Domestic Life on the Road
When you are on vacation, all the dull day to day chores are put on hold. You say, I'll get to that when I get home. Well for those of us that live on the road, that is not an option. We need to weave in the everyday chores with our travels and sometimes that is a challenge. Over the past months, we have gotten alot of questions about these various tasks, so I will try to address those all hear in hopes it might help someone else who is considering this lifestyle, or who is just wondering.
First, mail. How do we get mail if we are always traveling, especially since we no longer have a sticks and bricks home? Well there are actually several different options. Some folks use a relatives address and arrange to get it from them. Some use a P.O. Box and others use a mail forwarding company. We have chose the later. Since we have decided to establish residency in FL, we chose a mail forwarding company there, St. Brendans Isle, and they also are very helpful in helping to establish residency and change license, etc. So far we have been very pleased with their service. They are a very popular company with RVers but they still have a personal service perspective of a small town business. It is nice to call up and get the owner on the phone who chats with you about his earlier years in WI, how we should orchestrate our visit to establish residency that will be the easiest and then checks to see what and how much mail we have so I can decide if I need them to forward it now or hang on to it until I get something I really need. Now there are some companies that are more tech savvy and you can have your mail scanned in and see it on your online account and give directions for them that way to send or shred. Most who know me would think that I would have gone for the online conveniences and I did think long and hard about that but at the end of the day, St Brendan's won me over for 3 reasons: low price, rural county for cheaper insurance and good old fashioned nice! Coming from a customer service background, I cannot say enough about good customer service and that is a big plus for me. I know that if I were in a jam to get some mail in a hurry, they would have my back and find a way to make it happen. Another thing that they just jumped into with both feet on helping their customer is to advocate for our right to vote. As being unconventional residents, FL is looking to block our ability to vote. Well St Brendan's Isle has a legal team working in coordination with other mail forwarding companies to fight on our behalf for our right to vote. Now, to me, they are good people. We will see how that turns out. They are keeping us all well informed of the progress.
As for the laundry side of things...I sit here writing this from the lovely Maytag laundromat in Sturgeon Bay, WI. We make the 45 minute trek here every week and a half now because I cannot bring myself to pay $3.75 for a regular size washer when I can get a double washer here for $2.25. Door County has only one other laundromat up in the peninsula where we are staying, which is only 10 minutes from us, but it is extremely expensive. Plus, when I come here, we can visit the Walmart and get our groceries cheaper. The peninsula has a little Piggly Wiggly which is good for when you need something in a pinch and then another little novelty grocery, but if I need my staples of laundry detergent, shampoo and such, Walmart it is!
As I eluded to, Walmart is a travelers best friend. I usually find the lowest prices there and I also use their Savings Catcher on the app to scan for any possible lower prices elsewhere. I have been lucky in getting back a nice chunk of change. Saving money there, then allows us to splurge for some things, like good meat, wine and when in WI...cheese!!! We have also been visiting the farmers markets and orchards for some fresh fruits and veggies. We have certainly done our part in supporting the local economy here. Door County is known for its cherries and we have certainly taken notice. It seems we cannot get enough of the Cherry Splash wine and the dark chocolate covered cherries!!! Now we need to balance that with some more walking and kayaking!
We have been getting out to visit some of the areas and live a bit more like a local. We've visited some lesser know county parks and cute wooded city walks that lead to amazing little beaches. We'll leave you with some of those pictures.
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