We’ve been asked lots of questions about how we make living full-time on the road work. But by far the most asked question we get is- How do we make a living while on the road?
The full-time RVing life may seem dreamy and carefree to some. And contrary to what friends have joked with us about, we aren’t irresponsible hippies traveling around the US in an RV with no money or plans for our families’ financial wellbeing and future. 🙂 We DO have to concern ourselves with earning a living just like everyone else.
We have just chosen to do it ….a bit differently!
Like most sensible people, our original life plan was to buy a house & settle down, (which we did!) work most of our lives, save up for retirement and then do the things we really want to do….like travel. And then we got to thinking, what if scrapped part of the middle and just got straight to our end goal WHILE we are young and working? And what if we did it with our kids instead of waiting until they are grown and gone?
So, we decided to take our current reality and find a way to make it work along side of our dreams, instead of putting them on hold.
My husband (Anthony) works in the industrial construction industry. Which basically means he is employed by construction companies to go into big industrial plants like power plants, paper mills and any other kind of large manufacturing plant you could think of and do the jobs they need done; whether that’s the construction of a new plant, or any kind of large scale work in existing plants.
This means his job requires him to travel a lot. When a new job opportunity comes along, he needs to be able to go to wherever that job is, for the duration of the job. The time-frame could be anywhere from 2 months to a year or so. It just depends on the size of the job.
This way of life just gives us the flexibility to live comfortably off of only one income while paying down any existing debts, put away money for the future, and take long periods of time off from work to rest and spend together as a family.
THIS was the life we had wanted more than the typical American Dream.
When we were living a more “normal” life (house, family, schedules, ect.) the fact that he needed to travel for work has sort of been a sore topic in our marriage and needless to say a huge inconvenience in our lives over the past almost 12 years. Traveling meant he would be away from the kids and I for months and months at a time. At one point just before we hit the road, I was working part time & homeschooling the kids alone and we were together as a family for maybe 4 days out of a month.
It was a TERRIBLE way to have a family life….and all for what? Just to own stuff and pay bills.
Our day to day lives had become a rat race and our choices had become painfully limited because we had become tied down by owning stuff.
One day while he was out of town on an extended job I had just had enough and sent him this text, “I’ll go ANYWHERE as long as I can be where you are.”
I meant every word and haven’t looked back for a moment since!
So about five months later, here we are! A big house, lots of stuff and a ton less bills later we traded it all in for a small home on wheels that goes where we go and little stuff except for the basic necessities…. and each other.
We decided to see what we had once viewed as a roadblock to our goals as the path to our dreams. We changed perspective and stopped trying to figure out how to get around it and chose to just move with it.
Yes that required some sacrifice, but I don’t even have to talk about whether or not all that stuff we gave up is something that keeps us up worrying at night.
It’s funny now, because the very things that had once enslaved us, are what ended up freeing us.
We realize that our reality isn’t everyone’s. This way of life wouldn’t necessarily be something doable (or desireable) for everyone – to sell off everything they own and travel around the US while working. I totally understand that!
But I do believe there are little ways that everyone can (and should) whittle down & eliminate the things in our lives that are actually enslaving us to a world system we weren’t even aware of when we started out.
With every thing we get rid of, every debt we pay off, every material item we say no to – we move towards living a freer, lighter kind of life. The kind in which we aren’t quite as enslaved to a life we we ended up with only by default.
No matter the situation, everyone has the capacity to make their own path towards a much lighter, freer life.
Own less, live fully, travel light.