You’re probably familiar with the concept of medical tourism. It’s a thriving industry driven by people who travel internationally to find more affordable healthcare outside of their home country.
But many of us full-timers do the reverse. We travel back home to visit our regular docs. All three of us—yes this includes the aging dog—have health issues that need ongoing attention. So we haul our ridiculous three-ring circus back “home” to Carson City. That lets us maintain continuity of care for our various ailments.
This go-round, we’re finishing up a three-week stint in the area. After four warmish months in Arizona, it was a shock to the system to return to a place we love that was still not quite done with winter. Fortunately, spring arrived in truth in our time home and we snuck in a little bit of fun—motorcycling and kayaking—in between our numerous commitments.
We hoped to manage it all in two weeks. Clearly that didn’t happen. Coordinating the scheduling in a fixed time frame is challenging to begin with. Throw in a pandemic just for fun and it gets even more complicated.
It’s time to be back on the road, though. We didn’t get in everything that we needed to but we’ll figure that out later. The point of full-timing isn’t to anchor back at home for weeks on end trying to manage appointments.
We’re hopeful that as the pandemic continues to ease, we’ll be comfortable with air travel again. That way we can manage blips back home to handle these kinds of things in smaller batches. Without hauling the eight tons of our nomadic lives with us each time. That will certainly make our reverse medical tourism a whole lot less cumbersome. And the ability to tend to everything and not sacrifice our healthcare needs for the full-time life would be pretty cool, too.