It had been four months since we sold her. Four long months, enclosed in an air conditioned home during a HOT Florida summer.
It had been seven months since we stopped traveling the country and remained fixed in one location. After two years of amazing locations, views that would knock anyone's socks off, and wanderlust overload, it was stifling not to be on the road anymore. To not have the ability to just get up and go.
I miss her comforting small space. I miss her shining welcome when we returned after a day of sightseeing. Mostly, I just miss HER.
We decided enough was enough and it was time to take at least a 10-day road trip and get out of the house. It was hard knowing she would no longer be taking us anywhere.
What was it like to travel without Betty Jo (the Airstream).
1. She wasn't with us on the journey.
2. Having to stop and use public restrooms.
3. Packing. When you have everything you need and all your stuff with you all the time, you tend to forget "how" to pack.
4. The Views from her window.
5. Our own bed.
6. Our own kitchen.
1. Size - we were no longer 50' in length. Now, we travel in a small Subaru. This means we no longer have to look for gas stations we fit in. If we want to drive through a small town with small streets, we can.
2. Flexibility - we did some back road driving with the Airstream, but not too many because of the overall length. This trip we could explore more on the way to and from locations. We could explore roads not necessarily suitable for towing.
3. Parking - no longer driving the large truck we could park our little Subaru just about anywhere. A BIG bonus in towns with small spaces and tight parking lots.
4. Gas - gas is a little less expensive in a small car and when not towing.
5. I don't miss the constant route planning and research for RV spots.
It was different traveling without our Home-on-Wheels, relying on AirBnBs or hotels. It was strange sleeping in strange beds. We over packed because, well, you don't know what you will need.
Traveling in an Airstream was a spoil-us adventure. One we are forever grateful to experience. Nothing can replace Betty Jo (the Airstream), our trips will be more limited now and shorter in length, but our memories with her will be long and forever grateful.
As we roam the roads and highways, looking for that next fantastic stop, keep track of our travels in our Airstream - Betty Jo