A downside to full-time RVing



Brenda and David

By Brenda Bott
Whether you have been full timing for a while like my husband David and me, or are new to full timing, or are still in the research phase, the following video may be relevant. While most people think about the travel and the adventure and visiting places on your bucket list, there is another side to full timing that is most often not talked about and ignored. By that I mean the disconnection you may feel from your family, friends and a community. A disconnection that can sometimes lead to depression.

David and I did not consider this when we were looking to travel full time. We both grew up in one area of the country. Most of our family is in this one area. Our friends we grew up with are all in this one area. When we left this area to travel full time, to get “Outside Our Bubble,” we were good for a while. Seeing new things and experiencing new things. New cultures, new foods, meeting new people.

I won’t go into to much detail here because I feel what David says in the video says it all. I did not know he was making this video but once I saw it, we both knew it had to go online and be said publicly. He wears his heart on his sleeve and I love him for that. He is honest and a good man and I am glad that we found each other 22+ years ago. We have both been there for each other in good times and hard times and I could not have picked a better partner to travel down the road with and have our various adventures.

We wanted to put this video out there to show that traveling full time is not all hearts and rainbows. Cupcakes and puppy dogs. Unicorns and, hummm, whatever. There is another side to full timing. The “disconnect” that some of us may feel. We hope this video helps paint a larger, more complete picture of the full timing lifestyle by mentioning something you may have not thought about if looking to go full-time.

Visit David and Brenda’s website, Outside Our Bubble.



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This has been my greatest fear and why we are moving more toward snowbirding to be out of New England for the Winter and then returning home for the Spring-Fall seasons. I think it would be the best of both worlds.

Mari Harvey

No you are not the only one who feels this way!! Very new to this, only since June, but already we have felt the need to be close to family and friends more than we realized we would. Thank you for sharing!!

Bob Godfrey

Thanks David for that excellent, heartfelt video. We have been full-timing for 6 years now and every once in awhile I get to feeling the same thing after being “on the road” for a few months and I look forward to returning to “home base” yet we too do not have a brick and mortar home anymore. It’s simply the social aspect of the importance of a home community.

Thanks again for expressing your thoughts here.

Nick DiPietro

Gotta have a place to come back too. Three months max for us and home.

Rebecca Thompson

Thank you David for a terrific, sensitive, thoughtful look at the flip side. We have long thought about this lifestyle – we are still working but constantly flipping that coin. Thanks again for your honesty.

Calvin Rittenhouse

Thank you for this topic. You have illuminated a subject I have rarely seen in my studies of full-timing, and one that concerns me. (My travels have been short-term.) Your suggestion of finding a place to spend months at a time, rather than a week or two, makes perfect sense to me. I even have a place in mind (Tucson), but until I saw this I did not have confirmation that full-timers have (or can have) this issue.

Tommy Molnar

A great video showing, as David mentions, the ‘other side’ of full-timing.

While we love to be out for 4-8 weeks at a time, we still really like coming ‘home’ to our house, if only to re-plan, re-load, and take off again.