There could indeed be some jealousy there. It truly takes a lot of gumption to take the leap. It is the path less traveled. I’m sure we’ve all heard the cliche’ “I’ll be living vicariously through your travels.”
I’ve heard everything from “You’ll be living the dream!” to “If you gave me that van right now, I wouldn’t do what you’re doing.” I was signing papers to schedule cancelling my home insurance yesterday (closing in 10 days) and the agent says “So you’re just going to be a traveling Gipsy?” I said more like a traveling nomad and didn’t have time to explain further.
I try to introduce my “hike your own hike” philosophy of life when someone totally doesn’t get it. Much like your “to each their own.” I do understand that the majority of our country resides comfortably in mainstream and won’t veer too far from the current. A large group of my soon to be ex co-workers rarely travel outside the state. A handful of comments have been that I’ll be back in 2 months tired of the travel. I’m secretly planning for and committing to a complete year.
I’ve watched a Yube vid where a vanlifer suggested having a standard statement that covers what you are doing and why. Something polished and complete. I need to work on that. lol