About Us

Blogging from “the bridge” in our Lambright Lazy Relax-R Chairs which pair beautifully with our Airdesks. Pico, our full-time travel buddy, poses atop the wine vault.

Welcome to Living in Beauty.

We are Jim and Carmen Beaubeaux. We met in high school back in 1970 and have been San Diego County residents ever since.

On July 18, 2016, 1593 days ago, we left Coronado, California to travel full-time in our 2001 Airstream Excella, Beauty.

Port Townsend, Washington

And here is what we’ve been doing ever since.

The Canyon RV Resort – Radium Hot Springs, Canada

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.

Markin Glen Campground – Kalamazoo, Michigan

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.

Living In Beauty - Full-time Airstream traveling
Downtown Charleston, South Carolina. And yep, those are hail pock marks on her backside. She’s got dimples on her but she’s pretty.

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 four years now and we hope they have a long and happy union.

Pico de Gallo, our itinerant chihuahua is twelve 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.

The call of the wild on the Oregon coast

We’re fully retired, healthy enough and not yet drawing Social Security benefits.

Boondocking in Quartzsite, Arizona

Our mission is to travel throughout the remaining years of our lives. To go where no Beaubeaux has gone before.

California Redwoods

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. 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.

Cape Ann Campground – Gloucester, Massachusetts

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.

Dreher Island State Park – Prosperity, South Carolina

Traveling light is the goal. To live as unburdened and LIBerated as is possible.

Depoe Bay, Oregon

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.

Acadia National Park
Acadia National Park

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 137 posts.

Whistler’s Campground – Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

Below is a 2-minute documentary produced by Wunderman for Best Buy about Living in Beauty.

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.

Harper’s Ferry on the Potomac River, West Virginia

Here is a short video showing the inside of Beauty as of early 2020.

12 thoughts on “About Us

  1. Congratulations Sis & Jim. A beautiful blog site. We will love following your adventures. Be sure to come visit us in the Smoky mountains whenever the mood strikes. David is planning the driveway expansion soon. love, Deb

    1. Love you Sis! Woo-hoo! We get dedicated digs in the Cherokee National Forest! So looking forward to being neighbors!

  2. Congratulations. A wonderful adventure awaits. We pulled our 29ft Airstream for two years while we built our off grid retirement home. Loved every mile we travelled. You will meet the most helpful people, see the best the country has to offer and spend time around the campfire with those you love.
    If you are every up near Toronto Canada give us a shout. We have plenty of room for your trailer.
    Safe travels
    Art and Mary

    1. So happy to be in touch Art & Mary! We don’t have a date set but I am certain we will be in Toronto in the near future visiting friends who work there occasionally. We also plan to visit a friend and colleague who lives in Calgary. Oh, the anticipation to see Canada is excruciating! I will shout to you our plans as soon as they develop into something more. Thank you! Safe Travels!

  3. Just happen to stumble on your blog and now a follower. Congratulations on your decision of freedom. The AS community seems very connected. I’m in a different situation. A 50yr old widower who wants to show my 13 & 15yr kids this beautiful country. We’ve been in the camping mode for 5 yrs. up and down the northeast. We have had the typical migration from tent to popup and hopefully in a month or so, a Flying Cloud 28 w/ twins !!! My kids have never expressed an interest to go to the unoriginal vacation of Disney. They love places where hotels rooms are not, as they say. So far booked this year Assategue Island, Great Smokies & Cape Cod. We hope that our new rig will get us places further south/west/north. Damn work gets in the way. I will look forward in reading and possible contributing to your adventure. Your plan resonates with my thoughts as well. Get out there poke around. Best wishes and maybe our campfires will cross.
    (I do plan on getting some of those SS wine glasses)
    Happy trails !!!
    Neuman, from NJ.

    1. Pleased to know you Neuman! We do hope you contribute your adventures here. My sister lives in the Cherokee National Forest and she loves to hunt for excellent camping, so maybe I can contribute to your adventures there … Primitive camping with some of the most pristine trout filled rivers I’ve seen since I was a kid – and, the roads are surprisingly good for having almost no traffic. We do hope our campfires cross! Your kids sound wonderful! If you ever get to our corner of the states, take them to Anza-Borrego Desert! It’s about as hotel-free a place as I’ve ever seen. FC 28′ … Woo-hoo! Happy Trails indeed!!

    1. Lori, every time we come back to San Diego, we will stop by and have one of San Diego’s best breakfasts at the Bleu Whisk.

  4. Incredibly thrilled for you! Thank you for living my dream! It will be wonderful to ride along with you via this blog!

  5. It was great meeting you at the Sarasota Sunny South Wednesday dinner and talking theatre. I am so envious of your constant trek. I too have wanderlust and travel whenever possible. I will enjoy your blog. You said it was long….it’s not, it’s very interesting! I hope we cross paths again.

    1. Janeakre, we love our Airstream. It’s an oldie, but it provides everything we need to live in beauty. Here is an Youtube.com of the inside of Beauty. We made this video before we started traveling full-time. Some things have changes, like the recliners, but most of it looks that same today. https://youtu.be/uXCZsSC6mH0

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