Travel Map & Facts

UPDATED: October 22, 2019

This is the bare-bones facts of our Airstream adventure, our travel map and facts.

We bought our Airstream, Beauty, in April 2015 in Alabama, towed her to San Diego in July 2015, moved full-time into Beauty April 2016, and finally, took her on the road full-time July 18, 2016.

So, the following statistics begin on July 18, 2016.

Below is the map of our journey. Click the map for an animated look at our travels. Jim’s a Star Trek fan, so we apologize in advance.

  • Year 1 – July 2016 to July 2017
  • Year 2 – July 2017 to July 2018
  • Year 3 – July 2018 to July 2019
  • Year 4 – July 2019 to Now

Now for the details…

28 thoughts on “Travel Map & Facts

  1. This is the most useful RV full timing information I’ve ever read. Thank you for putting this together. I am also a finance person so I dig all the financial info. We are still working but planning an early exit in the next 8 years and this has been really helpful.

    1. Matie, thank you for your comment. We planned our exit for 2 years, although we have always been campers spending weeks at a time in National and State parks. You also being a finance person, you realize that way of thinking never leaves you. Numbers are always popping up in our heads. I am just glad I found a way to channel that into something useful by showing costs and statistics of the fantastic ‘on-the-road’ lifestyle. Safe and happy travels! LIB

    1. Denise, thank you for your kind words. We do feel blessed being able to journey through this amazing country and meet folks along the way. It gives us such an appreciation of the diversity, beauty and wonder of North America. Hope our paths cross some day!

      Safe and happy travels!!


    1. Don, glad you found these costs and statistics helpful. We retired in July 2016 and sold all our real estate properties. Also, for 30 years I put 20% of my salary each paycheck into a 401K in the hopes of retiring early. In 2016, that became a reality. Keeping our blog up to date is a full-time job for us, although it doesn’t pay. Just a fun hobby. Thanks for your comments! Safe travels. Jim

  2. You two are inspirational! I’m gonna be brave and show my hubby your site. Brave because I think he’ll want to follow in your footsteps! If (When?) that happens i will be trackin you DOWN! I love all your photos and charts! Safe and fabulous travels to you all!!

    1. Hey Linda!!! We would LOVE to meet up with you ANYWHERE you say! Come join us for leaf time in Vermont!!! xoxo

      1. Patti, glad we could help. If you have any other questions, please reach out to us! Thank you for following LIB. Safe travels.

    1. It was not intentional that we missed Iowa and Missouri. Our plans include a visit to that area this late fall.

  3. wOw!! This is amazing how you keep such good track of everything. I just became aware of this page of your blog. I should be this organized….but nope. One thing that really hit me is your health insurance. There is no Medicare here either…even though one of us is eligible. I am just thankful for Lee’s NPS time and the government insurance we were able to carry on with after his retirement. Our’s is nearly a grand less than this. Glad we don’t have to use the marketplace! Hope you spend more nights in AZ in the future…especially the State Park we are currently back camp hosting in. Safe Travels!!

    1. Cyndie, thanks! It is that old CFO in me that keeps these kinds of details. For decades I had to provide the board of directors reports like these in a simple easy to understand way. I love this kind of stuff, even though it drives Carmen crazy. It is also crazy that we spend almost $15,000 a year on healthcare insurance that only covers us traveling if it is urgent or an emergency. Soon I will be on Medicare, but Carmen still has a few years before she will be eligible. AND, someone in their mid 60’s pays the most expensive medical insurance premiums on the planet. When I switch to Medicare, her insurance will double and we will be paying more per month than when we were both on the plan. NUTS! INSANE!, but that is the world we live in at the moment. We do hope to be back in Arizona before the end of the year. So far we have spent 57 days in Arizona and love it!

        1. David, we have not yet had the opportunity to be campground hosts. Maybe someday, but right now we like to move to a new location every week to two weeks. Safe travels!

  4. Would love to know how you did the map and kept track of everything. We’re starting out and haven’t figured out the best way to do it.

    1. TR, I use the Macintosh version of PowerPoint, which is called Keynote. After I’ve imported a map of the North America I use the “build in” animation called “wipe” and create each leg of our journey. When I’m ready to update my map online, I use QuickTime and create a movie from the Keynote program that is then put into the Macintosh program called iMovie where I add music. Is it easy, no! But after I’ve done it for almost 3 years it’s almost automatic to add a new journey every few weeks. Hope this helps you understand how I generate the animated map.

  5. This is fantastic and so helpful for me. I’m a planner and a bit scared to go fulltime. We are not ready yet still working and in planning stage.

    1. Linda, thank you! We found planning was a fun part of the adventure. The first six months of our blog posts, from January 2016 until July 2016 are all about the planning stage. You might find some of those posts helpful and encouraging. Hope to meet on the road someday!

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