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Nomadiquette

Nomadiquette– is a code of behavior that defines expectations for social behavior according to non-contemporary nomadic groups.

Being a newbie to the nomadic lifestyle, I personally have had anxiety about being accepted and welcomed by the nomadic groups that I encounter. It was something about knowing or learning the non-spoken law of the ever changing land. Since the beginning of our transition into full-timers I have learned some rules, but realized that there are others that I (and some others) wish existed. Here is a wish list of nomadiquette. Thank you to all of the FB groups members that helped with input!

Nomadiquette

1. Respect others right to privacy and personal space.

Just because you have no permanent land doesn’t mean you don’t want or deserve personal or private space. Majority of full-timers enjoy fellowship but not at the cost of privacy. Entering someones yard or site is similar to entering someones house…don’t do it without permission. 

2. Respect others right to be different.

We have our choice to travel in common. However, our reasons, resources, beliefs, customs, habits, hobbies, parenting styles, experiences, outlooks, attitudes, race, religion and whatever else may not be common. Discussing these things as a form of education, understanding and/or reaching out are fine but don’t use these differences as opportunity to judge, belittle, preach, talk down or convert people. They have as much right to be different as you do.

3. POLITELY take your problems to the source.

No one likes a tattle tale. No one can solve a problem they don’t know exists. If you wish for a problem to have a solution, try talking to the source before any other action. Simply addressing the person(s) and having a non-accusatory conversation can alleviate majority of problems that arise. Most people would have no problem addressing the issue, if only you would politely ask.

4. When it is possible, help others. When you have information/ knowledge, share it.

There are moments when you see people reaching into the universe for information…You know the signs, confused look on their face, looking around with hand(s) on chin or hip, scratching their head…. Sometimes it is a simple answer to a question, suggestion or reference that is needed. We all have and will find ourselves in the position of needing assistance. Five minutes from your day could make the absolute difference in someone else’s. Don’t information hoard. If you find some great group, site, tutorial, recipe, attraction, service…then share the knowledge!   If there is some information or knowledge that could help them or save them a lot of wasted time, energy, money, pain… then share knowledge.

5. Clean after yourself and pet.

No one likes other people’s or pets nastiness. Use courtesy when using common areas by cleaning after your self, children and pets. Throw your trash away, clean the lint trap, flush the toilet and pick up pet poop.

6. Leave parenting to the parents.

Unless you see a child engaging in an activity that could cause bodily harm/ danger leave the parenting to the parents.( i.e. running with a butcher knife, near a cliff,  near a rattlesnake) If you see something that alarms you, speak with the parent and voice your concern. BUT, understand that your concern may not be a concern to them and respect their right to parent. This goes for pet parents too. We all have different views of pet care. Unless the pet is being abused or tortured, don’t judge or impose your pet care beliefs on others. (crates, tethers, inside/outside)

7. Introduce yourself first (not your blog, business, website)

Nomads love to support other nomads’ ventures. But more important is the opportunity to meet, learn, and experience someone/thing new. There is more life value in meeting people rather than clients or customers. If during conversation business or blogs come up, fine but don’t introduce yourself for the sole purpose of advertisement. We got away from mainstream so we could experience life, not be bombarded with advertisements.

8. Don’t ASSUME.

If the Rv’s a rockin’, ASSUME their are kids inside! (what did you think Stephanie Mulac was going to say?) Things can seem to be something entirely different from what they actually are. People can jump to conclusions, react to misunderstandings and pass judgement on people because they did not see the entire picture or fully understand a situation. If you have a question, ask. If there is a matter that you feel you must address, before taking any action consider: a)whether action is necessary.  b) whether it is your place to take action. c)whether the action you take is in violation of nomatiquette rules 1, 2, 3, 6 or campground rules.

9. Don’t Gossip.

No one likes to be the subject of gossip. No one likes their business being spread around. Whether you are in person or online, direct or indirect- RESPECT other people’s right to privacy. Only share information that you have been asked or given permission to share.

10. If you can’t SMILE and enjoy where you are, move.

We all want to enjoy life! As people who travel for a lifestyle, there are always other places to see, visit and experience. If along the journey you find a bad experience leave it behind on the way to the next great experience because there are plenty. Some situations, places or weather just don’t suit us or are unpleasant. Don’t allow the negativity to ruin your day, week, month, year! The best part of this lifestyle is if you are unhappy with your surroundings unplug and move. There is somewhere out there where you can SMILE.

 

This is a guest post written by full time RV’er Siobhan Shiv Sanchez. If you would like to read more from this author please visit Siobhan’s RV blog at The Golden Gypsies

For Full Time Families On The Road Membership Has Its Privileges

full-time fam·i·ly

    [fool-tahym fam-uh-lee, fam-lee]

 

1. basic social unit consisting of parent/s and their child/ren, who sell everything they own, pack up themselves and what’s left into something slightly bigger than a breadbox and head out onto the open road!

 

2. basic social unit consisting of parent/s and their child/ren, who enjoying spending large amounts of quantity time with each other, exploring their world together – no matter what they call home!

 

3. group of people who are generally not blood relations but who share common attitudes, interests, or goals and, frequently, meet up on the road and/or travel together.

 

Usage in a sentence – We are a Fulltime Family!

 

Fulltime Families is an all encompassing membership program for families on the road, or families aspiring towards a location independent lifestyle.

Our members receive the support they need to transition from a sticks and bricks life to living life’s greatest adventure.

Fulltime Families Members can take advantage of thousands of dollars of savings on the goods and services essential to the lifestyle.

DISCOUNTS

As a Fulltime Families Member you won’t have to pay full price for:

  • Fuel
  • Campground Memberships
  • Campground Discount Programs
  • Roadside Assistance
  • Oil Changes and Automotive Maintenance
  • Roadschooling Materials
  • Sun Shades
  • Specialized Training for making money on the road
  • And tons more savings!

INFORMATION

Every month, our members are treated to timely and accurate information from our multimedia e-mag.  Fulltime Families Magazine will deliver, straight to your inbox; ideas, tips and advice specifically tailored to the needs of families living in RVs and those preparing for the ultimate adventure.  From how to celebrate birthdays and holidays, destination reviews and innovative storage solutions, the articles in Fulltime Families Magazine will help you alleviate confusion, save you from wasting time and money, and help you spend more quality time with your family.

FUN

Do your family and friends think your crazy for wanting to live in an RV fulltime?  Well join the club (literally!).  Come to one of our rallies and meet like minded families, destined to be life long friends!  A Fulltime Families Rally is a 4 (and sometimes more) day event where you’ll meet other families who have sold it all and hit the road.  There’s tons of family friendly activities for every age group (we’ve had attendees as young as 3 mos old!).  Campfires, field activities, science projects, educational exploration, talent shows, costume contests, RV decorating, seminars, pancake breakfasts and late night marshmallow roasts – you name it!  So much fun, you won’t want to leave (and you may not have to if you live a flexible, location independent lifestyle).

So join the family today and start getting your life off hold and on the road!

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.


 

Hellgate Jetboat Dinner Adventure For The Whole Family

With only a few weeks remaining before leaving Oregon to head south before the snow flies, we nearly managed to miss squeezing in the Hellgate Jetboat Dinner Adventure before the end of their 2010 season. Fortunately, we were able to book a dinner cruise 6 days before they closed for the year. And while the weather was absolutely gorgeous the day of our trip, it rained for 4 of those final 6 days – so we were really appreciative that our timing was so great!

We had heard fabulous reviews of both the adventure as well as the food, and Hellgate’s reputation lived up to everything we were told and more. We arrived early to get a good spot in line, because seating is on a first come, first served basis and we wanted an end seat and had no problems with our pick of which row.

Our driver was a most excellent tour guide, knowledgeable and informative without boring us to tears (as is too often the case for me when partaking in a formalize tour.) Balancing a great sense of humor he had everyone on the boat laughing, marveling at the wildlife and anticipating the antics promised for the ride home.

We saw a bald eagle, blue heron, a beaver dam, deer, and beautiful scenery and landscaping along the way as our boat drifted courteously past fishermen and then sped up in the remote areas of the river. And while the tour had an agenda, it also was flexible enough to accommodate stopping for something unexpected so we didn’t miss out. Once such instance was a fisherman who was pulling out a gorgeous salmon nearly half his size and held it up for us all to snap photos.

Now, Marina, Morgan and I thought that the highlight of the trip was going to be the fabulous food, served family style at the O.K. Corral; but what we weren’t expecting was the awe-inspiring trip into the Rogue Hellgate Canyon itself. The majestic rock formations and the rapids that were quickly picking up speed was breathtaking. And suddenly the anticipation of dinner was put on hold for a greater moment in time. Taking in the beauty of it all held the entire boat of 50+ observers speechless at the wonder of it all.

When we had traversed as far as permissible given the tides, we turned around and just outside of the canyon returned to the dock at the base of the O.K. Corral where our dinner was waiting. And what a feast it was! After a fun hay wagon ride to the top (some people walked, but I’d reserve that for the athletes and those far more fit than I) we were greeted by a well-trained staff, prepared to cater to our every need and make sure that no one walked away hungry.

We began with a relish tray, followed by honey-mustard dressed salad, corn bread, dinner rolls and country biscuits. And then the platters of BBQ chicken and ribs started circulating along with the veggies and potatoes – it was a feast fit for a king and with 3 boats having arrived simultaneously, over 150 guests were served in unison like a well orchestrated show. And no Oregon meal would be complete as we have come to learn, without the Marion Berry Cobbler! What a feast and the quality was outstanding!

But perhaps the best treat of all was the open air lodge overlooking the grassy green fields as the deer descended for their nightly trek and put the crowning touch on it all!

Then, after dinner the rest of the fun began as we sped back home with extra emphasis on the 360 turns in the water and the “wing man” of the other boat playing tag back and forth along the way.

We’ve had a huge number of summer memories and this one with Hellgate Jetboat Excursions will be right at the top of the list as the most fun-filled of them all!