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Membership has it’s Privileges; Top 5 Benefits of Joining Fulltime Families

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The Fulltime Families Membership can save you thousands of dollars, but the privileges of membership go way beyond saving money.

Here are the top 5 benefits our members point to as their favorite thing about being a Fulltime Families Member.

#1 Finding My Tribe!

  • Fulltime Families Members share a common bond that is considered weird by the majority of American Families.   We think less is more… that’s weird!  We’re actually excited about living in 350 sq feet, alongside our family, every minute of the day… that’s weird!  We don’t want to wait until our children are on their own to explore this country… that’s weird!  Fulltime Families Members understand and embrace these “so called oddities”.  If making time with our family makes us “misfits” then we’d rather not fit in.  Fulltime Families supports and applauds You, the risk taker, You the pioneer, You the trail blazer, who is looking for more out of life than just security!

    #2 Making Spaces to Meet in Real Life!

    Fulltime Families hosts events around the country so families enjoying the full-time RV lifestyle can meet in person and make friends.  The reality is lifestyle can be isolating and connecting through Fulltime Families events, provides adults and children alike the opportunity to make friends and form bonds that span the miles.  It is very common for families to establish temporary or long term intentional neighborhoods with the families they click with, after an FtF event.  Just because your family is nomadic doesn’t mean you need to be alone.  Join us for our next event and embark on the next leg of your journey with friends in tow.

    #3 Connecting Families with the Services and Suppliers who commend their choices!

Isn’t it great to do business with someone who values you as a customer?  Isn’t it awesome to know you are supporting businesses that are supportive of your lifestyle choices and actually look forward to serving you? Fulltime Families reaches across all service and supply industries, vetting companies both large and small, to present our members with businesses of the highest level of integrity.  Through both our Resource Guide and our Partnership list, FtF Members are connected to trusted resources that will help you save time and money!

#4 We’ve Got Your Back!

At Fulltime Families, we’ve got your back!  Through our relationships with RV professionals, Home School curriculum providers and the media, we have a unique opportunity to help you spread your message and connect you effectively to the resources that can help you the most.  You’re not out on the road alone and being a part of the FtF family has made an impact through the collective voice and the collective efforts of your other FtF family members.  Case in point, in 2016 alone, FtF served 343 families in person at FtF events and provided over $21,000 in relief to RVing Families!

#5 Saving You Money and Time!

Of course, your Fulltime Families Membership will save you thousands of dollars and hundreds of hours of wasted time.  Through our extensive list of partnerships, which currently includes a Free Year of Escapees and a Free Year of Good Sams Membership, our members rack up savings on:

So what are you waiting for?

Don’t you like friends, having fun times with people who get you, businesses that understand and value you, someone who has your back and saving money?  Join Fulltime Families today!  https://www.fulltimefamilies.com/joinftf/

 

 

 

 

Boondocking in the Winter

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Here’s we go a boondockin’ among the rocks and leaves

Here we go a drycampin’ without utilities….

It’s our first night of dry camping on US Forest Land in Arizona.  The temps tonight are supposed to go down to the teens!  Oh joy!

We spent the morning filling and emptying in preparation for our self contained adventure.

Filling water tanks, refrigerators, batteries, charging electronics and  fueling propane tanks.

We emptied tanks, garbage cans, laundry baskets and a sink full of dishes.

When we pulled in I felt liberated!  Stunning views, hundreds of acres to explore and no neighbors for our rowdy kids to annoy!

We hiked around and saw a deer and four cows (I’m sure they are wild cows)!

There are only 5 other rv’s here right now – die hards who need their space – no matter the temps.

I hope we make it the whole seven days.. but only time will tell.

Tune in tomorrow for our next installment…

Day 1 – Here we go a Boondocking

Day 2 – Boondocking Challenges

Day 3 – Dry Camping – Is it supposed to be this dry?

Day 4 – What’s the meaning of Christmas?

 Day &*#$% – It’s all a blur now

 

Kimberly Travaglino is the author of “How to Hit the Road”, a comprehensive step-by-step guide for making your family’s full time RV dreams a reality.  She also serves as the Editor of Fulltime Families Magazine, a company that supports risk takers, pioneers, and enlightened families blazing their own path across the country.

Snowbirding – In Places other than Florida – Guest Post

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We’ve all heard of birds migrating to places that have a climate which is better suited for their well being. Snowbirding is the human’s version of migrating to places that have better climates. Technically speaking, people who snowbird leave their place of residence due to its unbearably cold climate and migrate to warmer places in order to lead a more comfortable life.

 

In the United States, people who live in areas of the Northeast, Midwest; or those living in areas of Pacific Northwest and Canada choose to spend the greater part of winters in warmer areas. This particular practice is called Snowbirding and the people who engage in such a practice are known as snowbirds. A major chunk of the Snowbird population comprises of retired individuals who no longer can bear excessively cold climates. Others comprise of people with RV’s who love to travel and want to get away from the bone chilling cold and those who suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder among many others.

 

Where do these Snowbirds seek refuge?

 

It’s quite clear that the Snowbirds seek refuge in warmer areas; they can either go to Florida, which is a Snowbird’s favorite, or Arizona, California, Texas, New Mexico and around the Caribbean. After Florida, the next favorite destination of Snowbirds is Arizona. Arizona has a very mild winter when compared to places that get buried snow. Places like Scottsdale and Phoenix are the most visited by Snowbirds and during the winter months, the place is buzzing with traffic. Arizona extends the Snowbirds the luxury to relax in temperatures at 65F during the day and 41°F during the night. Snowbirds have a lot of options concerning their accommodation which can range from staying at hotels, lodges, apartments and a few numbered properties in Scottsdale.

 

  • California is another attraction for Snowbirds and it has a dozen areas where Snowbirds like to settle for the winters, the most popular of them being the Southern Californian areas. Southern California has abundant opportunities for the winter tourists to relax. Some of them include, the hot springs, the desert adventures. With pleasant and close to perfect weather conditions, tourists love this destination. Coachella Valley in Southern California is surrounded by desert cities where most snowbirds flock to.

 

  • Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Indian Wells, La Quinta are others places in Southern California that are popular among tourists.Texas is another favorite of the snowbirds as it’s blessed with a consistently warm weather. Besides the weather, Texas also has beautiful beaches lined with palm trees to offer to its tourists. The snowbirds get majorly attracted to the tropical feel that’s emanated by the Southern part of Texas. Corpus Christi, Galveston, Port Aransas and Rockport are some of the destinations that snowbirds are totally in love with.

 

  • New Mexico is the new favorite of Snowbirds who on hand do want to get rid of the bone chilling cold, but at the same time want to enjoy the wintery sport of Skiing and snowshoeing. New Mexico has an average temperature of 70 degrees in the day and a pleasant weather by the night. New Mexico, with its lakes, rivers, dormant volcanoes, forests, ice cakes and fossils makes up for an interesting destination for Snowbirds.

 

Popular places in New Mexico include Alamogordo and Albuquerque.

 

Author Bio:

Jeff Takson is writing this article from his work experience. He is travelling all the time because of his job. So, he always has to stay at hotels or other rentals apartments. Among many rentals companies, his choice is is holiday rentals from Casamundo.

Get a First Look at Augusta RVs New Toy Hauler; The Luxe Hauler

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The Luxe Hauler is on the move, embarking on a 2100 mile journey from the Augusta RV Design Facility to the Pomona RV Show and Fulltime Families is excited to share a sneak peek at this exciting and innovative new entry into the towable toy hauler market.

Augusta is the RV company to watch. With high quality components, tasteful (non-rv) interiors inspired by America’s stunning landscapes, full size appliances, and a firm foundation riding on MOR/ryde’s Independent Suspension and Disc Brakes, the Luxe is on our short list of full-time rving rigs to consider when shopping for a house on wheels.

To be a part of this cross country journey, follow #luxehauler on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook and be sure to set your alerts to join, Peter Thomas, ARV Marketing Manager, for a live walk through taking place on Facebook on this Friday, October 7th, at 6:15pm Pacific Time!

first peek at the Luxe Hauler

Fulltime Families Introduces Trailblazer Lifetime Family Membership

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Fulltime Families has received numerous requests to re-instate a Lifetime Membership Option after our initial Lifetime Membership was sunset last spring.

After consulting with members, and membership experts, we are proud to unveil an option that honors our original Lifetime Family Members while providing new members a Lifetime Membership option.

Introducing the brand new Fulltime Families Trailblazer Lifetime Family Membership!

This membership boasts the following benefits:

Existing members should login to Fulltime Families before purchasing the Trailblazer Lifetime Family Membership to retain their original membership number.  If you need assistance with this, please email Chris@fulltimefamilies.com

Previous FtF Lifetime Members will now assume the exclusive title of “Pioneer Lifetime Family Members” to honor their early commitment to the community.

Did you know that Charter Memberships, Pioneer Lifetime Memberships and Trailblazer Lifetime Membership are multi-generational membership models?  This means, these membership benefits are extended to your children without any additional membership fees.

To purchase the new Trailblazer Lifetime Family Membership go to: https://www.fulltimefamilies.com/joinftf/join-now/

Please note, this membership option will be closely monitored to account for inflation or unforeseeable changes in the economic climate.

 

Motorhome, Fifth Wheel, Travel Trailer? Take the Quiz and see what’s your family’s best fit!

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Are you lost in a sea of RVs? Wondering what is the right rig for your family?  Should you ride in style, making lunch on the go,  in a luxurious motorhome, or is a truck more up your alley?  When it’s time to park, do you want that homey, apartment feel, a fifth wheel provides, or do you not mind, putting the kids beds away every morning.
The Motorhome vs. Towable debate is age old and the answer depends on you!
It depends on the size of your family – as towable accommodates more kids with 2 – 3 bedroom layouts.
It depends on your driving style – as a motorhome is a much more comfortable and convenient ride – allowing you to cover much more ground in a single day.
It depends on your length of stay – as a towable has much more living space if you are going to be spending considerable time in between travel days.
It depends on your budget – as towables are much more affordable, but motorhomes maintain their resale value better.
Still confused?  Take the quiz and see what RV best fits your family’s style.

Roadschool Moms Share their Top 10 Summer RV Destinations

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No matter what your U.S. location, summer is in full swing with long days and starry nights. The Roadschool Moms team hit the pause button on their summer travel to reflect on their top ten favorite destinations in the country visited in their RV. The July 5th episode of Roadschool Moms, now in it’s fourth season, breaks down the highlights of each destination, where they stayed with their families in each location, and the educational opportunities that were found along the way. Here’s a short summary of the Roadschool Moms Top 10 Summer Destinations (in no particular order):

 

Bar Harbor ME1. Bar Harbor, ME This coastal town is located at the base of Cadillac Mountain and neighboring Acadia National Park. As one of the premiere North American destinations dating back to the 19th century, this area once included a Millionaire’s Row of summer estates belonging to some of the most powerful families in the history of this country. The resources that grew from that network of the rich and famous, are still apparent today in the way of museums, shoppes, and historical points of interest. The nature scene is overflowing with sport opportunities while the discovery of the beautiful surroundings is an event in itself. For more information about Bar Harbor, go to visitmaine.com.

Cody WY2. Cody, WY The natural beauty of Cody, WY, is like no other place on earth. This old west town has all the charm of yesteryear while entertaining all ages of today’s traveler. Home to Buffalo Bill, this area has a multitude of things to see including rodeos, museums, out-west activities, scenic byways, wildlife galore, and all the adventure of the great outdoors. All the details for what to see in Cody, WY can be found at yellowstonecountry.org.

lancaster3. Lancaster, PA Pennsylvania’s Dutch Country offers a wide variety of fun things to see and do in Lancaster County for all ages. Theater productions, tours, museums, amusement parks, covered bridges, and Amish activities are all on the list of favorites from previous visitors. Much of this area moves at a slower pace and centers around traditions from a different time period. Amidst the peaceful scenery in Lancaster, a unique blend of attractions, history, and opportunity to explore exists. Visit lancasterpa.com to begin the journey to a change of pace.

assateague island4. Assateague Island, VA The seashore of Assateague Island reaches 37 miles of pristine, white sandy beach and is considered one of the best beach destinations on the East Coast. Bird watching, kayaking, crabbing, fishing, and the many other outdoor activities are the daily routine of visitors to this area. The wild ponies of Assateague Island travel the beach near Chincoteague, Virginia & Ocean City, Maryland offering a grand history lesson in itself. More facts about beautiful Assateague Island, VA can be found at assateagueisland.com.

seaside5. Seaside, OR If the Oregon coast is on your radar for the summer, make plans to stay in Seaside for bonfires on the beach, beautiful summer sunsets, and more things to do than will fit on your travel calendar. While the beach if the place to play, there are so many other sights to take in such as feeding the seals and wildlife watching. Making a day of it can include exploring the galleries, festivals, coastal lighthouses, historical landmarks, and the many sports made available by Mother Nature. Stop by visittheoregoncoast.com for the scoop on Seaside, OR. And if the Oregon Coast is on your route, be sure to check out the Oregon Coast Lighthouses Study Guide in the Learning Store.

montrose co6. Montrose, CO Exploring the Black Canyon and the natural wonder of the Gunnison River is the center of this charming Colorado attraction. Local art and culture are also a treat while the thrill of nature is abundant with fishing, rafting, rock climbing and the breathtaking beauty of the area. Adventure for all ages can be found easily at coloradoinfo.com.

UP MI7. Michigan Upper Peninsula There are four beautiful seasons to enjoy the breathtaking scenery in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula; however, summer can’t be beat in this area packed full of fun. If outdoor sports on the list of important area amenities, then look no further. Biking, boating, birding, hiking, golfing, and fishing can be enjoyed from sun up until sun down. The UP offers famous lighthouses, museums, historic sights, and even America’s first national seashore. If a trip to Upper Michigan in is sight, keep the calendar open because there is much to enjoy. Check out uptravel.com for more details.

Lake Thief8. Horse Thief Lake, SD In the shadows of Mount Rushmore, the rustic mountain scenery of Horse Thief Lake exists in an area where there is so much to explore, it’s hard to know where to begin! The abundance of family fun available here starts with open roads, preserved nature, world-famous roadside attractions, historic landmarks and so much more. The Black Hills of South Dakota provides the back drop for family memories that will be monumental in the memory books. The best place to begin this top summer destination is at travelsouthdakota.com.

knoxville tn9. Knoxville, TN On the banks of the Tennessee River and in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains is one of the country’s perfect summer destinations. As a neighbor to America’s most visited national park, the area offers much to see and do for all ages for as many days or weeks as are available. Here lies a quirky combination of art, music, science, nature, sports, and history that comes together for entertainment opportunity like no other. Museums, historical treasures, and attractions of all kinds make up a list that is hard to pare down when looking at the things to do list of the area. Water sports include everything from serene to extreme on the river that is so much a part of the region. To experience Knoxville, go to tnvacation.com and start making plans.

tybee island10. Tybee Island, GA Less than 20 miles from historic Savannah, GA, lies Tybee Island known as Savannah Beach. An area rich in history and natural beauty, Tybee Island really does have something to offer for everyone of all ages. Exploring the island’s beach, salty marsh, and beautiful southeastern coastline is an amazing combination of nature that provides a backdrop that is best known for birdwatching. The usual opportunities for watersports exist as well as historical points of interest but all come together with a twist of Southern charm not available anywhere else in the country. To put Tybee Island on your summer travel schedule, start out at tybeeisland.com.

Kimberly Travaglino, Fulltime Families founder, and Mary Beth Goff, creator of Road Trip Teacher, come together as the Roadschool Moms© team with one of the top educational podcasts available on iTunes. Roadschool Moms airs LIVE every Sunday night at 9 pm EST on the Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network. For more details on Roadschool Moms Top 10 Summer Destinations, check out the July 5th episode.

 

Walk Through Captain Phillips Lifeboat from the Maersk Alabama Somali Pirate Conflict

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I’m sure you recall in April 2009 when Captain Phillips was taken hostage aboard his own lifeboat from the Maersk Alabama by Somali Pirates, but did you know that you could actually see and walk through the lifeboat?

Maersk_Alabama_Captain-Phillips-Lifeboat-easter-seals-rescueThe lifeboat is on exhibit at the Navy Seal Museum in Fort Pierce, FL.

When you visit the Museum, you can board the lifeboat upon which Captain Richard Phillips was held hostage for five days before being rescued on April 12, thanks to the accuracy of Navy SEAL snipers.

You can board the Alabama lifeboat at the Museum and see the holes left by the SEAL bullets as they opened fire simultaneously, firing three bullets and killing three pirates.

The Maersk Alabama lifeboat arrived at the Museum on in April, 2009. We [The Navy Seal Museum] assisted the makers of the motion picture Captain Phillips starring Tom Hanks, due out in October, 2013.

NSM_Logo2-300x112Other exhibits featured at this one of a kind museum include:

  • A replica model of theBin Laden Compound
  • World War II Era Beach Obstacles
  • Desert Storm Vehicles
  • Displays of Unique Weaponry

navy sealsThe United States Navy’s Sea, Air, Land Teams, commonly known as the Navy SEALs, are the U.S. Navy’s principal special operations force and a part of the Naval Special Warfare Command and United States Special Operations Command.

navy seals 2The Museum is located at:

National Navy UDT-SEAL Museum
3300 N. Hwy. A1A, North Hutchinson Island
Fort Pierce, FL 34949
Phone: (772) 595-5845

Our Hours

Open Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, 12-4 p.m.
Note: We are closed Mondays
Closed for July 4th, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, as well as New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day

Admission

Adults (13 years and older) $8
6 to 12 years $4
Under 6 free
Group rates and tours are available. Please call (772) 595-5845

https://navysealmuseum.com/

 

Announcing a New Partnership between Fulltime Families and Escapees

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The mission of Fulltime Families is to support the needs of full time / extended time / family rvers and those seeking resources for the full time rving with kids lifestyle choice.

In the past 5+ years, we’ve worked diligently to provide our members with exclusive ftf pricing on the best services and products in the marketplace.  By establishing corporate partnerships with leaders like Thousand Trails, OvernightRVParking.com, Passport America, Time4Learning, as well as small businesses to provide you excellence in Accounting Services, RV Insurance, Photography, we’ve sought to help you make the most of your adventure while saving your time and money. To see the complete list, click on our members’ benefits page.

Last Spring, we rolled out many new membership enhancements,  starting with our partnership with Escapees RV Club.

Escapees has been supporting the needs of RVers since 1978 and they have established an extensive network and support system, including their award winning mail forwarding services.

Fulltime Families has entered into a full reciprocal partnership with Escapees meaning that current and future FtF members will receive a free year of Escapees online membership*.

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Current Fulltime Families Members can take advantage of this offer by calling 888-757-2582 and having their Fulltime Families membership number in hand.  Don’t remember your membership number?  Email me at Kimberly@fulltimefamilies.com and I will be able to supply that for you.

Not a Fulltime Families Member yet?  It’s a great time to join, as rates will be going up next week!

Click here to join the premier resource for your full time / part time rv family organization.

*Offer applies to new Escapees members only

Ever Wonder WHY You have So Much Clutter?

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You purge, you downsize, you weed out.  But every time you turn around, there’s another pile of stuff on your dresser, on your table, seeping out of your junk drawer.  Clutter is everywhere!

Did you know there’s a reason you’re not making any headway against your clutter?  Sure, you might be able to temporarily have an impact, but slowly the clutter creeps back into your life.  Have you wondered why that is?

buried blissI did, so I researched it extensively and found that once I addressed by clutter collecting triggers, I could really get to the bottom of things (and piles).

You know what else I learned, that all that stuff was really making me miserable!   and I bet it’s making you miserable too!

On my quest for clean surfaces, I discovered the 7 Simple Steps to Finding True Happiness by Losing it All and compiled them in one easy to read e-book so you could share the same success and peace of mind.

Now it’s your turn.  Ask yourself if your un-cluttering efforts have worked for you (or maybe just take a quick peek around your home) and if you find the answer is ‘no’ then do yourself a favor and get “Buried Bliss; 7 Simple Steps to Finding True Happiness by Losing it All” .

This time tomorrow, you could finally be on your way to a clutter free lifestyle!

P.S. If you’re finding yourself stuck on what to keep and what to toss, tune into Roadschool Moms this Sunday night at 9pm est, when Mary Beth and I share with you what you really need and what you can re-home.

 

 

 

 

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