I have been planning this for quite sometime. By “quite some time” I mean since about the age of 15. People thought it was a phase, but here I am at 21 doing it…finally. What is that exactly, you may ask? Well, I’m taking a solo road-trip up the east coast while camping out of my 2016 Honda CR-V. Why solo? I’m not really sure. I think it’s the appeal of being completely responsible for myself without the need to look out for or appease anyone else. I get to do what I want when I want…as long as it’s not too stupid or dangerous. I do want to make it back home alive, after all. Now why am I camping in an SUV? It’s cheap and convenient. I don’t have to worry about rain getting in my tent, nor do I have to even worry about a tent at all. Home is always with me, and it’s just enough space for one person. Plus, it’s slightly less conspicuous and the fuel economy is way better than in a van (sorry van-lifers).
I began my journey at home in central Alabama, and I plan to make my way to Maine and then take my sweet time coming back. I will be doing a combination of staying in campgrounds, doing some work-exchange stays, and a variety of parking lots as well. As I’m writing this, I’m sitting in a cozy little coffee house somewhere in Asheville, NC surrounded by some very hip individuals. This is only day two for me, so I have many, many more days ahead.Things are awkward and forced right now, like the probably 10 times I opened and closed my car doors today just during the process of cleaning up after breakfast. There are things to learn and processes to streamline, but I’m here to document all of that for you so that you can either learn some things or just laugh at me while I struggle.
So far everything has been amazing. Yes, it is very early, but I want to appreciate every good moment and so far there have been many. It’s pretty nice being able to take pit-stops whenever I want, or take as long as I want taking photos of the same scenery. Don’t get me wrong, I would like to travel with other people, and I do plan to do that in the near future, but it is nice having the chance to be completely free in all of my decisions. I’ve definitely been having that whole “high on life” sensation since I left, but I’m sure that will wear off soon enough. Or maybe not. Let’s hope not. I do know that I’ll get homesick eventually, though. I do have some amazing people back home that I care about, but I know they’ll be there when I get back, and I’m very thankful for each one of them. So please enjoy this journey!