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2020 was a crazy year, and we consider ourselves very fortunate that some disrupted plans was the worst of its impact on us. The future is still uncertain though, and while we're taking things on a day-to-day basis, we have some big plans for 2021!
This blog post accompanies our YouTube video about our 2021 plans, so if you haven't seen that yet then be sure to check it out.
It should come as no surprise that since we're spending this winter in Vermont, we want to enjoy some winter sports while we're here! We bought season passes for Killington and the Ikon Pass resorts, so we're looking forward to skiing (or snowboarding in Diana's case) as much as possible to get the most value for money from our ski passes.
As luck would have it, this winter has been unseasonably mild with significantly lower than average snowfall. The National Weather Service in Burlington, VT announced today that Mount Mansfield (the highest peak in Vermont) has so far had less than half of its usual snowfall, placing it as the 7th lowest snowfall since records began in 1954 as of January 5, 2021.
I guess that's good news for us in the RV, but not so good for us skiing! It's not deterring us though - we've already been out skiing to Killington a couple of times, and are planning to try and ski about twice a week now that the season is truly underway.
RV Electrical Essentials Course
When we hit the road full-time in our RV back in 2018, our plan was to move around frequently, exploring as many of the National Parks as possible and boondocking as much as we could.
So it still feels a little strange that we're in one place this winter - camping in an RV park for almost 5 months! But, being in one place has its advantages too, and one of those is giving us a little more time to focus on some bigger projects.
On a weekly basis, we get loads of emails, comments and messages from people with questions about RV solar and electrical systems. While we love hearing from our audience and always try our best to help out however we can, it got me thinking....
Is there an opportunity to help people learn the basics about RV electrical systems?
Almost exactly a year ago, I presented at the Xscapers Annual Bash in Lake Havasu City, AZ on the topic of RV Electrical Upgrades. The presentation was really well received, and if you haven't seen it already, check it out on YouTube:
The Xscapers Annual Bash may have been canceled this year, but I've been invited to speak again, this time on the topic of RV Solar Basics, at the Online 2021 RTR (Rubber Tramp Rendezvous) event. My presentation is being streamed live on the Homes On Wheels Alliance YouTube channel on Saturday, January 16th at 4pm EST.
Tune in live if you can, but if not, an abridged version of the presentation will be available on the CheapRVLiving YouTube channel after the event.
Both of these presentations are good summaries, but I still think there's an opportunity for some more premium content to help those who are new to RVing understand the basics about their RV's electrical system.
So, I've decided to launch an online course which will help you go from being potentially intimidated and confused about RV electrical, to understanding what your RV has, how to keep everything working correctly, and making the most of it to do what you really enjoy - camping!
If this sounds interesting to you then make sure you're subscribed to our weekly email newsletter, as we'll be sharing more details very soon! Better yet, leave us a comment below or drop us an email and let us know what you'd love to see in our RV Electrical Essentials course.
YouTube Analytics Newsletter
Meanwhile, Diana's been busy working on our YouTube channel - not only publishing our weekly videos but also working hard on the analytics side of things, for our own channel and helping some friends too.
In case you don't know, Diana's background is as a software engineer working in data science at Google - she loves working with data and analytics!
Diana has helped several close friends better understand their YouTube analytics, but is now looking to share that knowledge even more broadly with other creators looking to grow their own YouTube channels.
So if that sounds interesting to you, head on over to https://learnyt.adventurousway.com/ and sign up for her YouTube Analytics newsletter for regular tips and tricks sent straight to your inbox. As a special bonus, you'll also be able to download her free Year-End YouTube Analytics Review template to help you plan for 2021 too.
Travel & House Build
With all this going on, what does that mean for our travel?
Well, the reality is that traveling is a real challenge right now, so we're just taking each day as it comes. We're hopeful that by the time the winter is over and we're ready to leave Vermont, that things will have improved.
But, we're not planning on traveling too far. We're still very actively shopping for land (we've recently taken another big step and started working with a local realtor) and then we plan to self-build our own house.
That will keep us based around New England for most of the time, but if the situation allows then we'd like to try and spend some time with family in Europe since our plans for a European trip in 2020 were inevitably postponed.
On top of all of that, we've also got some personal plans.
For me, one goal this year is to really focus on getting super-organized. I made big strides on this in 2020 with our SYLO days, but this is going to become critically important as we look to buy land and build a house.
One of Diana's personal goals this year is to continue running. Over the last several years, Diana has been running more and more frequently, while also increasing the distance - from 3 miles back in 2016 to 9 miles last year. She's set her sights this year on a half marathon (13 miles) and I have no doubt she'll accomplish it!
What are your plans for 2021? Let us know in the comments below!
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