Ever wonder what it’s like to live life on the road? Through our business we were able to connect with a nomad couple, Lindsey and Adam Nubern from Nuventure Travels. They have traveled the world and are now ready to start their new adventure of parenthood.
How did you come up with the name Nuventures?My husband Adam and I were preparing to leave it all and travel the world. We were out to breakfast one morning and dreaming up names for a blog to share our travels with our family and friends. Our last name is Nubern and we were excited about all the new adventures we were about to have, so we landed on #nuventures (Nubern + Adventures = Nuventures)
What made you decide to start this adventure?Even while dating, Adam and I have always dreamed of traveling the world together long-term. So when we got married in 2012, the day we got back from our honeymoon and our finances were combined, we created a budget to live off half of our income and save the other half to travel the world with. In Spring 2014, three things happened in a short amount of time that reminded us life is too short and it was “go time.” Adam lost his job, a friend totalled our truck (thankfully, our friend was okay), and a family member passed away. Also, we felt our finances were ready. Between 2012 and 2014, we paid off all of our student loans and car loans, we saved a $15K emergency fund, and we saved up $31K to travel with. With all of these happenings and our financial situation, we felt like it was time to go for it. In June 2014, we officially took off and have been traveling ever since. We started roadtripping the USA for four months in our Honda Accord and tent, then we went to Hawaii for a month, campervanned New Zealand for 5 months, then backpacked Southeast Asia for 6 months. When we returned back to the USA, we bought a Casita Travel Trailer to continue traveling the USA for two more years (you may have seen us buying our Casita on HGTV’s Tiny House Hunter’s). We also took four months and backpacked Europe. Now, we basecamp out of our home in Colorado and Airbnb our home when we’re out traveling.
How to you connect with others while on the road?Being on the road, even with your significant other, can be exciting but also lonely since you’re in new places all the time. At first, we connected with other full time RVers on Instagram and in RV Facebook groups. However, those friendships only go so far in likes and comments. Then, we were invited into a mastermind group of three other nomadic couples that met every other week in a video chat. That group was a game changer! It was so refreshing to relate and build friendships with other couples who understood our lifestyle, our dreams, and our challenges. As a group, we decided to share this awesome experience with others and now we’ve started an online community called Nomad Collab for nomadic couples to build friendships with each other and share resources and encouragement to build and sustain this nomadic lifestyle together. Through Nomad Collab, we’re meeting so many more like-minded couples doing awesome things! They’re so inspiring!
How Do You Make Money while on the road?Adam has built his own CPA firm to help nomads with their taxes and accounting at Nuventure CPA and I blog on Nuventure Travels and is am an author of 501 Questions: A Travel Game, How to Buy a Campervan in New Zealand: Your Step-by-Step Guide, and a children’s book called Putih the Traveling Pelican.
Now that you are starting a family how will your travels change?Starting a family and bringing a little boy into our family is a brand spankin’ #nuventures and we are totally heading into the unknown. We’re going to take it one day at a time. However, we want to bring our little boy into our family and include him in this nomadic lifestyle we have going. But, how our travels look may change. The pace will probably be slower and our day to day will change based on a new schedule with him. But our plan is to get out as soon as possible with him in our camper in Colorado and we hope to travel Europe with him next summer.
Any advice to other couples that are planning to start a family will on the road?For other couples planning to start a family on the road, we say- do it and let’s figure out this new adventure together! We are so excited to be parents and share the world with this little boy and there are so many families trail blazing for us that have been so encouraging in both Nomad Collab and in the Facebook Group @FullTimeFamilies! If they can figure it out, we can too! On our travels, we’ve learned that life is full of seasons and in every season, it’s really important to be intentional and have folks around you that get you, can support you, and encourage you, and you do the same. So if you’re considering starting a family and being nomadic, please reach out and we can figure this out together!
What is your favorite place or campground to visit?We did a month-long camping trip around Colorado this summer and Colorado blew us away! Our favorite campground is a boondocking spot called Shavano Wildlife Management Area near Salida and Buena Vista, Colorado. It’s free and you have 360 degree views of mountains and the starry nights are spectacular. It’s only 2.5 hours from our home and it this area feels like our second home now.
It has been so inspiring to learn more about Adam and Lindsey and their travels. I can only hope to see as much of the world as they have. You can follow their adventures on Facebook and Instagram. Do you currently travel full-time or dream of starting a nomadic lifestyle? I’d love to hear about your journey in the comments.
We boondock a lot, so we cannot live without our Renogy Solar Panel