San Francisco has been calling to me. Maybe it's the fact that the temperature rarely goes above seventy or below fifty, which makes it perfect for RV living. Or maybe it's the fact that all of the smart young techies have congregated there. Maybe it's the cheap(ish) flights to Japan or the abundance of healthy vegan restaurants.
Whatever it is, I've had an itch to go check it out. I've been there a few times before but didn't explore much and certainly didn't see it through the eyes of a resident. So this time I'm heading that way in the RV.
This Thursday I'll head West from Austin, and hopefully drive 20 hours straight to Las Vegas. I love Las Vegas and have a few friends there, so it's hard to pass up an opportunity to visit. After Las Vegas I'll go to LA. I might stay for a few days, for a month, or something in between. I haven't decided yet.
Then from Los Angeles I'll go to San Francisco. I have a ton of friends there, some from middle school back in Boston, some from Austin, and a few from the old pick up days. I'm also hoping to make friends with some of the people involved in the tech community there. I've heard that parking won't be easy, but my friends have a couple ideas on places that might work.
After San Francisco, I don't know where I'll go. I might make it my new home base, or I might take the RV East to the Boston/NY area. I'm hoping to take a one or two month trip to Japan from San Francisco. I'm making an effort not to plan too far ahead anymore, and to keep my plans as flexible as possible.
To prepare for the trip, here's what I've done to the RV:
There were a few more modifications I really wanted to do, but I ran out of time and I don't want to keep pushing back my departure. The big project I wanted to do was to add a second water tank to double my total capacity. Next time.
Two days left in Austin to continue to get ready and to spend time with my family and friends.
im definately agreeing with the idea of the decals on the side, beautify it with some stars and what not, throw a link on there and definately have some sick advertising and an even sicker RV
How do you feel about The Dip these days? I want to hear your thoughts on that vs. not planning ahead (from this post). I'm kind of a casual reader, so I might have missed out on some of your evolution since last fall...
You should put a huge graphic full of stars and logo with your web URL on the side of your RV.
Would be sweet advertisement.
That sounds amazing
Not too long ago I took a road trip from Toronto Canada down to Mexico going through Colorado, Los Vegas, Los Angeles
One of the coolest things I have ever done
Not gonna lie, buying your own RV and traveling across the country is a pretty freaking cool thing to do! I will look forward to hearing about how the trip goes...especially finding parking in SF and LA, that could be interesting!
I like the star icons for the lists.
I'm about 30 min from SF, although don't really care for the city life. Prefer living in quiet suburbs.
Interesting. I'm thinking about re-locating to Austin.
Have a safe drive to LV & LA.
I moved to the bay area from Portland, OR about 9 months ago, and can personally attest that since I have been here RV living has gone through the roof here. Check out:
There are many places in SF and even more in the East Bay to park an RV, you just have to move it for street cleaning every once in awhile. Perfectly feasible. Anyway, if you do make it out here, give me a shout, I would love to meet you, I have been reading your blog for a few months now and can say I have become a fan. I also work in the tech industry (help desk), pretty far down on the totem pole, I know, but you gotta take what you can get in this day and age. I have down mostly sys admin work in the past.
Tynan, have you ever considered going with YCombinator and creating a startup?
The money probably wouldn't mean much to you, but the opportunity to meet and get feedback from their amazing community of investors and the idea of holing up and coding like crazy for 2-3 months sounds like the perfect thing to push many of your business ideas forward. Check it out.
After a long day in the sun at the 2010 Crossfit Games in LA, I've flopped into my Aeron in the RV, which is parked near my old stomping grounds in Hollywood. I found an amazing parking spot right near the Farmer's Market that has no street cleaning and is always empty at night. You'd be surprised how important things like street cleaning become when you live in an RV. Anyway, I don't have enough energy left to pull myself out of my chair, so it's time to tally up the survey results from a couple weeks ago and share what I learned.
This one was totally unexpected. Around a third of the people who responded said that they want more Life Nomadic. To be totally honest, I didn't know people were that interested in it. The site, when it was separate, never developed the same sort of following this site has.
Details at --
Vancouver, Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Austin, Washington D.C., New York City, Boston, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Lansing, Chicago.
Go check out the details on that page and reserve your spot. Email me if you'd like to speak, help coordinate, promote an event, or host some of the Tour participants -- we're now at a core group of 4 traveling the whole Tour length, and another half-dozen people doing various legs of it. All pretty outstanding people.
Seriously, don't be shy. You can register here for your date --