Am I Too Old to Start Traveling the Country in an RV?

As I sit here on my birthday, looking at my new to me travel trailer sitting in my driveway, I wonder if I have lost my mind. What was I thinking? Am I too old to do this? Am I too old to start traveling the country in an RV?

Am I too old to start traveling the country in an RV? As I sit here on my birthday, looking at my new to me travel trailer sitting in my driveway, I wonder if I have lost my mind. What was I thinking?

I am a firm believer in the adage that you are only as old as you feel. Although my body is slowing down a little, it is still in pretty good shape. I really have a hard time with the number assigned to my years because I definitely don’t feel old! My mind still wants to do all those things I dreamed about in my younger days that never came to be, including traveling the country in an RV.

So, here I sit, on my birthday, thinking about all the great adventures about to begin!

Thinking About Traveling the Country in an RV

Before the adventures can begin, there is so much to do and learn. Years ago, I had a 5th wheel and lived in it for about six months. However, it was parked at a beautiful park at the beach and I never moved it. I have to learn how everything in my new trailer works and re-learn how to hook everything up. All my research has pointed out to me how little I know about so many things. Thank goodness for the internet and YouTube!

I’ve also been thinking a lot about what my “travel style” is. It seems most of the folks, at least those on YouTube, who do this full time, are very much into hiking and the outdoors, doing things that are free or don’t cost much. Now, don’t get me wrong. I love the outdoors (and doing free things). That’s one of the reasons I want to do this — to see the beauty in this country. But I don’t want to just see National Parks and go hiking. I do plan to do some boondocking to help keep costs down, but I want to see the sites at the places I visit. I want to go to wineries, attractions, farms and whatever else is special to a location. After all, that is what this Gold Country Cowgirl writes about.

I have no specific itinerary at this point, or even a departure date. When I am actually ready to leave will determine which direction I head – east into Nevada or south through California. I’m a bit of a planner so this is a little frustrating in some ways but also so freeing. I can’t wait to go where I want when I want!

Am I Too Old to Start Traveling the Country in an RV?

It won’t all be roses and I know there will be challenges – hopefully nothing too serious – and I will share the bad as well as the good with you. I hope you’ll follow my journey and be inspired to live your dreams.

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Am I too old to start traveling the country in an RV? As I sit here on my birthday, looking at my new to me travel trailer sitting in my driveway, I wonder if I have lost my mind. What was I thinking?

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17 Comments

  1. I ask myself this question pretty much every day! I am envious of your current plans and think age shouldn’t be a limiting factor! Go forth and travel!!

  2. Oh I’m so excited for your adventure! Have a fun time enjoying the free (and not so free) activities!

  3. I am so excited for your sense of adventure and bravery as you take off on your RV trek across county. Actually, it could be a little bit of jealousy too. I’ll be watching your site. Sending you good vibes for a treasured trip.

  4. I wish I could do this! I wish you the best and do be safe!

  5. You are never too old or too young to live your life!! I actually just started living in a van with husband and dog about 3 months ago #vanlife haha. I think it’s never too late or too early to explore and do what makes you happy. So many people long to be free and live this sort of life – it definitely comes with stress and planning is required but if you can make it work, it’s so worth it! I’m so excited for you to begin your adventure! If you ever want to talk, my vanlife IG is @feelintookish – we’re headed out west in a month so maybe we’ll see you around 🙂

  6. No. You are never too old! My sister did this for years and might have some words of wisdom for you but you will do the research and be fine. I think you might need a second person to tow a couple horses though! Hahaha!

    • Hi Sheila! It would be wonderful to be able to take my horse along but she will be going to stay with a friend in Southern California. Are you volunteering to come along?

  7. I think you should go for it!! Don’t let age or circumstances stop you from something you want. We just got an RV and our in the process of trying to figure out how to travel for at least a few months with three small children. Not ideal, but we only get one life.

    • There are lots of families traveling full time in an RV. If you haven’t already, check out some of the great videos on YouTube. I have binge watching about full-time RVing for several weeks. Very inspirational.

  8. How awesome is that! Heck my hubby and I are in our 40’s are we are ready to hit the road and sight see at OUR pace! Of course, we are missing an RV but it it is something we truly would love to do some day…before we get to where we can’t drive or can’t remember where we parked, lol 😉

    • Hi Cori! So many people long for this lifestyle. I hope you can give it a try some day. I am way older than my 40s so I hope I don’t forget where I park!

  9. Oh you are definitely not too old and I actually think this is a great idea ♥ Also I totally agree with you when you sa “you are only as old as you feel”

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