Exploring the Local Life is a Latino RVing family of four (Robert, Jessica, Daniel, and Nadia) that learns and travels together in their 2016 Forest River Grey Wolf 26DBH Travel Trailer.
They are balancing life, fun, and roadschooling while handling unexpected RV and truck repairs and rainy days. Keeping a positive attitude is key and they are reminded every day why they are doing things differently. They document their RV travels and roadschooling adventures on their blog and YouTube channel at Exploring the Local Life.
Their full-time RV lifestyle is unique because Robert works a stationary job in Georgia. After every 4 days of work, he gets 4 days off to travel. On those days off, they move the RV to new and exciting locations in Florida, Alabama, and beyond. Then, Robert drives or flies back to work and returns for more adventures.
Some topics we covered:
- 1:34 – Shifting lifestyles
- 4:24 – Exploring the Local Life’s RV
- 6:54 – The impact of RV life
- 9:20 – Roadschooling
- 15:50 – Learning to RV (the ups and downs).
- 19:15 – Going nomad
- 25:30 – RV community experiences
- 30:25 – What’s next for Exploring the Local Life?
Roadschooling is a huge part of this family’s life and a great passion for Jessica. She uses child-led learning to guide Daniel and Nadia in their studies. They use every day and every adventure as an opportunity to learn, such as talking about geology and the rocks they see on nature walks. To Robert and Jessica, roadschooling and RV life complement each other perfectly. Their lifestyle is one great learning experience. Learn more about their roadschooling tips here.
Finding RV Community
When it comes to making friendships on the road, Robert and Jessica have noticed that RV friendships are fast and deep. You understand each other and move past the small talk to create a deep connection very quickly. These friendships are long-lasting and you can pick up where you left off the next time you cross paths again.
Changing the American Dream
Robert and Jessica chose the RV lifestyle to become closer together as a family and to simplify their life. While RV breakdowns, stressful moving days, and tight quarters have brought up unexpected challenges, they have grown so much as a family and have learned to tackle anything. There isn’t space (literally) for disagreements and staying mad when life goes wrong. They have learned to talk things through, resolve any conflicts, and thrive in RV living.
They are challenging the definition of “the American dream”. Instead of big houses and new cars, it’s bunkhouses and the open road.