How To Work Full Time In An RV While Traveling

Welcome to our How-To Series. In this video series, we will explain the many how-tos of Airstream Living. From full-time RVing, to travel, to living in a tiny space we will share what we have learned from living this lifestyle. We encourage you to comment below with your own advice on this topic, as well as any other How-Tos you would like to see.

This week’s topic is How To Work Full Time In An RV While Traveling. We will not be discussing how to find a mobile full-time job in this video, instead, we’ll talk about what you can do to make having a mobile job work from a traveling RV/Airstream.

The first major consideration is Internet since most mobile jobs will be internet dependent. We did a lot of research and decided to purchase a grandfathered Unlimited Verizon Plan from eBay. While this cost us money up front we now pay $70 for unlimited data. Once you have a way of getting internet while on the road the next step is camping where you have a signal. We use Campendium to find the best camping spots (both campgrounds and boondocking) with good Verizon signal so that we can stay connected. However, sometimes you can’t get the best signal. That is why we recommend a cell booster so that 1-2 bars 3G can be boosted up to 1-2 bars 4G. While it can’t make a signal from nothing it can certainly help make an unusable signal usable.

Once your internet requirements are out of the way the next things to think about are a comfortable workspace and a schedule. Steve worked full-time from the Airstream dinette for months but it was very comfortable or conducive to a good workday. So we tore it out and put in a nice desk with plenty of room for his laptops and monitor. We also got him a comfortable work chair. All this has made his workday better. A schedule is also a big issue with working from home, especially when traveling. We recommend trying to set up a schedule that works for you and your lifestyle (if it’s not already set by your company) and sticking to it as best you can.

This week’s links:
Our Unlimited Data Plan
Campendium
Our Cell Booster
Our Desk Install

 

Snow on the Airstream & Bannack State Park

In today’s video, we leave Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park and head 2 hours southwest to the Clark Canyon Reservoir and a free campground! Seeing as we’re now in the off-season and we were there during a snow storm we got the whole campground to ourselves! The snow was never that bad at our elevation so we decided to checkout Bannack State Park which is a Ghost Town not too far away. It was really interesting to go through buildings and cabins built in the 1800s and get to see a snapshot of what living in a Montana Gold Rush town was like.

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Horse Prarie Campground
Bannack State Park

 

Yellowstone In The Snow

In today’s video, after our a couple of cold and wet days, the weather clears and we head into Yellowstone to see it in the snow. We see a bunch of elk and some amazing snow-covered landscapes. We also check out the Boiling RIver and decide we want to go back (see our next video). Finally, Steve watches some NFL which discussing being a Backer. What are you?

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Carbella BLM

 

How To Find the Best Hikes Wherever You Travel

Welcome to our How-To Series. In this video series, we will explain the many how-tos of Airstream Living. From full-time RVing, to travel, to living in a tiny space we will share what we have learned from living this lifestyle. We encourage you to comment below with your own advice on this topic, as well as any other How-Tos you would like to see.

This week’s topic is How To Find the Best Hikes Wherever You Travel. One of our favorite outdoor activities, as we travel around the US in our Airstream, is to go hiking to fabulous photography spots. We’ve had a number of people ask us how we find our hikes when we are in a brand new area. This is how.

1) Google the area’s hikes. A lot of locals will have private blog entries or websites about what they consider the best hikes in the area and why. They may also have different favorites based on the season.

2) Alltrails. We used the free AllTrails website for years to find the best hikes. People can rate them right on the website and you can sort them by highest rating. We decided to upgrade to AllTrails Pro when we hit the road so we could download the gpx tracks for the hikes we are interested in and open them on Gaia GPS on our phones. This way we never have to worry about getting off trail or not having a cell signal.

3) Ask rangers in the National Forest or National Park. Rangers often know the best hikes for the time of year, or the people you are with, or the animals you want to see. They are a great source of information.

4) If you see a hike mentioned somewhere that is interesting make sure to write it down and save it off. We use a personalized Google Map for this and whenever someone recommends a hike in a comment or a video we save off the information for the next time we are in the area.

This week’s links:
AllTrails
Gaia GPS

 

Back To Jefferson County Lake, Our Dodge Fiasco & Awesome Viewers!

In today’s video, we head back to Jefferson County Lake for a quick 2-night stay. We’ve decided Jefferson County Lake is our favorite pay-for campground we’ve encountered so far, so why not stay while we get the truck worked on in Idaho Falls. Unfortunately, that turns out to be a disaster but we did get to meet up with Nolan & Joanne, some awesome viewers for fabulous Mexican food so that made the day so much better!

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Jefferson County Lake

 

How To Create A Personalized Google Map For Boondocking and Camping

Welcome to our How-To Series. In this video series, we will explain the many how-tos of Airstream Living. From full-time RVing, to travel, to living in a tiny space we will share what we have learned from living this lifestyle. We encourage you to comment below with your own advice on this topic, as well as any other How-Tos you would like to see.

This week’s topic is How To Create A Personalized Google Map For Boondocking and Camping. We did a video a couple of weeks ago about How to Find Free Camping and mentioned we have created our own Google Map to keep track of good boondocking locations. A few viewers asked for a tutorial so here it is.

The first step is to sign into a Google Account since that is where the map will be saved. Then go to Google maps and click on the menu, then My Places and finally My Maps. At the bottom click the link for Create Map. From there you can name the map, name layers and add new pins for camping locations. Don’t forget to personalize the icon and color and fill in a title and description too. Once there you can open your new map on any device with google maps, including a smart phone, and use it to direct you to all the cool spots you’ve saved!

This week’s links:
How to Find Free Camping
Google Maps
Campendium

 

Our Last West Yellowstone Trip Into the Fog to Mystic Falls

In today’s video, we head back into West Yellowstone one last time from our boondocking spot in Island Park. This time we brave the fog to hike in Biscuit Basin to Mystic Falls which is an awesome waterfall! We then continued the loop to a nice Overlook, especially nice since the fog had cleared. Next stop…the Grand Tetons!

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Bootjack Boondocking

 

More Yellowstone Explorations On Saturday

In today’s video, we are heading back into Yellowstone National Park early on a Saturday morning to try and avoid the crowds. We check out a few smaller things including the Firehole Canyon Scenic Drive, Firehole Falls, and the Grand Prismatic Spring along the boardwalk. We then went back to the Fairy Falls trailhead and walked to the overlook we were too tired to check out last time. Finally, we do another scenic drive and check out the White Dome Geyser which tests our patience. We love this area!

We find a great spot for garbage, recycling, and water in the park. We’ll be stopping there every time we pass it, that’s for sure! Steve finishes the video talking about our internet troubles at our boondocking spot. Luckily, the cell speed sped up after that weird day, so we’re back at a super fast speed. Not bad for free camping!

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Bootjack Boondocking
Yellowstone National Park

 

First Day in Yellowstone: Fairy Falls & Imperial Geyser

In today’s video, we head to Yellowstone National Park for our first day of exploring. We decide to do a 7-mile hike to Fairy Falls and the Imperial Geyser from the Fairy Falls parking area south of the Grand Prismatic Spring. It was a lovely day for a hike and since this was a bit of a longer one we didn’t see very many people which was awesome considering the crowds we say elsewhere. The Fairy Falls was absolutely gorgeous and then only a mile further was the Imperial Geyser which was unlike anything we’ve ever seen before. While at Imperial Geyser we were recognized for the first time by Tina and had a wonderful chat. An amazing day of hiking, scenery, and meeting awesome people!

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Bootjack Boondocking
Yellowstone National Park
Imperial Geyser Hike

Tuesday Talk – Is Full-Time RVing All It’s Cracked Up To Be?

This week we’re answering “Is full-time RVing all it’s cracked up to be?” The short answer is for us it is but there are some things to keep in mind. First, what we see on social media is often the best parts of full-time RV living and it’s not always sunshine and rainbows. Sometimes it’s hot, dirty and filled with mice. Also, this lifestyle requires you to give up on controlling everything and to go with the flow sometimes which can be difficult for some. However, if you love seeing new beautiful things and living small then it could be the perfect lifestyle for you.

On Tuesday’s we’d like to answer questions sent to us from viewer’s like you and share some of the details of our Airstream life. If you have a question for us please let us know in the comments below or at our website astreaminlife.com