Okay, I lied. We did stop and stay a night in Vegas before arriving in LA, and Sean won $3000! We figured it would be a nice way to enjoy some creature comforts (crab leg buffet, anyone?!) before returning the RV and staying in our temporary homes.
I'll leave you with some tips I took away from the trip:
- Less is More - I ended up wearing the same 3-4 outfits and did laundry once (when we stopped at Chris' parents for a night). The only appliances we used were the waffle maker (which doubled as a quesadilla maker) and the microwave. We overpacked, but the RV had tons of storage space so it wasn't an issue.
- It's OK to Number Two - The whole perk of having a bathroom on the RV is that you can use it instead of having to make multiple stops. Just make sure to brace yourself, cuz it's a bumpy ride back there. Also, use the Ozium afterwards ;)
- Work, Schmerk - I thought I'd be so bored or have so much time and get tons of marketing work done. The views were so enchanting and I was so entertained by Kenzo that I wasn't really motivated to work/edit for fear that I'd miss what was going by outside the window. Also, it's a pretty shaky ride so it's not that comfortable to be staring at a screen #crazyeyes.
- They See Me Rollin' - All in all, a quarter of the cost of the whole trip (including RV Rental, most food, campground fees, park fees, parking) was spent on gas. There's no escaping this so it was nice to split the cost with 4 people (Kenzo is broke) but also split the driving duties so nobody would ever feel burnt out from driving.
- Thank you Interwebz - besides the Good Sam Camping app that I mentioned earlier, Roadtrippers and RV Trip Wizard was also really useful to figure out our route based on the places we wanted to stop, and find cool off-the-beaten-path sights along the way (like a giant chicken statue, giant rocking chairs, and the Old Idaho Penitentiary).
- Just Go! - I'm so thankful we did this. There were definitely challenging moments during the packing and moving parts of this transition but I had to remind myself - one step at a time. With that, we were packed into the RV...floating in a spring in Austin...seeing a double rainbow in Twin Falls...hiking through beautiful landscapes. I feel the cheesiness oozing out of this sentence but there is so much beauty that you don't have to leave the country to see! After this experience I'm super excited for our next road trip and revisiting some spots and new spots. We've all joked about buying an RV in the future. While searching for RV rentals online, I came across some deals where the rental is free and you just pay for gas to help the companies relocate the RV's. If you have a flexible schedule, I'd recommend this (google "RV relocation")!
I'll be sharing more photos from each location in separate posts in the weeks to come. If you're curious about any of the places we visited, or about RV life, feel free to leave a comment or slide into my DM's :) It was definitely a memorable trip that I would recommend to anyone. RV life was super fun and less stressful than I thought it would be (I also didn't have to dump the black/poo tank, the guys did that - thanks guys!). I appreciate everyone who followed along on instastories! I think Kenzo gained lots of new fans.
I'll be based in LA indefinitely, but still working as a local in NY and Hong Kong so feel free to reach out about upcoming projects anywhere in between.
Looking forward to collaborating with all the talented creatives in LA!