RV events are one way to build community on the road, but when you pair those RV events with craft breweries and beer, like Camp Carpe Diem, you get more than just a meet and greet, you get lifetime friendships. And that is exactly how Traveling Gatherings came to fruition – an idea of putting RV events together in one place, making it easy to find community while living an RV lifestyle. Actually it was literally a dream come true.
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Meet Michael Andersen of Traveling Gatherings
Michael Andersen, founder of Traveling Gatherings, like many of us who decide to go the unconventional route and live in an RV, didn’t quite have his RV career path figured out before taking off across roads unknown. He figured it out along the way. Purchasing a shuttle bus in 2019 and converting it into a camper was a step in the right direction for an RV lifestyle, but that lifestyle didn’t happen until after 2020. And we all know what happened in 2020.
An event planner by trade, working in the hospitality industry, 2020 all but wiped that career out for the next couple of years, making the transition into an RV lifestyle quite an easy choice. Michael and his girlfriend, Andrea, along with their dog, Bruce, decided they would travel for a year. Now nine months into that plan, they have also decided they’re nowhere near done.
“Let’s stop trying to plant our roots and let’s go explore the country.”Michael Andersen, Traveling Gatherings
RV Events, RV Stories, & RV Advice (Breweries, Too)
But what to do when your modeling career is over and you’re not rich? (OK, no modeling career ever happened.) The answer? Go to sleep. At least that’s what worked for Michael. Waking up one morning after dreaming about creating an RV event website, that is exactly what he did.
And this is his story. And it’s a story that resonates with many travelers along with wannabe travelers. Join us as we chat about transitioning into a full time traveler, life on the road, places to camp, places to explore, breweries to visit, checking in on Untappd, and how to find community along the way.
Life on the Road is an Adventure
Chatting across continents – us in an Airbnb in Medellín, Colombia, and Michael in his RV in Arizona – it was like we were sitting in a local brewery, beers in hand, catching up on a lifetime of friendship. Yet to meet in person, you might never guess that. That is exactly what Traveling Gatherings is about and exactly what we help to promote from living a life on the road.
Whether it be Camp Carpe Diem or any of the hundreds of other events listed on Traveling Gatherings, know that life on the road does not have to be lonely.
So, find your why. Stop finding reasons not to and create reasons to do. You know the saying, “Nothing worth having comes easy.” If you’re dreaming about it, turn that dream into a reality. Life is too short not to. So find an RV event, buy or rent an RV, pack your things, and hit the road.
“It doesn’t get easy. it’s hard, but if you’re tiptoeing around it, just do it”Michael Andersen
Oh, the breweries we “visited”!
- Foxey Pub – Medellin, Colombia
- Oskar Blues Brewery – Asheville, NC
- Sierra Nevada Brewing Co – Asheville, NC
- Zillicoah Beer Co – Asheville, NC
- Wicked Weed Brewing – Asheville, NC
- Noblebräu Brewing – Brevard, NC
- Ouray Brewery – Ouray, CO
- Surly Brewing Co – Minneapolis, MN
- Tombstone Brewing Co – Tombstone, AZ
Connect with Michael and Traveling Gatherings
Stay tuned for Michael’s newest adventure: Best Small Towns in America
Just a Few Travel Resources
- Roads and Stays Podcasts
- Escapees RV Club
- North Ranch Escapees RV Park
- Hourless Life
- The Border Hookups Go RVing
- The RV Entrepreneur
- Cheap RV Living – Bob Wells
There are many travel resources out there for all types of travelers, adventurers, and craft beer lovers. If you need some advice or recommendations, reach out in the comments below, or send us an email. We’d love to help you out and chat a bit.
Camp Carpe Diem
And don’t forget to sign up for Camp Carpe Diem, the coolest adult camp, ever, where you can fully embrace both the outdoors and beer – with friends, both new and old – and where you’ll find community on the road.
Memorable moments abound!
Beer Dictates Time and History
For about the price of a beer, your virtual beer purchase will help keep us on the road bringing you the stories behind the beer.
Let us know you did just that, and we’ll put together a virtual happy hour with you. We’d love to see your smiling faces.
“We appreciate you highlighting our brewery on your podcast, your enthusiasm for craft breweries, travel and adventure and the patronage of not only you, but the friends you bring into Tres Litros.”Jason at Tres Litros Beer Co
“Ken and April do a fantastic job of mixing the culture of beer and adventure into something akin to a fine barrel-aged sour. They are wise beyond their years. Loving this podcast and it will be on our weekly playlist for SURE!”The Dog In Us
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Michael, we’re not sure how we didn’t meet years ago! Oh, yeah! You just started on your RV adventures. We hope yours are as memorable as ours are, and that beer, adventures, and community abound! Thanks for your time spent with us. We could have kept talking forever, which means we need to meet soon in person over a beer or two. You should think about heading towards Montana for Camp Carpe Diem. We’d love to have you, Andrea, and Bruce.