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
Juliet Whitfield (TailsFromTheRoad.com) Juliet is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer who wanted to go exploring after looking after other people’s dogs while they travelled.
She was ready to downsize and get rid of stuff and moving into an RV was the next step for her. She loves being able to change her backyard whenever she’s ready to move on.
Her favourite place to travel with her dogs is Oregon. It’s very pet-friendly and there are lots of beaches where dogs can go off-leash. The only drawback is the dogs can pick up fleas. She uses both Wondercide Flea and Tick sprays and Diatomaceous Earth to control fleas in her RV and on the dogs.
Her website is focused on helping people travel more easily and safely with their dogs. Dogs tend to do well living in an RV and about 63% of RVers travel with dogs. You can join Juliet’s Take Your Dog Along Club.
Maya Lalosh (Bike-Cook-Explore.com) Maya and her husband Ryan have lived in an RV for the past six years. At age 40, she is far from retirement age.
They teach about minimalism, living on a budget, RV living at any age and healthy living with a disability. They became disillusioned with living the “American Dream.” They had the house, cars, jobs, etc. but that lifestyle felt more constraining than freeing. They didn’t want to continue with a mortgage and a job they didn’t like.
They travel with two big dogs, a cat and a turtle. They downsized from a 1,600 square-foot home to a 310 square-foot home. Cleaning takes a lot less time now. They have remodeled their RV to suit their needs.
They now have million-dollar views without a mortgage and say it costs them less to live on the road than it did to live in their house – plus they get to travel with their pets and keep changing the view. Their only regret is that they didn’t start sooner and start smaller.
Maya posts a monthly income and expense report so folks can get an idea about costs. Their average cost is $1,500 to $3,500 a month. Gas is their biggest expense. Their motorhome is 35 feet and they travelled 2,500 miles from the West Coast to the East Coast. They say the longer you stay in one place, the lower your cost. Longer park stays receive a discount. Boondocking is another way to save money.
They are both vegan and gluten-free so they make most of their meals in their RV. They buy staples like gluten-free tortillas and flash-frozen vegetables to keep on hand. Their favourite kitchen tool is an Instant Pot. They use it to cook rice, vegetables, squash, deserts and more.
Maya works 40 hours a week at a job she can do on the road via the Internet. She negotiated this prior to heading out. They are also building multiple sources of income online. She says there are lots of options to earn an income – with or without the Internet. Seasonal jobs in different locations are one way RVers make an income.
Maya says their change in lifestyle is totally worth it. They never want to go back to living in a house.