Travel is one of the best ways to reignite enjoyment in life. It can also spark creativity and new ways to make a living.
We keep being told that Freedom 55 has turned into Freedom 85. So, why not earn while you travel and stop worrying you haven’t saved enough to retire?
Many Boomers are heading down the open road in an RV. Melissa Dafnis, the host of Your RV Dream Online Summit, asked long-term RVers how they manage to make money while they travel and live a life of freedom and adventure.
Steve Anderson (Workamper.com) suggests you ask yourself what you really want to experience at this point in your life. Where do you want to spend your time? What do you want to experience? He recommends “Workamping” as a means to experience living somewhere awesome – in a scenic location where you can’t afford to buy property.
He said the most important thing is your mindset. Working while on the road gives you the flexibility to choose where you’d like to live for a month, several months or longer. The jobs available may not match your previous career aspirations. However, you can enjoy the fact that you can leave your job behind at the end of the day due to its stress-free nature. Workamp jobs tend to be short-term and you can move on whenever you desire.
A Workamper is anyone who works while they travel. It’s not just for those who work in campgrounds. You can work in the outdoor hospitality field, do freelance Gig economy work or create your own online career. You could write an Adventure Blog, sell your writing or photography, manage a cattle ranch, or choose to follow another interest.
The key is to have Freedom of Place. You can stay in a beautiful place and explore it for as long as you want. While many positions offer no money, they instead give you a campsite, wifi or other perks.
Margo Armstrong (RVLifestyleExperts.com) is a solo female RVer with more than two decades experience being on the road. She is currently 76.
She says RVing allows you to live a small footprint lifestyle with no mortgage. The RV community is very social and you’re never alone unless you want to be. Most RVers don’t care if you paid $10,000 for your RV or a million. It’s a more equitable community and it’s a large community that keeps on growing.
Like Steve, Margo says you’ll need a mindshift to leave your old lifestyle behind. It’s important to simplify and embrace adventure. Have fun and don’t take life too seriously. Her only regret is that she wishes she had started this lifestyle sooner.
Margo says, “Decide to turn your life into an adventure rather than living a life that seems destined to be empty. You’re looking for new faces, new places and joy.” Pack up and go RVing to test this lifestyle – for a few weeks, a few months or longer.
Some of her tips include: Your first RV will set your Joy Path – so choose it wisely. Travel slowly. Stay at least a week at each stop – preferably a month or two. Visit local Farmers’ Markets wherever you go.
She recommends a few websites:
RVillage.com is a free social network where you can make friends online and off.
EscapeesRVClub is a Members Only club that offers low-cost parks and Mail Delivery.
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