About Kevin & Kara

About Kevin & Kara

We are Kevin & Kara, two Accountants who sold our house and left the corporate world so we could explore North America in our motorhome, Pippi.  To learn more about Pippi, check out this page.

kevin at kara visiting zion national park for the first time

What do we know about RV travel?

We have owned our motorhome since 2013 and have been living in our RV full time since 2018. As of 2021, a few of our travel milestones are 50k RV miles driven, 29 states visited and 41 National Park sites explored.

Most days our RV life is pretty amazing. We follow good weather and move whenever we want. But RV life is not always rainbows and sunshine. It seems like something is always breaking.

Thankfully Kevin is mechanically minded and can repair and replace parts when needed. He designed and installed our RV electrical system including lithium battery bank and solar panels. Check out his solar and generator post for more about the RV electrical systems in our motorhome.

Who We Are

Kevin and I are two 40 somethings traveling North America in a motorhome. Most days aren’t glamorous but it’s a great way to explore new places with all the conveniences of home.

We both spent decades working corporate finance and accounting jobs. Almost 13 years were spent living in the northern suburbs of Atlanta. Due to a sweet work assignment, we lived in London England for three years. I wrapped up my career with two years working in Texas before we hit the road full-time.

Our personalities are Type A by most standards; we are great strategists and detail-oriented planners. We planned and saved for decades to gain the freedom to wander while we are young enough to fully enjoy it. 

How We Met

Kevin and I met in 2001 while studying accounting at East Carolina University in Greenville, NC. We lived in the southeast US (North Carolina, Florida, and Georgia) the majority of our lives.

Kevin loves football especially ECU Pirate football. It is a fairly safe bet you’ll find us in Greenville NC during football season. 

Shortcut to Retire Early

There was no shortcut or trick that allowed us to leave full-time work before 40. In short, we saved more than we spent. We were also blessed with college educations and well-paid professional careers.

I like to tell people that I saved fifty cents of every dollar I ever made. That might be an exaggeration but not by much.

How We Retired in our 30s

Investing, as much money as possible, was the key for us. We had second jobs and side hustles. We paid cash for big purchases and tracked every penny of inflows and outflows. We knew from our business background that we couldn’t manage what we didn’t measure. So we measured every dollar.

For the most part, we created our own financial plan with a mix of guidance from others. For the first decade, we used the Dave Ramsey cash envelope system to easily manage our budget. However, we didn’t find much other Dave Ramsey advice that fit our plan.

We skipped activities and expenditures that didn’t fit into our long-term plan. I can definitely relate to the Dave Ramsey quote “live like no one else so you can live like no one else”.

What does Cheap and Cheerful travel mean?

Our frugal travel style is Cheap and Cheerful which means we have fun on a budget. Most days we enjoy free or cheap activities like hiking, biking, and kayaking.   

We essentially live like locals eating most meals at home and choosing only the most unique, memorable paid activities. 

Don’t feel too sorry for us. Kevin and I both love to cook so we have great food at home.

Our one splurge is craft beer. Breweries are a favorite attraction for us and we treat ourselves to a local pint regularly.

How We Spend Our Time

Together, we enjoy scuba diving, mountain biking, kayaking, and hiking. Kevin is a more experienced biker and diver but I enjoy both.

Also, I (Kara) like to read in my spare time and finish around a hundred books per year, both fiction and non-fiction.

Now we are taking life one day at a time and just Trying to Unwind.  We are currently traveling throughout North America in our motorhome, Pippi. 

If you have more questions about full-time RV living, check out What Everyone Wants To Know About Full Time RV Living: Top 23 Questions We Get Asked.

Trying to Unwind Budget RV Travel Blog

Our blog, Trying to Unwind, is a labor of love and not intended as a business venture. I hope to increase web traffic to a level that ad revenue will eventually cover website hosting and administrative fees.

I love researching and planning trips.  All recommendations are based on our personal experiences. If I didn’t personally participate in a particular activity, I will clearly state it in my article. 

We pay for our travel and do not accept paid sponsorships.  Let us help plan your trips with less research and without breaking the bank. 

Why We Share?

We want to inspire others to SPEND LESS and DO MORE.

We hope our minimalist lifestyle and frugal travel stories will encourage others to travel and make memories regardless of their budget. Most destination articles include free activities and free camping locations.

And honestly, we also share stories and photos as a way to memorialize the amazing experiences we’ve had along the way.

Join our journeys and let us inspire your next trip.  

Thanks for checking out our site.

Lots of love,

Kevin and Kara