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Jasper from Roving Motion - re-evaluate what is important

17 Jul 2020

Roving Motion started as the dream road trip of a lifetime. It was initially going to last 18 months with the plan of visiting all of the states in the Lower 48, plus a few excursions into Canada and Mexico. 

It was such an amazing experience that Jasper Springfield knew it couldn’t end, so living on the road full-time became his permanent lifestyle. 

“From my research and experiences, I knew that I had lots of information to share with people who wanted to travel. The goal is to be able to inform and inspire how to turn their travel dreams into their reality. 

Pacific Ocean Sunset
Pacific Ocean Sunset

Through blogs, social media, and photos, Roving Motion is trying to share in the joy, that life on the road is much more attainable than most people tell themselves.

 

As a child, Jasper was lucky enough to travel a bit with family, and it really set the hook in him.  Throughout his life, there has always been this drive to go to new places and see all that the world has to offer. Whether it’s through stunningly beautiful locations in nature or strolling through the hearts of various cities, Jasper has always been enamoured by these experiences and craves the next opportunity to do so. 

“There are so many people that share these desires.

I wanted to start travel writing in order to help people maximize their joy for life through travels. For beginners, I want to help them execute their dreams, easily and smoothly. For veteran rubber tramps, I want to help them hone in their travels and tailor each new phase of their travels to make them an adventure they’ll always remember”.

Maroon Bells Sunrise
Maroon Bells Sunrise

While on the road, jasper often finds himself speaking with locals and travellers alike. The exchange of information can really change the shape of your experience. This was really brought to light when he attended the Rubber Tramp Rendezvous in Quartzsite, AZ. Thousands of travellers came together as a community and with a transference of knowledge, people were helping people. 

“It was beautiful. I wanted to find a way to share information and help people in the travelling community on a consistent basis. From that idea, Roving Motion was born”. 

With how-to’s, location recommendations, gear reviews, and personal experiences, the blog posts span many facets that make up life on the road.

 

Jasper occasionally house sits as an opportunity to explore an area more deeply while being able to catch up on certain aspects of life. When COVID started, he was actually house sitting in New Hampshire for the winter. But when that ended, he headed out to Colorado and spent a few months in the mountains of the San Juan National Forest. Since then, he has picked up another house sit in New Orleans in order to have a safe place to stay during COVID. 

“Up until this point, it has been an opportunity to write more, and to research future destinations and experiences”.

Double Rainbow Utah
Double Rainbow Utah

Like everyone, COVID has impacted his lifestyle tremendously. There are many places that Jasper would love to go to, but that just isn’t really a safe option at this point.

“I’ve had to bypass new experiences as well as visits to places that are special in my heart.  I’ve also had to choose against visiting family, in the name of everyone’s health.  Even though it has been difficult at times, I’ve adapted to finding new ways to enjoy my surroundings.  I’ve started to focus more on the simple pleasures, such as taking a walk, or sitting and listening to nature”.

 

He thinks it will be interesting to see how things change. What businesses will survive? Will there be new restrictions placed on everyday life? He is not quite sure what the future looks like in terms of the travel industry.

“One thing I do believe is while people are staying home more, they have the opportunity to reevaluate what is important to them.  They have the time to think about what they really want and how to get it”. 

After feeling cooped up for so long, Jasper knows the freedom of the open road is more appealing than ever and thinks there may be a surge of new people travelling once things clear up again.

Mesa Arch at Sunrise
Mesa Arch at Sunrise

Having the ability to be a digital nomad is an amazing opportunity that has presented itself based on technology.  With more and more people working from home, it will become more apparent to some, that working remotely is liberating.

“When you can incorporate that into a lifestyle of your choosing, it can lead to boundless happiness.  I think the people who are considering this lifestyle, or trying to find a way to travel more are going to find that their dreams are attainable”.

 

Jasper states that there is a lot of great information out there and once you have a dream to travel, you can achieve that goal.  Being a digital nomad is liberating for him.

“For me, it has been an experience that is fulfilling and life-changing.   The places I’ve seen, people I’ve met, and experiences I’ve had have been absolutely enriching and I wouldn’t trade it for the world”.