Our journey to becoming digital nomads

"The world is big and I want to get a good look at it before it gets dark." - John Muir
“The world is big and I want to get a good look at it before it gets dark.” – John Muir


Our society forces a certain mindset when it comes to work onto everyone.  It’s commonplace to work 9-5, 40 hours a week until you retire.  But, what are you working for?  When I was younger I didn’t spend a lot of time thinking about why I was working.  Looking back now I know that I was only working for things.  I was spending 40 plus hours a week working for inanimate objects.

I spent ten years of my life working at a factory.  Factory work is mind numbing.  After you’ve learned the particular skill or skills required for your job, there’s nothing left to learn.  You show up everyday and execute said task usually without thought.  The way I got through my days was by daydreaming.  Once I realized I didn’t need to think about what I was doing, I started daydreaming.  I got very good at it.  Each day went by quickly and I fooled myself into thinking I was happy.

Although I no longer work in a factory, I again find myself in a monotonous job.  I’ve come to realize that it’s time to stop daydreaming and take action.  Life is too short to not chase your dreams.

Exploration has always intrigued me.  When I was growing up in rural West Virginia, I constantly found myself exploring new areas around our house.  Driving opened up the world to me.  As I got older and was able to afford newer more reliable vehicles, my world expanded.  My only limitation was money.  I was very bad with money and consequently didn’t get to explore as much as I wanted to.  It was only after I left that awful factory and joined the military that I finally got my finances in order.  I have my wife to thank for that.  She’s very good with money, or at least she is now.  Now we have a budget allotted specifically to travel.  But it’s not enough.  It’s not enough to wait for weeks or months to go on the trips I want to take.  It’s time to turn my passion into a lifestyle.

It was only this year that we learned about full time RV’ing.  We hadn’t ever heard of Digital Nomads.  After doing a lot of research, we came to the conclusion that we wanted to become Digital Nomads.


From birth we are told that we have to work.  Some of us are told that no matter what the job is, at least it’s money.  If we don’t work, then we are lazy and looked down upon by society.  People are working jobs each and every day that they hate but say, “hey, at least it’s money.”  They say that they have no choice but to stay there no matter how unhappy that they may be.  I use to be one of those people.

I also worked in a factory for over 10 years.  I’m not putting down factory work, but I also felt like it was very mind-numbing work.  After you learn the job, it is very boring and you catch yourself standing around daydreaming, wishing that you were somewhere else, doing something that you love.  I hated having someone else tell me when I could take a vacation and when I could leave.  After a few years, I became depressed and felt like I was stuck.  I felt like if I had quit, would I be able to get another job?  This had been the only job I have ever had-who would hire me?  I decided to stay and became more and more miserable.  Luckily, I got to leave that job and I’m headed towards my senior year of college for my BA in Graphic Design-something that I wanted to do for a long time.  I feel as though this is what I was meant to do with my life and I’m so very happy that my husband has supported me this entire time.  We are always supporting one another no matter what.

We both love to travel.  As a kid, our family didn’t do that much traveling but I knew that there was so much out there besides living in small town.  Aaron provoked hidden traveler in me and I fell in love with it.  Whenever we take a trip, that’s when I know that we both feel our happiest.  Exploring a new area is one of our favorite things to do, so when he suggested that we live in an RV and get to travel whenever we wanted to, I thought he was crazy.  Fast forward quite a few months later, we realize that we don’t need stuff to make us happy but we do feel as though we are missing something in our lives and that something is travel.  You can’t sit around waiting for that perfect moment to do what you feel passionate about, you just need to do it!  We are just starting this journey, and we know it’s not going to be easy, but at least we know that we will be both be together, doing what we have always wanted to do.



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Ashley Welton View All →

Freelance Graphic Designer based in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania. I enjoy creating digital art, illustrations and photography. I also enjoy hiking, birding, cooking, reading, traveling and a nice bourbon or two.

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