your trip! One of these days I’m doing the Alaska cruise.. since I have been watching you two of my sons bought 5th wheel RV’s.. Am hoping moma might get to buy one of theirs later on!
Carolyn you look happy and relaxed! Thank you for sharing your life with us.
Thank you for discussing your budget. I am a single mother with teenage children seriously considering this type of travel in a few years. I see a lot of people rv living who seem very well off and appreciate seeing someone on a budget making it happen.
We do a lot of driving in Europe & Canada and I'm math challenged so here's a tip on converting miles to KM...use your speedometer. There's km (in small numbers) so I always just glance at my speedometer and "do the math" based on MPH.
God bless, thank you for sharing your travels. please be careful. you should get another dog as a play buddy for Cappone and extra security for you. Just a thought. I admire your work and the fact that you're traveling alone.
I usually share the sentiment with a lot of things you say, but not wanting to win the lottery is not one of them. LOL! I have plans and ways that I would share that money with lots of people, but until then, I will still continue to be generous and help people when I can 😇
My husband is a outdoor man and has tons of experience in the outdoors. Noise will not keep a hungry bear away or a mama bear looking for her cubs that has wondered off. The bear spray needs to stay on you all the time. We just care about you. We are not trying to tell you how to live but you are in a different environment. Be safe.
Here's a thought. Maybe your life's purpose is not supposed to include being rich, and when you find that to be a possibility, you fight against it. I have thought my whole life that my life wasn't supposed to be easy. So, when things get a little to easy, I do what I need to make it more difficult again. Really, I should give myself a break and take advantage of the times it's a little more easy. I should give the people in my life a break too when those things that make one's life easier is there to grab. No one said I have to make life more difficult for those people who are close to me. For me, not wanting to be rich makes perfect sense to me. For me, I am fairly aware of my life's purpose is, and it just doesn't include money - therefore an easier life. Maybe I'm trying to make up for bad karma in another life, who knows?
I too dated someone with money and that helped me come to the exact same realization as you stated in your video. Sure it can be stressful sometimes to make ends meet but how many fun and delicious meals have I invented out of whatever when I’m broke. Haha that is real living! Starting to downsize now, a more minimalistic way of life has been calling my name for awhile. Looking forward to having some grand adventuress in a Motorhome someday soon, loved this video! I was curious about one thing mainly, obtaining affordable yet quality health insurance when not at a traditional job. Would love any info or resources you can suggest. Thanks so much and Capone smiling was the best. Safe travels!
I keep reading "Alone on the JMT" because it makes me feel like I can do it. I have a few negative people in my life who keep saying I can't do it. I don't believe them. I will hike the trail on bloody stumps if I have to. I hate the negative comments on your channel. You are the most inspirational woman to me! When I get to the top of Mount Whitney, I will start singing "Shiny Happy People".....I'll record it!
Mark, that's not my experience. I don't have a 1600 rent payment for a box with no yard, that's 1600 I could put in the gas tank and travel 3000 miles ---- which I would never do in a month.
This life is a lot cheaper than my old life that's why I can make a fraction of what I used to make as a marketing consultant, making videos.
I love driving on roads I’ve never been on before. Love That “what’s around the bend?” feeling! About ‘rich’ vrs basic travel, you don’t get close to the people or place when you’re going the monied route. All the little local holes-in-wall places... they are treasures to discover.
When converting our gas prices to yours multiply about 4 times our price to make a U.S. Gallon and then adjust the currency rate. So a 1.69 Canadian times 4 equals about 6.76 a gallon Canadian and then convert that to U.S funds...so about $5.12 U.S funds...great conversion from your head...lol...bang on!
I understand that sharing ones personal "stuff" is sometimes hard, but it is indeed what makes you more real and human to us watching...yes, there are haters...sigh...and I say "to hell with the haters, Carolyn" … the ones that follow you will follow because they enjoy your spirit … and of course, those really funny fast forwarded work out video's … haha … great watch … keep on keeping on and doing what makes you happy...because of course, "It's A Wander-FULL Life", indeed! (and thanks for the stop info about the propane...my bus runs on gas and propane, so it is another little tidbit of info for the journal of "tips from youtube".. BC and Alaska are my first destinations next year...great video...travel safe)
I admire you. You are extremely brave to make that trip by yourself. Thank you for sharing your courage and wonderful trip with us. Capone always looks extremely thirsty in your videos. Is it difficult to keep a sufficient supply of fresh water for him? I have 2 dogs and would want to ensure there was always enough clean fresh water for them if we were to take a long trip which I hope to do at some point.
Yes as Capone ages he’s going to need special attention, as he’s in his Golden years. I know you want quality of life for him, but also quantity is still important. I think they can actually have some dementia symptoms, as I think you mentioned in one of your videos in the past . Thankfully you said he’s still really healthy!❤️
conveniences in any thing I think that prevents a person from stretching themselves mentally, physically and emotionally in discovering the possibilities. IMO by design we were made to 'explore' the possibilities.
One of the major benefits and pleasures when I retired was that I could now take my time and enjoy my travels more. I can stop and investigate or enjoy what I see any time I wish. It's no longer necessary to get from point A to point B directly. I don't have to stay on freeways or major highways. When I retired, I said there would be no more rushing. Also, I always enjoy hearing that someone has realized that money just isn't that important except to cover your needs and perhaps give someone a helping hand occasionally. Happy Travels!
I was so entranced with ur ending shots of ur campground that I thought it was Capone in the water! Then that tail smacked the water and the trance was broken and I realized it was a beaver! Lol thanks for the brain break.
Hey there, I watch several people living all diff ways traveling, Knorrp and South traveled a yr with their kids in a trailer, and then decided to travel outside the USA, staying in Airbnbs for mos at a time. They ended up coming back to the USA sooner to decompress, but I think you have the difference in you always have your "home" with you, but they did come back and buy a house and decided to have a "Home base" but then will be traveling again. They said they found it was harder to stop and process each trip and reflect from the last one, but not sure if you run into that? As far as having less and challenge and adventure. I was always on the low income side and thrifty and budget conscious so I was really good at planning trips on a low budget. Now we are in a diff place of being able to afford more. I still love to travel, I like the nice places to eat, but Im not about big yachts and fancy trips. My last trip was an airbnb by the coast for a month, but I spend my day walks on the beach, hunting for shells, hiking, horseback riding, I use the website Atlasobscura, have you seen it? So I go to a lot of unique sites, I just went and saw an abandoned old Mercury Mine that was amazing, and free, just a little hike and some adventure to get to it. I love going to farmers markets, finding mom and pop shop places to eat and buy groceries, found an exercise class to go too. But when we want to splurge we can(we arent in an RV yet) so our money might go to a place to stay(but Im still not a spend thrift, I like to get a deal, and a kitchen so we can cook too and not have to pack everything) or our $$ might go to airfare or a nice massage. Its been nicer to have more. Last summer I spent at a workshop in Texas and in a tiny home and an 1800s log cabin, visiting more local free sites. I just venture off and do my thing on my own and have a blast!
I have the best time traveling solo and no real plans. I usually have Target high points that I want to get to but don't usually have a set time frame in order to get there. I was a travel consultant / travel agent for about 15 years. The best trip I've ever been on was in 2015 when my target was Big Sur, California. I had done the PCH trip through there twice before but did not have a chance to really explore the area. On that trip I stayed in hostels, camped four nights in Big Sur in a tent, drove all the way from San Francisco to San Diego. I stayed three nights in a hotel in Dana Point California and spent more on that stay then the rest of the two weeks all together. What a joy it is to just take your time, check out what you want, leave when you want, Etc. You know the drill. Hope to meet you out there someday. Be safe the both of you. ❤️
Carolyn I really love following you on the channel. Alaska is awesome but it also can be very dangerous on the road. I don't know about Canada but in Alaska they post signs on the road of how many Moose kills there are for the year. Moose are very large animals and a Bull can weigh up to 2000 pounds. They have very long legs and when a vehicle hits them the man body will come through the windshield. Many people have lost their lives from hitting a moose. What I'm getting at is please drive very safely and fasten your seat belt. It may save your life and then maybe I can meet you someday. Safe and Happy travels!!!!!
How do you slow down ? That’s going to be my biggest problem once I get healed up. In a month I should be able to hit the road and was wondering how do people slow down. I always drive fast and in the class c how do you get used to driving slow
I'm having so much fun exploring Alaska with you, thanks so much!
Loved that last scene with the critter swimming down the lake. I guess that was a beaver.
Girl, you are living the life!
Prayers and blessings!
Carolyn, one of my daughters has lived in bear country and also went camping in her younger years with her boyfriend. Another daughter lived where the bears were in her back yard. One baby bear was sitting by her front door, because it smelled the pizza that she warmed for her son, who was in a high chair. His brother grabbed him out of the high chair and literally dragged him to the back bedroom. I was in the kitchen and saw the bear at the door. The neighbor's cat was outside and my daughter stuck her head out of the window and called out to her neighbor to let her know about the baby bear. The neighbor said, "momma bear will probably be along soon, so please help me find my cat." It was a circus. Put some bleach in a spray bottle and use it in your food disposal bag. It keeps the bears away. They don't like leftovers with bleach. Happy trails.