open road

By: Kimberly Devitt 

One year.

After college graduation, I told myself that I would only live with my parents for one year. I figured 12-months of working a 9 to 5 job would give me plenty of time to save up enough money to get my own place.

Well, here we are – one year later. My 12-month plan didn’t go exactly as I had anticipated.

When it came down to the final days of my one-year plan, I had a decision to make. Instead of getting locked into a lease or taking out a mortgage to purchase a home, I decided to take what little I had in savings and start a new journey with nothing else but me, my Subaru Legacy and the infinite highways of the USA. So, on June 1st, I packed up my entire life into my car and hit the road. It’s only been a week, but my trip has already taken me through ten states and several tanks of gas.

Fortunately, I’m no stranger to traveling. I was born in Los Angeles, but my father’s employer (IBM) transferred us to Atlanta, Georgia, in 1992. When I was still in elementary school, my family moved once again – this time to Florida – and I’ve resided in Winter Park ever since that time. During summer breaks from school, we often took family vacations. This time, I’m looking forward to listening to the wind humming past my driver’s side window, as opposed to listening to the shrieks of toddlers bickering in the back seat.

So that’s why I decided to write about my discoveries and adventures. After one year living at home, I’ve chosen to spend the next year living on the road. I’ve yet to decide where I’m going, but I do know that all I’ll need is the open road ahead of me while the months and memories fade away in my rear view mirror.

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4 Responses to Life On The Open Road

  1. Marissa Masellis says:

    Hey girl! How random this is, but I am actually doing the same thing! This year I have moved from SoFlo to Tampa where I am working on some music opportunities and then I am going north to Jacksonville-stopping in Gainesville of course and then Nashville hopefully by September where I think I am going to stay for a few months until I create a plan to get to the west coast. I have always wanted to live in California but I need to get a few things straightened out- especially with my singing. I am starting my career finally in something that I love- songwriting and playing guitar along with singing lol..but anyway if there is a way we can travel together or meet up somewhere I would love to see you/help you any way I can. I am being taken care of by many different friends on the road so I would love to share anything I have with a fellow traveler. I will also be in my hometown, Point Pleasant Beach NJ for a few weeks July 18-Aug 7 and then New Orleans Aug 9-12 for a minute. Hope to hear from you! Good luck doll you are special!!!! xoxoxoox

  2. Lucrecia Zuniga says:

    Good luck in your trip! I am going to miss you!! Just enjoy it…you have the world in your hands!!!

  3. Kimberly says:

    Thank you, Marissa and Lucrecia! I am having a BLAST! :)

  4. Hi Kimberly! So proud of you. I think I will live through you and your blog posts. I hope to hit the open road and travel more someday. I admire your willingness to get out of your comfort zone and try new things. Keep up your writing and follow your passion. The money always follows. And truly, you don’t need that much money to be happy.

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