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 Chris Guld (GeeksOnTour.com) Jim and Chris live full-time in a Motor Home and tour the USA teaching people how to use technology. Once they realized they could work anywhere with an Internet connection – they did just that. However, it still took them a while to make a living on the road. Their expenses are low so they are not stressed about needing to earn a huge income.
What they like best about their lifestyle is they get to be at home, at work and on vacation at the same time. A benefit is being able to visit with family and friends while living in their own home on wheels. Their only regret is that they didn’t start this lifestyle earlier.
They’ve had their website for 14 years and add to it weekly. They make their income from their tutorial videos. You need to buy a membership to access them. They can teach you how to take good photos, save them online and how to share your travels with maps, photos and a Blog. They make a Coffee Table Book of their Blog photos every year and can teach you how to make one. They are the Go To People for technology if you are asking the question, “What does this button do?”
They suggest people start a Blog before heading out to enjoy an RV lifestyle so you can share your thoughts on your transition. They recommend taking a look at GypsyJournal.com.
They say free WiFi in RV Parks is very hit or miss so they‘ve purchased a portable connection and can give you suggestions based on your own needs.
Josh & Kali (The FreedomTheory.com) They are a young couple in their 20s and 30s. They call themselves Nomads. They exchanged their condo for life on the road after developing health issues that caused them to step back and rethink how they were living. They wanted to retire from the corporate world and the Rat Race – not retire and go on a permanent vacation.
Keeping an attitude of gratitude for the lifestyle is key for them. They believe you can have more by having less. It’s not just about the RV lifestyle. They ask people if they’re happy with the life they’re living.
They took a leap of faith and jumped into the lifestyle only two months after moving into their condo. They had to learn the ropes as they travelled. They knew they could always go back to their old life if they didn’t enjoy life on-the-road.
They’ve been Blogging about the RV lifestyle for the past two years. They post three days a week – about both the ups and downs of their lifestyle and have lots of online videos.
They earn a living in a combination of ways. Josh works his 9 to 5 job remotely. Kali writes Blog posts and makes videos and has plans for eBooks and eCourses. They use Trello for virtual Post-it Notes to keep them organized.
They advise people to start with a smaller RV and upgrade later if necessary. They travelled up to Alaska and the Arctic Circle in a 5th Wheel but would have preferred a truck camper. They also suggest buying a Used RV and checking for water damage.
They started with slow travel with Thousand Trails and stayed the full 21 days allowed in each park. They have gotten rid of a lot off excess stuff from their RV since they started Boondocking in Alaska.
They say, “Don’t let fear hold you back.” They didn’t want to reach the end of their lives and regret they hadn’t tried the RV lifestyle. They are living a life well-spent and finding their own freedom.
They believe, “Success is not the key to happiness; happiness is the key to success.”