Today we’d like to introduce you to Brad and Blair Driver.
Hi Brad and Blair, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
We embarked on our Airstream journey in February 2021 and it has been quite fun. After leaving our second 39ft Montana fifth wheel, we have thoroughly enjoyed the ease of travel and the fun this new rig has brought us.
We have been calling RV life “home” since Brad purchased his first RV in 2015. After meeting in Zion National Park in 2017, Blair was convinced the lifestyle was for her. This is our 4th RV, initially starting with an Apex Coachman, expanding our footprint to two different Montana fifth wheels, and now after much thought, deliberation, worry, and research, we are now excited to live the riveted lifestyle of a 30ft Airstream International.
Brad served 24+ years, around the globe, as a U.S. Marine. Blair has been a Nurse/Nurse Practitioner for the past 10 years. Together we have logged more than 30,000 miles on the road traveling in our RV, thousands of miles backpacking and exploring the land under our feet, and countless hours skiing, snowboarding and mountain biking.
We spend as much time as possible exploring our National Parks/Forrests and the beautiful state parks.
We moved to Salt Lake from Virginia as this is where Brad served his last two years on active duty. Brad currently works part-time for Airstream of Utah. On our days off (typically 3-4 per week), we spend them on some sort of adventure.
We document all of our travels on our Youtube Channel and all of the social media platforms.
We both started life in the upstate of South Carolina but met in Zion NP in 2017.
Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
RV life and travel together have been smooth. Mostly because Brad lived this lifestyle for many years before meeting Blair and we are both very adventurous spirited people. We love the outdoors. We love meeting new people. We love new experiences. We make a point to try new things as much as possible. Because of this, we have had some tough moments. For example, we have been stuck on some back roads, had some not-so-good food, ran out of battery life during boon docking stays. These experiences have been minor and we chalked them up to life lessons.
Career wise, Brad served 24+ years on active duty and that offense presented struggles with deployments in harm’s way, moving to a new place every 3 years, promotions, increased responsibility, etc. all provided unique challenges along the way. This has helped shape who he is today though. Thankful for life!
Blair’s job presents many challenges as an NNP for the NICU. This job is inherently stressful because of the challenges associated with this type of medical unit.
Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
We hope this article focuses on our lifestyle and adventures more than our work life.
We are known for our travels, RV knowledge, camping, hiking, skiing, snowboarding, mountain biking, and life on the road. We are most proud of the opportunity we have to explore this country and see all the wonderful aspects of it. Our National and State Parks are a treasure. The wonderful people we meet are also a treasure. Everyone has a unique story and we are always happy to meet others and make new friends wherever we go.
Before we let you go, we’ve got to ask if you have any advice for those who are just starting out?
Our advice for anyone thinking of going full-time in an RV, tiny home, etc. is to start now. Start where you are! You dont need the best/most expensive rig to get started. Odds are, it will NOT be the last one! Get something that works for your budget and family size. Dont be afraid to downsize your life. Get rid of the “stuff” that does not bring you joy and/or provide useful to you daily or weekly.
If you are unsure, rent one (or two, or three) before you purchase. Borrow a family member or friend’s rig for the weekend. Get a variety of models (driving, trailer, 5th wheel, etc) to help you decide what best suits your needs before you buy. Once you decide that you want X model, with X features, find one and go hang out in it for a few hours to determine if it’s what you want. If possible, find one of these models for rent.
Plan your adventures but leave the specific details to when you arrive. I.e. plan three nights in Salt Lake City and have an idea of the things you want to see, but dont plan everything to the minute because life gets in the way and your plans may need to change.
We are very deliberate in our planning. We sit down with our calendar at the beginning of each month and plan a general place to go to 4-6 months away. We start looking for reservations to camp grounds or BLM land to park on or Harvest Hosts to stay. Once we have that, we start planning specifically what we want to see in the area.
Use YouTube and other platforms to your advantage. There are many out there doing this. RV parks are full of very helpful people to plan trips, work on your RV, or just hang out with.
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