Loren, it has been my observation and personal experience that if you have something to come back to, it will drag you back, but if you don't, it won't.
When I first started FullTiming
, I had a household full of stuf, including enough tools, compressors, scaffolding, etc., to literally build a house, in a large storage place in Florida. I sort of felt that I had to come back to Florida and 'visit' the stuf or something. After two years of paying storage fees (and the stuf not appreciating in value), I came back and sold
, gave away or discarded all of it except a small utility trailer full of personal stuf which I parked in a friend's Back Forty.
It was amazing how free I felt, and except for a very mild attraction to visit the small trailer, I felt no particular urge to return. In fact, I only got back to Florida once in seven years after that.
I've also noticed that friends with anchored homes, who may travel in their RVs for several months at a time, will spend about 95% of their trip getting somewhere distant, wandering around in the process, but when they decide to go back, it's a direct route.
I have heard/read many FullTiming
couples remark that one of them was reluctant, but once the house was sold
and the ties with 'stuf' were cut, the feelings changed.
Folks with RVs and anchored homes regard 'home' as geographical, whereas FullTimers regard their RV as 'home', regardless of where it may be.