When I took off on the road in a 37′ motorhome in 2001, a solo woman fulltime RVer was pretty much an oddity. I’d have to laugh at the gawking looks I’d get when I pulled into a campground and got out of the driver’s seat. I’d wait for the inevitable question, “You drive that big thing all by yourself?!” When I’d swear there was nobody else hiding inside, I’d sometimes have a crowd standing by to watch me back in to my spot. Talk about nerve wracking! But I’d have to laugh again when I’d get a round of applause for successfully maneuvering without hitting anything.
I’ve met a lot of married women in my travels who swear they could never drive anything so large, and say that as much as they love traveling, they would never do it alone. I say that’s a crying shame. First off, they should learn to drive in case it is ever necessary for emergency reasons. Secondly, whenever you push yourself to do something you didn’t think you could and you manage to do it, that’s good for self confidence in every other area of life.
As for loneliness, you can read my feelings about that subject in my article “Don’t you Ever Get Lonely?” where I talk about the difference between loneliness and solitude.
My story of how I got the “crazy” idea in 2001 of solo fulltime RVing is on my first website, Inspiration’s Journey. I have often said that if someone like me, with very limited financial resources can pull this off, anyone can. And all these years later, I’m still on the road!
Below are links to groups or websites of other women who have braved the open road without men and live to write about it…
I’m sure there are plenty more out there, so if you have any suggestions for me to add, I’d love to hear about it in Comments below!
Desert Diva – “One Woman’s Journey on the Road to Life.” She once wrote me “I can’t describe the feeling that I have when I’m traveling and exploring new places. It’s like I’m finally untethered from my daily life and able to soar. That sounds a little extreme, but I’m the happiest when I’m traveling.” Extreme or not, I can relate…
GeoGypsy – Gailyn has a summer seasonal Park Ranger job at Grand Canyon and travels as often as possible, sharing her stories and photography.
Gypsy Jane’s Blog – Jane is on her 3rd motorhome and travels both for work and for fun, sharing her experiences and making things fit and work in a motorhome.
Interstellar Orchard – I first met Becky Schade while I was in Yellowstone in 2015. Totally cool girl, who says on her website, “Instead of following the masses and suffering through the daily 9 to 5 grind of work until retirement, I said screw the status-quo and started working on my dreams of perpetual travel, exploration, and adventure.” My kinda gal!
Joei Carlton Hossack – Canadian born, Joei has been fulltiming solo for over 20 years and describes herself as “Author, adventurer, RVer, lecturer and trailer trash with an ATM card.”
Me and the Toad and the Road – Rhonda is a 60-something former teacher who now travels solo after her husband passed away. She has lots of good insights and reasons for her choice to travel, but this quote is what I liked the best, “In the end, we only regret the chances we didn’t take and the decisions we waited too long to make.” I couldn’t agree more!
Minnie Minerva – Susan’s been fulltime RVing since 2009 and I enjoy her blog about her adventures as a “Spiritual Traveler” at location “Galaxy” and the fears and triumphs she freely shares. A YouTube interview with Minnie and a tour of her 25′ Minnie Winnie.
O-Solo-Meo – Rochelle has become a good friend as we’ve met up on the road a few times over the last couple of years. She shares a sense of adventure, fun and appreciation for the beauty in nature we both find most enjoyable about our traveling lifestyle.
Road To Adventure – Kate Mullen has been a fulltime RVer since 2014 and I love the goal she has set for herself. She invites us to “Come along and join me on my National Parks Quest! I’ll be your personal guide to the parks showing you the best places to camp, hike, and photograph!” Since our state and national parks are my first loves, I’m looking forward to sharing her journey!
RV Chickadee – Kelly Beasley has been solo full-timing since 2015 and describes her blog as “The highlights, goofs, and adventures of a chick who ditched suburbia to explore living in an RV.”
RV Sue – Sue is “living on less and enjoying life more” in her BLT (Best Little Trailer), a 2011 17′ Casita Liberty Deluxe. She even shares her living expenses.
Solo Woman RV – Janet Groene interviews solo women RVers, as well as offering tips from RV industry insiders.
Tails From the Road – I was glad to meet Juliet Whitfield when our paths crossed in Oregon. She is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer and she invites you to join the dogs and her traveling the country.
Take to the Highway – Suzanne Anthony has a terrific and informative blog that I always enjoy reading. She set out as a solo RVer in 2013 and she looks at her blog pretty much the same way I think of mine: like an “online scrapbook” of sorts. It’s not only helpful but inspiring to hear from other women living their dreams and how they managed to do that despite all the roadblocks that can be put in our way. But her trips haven’t been limited to RVing. Check out “Alone, But Never Lonely: A Year of Borders, Beds and Backpacks” – now that’s adventure I’d never have the guts for!
Travels with Towhee – Why did Solo RVer Ann name her travel trailer Towhee? Well, besides her love of birds, she liked the connection of the sounds “Towhee” and “Tow-ee” as it relates to her trailer being towed. I totally relate to this kind of thinking and her site has other cool insights and great pics of her RVing trips.
Winnieviews – Lynne is a solo woman RVer who documents her travel experiences along with wonderful photography. She does volunteer work at National Wildlife Refuges and National Parks. I especially appreciated her observation: “I now crave an even slower pace to more fully immerse myself in a particular area per season. More meaningful and memorable experiences, than a blurred whirlwind of “drive-thru” travel attractions.” Lots of good info and inspiration here!