Dear RV Shrink:
My wife is conflicted. We spend 6-9 months a year living and traveling in our RV. Before we leave my wife is always dragging her feet. She is very involved socially at home and hates to leave.
Once we are on the road she goes through withdrawal for awhile then slides comfortably into our RV lifestyle. After several months on the road she dreads going back home and getting so involved again. I try to keep her on the road as long as possible, but I never know if she is coming or going. Is this normal behavior? —DiscomBobulated in Duluth
It sounds perfectly normal to me. Sometimes when people have the freedom to do whatever they like, they can’t decide what they really want. It’s like a kid in a candy store.
As wonderful as RV travel is, the tug of home can be very strong for many reasons. Friends and family, home maintenance, grandkids, social functions, tax preparation – the list of reasons to go back to port varies. It sounds like you have the best of both worlds.
You’re lucky your wife makes the transition even though it is not as smooth as yours. Some couples do not survive the RV lifestyle because one or both cannot make the transition at all. As romantic as the open road sounds, some people find they are too insecure to enjoy it. Some folks just can’t find happiness in being uprooted, have no sense of adventure or cannot convince themselves to give up their social calendar back home. You two sound like you are adjusting just fine. Keep on truckin’. —and Keep Smilin’, Richard Mallery a.k.a. Dr. R.V. Shrink
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