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Long term campers prefer life on the road

Ken and Jayne Anderson spend about six months of the year traveling to campgrounds around the country.

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Locations of some of the Anderson's travel destinations, on the side of their camper.
Mike McGurran
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While many of us enjoy getting some traveling done in the summertime, it's only natural to experience some homesickness.

Imagine going from state to state, campsite to campsite, six months out of the year. That's exactly what Jayne and Ken Anderson of Floida do.

"We had camped all of our lives, but we have not traveled all of our lives," Jayne said. "And I think that you never stopped learning."

She and her husband Ken are retired nurses, living in Florida. They live there half the year, but during the summer months, the hit the road, along with their dog, Pete.

They call themselves "glampers", or campers living in more luxurious arrangements than people roughing out in tents.

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Their RV has a television, a kitchen with a gas stove and a microwave, and even a combination washer and dryer.

Ken says he couldn't think of a better way to spend some of the golden years of his retirement.

"There's not a moment to spare," Ken said. "I mean, nobody knows what tomorrow is gonna bring. And we're still young at heart."

They've been all over the country at this point. They even keep a running tab of their travel spots on their car.

It's a lot of fun, but it's not always easy.

"We're driving 26,000 pound vehicle at 65 miles an hour," Ken said.

"I think part of it is the size of it," Jayne said. "We can't get to every campground we have to be very particular."

They've also got kids and grandchildren back in Florida. Jayne said that their lifestyle is a little puzzling for their family, but they keep up with them with daily Facetime chats.

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They'll be off to Manitoba tomorrow to continue their summer travels. This is their fourth year on the road, and they think it's probably gonna be their last, although they'll never stop traveling. And they'll never let age stop them from heading to the next stop.

"Do it while you still have time," Ken said.

"It doesn't matter how old you are, how much you think you know, always stay curious," Jayne said.

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