Welcome to Living in Beauty.
We are Carmen and Jim Beaubeaux. We met in high school back in 1970 and have been San Diego County residents ever since.
On July 18, 2016, 2631 days ago, we left Coronado, California to travel full-time in our 2001 Airstream Excella, Beauty.
But we are not alone. In addition to family members and friends who digitally track our journey, we’ve learned that we’re a part of a national wave of retirees who live full-time on the road.
Some have lost their homes to natural disasters and are looking for a safe place to live – others have left their homes to children and are reserving financial resources for their long-term healthcare – and many, like us, are simply dedicated to sustainable full-time travel.
Our towing vehicle is The Beast. We can’t imagine towing without our 2014 Ram 2500 Crew Cab Laramie 4×4 Cummins Diesel. But, no lie, with all the recalls, The Beast took a while to break in. Call it love. Beauty and The Beast have been hitched for more than seven years now and we hope they have a long and happy union.
Pico de Gallo, our itinerant chihuahua, is fifteen-years-old. He began his little feral life in the swamps of Mississippi. Now, he rules our hearts, our home and several plush animal toys of no small importance.
We’re fully retired, fairly healthy and old enough to draw Social Security benefits.
Our mission is to travel throughout the remaining years of our lives. To go where no Beaubeaux has gone before.
We are proud Californians but no longer are we property owners. We feel, at our age, house and yard maintenance is a financial and physical drain. To keep things simple, we have nothing in storage and no home-base. Everything we own is in our truck and trailer. Yeah, it probably sounds extreme, but it works for us.
Every two weeks it’s the same house with a different back yard which someone else mows.
It took years of hard work and planning to begin LIB (Living in Beauty). We sold our homes and released over forty years of accumulated possessions.
Traveling light is the goal. To live as unburdened and LIBerated as is possible.
We’re simply wanderers with no firm itinerary. Our style is 4-3-2 : Beginning after the morning rush hour we drive for 4 hours, stop by 3 pm and stay for 2 weeks. We brake for breweries, public and private gardens, hot springs, and farmer’s markets regardless of how big or small.
Our motto is, “No Fake Deadlines” and we’re sticking to it. “No reservations” is another rule that we rarely break.
We publish a new blog post and podcast about twice a month. Since January 2016, we have published 192 posts.
If you want to see ‘behind-the-scenes’ and how the production team made this video, click here.
You can contact us here.
Here is a bit more about Jim’s career before he retired in July 2016.
Here is a short video showing the inside of Beauty as of 2021.
If you want to see our exact route, click here.
*photos in this post (unless otherwise noted) were taken and copyrighted by Living In Beauty.