Dealing with our Biggest Full-Time Travel Struggle, Missing Family While Traveling

A major concern for full-time travelers is missing out on events and time with their extended family. In this post, I’ll share some personal experience with our biggest full-time travel struggle. Missing family while traveling.

The extended family wasn’t as much of a factor is our decision to travel full-time because ours in not located in one main geographic location. We figured as full-time travelers, we’d actually see them more than we currently do. Actually traveling in the RV really has allowed us to see them more often than we were able to in our previous, busy lives.

We’re not going to lie to you, this is our greatest full-time struggle. We really miss our kids and grandkids!

We started our full-time journey as empty nesters. It was perfect timing because traveling saved me from wandering around our house. We do not miss the ‘sticks & bricks’ home but do miss the availability of the closeness of our family.

It was a little tricky at first, but we ended up enjoying returning during the warmer months to visit our kids and their kids.

However, we were not fully prepared for how hard it would be not seeing them often. I’m not sure if this is a Full-time RVer struggle or empty nester struggle. Now we have to find other ways to keep our relationship strong.

Tips to keep in touch. Obviously the telephone is a simple way to stay in touch. Now you can use it to go beyond hearing each other’s voices.

Video Chat. We like to video chat with our family with the free iPhone app, FaceTime. If you don’t have iPhones or MacBooks, you can also use the free video chat app, Skype. We are very fortunate that we have the technology today to “see” each other regularly.

Texting is a simple way for us to keep up a conversation throughout the day. Anytime something strikes us, we can send a quick message or photo. Sometimes we even send audio chats back and forth.

What the Future Holds. I’m not sure what the future holds, but we do plan on to continue to Full-Time RV. But, we know we want to spend as much time with our family and grandkids as possible. As we are home for the summer, we look forward to having ‘camping trips’ with the grandkids. We’d love to hear your suggestions about how you stay close to your grandchildren while full-time traveling! Please let me know how you manage it in the comments below. 

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