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5 Steps to Get Your Life Off Hold and On The Road

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If you’re new to the idea of full-time RV traveling with your family, we understand you may not know where to start. In “How to Hit the Road” and “Our Journey Journal,” these detailed steps are outlined to help families set a foundation of success for their adventure. The Roadschool Moms duo gives an overview of the top five steps for getting your life off hold and on the road.

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Step 1 The Big Idea

Figuring out why this idea is attractive to you? What do you find appealing about full-time rv travel? What is your motivation for researching this lifestyle option? Once you have established that you are not in-fact running away from something (which doesn’t work) and have your priorities aligned you can move on to step 2.

Step 2 People Prepping

You may be the only one in your family who thinks full-time rving is a viable option. The second step is making sure every one’s to on board. Set aside some time to discuss this idea with your significant other and use this time to LISTEN to their thoughts about this transition. Before you bring this idea up to your extended family and friends, you may want to listen to our show on Dealing with NaySayers and Negative Nellies.

What will yours be filled with?

What will yours be filled with?

Step 3 Get Your Ducks in a Row

A. Stop buying things immediately. Start out with a personal commitment to not buy anything for one week. After that accomplishment, vow to not buy anything for two weeks, and then one month, and so on and so forth.
B. Start purging. Weeding out unnecessary, unused, and unwanted items is a never ending process in this lifestyle. Begin with small areas, such as a single drawer or a specific cabinet. It gets easier each time. The more items that are pared down now, the less that will have to be dealt with later.
C. Get out of debt. If you have debt, work hard to get out of it. We suggest Dave Ramsey’s FPU, a great program for families with debt.

Step 4 Set a date

The date motivates! Come up with a reasonable launch date and post it everywhere! This will give you an opportunity to take baby steps toward your goal in an intentional manner. A goal with no date is just a dream. A dream with a date becomes an inevitable reality.

Step 5 Come up with a money plan

Assess your current sources of income and determine if any can be modified to a location independent opportunity. If not, come up with location independent income stream. Several shows dedicated to this topic exist over in the Roadschool Moms archives. Mentoring services to families seeking the transition to a full-time rv lifestyle are now being offered by Kimberly Travaglino, owner of Fulltime Families. Together with Kimberly, you can come up with a lucrative independent income stream that can fuel the adventure of a lifetime. Kimberly only takes three clients in a season. If you are interested in more details, head over to fulltimefamilies.com/mentoring to complete the contact form.

To listen to the Roadschool Moms’ five quick steps on getting your life off hold and on the road, tune into the August 30th episode of Roadschool Moms over at iTunes!

Roadschool Moms is a live, one-hour weekly broadcast dedicated to the needs and challenges facing today’s roadschool moms. Kimberly Travaglino, of Fulltime Families, and Mary Beth Goff, the Road Trip Teacher, team up every week to offer listeners a fresh take on homeschooling while traveling full time, working in current events and featuring a mix of expert guests.


Books Come to Life for Roadschoolers: Guest Post by Scout Williams

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“It’s so great that you can learn about things by seeing them, experiencing them, rather than just reading about them in a book like the kids that go to school have to.” This is a comment I hear often when I tell people we “roadschool” our kids.   Recently, I noticed another FtF Family, The Williams, had pointed their RV toward adventure and were exploring the backdrop of Marguerite Henry’s 1947 Classic “Misty of Chincoteaque”.  Their youngest roadschooler, Scout, shares her experience with us below:


Because my family travels in an R.V. around the United States, I was able to visit Chincoteague, Virginia. I read a book, about a year ago, called “Misty of Chincoteague.” It was pretty cool to read, watch, and then experience “Misty of Chincoteague”

“Misty of Chincoteague” is about wild ponies who roam free on the island of Assateague. A boy and girl try and raise money to buy a pony named Phantom. The book tells of many adventures from the round-up, to the day of the auction surrounding pony penning week.

The town theater of Chincoteague offers a free veiwing of the movie “Misty of Chincoteague” during pony penning week. The movie helped me to visualize the island and the round-up of the ponies. The movie was good but they did not include all of what happened in the book.
I was so excited to be inches away from the wild Chincoteague ponies when they ran through the streets of Chincoteague. It was amazing to experience the auction of the horses. So many people gather for their chance to own one of the little ponies. Some ponies are purchased, named and then released back to Assateague. They try to maintain 150 wild ponies on the island.

I purchased a raffle ticket for the first horse to land on the shore of Chincoteague. I was so nervous to listen to the numbers being called out, but, unfortunately, I did not win a pony this time.

I hope, one day, I can visit Chincoteague again, and maybe win a wild pony to travel the United States with! Or maybe even settle down on Chincoteague Island with my very own wild pony!

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Annual FtF Flat Kids Exchange – Join Us!

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Our Flat Kids Adventures!

Join us for a fun exchange project that will help connect our kids and encourage awareness of adventures of other Fulltime Families.

Participate in 4 easy steps:

  1. Just fill out this Google Form with the name, age and mailing address for your flat kid: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/19d_2qjo5RKhgavTfNIPgbY6ANVQnNqMxTtrsveRlz8U/viewform More than one child participating? Just hit the “Submit Another Response” button after you submit the info for your first child.
  2. Create your flat kid. You can create one from scratch or use a template: https://www.flatstanley.com/resources?subpage=templates. You may want to consider laminating your flat kid so they will hold up on their adventure!
  3. Send your flat kid off. You’ll be matched with another family and supplied their address. Mail your flat kid to them and receive your visiting flat kid from them.
  4. Go On An Adventure – Take your flat kid on a few adventures, around town, to the park, wherever you go, and take pictures of your non-flat kids with their flat kids. Upload the pictures to the FtF Members Facebook Page and follow the fun!

Fulltime Families Explorers, See the criteria at the bottom of this page on how to earn your badge.

This project is inspired by “Flat Stanley” a series of books about a normal boy, who is flattened by an accident and then, has the opportunity to go on amazing adventures as a result of his two dimensionality!

For more information go to: http://www.flatstanley.com/

Your flat kid will spend a week with it’s host family

Supplies Needed:

  • 1 Envelope
  • 1 Self Addressed Stamped Envelope
  • A printer
  • Paper
  • Scissors
  • Markers and Crayons
  • Laminator Optional
  • A Host family to exchange with (we’ll supply that!)




How to create your Flat Kid

Step 1. Print out the Template Above or create your own

Step 2. With markers /crayons have your child decorate their flat kid. Be sure to label your flat kid so you’re host family can refer to it by name!

(Please do not embellish with any three dimensional objects such as sequins, etc as this could pose a problem when mailing the item)

Step 3: Cut out your flat kid… if you can, laminate it to help it last longer

Step 4: Fold up your kid in the envelope and include a short letter about your kid. Where you currently are and what you like to do. Also include your self addressed stamped envelope.

Step 5: Mail your Flat Kid to it’s host family

How to be a Great Flat Kid Host

When you receive you Flat Kid guest, take them along with you on a few adventures.

Take pics of your Flat Kid hanging out with your family. Some examples may be having a meal with your family, joining you in story time or on a field trip with your family. Get creative and have fun!

Post your pics to the Fulltime Families Members Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/groups/ftfmembers/

After a week, send your Flat Kid guest back home in the self addressed stamp envelope and include a short letter about the fun you had with your flat kid guest!

Important Dates:

Deadline to Sign Up – September 1st, 2015

Flat Kids Host Families Assigned – September 3rd, 2015

Flat Kids spend time with their host families – September 7th – September 15th, 2015

Flat Kids get sent home with a note from their host family on or before September 20th, 2015

Special Note: All Fulltime Families Explorers participating in this community building activity will earn their special FlatKids Badge.


Best 10 Road Trip Games in the RV by The Road Trip Teacher

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This is a guest post by Mary Beth Goff, The Road Trip Teacher.  For more opportunities for learning one mile at a time, visit her website at www.roadtripteacher.com.


Road trips of any kind are one of the best ways to spend quality time with your family away from the distractions and stresses of everyday routines. The Roadschool 101 Crew is on the road for many roadschool days during the year. Although everyone in our rig plans for travel days by charging their electronics, my favorite part of this portion of our journey is anything with no batteries required! Here is a list of the Roadschool 101 Crew’s Top 10 Best Road Trip Games in the RV.

Imaginary Hide and Go Seek. Imagine you are in your house, as in your RV. Quick… find a place to hide! Because you can be any size in this game, you can hide wherever your imagination takes you! Inside the refrigerator or under a throw rug aren’t off limits in this version of an old favorite. The seeker(s) must ask yes or no questions to find the hider. Whoever guesses correctly first, wins the game.

Counting Cows. Are you driving through the country? Players count the number of cows they see on their side of the RV. If you pass a cemetery, that side loses all their cows and must start over. If you pass a red barn, that side doubles the number of cows spotted there. The side with the most cows at the end of the road trip wins. (In a different locale? Instead of cows, count horses, deer, dogs, or anything else that works in its place.)

I Spy. While everyone is confined to a smaller space, spy something that no one else sees. The player exclaims, “I spy with my little eye, something that…” Other players guess until someone spots it too. Remember, you can spy ANYthing and describe it by color, shape or even texture to make it more challenging. In the long version of I Spy, players keep track of how many each has spotted correctly. Whomever spots the most correctly, wins the game.

Categories. Pick a category such as places, vegetables, or even song titles. The first player names something in that category. The next player names something in the same category that starts with the last letter of the first player’s item. Players are eliminated if they cannot come up with a word until the winner remains.Repeat words are not allowed. For a fast paced version of the game, have someone be the official “timer” and set a number of seconds each player has to say their word.

Banana! This game doesn’t require much thought; however, keen observation is a necessary skill! First, someone assigns points for yellow vehicles. For example, cars might be 1 point, semi trucks might be 2 points, contruction equipment might be 5 points, and a school bus might be 10 points. If your roadschoolers are learning to count by 5s or 10s, use multiples of these numbers when assigning points. The first person to spot a passing yellow vehicle, gets the points. Set a time limit according to your players attention spans so that the person with the most “banana” points during the period wins the game.

Mad Libs. The first step in mad libs is to fill out a list of random words by the part of speech they represent. Next, you plug the words into a story for a ridiculously funny version. This word game is a great roadschool tool as it covers grammar, parts of speech, and vocabulary while getting lots of laughs along the way. Print the free mad libs story the Roadschool 101 Crew made up for patriotic craziness!

Alphabet Game.  Pick a category such as animals, food, or U.S. cities. Starting with the letter A, the first player must name an object from that category. The next player does the same with an object that begins with B, and so on until the letter Z. To make the game more challenging, each player can recite the objects before his letter so that as the game progressed, players have to recall all objects from A to Z. Keep playing until someone cannot think of a word!

Going on a Picnic. The first player recites “I’m going on a picnic and I’m bringing…” and adds something that starts with the letter A (such as apples.) The next player repeats the first object and adds his own that begins with the letter B (such as bologna) and recites “I’m going on a picnic and I’m bringing apples and bologna.” The game continues from A to Z. Players are eliminated if they cannot remember an item in the correct order. The last player to correctly recite the list of picnic items, wins. For a different variation of this game, use “I’m going to the grocery and I’m buying…” or “I’m going on a road trip so I’m bringing…”

Where Am I? Play this guessing game as a great way to recollect places visited on previous road trips. Think of a place everyone in the RV has visited together. Give clues about the location by revealing just a detail or two about the memory. Each person in the RV can ask only “yes” or “no” questions about the secret location. The goal is for the players to guess the answer in 20 questions or less. Variations of this game include Who Am I? by guessing family members, Disney characters, or historical figures.


 License Plate Game. This is a road trip game that will require some sort of planning. Each time someone spots the license plate from one of the fifty states, that state is crossed off the list. Get a free printable for the license plate game here. One of the very first items I purchased for our rig, was the Melissa & Doug License Plate Game. It is still a favorite in our family!


Don’t forget to keep a frisbee or football handy for rest stop exercise. It’s amazing what 15 minutes of leg stretching and random yelling can do for couped up kiddos. Unplug your family on your next road trip. You’ll be surprised at just how much good ‘ole-fashioned family fun everyone can enjoy.



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Editor’s Note:  I really wish I had read this when I started homeschooling / roadschooling.  As a brand new homeschool mom, my ego was firmly intertwined with my kids’ educational progress and I sure did make a mess of things.  But thankfully kids are resilient and they got me back on track soon enough.


Guest Post by Nance Confer of Florida Unschoolers

First, relax. You, Mom and Dad, relax. The kids will be fine while you take a breath. And another.

One thing you have done by deciding to homeschool/unschool is to give your family the luxury of time. Enjoy it! You do not have to follow the local school schedule, you do not have to get to school on time, you can linger, you can dawdle, you can hang out.

While the kids are having a great time playing, you can use the next weeks and months to familiarize yourselves with the different approaches to homeschooling. On one end of the spectrum is unschooling. The other end is a boxed curriculum/school-at-home approach. And there are many choices and combinations in between.

Take a fun trip to the library, to the children’s section, and find the parenting shelf. There will be a few books on homeschooling. (While you are there, get your child his own library card and let him use it. Really. It’s OK. :) )

Take yourself to the bookstore. They will have a whole section on homeschooling. Read about different ways to unschool/homeschool online.

Most of these sources will tell you about one approach to homeschooling/unschooling, that it is great and you should do it their way! And many want to sell you curriculum and materials to help you do it their way.

But don’t rush out and buy a whole curriculum or a whole lot of anything right away. Ease into interests and approaches and dabble before taking the plunge. Find your own way!

“But what am I missing?”

Nothing. You’re not missing a thing. Homeschooling/unschooling is not brain surgery. There’s no secret code. There’s no magical, precise list of things your child needs to learn, in a certain order, at a certain age, in a certain way, to be educated.



Start with the things your child likes to do. Do those things.

Provide a rich (not expensive) environment, full of books and computers and art supplies and TVs and blocks and Legos and board games and puzzles and video games and . . . you get the idea. Prepare to have a more cluttered house. A more active house. A noisier house. The house can be perfect and neat and quiet when the kids are grown.

Follow up on things. If the stars are interesting, get a telescope and camp out to watch the stars and look at videos online and check out books from the library. Provide the tools you can to follow up on an interest.

Get out. Florida is full of great outdoor activities. People come here just to do these things! :) Visit the state park, hike the nature trail, go the the oceanographic center, the zoo, the art museum, the science museum. Go to the beach. Walk and run and dig and explore and take your time.

Don’t turn every activity into a lecture. Enjoy the interest, or at least get out of the way while your child enjoys it, but don’t lecture. Talk. Like a regular person talking to another person about something interesting.

Go online and look at samples of curriculum or “educational” websites. Figure out if any of them are providing anything you need in addition to time and a library card and the Internet and your own good sense.

For a sanity check, visit the World Book Encyclopedia Typical Course of Study page — http://www.worldbook.com/content-gateway/typical-course-of-study Not to memorize it and follow it to the letter but to realize that you already know that Kindergarten-aged children can learn how to take care of pets and celebrate the 4th of July, 3rd-grade-aged-children can read a lot and learn about multiplication and division, and that 12th-grade-aged children are specializing and may or may not be headed to college.

Realize that all of this is very general, not specific to your child who is reading at 4 or doesn’t start reading independently until 10, who loves math and hates poetry, who loves to draw and won’t look at a math puzzle, who needs quiet time to read or who bounces around building and creating. Stop thinking of your child as being in a particular grade. Stop comparing him to public school children. Ease into knowing the actual child in the room and do what comes next for him instead of wondering what would come next in public school.

Plan ahead. If your child wants to play football at the public high school, find out how that’s going to work. If online classes appeal to your child, visit FLVS (www.flvs.net) and see how the Part-Time program works, what classes are available. Then compare that to other choices online. Try one. See how it goes. If your child is headed to college, research the options and what is needed for that journey. Yes, it can be done but it takes some research. It takes finding out what the requirements are and meeting those requirements.

“But I’m wasting all this time!”

No, it’s not wasted. The kids are having fun and you are all becoming more confident in your family’s homeschooling/unschooling choices. You are deschooling.

Deschooling, the process of getting used to being home and in charge of your own day instead of being on the school’s schedule, includes your family making decisions about which activities you like and which you want to skip. It includes your child taking ownership of what goes into his brain and recognizing that he can learn the skills needed to pursue an answer. You can present or strew, arrange and transport, schedule and assess, while he is learning that he can speak up and express an idea, that he will be heard, that this is a tailor-made experience, designed for him. All of that takes as long as it takes — maybe months.

Then one day you will all look up and realize you are just going about your day without worrying if something “counts”. Deschooling done!

Along the way, you will notice how much time you can spend on an idea and how that compares to the time allotted to schooled children.

You will notice how much better everyone feels when they get a good night’s sleep and live on their own sleep schedule.

You will notice how information “sticks” so much better when your child is actually interested, and participates in his own learning, as he acquires the tools to learn more on his own when he has a question or an interest.

You might find other homeschoolers/unschoolers in your area. You will click with some and not others and get to choose who you want to socialize with. You will learn that socializing is not restricted to homeschooling/unschooling groups, that getting interested in an activity out in the world also means socializing with other people — whether it’s a sport or classes at the art museum or volunteering, you meet other people and get to know them as you please.

You can also learn to be at home and to be quiet and rested. Your family does not need to look busy all the time, running here and there or constantly working at something that looks like school. You will learn to appreciate downtime. To understand how much better you and your child learn about any number of things when you have a chance to digest the information, to mull, to forget and refresh, to get off the treadmill.

Homeschooling/unschooling is a lovely way to live. It takes some getting used to and some adjustments all around but it is worth it.

Now what? How about a good book by the pool? :)


I’m Losing a Ton- RVing and Weight Considerations: Day 5

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Some people may look at our lifestyle and think we, RVers, are minimalists by choice, paring our lives down to just the basics and living with less than 10% of our sticks & bricks, traditional lifestyle counterparts.  While that IS part of the story, the other part is that living on wheels means living with weight restrictions.


All RVs are equipped with stickers somewhere on the rig that details just how much it was engineered to carry.   One of my favorite posts about weight in an RV is from FtF Jeff Lentz in his satirical and ironically true post: “Our RV Was Built to Carry Everything But My Family“.

In my case, I have 2775 lbs of carrying capacity.  Keep in mind, this includes all on board fluids; fresh water, grey water and black water (at approx 8 lbs per gallon), our furniture and all the stuff a family of 6 would need to adventure across this great land.


The hazards of being overweight are great.  From equipment breakdown of the trailer and/or the towing vehicle (axels, springs, tires, rims, engine strain, brake strain, etc) to causing injury or even death, weight is a serious subject and being overweight is not something you should “take lightly”.

To access your risk, you can weigh yourself at any truck stop with a CAT Scale like this:

Or you could attend a rally with a weigh program on the schedule.  For instance, some Fulltime Families Rallies have professional weigh services in attendance and Escapees offers a Smart Weigh Program at their events.

Because weight is such a BIG DEAL, I’ve decided to challenge myself (and anyone else who feels inspired to join me) to lose a ton… That’s right!  My goal is 2000 lbs.  My plan is to move from the front of the RV through the back like a whirling dervish, donating or trashing anything that isn’t:

  • Useful: Something we use every day and makes our lives easier
  • Brings Joy: Looking at the item makes my heart sing for joy
  • Makes Money: If it’s not earning its keep, it’s out!

Day 1 (of 10)

My handy scale

So day one started with a scale and a bag and I got rid of :

  • 25 lbs of books
  • 26 lbs of clothing (from my closet alone)
  • 7 lbs of craft supplies
  • 4lbs of stuffed toys (shhhhhhh)
  • 7lb crockpot (in anticipation of my new Instant Pot)
  • 16lbs of games and puzzles


I know I’ve got a long way to go, but I feel great already.  Waking up this morning to my mostly empty closet with NOTHING on the floor, gave me a huge sigh of relief.  I am transitioning all of us to a “capsule wardrobe”.  We started our journey that way, but over the course of 5 years, lots of stuff crept back in.

If you’d like to join me in this challenge, you can post your updates at our FtF facebook page.  Keep a tally and in 10 days, we’ll declare FtF’s Biggest Loser!

To follow our progress, bookmark this page and check it out daily.

Day 2 (of 10) – Chris gets on board!

  • 11lbs of Electronics Packaging (?????)
  • 15lbs of Extra Tools
  • 16lbs of Misc Toys
  • 21lbs of Matchbox Cars (why are they so dang heavy!)

Total for Day 2: 64

Day 3 (of 10) – The Kitchen

    • 20lbs of Kitchen Utensils
    • 15lbs of Canned Goods we are never going to eat
    • 7lbs of Pantry items and spices
    • 8lbs of Condiments
    • 6lbs of Extra Blankets  (there not in the kitchen but close enough)

Total for Day 3: 56

Day 4 (of 10) – We took the day off to visit friends


Day 5 (of 10) – The Day we went plum crazy!!!

  • 20lbs of Adult Beverages (we didn’t get rid of this right away but we “committed” to getting rid of it real soon.
  • 10 lbs of extra linens
  • 50lbs of stove and oven… yes oven.
  • 46lbs 40 inch LCD flat screen tv
  • 40lbs Electric Razor Scooter
  • 45lbs Coleman Instant Gazebo

Total for Day 5: 211

The best part is, I can really feel the difference. There’s so much more room, easy of organization, space and peace!  I love it!  Can’t wait to see what else we can ditch!



Grand Total to Date:  416





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Full-Time RVing Family Top Tips for Choosing a Domicile Residency State

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Fulltime RV families have the opportunity to declare any state in the union as their domicile or residency state. With all the choices, this freedom and flexibility can be leave the decision maker in a state of confusion. While the choice is by no means a permanent one, determining the best option for declaring a domicile state the first time will save time, money, and lots of headaches.
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In “How to Hit the Road; Making Your Family’s Full-Time RV Dreams a Reality,” topics like residency, physical address changes, and mail forwarding are discussed in great detail. In this special mini-series, the Roadschool Moms team shares the top five facts to be considered when choosing a state of residency:

1) State Income Tax. These states are free of a state income tax:

  • Alaska
  • Florida
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Washington
  • Wyoming
  • Alaska

2) Homeschool Laws. The states that consistently rank best for homeschool freedom and recognize parent autonomy in education are:

  • Alaska
  • Connecticut
  • Florida
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Michigan
  • Missouri
  • Oklahoma
  • Texas

Note: For fulltime RVers, the status for state income tax and homeschool laws are the top two considerations when choosing a domicile state. A quick comparison of the states that are the best fit in each of these areas above show three options that overlap in each category: Alaska, Florida, and Texas. Therefore, we will discuss only these three states for the remaining evaluation of this important subject.

3) Driver and Vehicle Registration. Ease of vehicle registration and driver’s license renewal are important factors in this decision making process. Alaska, Florida and Texas are all fairly equal in this category. But, Alaska’s remote location makes it the obvious choice to cross of the list next.

4) Annual Vehicle Inspection. Florida has no annual vehicle inspection while Texas does have this requirement. The caveat is that if you are out of the lone star state, you do have one week to get the vehicle inspected in Texas when you return.

5) Health Insurance Rates.
On the part of the controversary regarding health insurance rates, Texas provides a better, more economical option. Florida statistically has an aged population; therefore, it has one of the highest health insurance rates in the country.

While these five areas of concern are the most common to be considered, a family’s unique circumstances often come into play. All things considered, the majority of roadschoolers that make up much of the fulltime family community, pick between Texas and Florida. In the end, Florida seems to win this overall debate when the Florida Residency Rates for theme parks are factored into the decision. Overall, a thorough research of choosing a domicile by evaluating state income tax, homeschool laws, driver and vehicle registration procedures, annual vehicle inspection requirements, and health insurance rates should provide a clear answer for choosing a state for residency for the immediate future.

To listen to the Roadschool Moms’s take on choosing a state domicile, click here: http://ultimateradioshow.com/5-tips-for-choosing-domicile-and-residency/ or subscribe to Roadschool Moms over at iTunes!

Roadschool Moms is a live, one-hour weekly broadcast dedicated to the needs and challenges facing today’s roadschool moms. Kimberly Travaglino, of Fulltime Families, and Mary Beth Goff, the Road Trip Teacher, team up every week to offer listeners a fresh take on homeschooling while traveling full time, working in current events and featuring a mix of expert guests.

This show was produced by Forge Fire Media.  The Roadschool Moms recommend Forge Fire Media for all your audio needs.

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Roadschool Moms: Top 5 Free Things You Can Do Wherever in the World You Are

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Free Family Fun Show ButtonAs a fulltime traveling family, we find no shortage of amazing things to do and fabulous places to visit. What we do have to remember in our quest for the next adventure is to be fully aware of the costs involved in everyday life on the road. Our roadtripping family tries to have a “money-free weekend” once a month or so just to remind ourselves that it doesn’t always take a dollar to make the day special. It’s also a great way to save a few bucks during the monthly budget!

  1. Enjoy a Roadside Attraction. Have you taken a stroll down the Hatfield/McCoy Feudin’ Trail or taken a family photo with the world’s largest ball of paint? Go to RoadsideAmerica.com for literally thousands of locations across America that you can plan the most bizarre road trip ever!
  2. Visit the Local Library. We can’t stress enough how much of an awesome roadschool resource the public library is! Many programs and opportunities can be found right at your fingertips by entering your current location at this government site or scrolling through the listing by state at PublicLibraries.com.
  3. Go for a soak. Imagine a soak in a hot springs or a jump into a swimming hole. While swimming in natural places can often be dangerous, caution and common sense can reduce the risk. Find the perfect place to get wet at SwimmingHoles.org.
  4. Take a mystery field trip. Click on Family Day Out to map out the roadtrip to fun. Thousands of family friend locations are listed across the USA so that family fun can be found in any area.
  5. Hunt for treasure. No matter what your booty, be it gold, gems, minerals, fossils, or rocks, a search site is easy to locate at 42Explore.com! Rockhound anywhere in the country for a whole lot of free family fun.


To learn more ways to find free family fun, click play on our Mini Show  http://ultimateradioshow.com/top-5-free-things-to-do-where-ever-in-the-world-you-are/  or over at iTunes!

Roadschool Moms is a live, one-hour weekly broadcast dedicated to the needs and challenges facing today’s roadschool moms. Kimberly Travaglino, of Fulltime Families, and Mary Beth Goff, the Road Trip Teacher, team up every week to offer listeners a fresh take on homeschooling while traveling full time, working in current events and featuring a mix of expert guests.


6 Great Podcasts for Traveling Families

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Whether your hitting the road this summer, or planning a stay-cation in your area, you can use your Apple device to tune in and learn all about the nation’s National Parks!

National Parks Podcasts

When you follow the link above to iTunes, you’ll see hundreds of podcasts that help you and your roadschoolers learn all about places like Yellowstone, Mount Rushmore, the Bad Lands, the Grand Canyon, Acadia, you name it!


Here are some other great podcasts for FtF Families:

Happy Camper Radio

Get Kids Ready for Life

Nomad Together

Family Adventure Podcast with Erik Hemingway

Raising Miro on the Road of Life


and of course…

Roadschool Moms Live Every Sunday Night at 9pm EST

Does your family listen to podcasts?  Comment below with your favorites!

What will yours be filled with?

Presale Announcement: How to Hit the Road and Our Journey Journal Bundle

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All spring and most of this summer, I’ve been working on completely redesigning my best selling book, “How to Hit the Road; Making Your Family’s Full Time RV Dreams a Reality” and the release date for this completely revamped edition is finally set for September 1st, 2015.

I couldn’t be more proud with all the enhancements and updates this new version includes.  For years I’ve been collecting readers’ feedback:

“I love all the options you provide for each stage in preparing my family to launch our full time rv life, but I’m really interested in what YOU did.  Can you tell me how you personally handle things like adhering to homeschool laws and how you finally chose the RV that fit your family?”

Each section of HTHTR Revised Edition now includes a “What the Traveling Travaglino’s Did” so we can share exactly what worked and what we would have done differently.

“You list a lot of options for making money on the road, but what have you seen families have the most success with?”

In the “How Can We Afford This” section, I’ve listed the opportunities that I’ve seen many families successfully support themselves with.  I also include the proven, trusted resources and providers of those opportunities.

I’ve added Family Activity Guides to help encourage your family to set goals together to achieve this dream.

I’ve doubled the “We’ve Made it; Now What” section, including information on:


And while I am thrilled with the this new version, I am busting with the spin off project that came out of this overhaul.

For years, I’ve wished for the perfect journal where I could record exactly why I felt compelled to uproot my family from all that was known and comfortable and trade our old life for all the uncertainty of life on the road.  A book that would challenge me to answer the questions that really mattered, to distill what I really wanted my life with my family to look like.  A book that spoke of not only what we hoped to achieve, but what we (all of us) gave up to pursue this life.

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Where, in my own hand writing, I would be able to convey my hopes and fears and dreams and aspirations.  A place to record our bucket list and accomplishments, with space to record contact information for people we crossed paths with.  A place to prepare for our journey that would stand the test of time and become a treasured keepsake.

This idea churned in my mind for several years, and then a designer who could bring it to fruition appeared.  Megan Jurvis, fellow full time traveling mom and graphic designer extraordinaire, assembled the scattered jottings and renderings of a tattered notebook into a work of art.

The result is “Our Journey Journal; How we made our full time rv dreams come true” a stunning professionally designed and typeset journal where you can record the events of this critical time.

What will yours be filled with?

What will yours be filled with?

“Our Journey Journal” is a one of a kind journal for the trail blazing family.
The prompts in this book have been thoughtfully compiled to help you and your loved ones, with each step of this lifestyle transition.
You’re about to embark on a huge adventure and within these pages is your place to record:
your reasons
your hopes
your desires
your impressions
your reservations
your achievements
your downsizing efforts
your bucket list
your packing guide
your budget
your home on wheels shopping experiences
and ultimately your launch.
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With timelines, interactive projects, worksheets and places to include family photos, this book can be the catalyst to a whole new life for you.
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Journaling and preserving your impressions through your own hand writing now, will help motivate you through the more challenging times and will surely become a treasured keepsake for generations to come.
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Give yourself, your family and your future generations the gift of your insight into the aspects that encouraged you all to take this leap of faith and the steps that allowed you to realize this monumental goal.
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We are currently taking pre-orders for these companion books.  For a limited time, you can get both the revised edition of “How to Hit the Road” and “Our Journey Journal” at an introductory sale price.

Choose Your Bundle

e-Bundle, formatted for your e-reader and print your Journey Journal on demand.

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Hard Copy Bundle, professionally bound editions.

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Both bundles also include the following enhanced media downloads:

  • Full time RVing Family Budget Worksheets
  • Full time RVing Children Wardrobe Lists
  • RV Packing List
  • RV Shopping Worksheets
  • Junior Journey Journals
  • RV Maintenance Checklists for Driveables and Towables
  • Roadschool Planner
  • Free Lifetime updates. You’ll receive free e-updates to both of these books for your lifetime.*

This is a limited time offer.  Both books will be released in e-version and hard copy on September 1st, 2015, at which time, prices will go up.  Secure the lowest prices and be the first to receive your copy. 

If you’re a previous “How to Hit the Road” reader, contact kimberly@fulltimefamilies.com for your free update.




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