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    • Today an interesting video popped up of a friend, a very well know RTW/ Adventurer/ Record Breaking motorcyclist, Nick Sanders.

      I can relate to what he's saying, when you live on the road and do it for a prolonged period of time possessions and belongings seem very trivial. On my motorcycle right now I have all i need to survive, anywhere, in any country, in any season.

      If I were to return 'home' what do I really need, somewhere small, for my small amount of possessions, maybe I could join the 'Tiny House Movement' or watching Nicks video, maybe a barge, or small river boat could be my calling.

      I have dual citizenship you see, US/ UK so as property prices get away from me and I have no chance of affording a house in Central London where I grew up, average prices now hover close to the $750,000 range for something completely average, and static...would a barge be a good option?

      I did a little research and the answer is a very resounding yes, I could buy a barge and locate myself in central London, albeit have to move every few weeks, you are not allowed to be permenant sadly, but for a price of around $50,000 I could buy myself this, and live wherever I want. It now seems that this is an option, and a great one as a digital nomad, for a lot of people in the UK this is becoming an option because they are priced out of the housing market.

      ...but if I wanted to do the something similar in the US what would my options be? Tiny House or boat, where could I do this in the US and be happy and not get caught up in to much licensing and taxes to any one location, has anyone on here taken the plunge and reducedd their life to bear minimums and can tell me about their exeriences?

    • Not being in either the UK or US, this may not be relevant (YMMV).

      Due to early retirement brought on by bad health, we gave up living in a fixed dwelling four years ago. We live in our mid-size motorhome now, freecamping (boondocking) around Australia. If we had stayed in a house or flat most of my retirement money would have gone on rent and utilities, so the decision was financial as much as lifestyle.

      You certainly learn what you do and don't need to carry around with you. You also spend some time wishing you still had 'X' with you ... Well, I do. There is never enough storage space or weight capacity.

      We use solar panels and batteries for power, with a 5KVA generator in case of extended bad weather. One panel on the roof (more planned) and one portable to chase the best light. The generator is big and weighs 250 Kg, the batteries take a lot of space and are heavy. The portable requires storage during travel ...

      A 2.5 KVA inverter for 240V supply. With clearance requirements for cooling, more storage space ...

      LPG for cooking and water heating. In Australia we are limited to two 8.5 Kg tanks, unlike the US where you can fit a much bigger tank to the chassis. They take up storage space ...

      I installed a 5KW diesel fueled heater for those winter nights. That and its ducting takes up space otherwise used for storage ...

      We also have a full summer/winter annex setup for when we park up for more than a few days. That requires storage when not in use ...

      Water containers and fuel containers for top ups during a camp (everything runs on diesel) all require storage ...

      Portable 40 Litre black water tank for emptying off when parked up for more than a week ...

      (We can park up for a week without needing to get water or empty grey and black water tanks.)

      Etc, etc. It took us about two years to get our good and chattels down to a manageable level once we hit the road. But, Damn! It is worth it.

    • do you find you miss the space of your home, or do you now consider the outside part of your 'new' home?

      I understand the moving prt of it as I've been living on the road, off a motorcycle since 2011 but wondering about feeling claustrophobic, but not in the standard sense. More on bad dasy when you have to stay inside and are not moving, I guess confined my be a better description.

      I'm thinking ahead to when I don't want to travel full time at the pace I am now.

      Ypu breifly mentioned costs, I know AUS is not the cheapest place to do ANYTHING but are your costs reduced dramatically, 50% or more?

    • Darn browsers ... they keep crashing out and I lose what I have written.

      Cost saving are much higher than 50% just on not paying rent alone. Add fuel, registration and insurance for two vehicles (one of which we still have) then water, electricity and gas costs and we are much better off.

      (4 crashes)

      Include home contents insurance and the savings are even bigger.

      Regarding claustrophobia, yes things can get a little cosy on a bad weather day - did I mention that we have two Kelpies and a cat as well? - but a good book of a couple of movies helps with that.

      (5 crashes)

      It helps that we are not in a caravan. We checked out quite a few and I personally found the ceilings were always too low and felt distinctly uncomfortable. Long term it would have been an issue. The motorhome has a 2 metre ceiling which feels OK. Having a white ceiling and bug windows helps as well (colour is vitally important for a feeling of space).

      Do we miss a home space? Yes, on occasion. Our backyard is wherver we park, be it a river bank, ocean front, back paddock or mountain side. However a garage would be nice for storage and workshop space, though every one I have ever had has wound up full of irrelevant bits and pieces. I'm seriously considering buying a two-horse float and converting it into a workshop to tow behind the motorhome; but I probably won't.

    • how long did it take you to get into a rhythm of travel, what i find is a few days to a week about every week to break the monotoney is good, otherwise movement can seem like a job nd you start to hate it or become to familiar or the scenery loses its fasination of being new?

    • That, for us, is pretty spot on. Unfortunately outside influences can interfere with that, such as doctor/specialist appointments or mechanical repairs, but they just become speed bumps.

      Driving is a job, a tedious one, which when there is traffic around becomes incredibly wearying as other drivers treat our motorhome like any other heavy vehicle - that is to say, very badly. Cutting in, dangerous overtaking, not acknowledging that our vehicle is a metre wider than theirs and probably five times heavier; it all makes for long periods of concentration.

      I love nothing more than getting into the outback where you are unlucky if you see one other traveller each day. That's relaxing.

    • I can apprciate that when i had my bike shops I used to tow my 40 foot trailer with my truck and car driver really suck when they think they can get around you and you have the same braking distances...I added one simple thing to my truck to put the fear of God in them for their stupid acts a 280db train horn power by compressed air...the BEST investment for safe driving.

      Are you systematically traversing the country or do you have to stay in a a certain radius due to medical it sounds?

      Australia is a such a big remoteisland it really intrigues me as a country I am yet to visit, you must relish the freedom and emptiness

    • A large (loud) compressed air horn is on my to-do list. Not just for idiots though - cattle, sheep and other fauna are an issue on our outback roads.

      We have been stuck in the one are for two years, travelling in short bursts and then returning to a convenient freecamp a few hours out of Sydney. That's pretty much done with at the end of the year and we will be able to really let go.

      We would both rather not see the inside a city again, or even a large town. Australia is huge -the same size as the USA with less than 10% of the population, most of that clustered on the Eastern coast - so there is a lifetime of sightseeing to be had. We intend to see as much as we can before I drop off the perch.