18 Things We Learned During 30 Days of Traveling

We’ve been on the road for 30 days, a full month! It feels like time is flying by, but it also seems like ages ago that Jared was working and the kids were in school. Last night, the three of us sat down and thought about some of the things we’ve learned during our first month of traveling.

18 Things We Learned Our First Month on the Road

1. There is a difference between traveling and taking a vacation.

2. Time together and time apart are both important for maintaining healthy relationships.

3. What you can provide your children has almost nothing to do with how grateful (or ungrateful) they will be.

4. Riding a bike gets easier with practice.

5. Just because it’s available, doesn’t mean you have to do it.

6. Don’t put stuff off. Just do it, even if you think the outcome or news will be bad.

7. Just sitting is easier to do in a pretty environment.

8. Sitting quietly outside is more effective for decompressing and recharging than sitting quietly in front of a screen.

9. A good s’mores takes time.

10. Don’t spend all your money on stuff that’s not important. (Direct quote from Emma when asked what she’d learned.)

11. People and places can surprise you. Even if you don’t have the time to learn the back story, remember that there always is one.

12. The Midwest isn’t the only place where corn is grown.

13. You can make a sand castle without a bucket.

14. Home is where you make it, and it doesn’t take long for a place to feel like home.

15. Sometimes the best entertainment is the free entertainment.

16. Being in the same room with someone is not the same as spending time with someone. Engagement counts.

17. It only takes a few minutes to make a new friend.

18. Being clear about your intentions increases the odds that you’ll be happy with your results – in just about anything.

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  1. Sondra says:

    I am so jealous of your adventure, it’s not even funny. I told my husband about your travel plans and even he’s jealous!

    Love this list of things you’ve all learned. In just thirty days you’ve acquired so many memories that will enrich your lives for years to come.

    Hugs to you all (but only if you’ve showered today).

  2. Wendy says:

    I haven’t posted in a couple of years. But I have always kept up with you and your adventures. You and your family are awesome. I posted/emailed you one time a long time ago about abuse, and now I am single, and my kids are alienated. But that’s not the point of this. You have come so far, so quickly, relatively, and you should be so proud of you, your kids, and your marriage. You both did this. You made this work. The two of you pulled yourselves out of the abyss and now know what true love and happiness is. And this decision you made to travel the country for a year? AWESOME!!! And it is something you will NEVER regret. Keep up the good work!!!! And the hilarious posts on fb! You give some of us hope and help define exactly what we are looking for and expect (not necessairly – yes spelling is wrong – I can’t figure that one out!! – the traveling, but the relationship). Thank you.

    • Miss Britt says:

      Thank you so, so much for this comment. It means a lot. Sometimes it feels like people who have read my story for a while get stuck with an older version of me in their heads. It’s nice to know someone thinks I’m making progress!! :-)

  3. Suebob says:

    I love hearing about your trip and your lessons!

  4. naomi says:

    lessons from inside and outside of the RV … I’d buy the book!!

  5. Lisa says:

    1 – I’m really glad to hear #4 because I was getting worried for your lady bits!

    2 – I took #6 to heart this week and I really just need to send you an email and tell you all about it rather than hijack your comments.

    3 – That flower picture is beautiful! I love it long time.

  6. Penbleth says:

    These are pretty good lessons.

  7. Robin says:

    I love reading about your journey. I did #6 yesterday. The outcome was bad but not horrible, and I am still alive. Onward from here.

    I can’t wait to see you guys next month!!

  8. pgoodness says:

    This is great – it’s fun going on your adventure with you!

  9. Bre says:

    Love all of this. As if your kids weren’t wise enough, now they’re getting all these life lessons.. They’re gonna put some 40 year olds to shame! ;)
    Love you all!!

  10. Hockeymandad says:

    Wow, a whole month already? Crazy. We miss you guys, but are happy to feel we are right there with you thanks to your words.

    PS – Whoever the model was for that statue…..hot. ;)

    • Miss Britt says:

      Her name was Dianna and apparently she was some type of goddess.

      Oh, wait, the model. Yeah, she was probably some type of goddess, too.

  11. Nanna says:


  12. Jan Roberson says:

    I am enjoying your trip and wish i could be the one doing it

  13. Jackie E says:

    I so wish I was doing this. I love, love the idea. Maybe one day I’ll actually get it. But for now I will just keep reading of your adventures.

  14. Thank you for sharing this! So much of it rings true to me (and so much of it I wish I’d learned much earlier in life)…

  15. Darla says:

    30 days, already?!?!?! Oh my gosh times flies.

  16. Momma says:

    *sigh* (with a smile on my face)

  17. Debra says:

    Great insights. And Emma’s learned more in a month than some people learn in a lifetime.

  18. Lorie says:

    So many good tips! These days ‘being in the same room with someone isn’t the same as being with someone’ rings truest for me!

  19. Faiqa says:

    Those are wonderful lessons.

  20. muskrat says:


    I hope you have a wonderful 4th of July in D.C.!

  21. kim says:


  22. Jamie says:

    6. Don’t put stuff off. Just do it, even if you think the outcome or news will be bad.

    That’s what I needed to hear today. Even though I don’t think the outcome will be bad — it’s a change, and I need to just do it. Travel safe, travel sane and travel fun.

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