Landscape Photographer - Joe Hendricks
Traveling full-time in an Airstream with my family,

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Landscape Photographer, Joe Hendricks, shares his life on the road in an Airstream, where he lives full-time with his family.

Apple TV and the Internet is killing me slowly....

Yesterday, I spent my time getting frustrated with my Apple TV, because it wasn’t allowing me to enter my code, so I could watch HBO GO… seriously??? It affected my whole night! What in the world am I thinking?

I just travelled 900 miles through Texas and New Mexico, seeing beautiful landscapes, enjoying great weather and while my wife and son are outside, walking around and enjoying the sunset, I was frustrated with a little bit of technology that is only going to drag my attention away from more amazing moments in the future. 

It’s crazy, because technology allows me to be on the road full-time in our Airstream, but it’s also the thing that keeps me from enjoying time with my family, taking pictures and exploring more. We have gotten so used to watching Netflix on the road, it’s now a routine at night. We put our son to bed (as fast as possible), grab a snack and watch tv. My son wakes up and the first thing he wants to do is watch Nick Jr. These things happen every night and every morning.

Alan Jackson wrote a song called “Everything I love is Killing Me” and I feel like that all the time. It may not be technology that is killing me personally, but it’s killing the precious time that I have with my family.

It’s time to make a conscious decision to spend more time with my family and less time on the internet. I mean, come on! I’m in an Airstream, traveling America full-time…. I need to get off my butt, away from the tv and into the world. It’s time to focus on life and not on Breaking Bad, Parenthood, or what ever is on HBO right now. Those things have become a “way of life”, but what kind of life is that to live every day and night?

The hard part is, I’m sharing this with you through the Internet. So to live like I’m saying, actually requires a huge amount of determination and focus. The only time I should get on my computer is to write a blog, answer emails, upload pictures, and share our adventure socially. It means, I need to allocate a certain amount time that I am going to do all of that. The rest of my time is spent with my family. 

Who out there is traveling full-time and going through the same thing?

Right now it’s 6am and this is my focus time. It’s the only time I have to sit alone and blog, which is why you don’t see much blogging from me. But, I know if I focus more on the important things, get off of Apple TV and social media, I might have a chance of really enjoying the rest of our amazing trip and then sharing it with you through pictures.

I can feel the hesitation right now, building up inside of me as I read over this, but I know I’m right.

Joe Hendricks