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Interview Questions for other Families on the Road

March 4, 2010

If your family is living on the road, would you like to share a little of what you’ve learned? I’m putting together an article about the large numbers of other families, like ours, who have set out for an unconventional turn of life and taken to an RV, bus, bikes, rebuilt bread truck, pack-a-yurt, etc. full-time. We have met some striking people as we travel, and I’ve noticed some commonalities in those who are on the move. Many people are unaware of the phenomenon, so I want to give them a peek at the varied mindsets and daily life.

Please feel free to share your experiences and speak your mind. Leave blank the questions you’re not interested in or that don’t apply to you. If you want some answers to be anonymous, just say so.

Who are you, (age of kids, etc.) and what needs were the catalyst for this gypsy stage of your life? What rig are you traveling in and what have you left behind (a house, a lone cardboard box, belongings in a small storage unit, a business, extensive family obligations, a cat staying with friends…)

Why do you keep going, and what will make you stop? What do you hope to get out of living like this?

Do you know where you’ll settle down IF you choose to settle down? If you’ll be building a house someday, what kind of house?

Do your family and friends understand and support your decision?

How much travel did you do while growing up?

Why do you think so many of us are now making the decision to take our families on the road full-time?  Or has there always been a subculture?

What’s the rhythm of your favorite days?

Humans are creatures of habit. Even when we make a radical break from the habits of living a more traditional life – even when every day invites a little bit different activities, we still end up finding a groove, repeating patterns, building habits. Even people who don’t like routine, find habits. How has this transition changed the groove your habits have worn?

What kind of people have you met on the road? Anybody in particular stick out in your mind?

How have your eyes been opened to something new about life, and about the times we live in?

What would you want someone to know about traveling full-time with children?

Regarding roadschooling, go you follow a schedule, or a program? What’s your philosophy?

Do you take on work, make money on the road, do any caretaking or camphosting?

How did you initially afford to make the switch in lifestyle?

Do you use alternative fuels (biodiesel, wvo,….) or alternative energy (solar or wind…)? How’s that working out?

What kinds of customizations have you made to the function or design of your rig to suit your family better? (overhead, windows, paint, additions, added solar panels and inverter, bumper stickers?)

Do you manage to recycle while you’re traveling? Compost? Want to share the contact info of anyone special who has gone to extremes in their pursuit of a green lifestyle on wheels? (I saw an RV with chickens and a little moveable fencing at the Oregon Country Fair. They rode in the bathroom.)

How does your family handle health insurance and much more importantly, health care? Do you consider your family to seek professional medical care more or less than the average Jonesies? Do you rely more on use of conventional or holistic medicine? How do you feel about herbs? About homebirth? About hospice? (Trying to see if FOTRers challenge other traditional structures than 9-5 and a stick-built house)

What do you do for showers and laundry?Kelso Dunes, Mojave Preserve

Cooking on the road can call on creativity and efficiency. What are your staple foods?

What’s your favorite boondocking site? How long do you stay there?

Where’s your favorite campground?

What’s the coolest community you’ve found?

What cities are RV friendliest – allow camping freely? And which ones make life a little tougher?

Where’s the crappiest in-a-pinch overnight camping you’ve done?

Greatest overnight sneak spot ever?

A favorite hot spring or hike or family activity?

What change or difference do you hope this trip/life will have made for your children? And for you?

Do you care to sum up the vast world of your religious and political beliefs and spiritual practices in a tidy, pithy 100 words, more or less? Bonus points for the history of humankind using only fifty.

Do you know where you’ll be sleeping next Thursday? Do you usually?

When deciding where to explore next, are you driven by landscape, vegetation, people, culture, history, curiosity, opportunity, weather….?

What is your relationship to authority? What is your relationship to tradition? What is your view of luck?

If you feel like sending a photo of your family or life on the road, or your unique rig, that would be very welcome.

Thank you so much for your participation! I want to understand a broad swath of us, not just the fine folks I’ve met on the road. This lifestyle is quite a curiosity to many people. If I end up using your responses in an article I will contact you first to let you know where to read it, and will share something online too, on the FOTR (Families on the Road) site, for instance, or on my blog. Feel free to include any blog or website you may have, and if you’ve already covered one of my questions on your blog, you can point me to the page. Please assume that what you are writing may be shared unless you tell me otherwise for specific questions.

Cami Renfrow
Kelso Dunes, Mojave Preserve

2 Comments leave one →
  1. March 8, 2010 5:27 pm

    Hi Cami

    Found your blog from FOTR. I will drop you an email to answer some of your questions in a bit. I read a few of your posts and you are a great writer.

    I hope you don’t mind me tagging along on your journey. Your family sounds wonderful and I look forward to getting to know you.


    • March 8, 2010 11:57 pm

      Thanks Ali – I look forward to hearing from you. Have fun with your new job.


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