Dh and I have decided to make our dream of traveling the country happen. We want to buy a travel trailer and a truck to pull it, and travel several months per year. Dh is able to work remotely and also will start getting 4 weeks vacation/year starting next year (has 3 weeks/yr currently). We think it will be feasible to do this and have him take part vacation, part working remotely (depending on if there's a connection available and what our plans are, I guess).
We had originally planned to sell our current house to downsize to something where we could pay off most of the mortgage via equity from selling this house. We realized last night, though, that even if we stay here, we'll probably be able to free up about $1500/month to either work toward paying down this house (we are half way through a 15 yr, $110k mortgage - very low cost housing area... we think we can sell it for about $30k more than we bought it for, though...) or to just save so we can travel or ... whatever. Anyway, it seems doable, but less easily if we stay, though we'll end up with more equity in our home in the long run. We also realize there'd be costs incurred in the move and whatever. Also, since we've lived here for 8 yrs (in april) we're fairly familiar with the normal kinds of costs of this home and all that... but if we move, we could potentially have no mortgage or a very small one... thus really low monthly payments freeing up more cash on months that we choose to travel.
So, now we're torn. We don't love this home, but we don't hate it... we never intended to even stay this long. We're not in love with any of the homes we're looking at (they're closer to his work - we're hoping he can walk so we can cut back on commuting costs, though he only has a 20 minute commute, now). Also, this house has a 3 car garage (space to store our other car when we're traveling) and a 3 car wide driveway (space to keep the trailer and still have a usable driveway when we're not traveling)...
Ideas? Advice? questions (I'm sure I left plenty out)? WWYD?