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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. **** EMAIL ME **** Comments: http://CarolynsRVLife.com/contact ***BUSINESS AND SPONSORSHIP INQUIRIES*** Business at CarolynsRVLIFE dotCOM ****JOIN PATREON FOR INSIDER ACCESS**** https://www.patreon.com/CarolynsRVLife ***A special Thank You to long-time supporters and WITT Patrons whose $50 +/month investment helps me keep making free videos for everyone!! *** *Dave C, Patricia I, James Stokes, James Wetherill, Brenda Summers, Delaney Franson, Ochi, Rosario G. Biagan, John O’Neill, Janet Marshall, Elizabeth Dodd, Valentina Mckinley, Annette Rogers, Linda Joy kurpiewski, Shirley Anderson, Barbara Chmelik, Linda Longstaff Bill G. ****SHOP TEES, HOODIES, MUGS, STICKERS AND MORE**** https://teespring.com/stores/carolyns-rv-life ***E-BOOK - YOUTUBE MARKETING GUIDE*** By Carolyn Higgins of Carolyn's RV Life - How I Got 20,000 YouTube Subscribers in 40 Days, The Complete Marketing Guide http://www.carolynsrvlife.com/20000-youtube-subscribers-40-days/ ****AMAZON STORE**** As an Amazon Affiliate, every purchase you make through the link below helps me earn commission! https://www.amazon.com/shop/carolynsrvlife ****CAMERA GEAR**** DJI OSMO Handheld Camera: https://amzn.to/2IEA8Jl GoPro Hero 5 Session: https://amzn.to/2GFr0ON GoPro Suction Mount (for dashcam): https://amzn.to/2Lj39HY Cell Phone shots: Samsung Galaxy S7 : http://amzn.to/2xG52bp Drone: DJI Phantom 3 Standard (Special Thank You to "A"): http://amzn.to/2xEUrgP Main Video Camera: Sony Handycam FDR-AX33 http://amzn.to/2xJaHzd Tripod - Albott 70": http://amzn.to/2fVawaJ Monopod: http://amzn.to/2wY5N2h Selfie stick/tripod: https://amzn.to/2IDC1WL Video Editing Software: Corel VideoStudio X10: http://www.anrdoezrs.net/click-8303439-12502718 MUSIC CREDITS The Major Pop Bass Background Adventure Awaits Happy Go Lucky Working it out PHOTOS CREDITS: All photos and videos property of Carolyn R Higgins and Carolyn's RV Life. All Rights Reserved. CarolynsRVLife.com is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertisingfees by advertising and linking to amazon.com
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LIFE IS A JOURNEY (3 days ago)
WatchingDude (3 days ago)
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.
WatchingDude (3 days ago)
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.
Vickie Rabovsky (3 days ago)
You said you talk to much however I like to hear the real life going on!
LvyaRain (3 days ago)
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)!
Jamie Rupert (4 days ago)
Love the shirt you have on. It looks so comfy. :)
Jaahda Jinnah (4 days ago)
Aaaaghh! The open road! No-one in front - and no-one behind. Nothing compares - absolutely nothing! Sheesh - I'm getting restless.
Loss Stewart (5 days ago)
Love the Billie Joel music.
donna brooks (5 days ago)
The chicken didn't think so......https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XXVf_sqUCLA
betty brigance (6 days ago)
Love this workout........I couldn't keep up......☺
Karen G. (6 days ago)
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.
Lainie Sinclair (6 days ago)
your personal stories are one of the reasons your channel is my favourite of them all. (Favourite is Canadian spelling, sorry)
Donna Trimble (7 days ago)
$6.13 cdn a US gal
Dawn Byland (7 days ago)
Thank you for the view. I living with you vicariously. Awesome
Jerri Michael (7 days ago)
Love the exercise routine
Sarita Johnson (7 days ago)
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.
Eli Williamson (7 days ago)
We travel 200 miles, arrive by 2:00 and stay at least 2 days. We're learning that 2 days is too short in most places.
Sharon Nightingale (7 days ago)
You found a cool place to camp. Take care and enjoy the beauty of it!
Three Hearts Farm (8 days ago)
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.
Kem Hughes (8 days ago)
You are living my dream! Have fun...
Tranquil Traveler (8 days ago)
This is something I am working hard on too. Traveling on a budget. I am on my 2nd anniversary of full timing in my motor home. Love to travel. Sometimes it can be lonely!!
M. V. (8 days ago)
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.
Cathi R (8 days ago)
Lol! Love the workout!
Carl Larsen (8 days ago)
"Life is a banquet, most poor suckers are starving to death" ....Auntie Mame (one of my favorites)
playhooky (8 days ago)
At 12:45, made me remember the Canadian TV show "Corner Gas" I believe was the name - was a hoot!
Hucfinn 16195 (8 days ago)
Carolyn have you ever tried Rain X on your windshield. To help keep the bugs from sticking to it !
Hernan Enriquez (8 days ago)
Got your seatbelt on Sis?
Chris Germana (9 days ago)
Wow that water moves fast. Love to explore ,holy beaver I thought that was Capone at first!!!
Linda Lanasa (9 days ago)
$1.63 x 3.79 liters= $6.18 a gallon. 😮
Gale Beattie (9 days ago)
last video you are woman hear you roar you get better and better carolyn dont lettum tell u anr different!!!!
J Corbett (9 days ago)
Ha. i was waiting for the beaver to smack its tail and still got surprised by it.
ralph boyington (9 days ago)
And you should have looked up Scrappy Larry in Jade City!!
ralph boyington (9 days ago)
Should have gone into Telegraph Creek while in Dease lake.
Kathleen Greves (9 days ago)
hope you have some bear spray
NoProGoPronto (9 days ago)
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 😇
Cathy Perez (9 days ago)
A beaver! Very cool!
Patricia Dowd (9 days ago)
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.
Pam Garcia (9 days ago)
What a beautiful trip. Thanks for inviting me along.
Laurieb2851 (9 days ago)
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?
NYScorp666 (9 days ago)
You are rich indeed. Being able to be free to see what you do! I live paycheck to paycheck and see nowhere near such beautiful sights. Yet......Thanks for letting us share your travels!
Pam Willems (9 days ago)
Alaska is Beautiful, maybe one day !
jesse greywolf (9 days ago)
Another excellent video Carolyn! The beaver at the end was super cool too :D
Kitchguy (9 days ago)
People with a lot of money miss out on a lot of really great things. Great spot too stop before the Alaskan Highway
bernadette pilar (9 days ago)
hellooooo capone!!!
Chidrole (9 days ago)
Dease lake is like Dease Nuts
Debbie Mcfarlane (9 days ago)
Is there no seat belt laws over there as i have never seen Caralyn wearing one yet
Blue Orchid 216 (9 days ago)
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!
Jeep Things Outdoors (9 days ago)
Thanks for continuing to let us into your world.
Blue Orchid 216 (9 days ago)
Agree with you 100% on the money-talk. Adventure is everything and money cannot buy happiness ❤️
On The Way To Life (9 days ago)
This is great! Thank you for sharing with us Carolyn! Be safe!
Jipsie mune (9 days ago)
What a lucky dog to get to travel and hav u as his mommy !!!
Sin D (9 days ago)
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!
Jipsie mune (9 days ago)
When i do alaska im gonna go slow get there when i get there get back when i get back
Jipsie mune (9 days ago)
love watching you go slow enjoy the journey
Andrew Pearson (9 days ago)
what kind of rv do you have?
Robert Mycroft (9 days ago)
Good job, nice video.
Daniel OBrein (9 days ago)
check that front tire ----looks low
MickiClick1 (9 days ago)
The fact my post was deleted speaks volume.
racoonsister (9 days ago)
that beaver was so cool! Great shot!
Pamela Bell (9 days ago)
Loved the ending lol - btw totally get the “oh listen, the road” when I returned from India and got in the limo from the airport - I said listen and the driver thought I was nuts - no horns lol
Gina Strachan (9 days ago)
No clouds? Amazing...
Mark Lac (9 days ago)
Traveling is expensive. Cost more than paying rent on house. Can also be lonely and a real pain sometimes.
Carolyn's RV Life (9 days ago)
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.
Patrise Henkel (9 days ago)
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.
Dale Carlson (9 days ago)
The Mile post book has a conversion chart so you can figure out gas prices in US dollars
Carolyn's RV Life (9 days ago)
Dale, yes it does..
Anne Bell (9 days ago)
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!
Linda Durst (9 days ago)
Living your life on you terms who can ask for more.
LovingAtlanta (9 days ago)
👍Nice video & commentary. Thanks for sharing your journey. Wishing you safe travels. 🤗💞🤗
Anne Bell (9 days ago)
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)
Berniimae (9 days ago)
Love the workout!
Ann A (9 days ago)
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.
Phil Guzman (9 days ago)
Isn't that gas station AWESOME? I thought it was amazing. It's a Costco the size of a 711.
Eric Baker (10 days ago)
Capone needs a bear bell!
Carolyn's RV Life (9 days ago)
No, i don't think so.
Dbky Here (10 days ago)
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!❤️
Jim J (10 days ago)
Do you fish and have you fished any where there Carolyn ?  Get those sleeping mask for you to sleep with the lights so bright....(((U)))  :-)
Thoughts In Passing (10 days ago)
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.
Glenda Woodward (10 days ago)
Beaver! So cool! 😆😊
Debbie Seccombe (10 days ago)
You made me say”Wow!” with the beaver!
Edie Johnson (10 days ago)
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!
Gya Gya's World (10 days ago)
I find the best journeys are the ones we take the time to pause and enjoy! Yesterday is history, tomorrow a mystery but today is a gift. We are blessed most when we enjoy our gifts of life!
Pamela (10 days ago)
I thought that beaver was Capone! (I was half watching & my heart jumped!) When I was 18, I had exactly $1 per day for food. It was a hard lesson but one I have never forgotten.
Peggy Bowles (10 days ago)
Thank you! 💜 I saw the beaver and thought at first it was Capone. It startled me when it jumped and splashed.
Bob Simcox (10 days ago)
We've been there too Carolyn - but like you said you are taking it slower until your next deposit. But what a way to do it!!!! God's speed and love the scenery.
Glenda Ruff (10 days ago)
Keep that camera close. Love the scenic trips.
S Hamel (10 days ago)
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.
kat kin (10 days ago)
Also the problem bears are the cubs, when their mama is near. Mama bears take interference very seriously!
kat kin (10 days ago)
Going slow sounds wonderful and I bet you’re not going to want to go back to time pressure. You look and sound healthy, happy and peaceful. Real nice video.
Scott Klein (10 days ago)
Safe Travels
MySharon (10 days ago)
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!
Taylored Travels (10 days ago)
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. ❤️
Lynn Sanders (10 days ago)
I'm boondocking with a couple from Alaska here in Northern Arizona 😀
Mimi Mc (10 days ago)
When we rush thru life so much is missed.
Stuart Baxter (10 days ago)
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!!!!!
Danny Smith (10 days ago)
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
Pat Cavanaugh (10 days ago)
Carolyn, the sky, behind the trees, is so blue, it's purple. It's breathtaking.
Deborah McGinnis (10 days ago)
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!
Aaron Hodges (10 days ago)
Why do you not us a seat belt
Pat Cavanaugh (10 days ago)
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.
Chestnut Rau (10 days ago)
I am curious to know why you choose not to wear a seat belt.
Liz Childers (10 days ago)
Beautiful red and white afghan you have on passenger seat. Did you make it? Loved the ending with that beaver!
Liz Childers (10 days ago)
This is the summer when lots of YouTube full timers are heading to Alaska. Tires in good shape? Watching others, the roads are dirt and bumpy.

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