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
Jim and Rene (liveworkdream.com) teach people how to make an income while travelling. They began RVing because it’s the best way to travel with a dog while living life to the fullest. They like to visit new places and to leave when they want to move on while having the freedom to do what they want, when they want, on their own terms.
They converted the bunkhouse in the back of their 5th wheel into a space to make jewelry. Rene works as a freelance writer and jewelry-maker. Both recommend having multiple streams of income. Check out Workamping to help you get a free site as well as some paid jobs.
After their dog had one leg amputated due to cancer, they started a support group to help 3-legged dogs and cats. They were surprised when this turned into an income stream.
They recommend finding a passion and enjoying your work but understanding you’ll need to be disciplined and to learn how to be an entrepreneur. You will have portable work – not a permanent vacation. It’s important to connect with others who work on the road as they will understand you’re not on an extended vacation.
What you will have is the freedom to set your own hours and to change the view whenever you want. You can explore places most people don’t get to see. They use Verizon and a Satellite Internet connection to enable them to be online 24/7. They need this because they host websites for others.
Their biggest regret is buying a brand new RV. They could have saved a lot of money had they bought second-hand. If you need a tow vehicle, they suggest you buy the truck first. Get the one that allows you to have a bigger rig should you decide to upgrade.
Don’t let the naysayers convince you not to do this. Enjoy your life.
Julianne G. Crane (RVWheelLife.com) Julianne has decades of experience with RVing and writing. Her family moved across country from East to West when she was 10 years old. That opened her eyes to the amazing vistas of the USA.
She has a full-time 5th Wheel in Oregon and travels in a truck camper. She thinks of the RV Lifestyle as like having a vacation cottage on wheels. She has met all kinds of people living this lifestyle both full-time and part-time. She finds RVers to be great people who are happy to connect with others. Younger people are doing this full-time as they can’t afford a house and mortgage.
She suggests asking questions of RVers who’ve been doing this long-term. She began as a solo traveller and used her women’s intuition to choose safe places to camp. She interviews women over age 70 who are just starting out on the RV lifestyle.
She’s now at an age where Social Security helps pay for her travels. She and her partner choose to live a simple life enjoying nature. They have bikes, a canoe and love to hike.
Julianne suggests taking three types of hobbies or vocations on the road with you. She recommends doing volunteer work in a National Park. You’ll need a smaller RV to fit into a National Park. They have also volunteered with Habitat for Humanity builds around the country and found it very rewarding. Birding and knitting are other hobbies RVers enjoy.
They don’t travel on the Interstate Highways. They enjoy 2-lane roads and will keep exploring until they find a favourite place for a long stay.
They joined a group called the Escapees RV Club as they serve full-time RVers and have a series of RV parks where you can Dry Camp overnight for about $10 in a place with hot showers. Another good membership club she recommends is Thousand Trails.
There are millions of RVers and it’s a subculture that’s thriving.