Travel is one of the best ways to reignite enjoyment in life. It can also spark your 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 save and make money while they travel and live a life of freedom and adventure.
Notes from Your RV Dream Summit
“We must be willing to get rid of the life we’ve planned,
so as to have the life that is waiting for us.”
Ten years ago (RV-Dreams.com) Linda Payne and her husband Howard traded their “American Dream Lifestyle” with a Big House and a Big Job - for a life more in touch with nature. They felt like they were alive but not really living their lives and have no regrets about becoming full-time RVers.
They enjoy a simpler life with Freedom. They’re not tied down anywhere and say they enjoy the people they meet on their travels.
They help educate people to understand if an RV life is for them. It’s not a permanent vacation – it’s a lifestyle. Linda says you can live on $1,500 to $2,000 a month – more if you choose a high-end lifestyle. They post their financial information on their website to share their costs of full-time RVing. It helps to have some fixed income from a Pension or Savings, along with a self-employment income.
This lifestyle is best for those who are positive and able to be flexible. If you are inflexible and negative, this lifestyle is not for you. The best advice is to educate yourself ahead of time. If you are travelling as a couple, make sure you’re both on the same page.
The biggest benefit is you have the freedom to travel and live your life as you choose. It’s a wonderful life, but it’s not for everyone.
Linda identifies the Benefits of Life on the Road in an RV
• Experience Nature
• Pursue Adventure
• Meet kind and interesting people
• Re-connect with your Partner
• Find Solace, Peace and Spirituality
• Escape high-stress lifestyle, the concrete jungle and societal pressures.
You can earn as you travel and you’re not tied to a job or a mortgage. This lifestyle is no longer just for retired folks because there are now many options to work on-the-road. They started with Work Camp jobs.
The main pitfalls are bad weather and unexpected RV repairs. It’s a complete lifestyle change so it’s important to do your research first. You must have a little bit of ‘risk-taker’ in you. Driving your home down a highway can be intimidating.
Marianne Edwards (frugal-rv-travel.com) Marianne and her husband have been RVing for 18 years. They travel in a RoadTrek Camper and have their home base in Ontario. They became RVers by accident. They just wanted go on a Road Trip and went looking for a vehicle for the drive. Their initial trip was for a year. They now travel for 5 months at a time every two years.
They suggest you do some research in advance and then learn the rest as you go. Don’t get so bogged down in research that you never leave home. Buy the best second-hand RV you can find. A new one loses too much value as soon as you drive it off a lot. The biggest benefit is the freedom of the Open Road and always having your own bed and kitchen with you.
Decide in advance how you’ll make money while you travel.
They share tips on how to economize by camping on Public Lands in the South-West USA. This is called Boondocking as you are Dry Camping without hookups for water, hydro or sewage disposal. This requires self-sufficiency and planning ahead. They’ve recently installed a solar panel.
Clubs to Join
Escapees.com Lots of useful information including: Mapping Tool, Job Board, Discussion Board and Education on everything you need to know about RVing.
HarvestHosts.com allows you to stay overnight for free at a Winery, Brewery or Agri-Tourism site. In exchange, they hope you will make a purchase to support their business.
BoondockersWelcome.com Be My Guest RV Parking is available at the homes of members willing to host you on their property for 1 to 3 days per visit.