Aim Small, Miss Small
Once we decided what we wanted to do (i.e. travel the country with our kids), the next step was to figure out how we could get from point A to point B…and then point C…and then point D…and you get the picture. In other words, we needed a mode of transportation, and based on the list of places we wanted to go and things we wanted to do, it didn’t seem like either of our current vehicles, a 2010 Nissan Rogue and a 2010 Nissan Versa, would be up for the challenge. We started looking into RVs. A lot. It was fun. We found some great websites and some great stories about people doing interesting and exciting things with their lives (Keep Your Daydream, Technomadia, Mali Mish). We even took a few trips to RV dealers to get a first hand look at some of the options (part 1 and part 2). Ultimately, we’ve decided not to go that route–at least not right now. I had my first moment of doubt when I came across this article. At the time, I didn’t really want it to be true–it would be nice to think that things that are big and expensive and look solid would be built to last–but the arguments made by the author of Living Stingy were pretty compelling. My interest in personal finance predates our fascination with family travel, and I have a deep aversion to buying high cost, rapidly depreciating assets for which the use case is at best speculative. Following our first full-family trip to San Antonio, nagging doubts about the wisdom and practicality of taking vacations while towing a trailer became determined opposition. At least for now. We’ll see where we are a few years from now when the kids are older and the appetite for rugged adventure might be higher, but at this point we’re going to start small.