The world is not real. Or rather, the way we see the world is fake in that so much of our lives revolve around what we’ve been told is “just the way it goes”. Like television, we’ve had so many years and decades of mediocrity pummeled into our minds that we begin to think that4/30/15
The world is not real.
Or rather, the way we see the world is fake in that so much of our lives revolve around what we’ve been told is “just the way it goes”.
Like television, we’ve had so many years and decades of mediocrity pummeled into our minds that we begin to think that Two and a Half Men is good. People rave about it. Awards are handed out.
It’s a bit ludicrous.
But there are secrets out there. They shouldn’t even be a secret, we’ve just all moved so far away that we don’t see it.
Take for example rent.
You can pay $1500 for a decent house that can fit a family of four or five. You live there, in one place, and spend oodles once a year on a vacation. Then you come home, pay that rent (and then some in utilities), and twenty years later might be doing the same thing. Meanwhile everyone has their space. Space to disappear into their video games and man caves and kitchens. You, as a family, live together but you’re separated as easily as a staircase can be climbed, a door can be closed.
Or you could “upgrade” to living in an RV. You pay some amount of cash for this home on the road, and set off on a journey. That initial cost is probably similar to what you’d spend on a downpayment on a house. That is, if you would have lived in a $500,000 house, you buy a $250,000 rig. If you’d have lived in a $150,000 house you buy a $35,000 RV. And yet others find their way into single digit thousands and work on them as we go.
These aren’t statistics, just observations.
Making Money on the Road
Of course, it’s only going to work if you can figure out how to make a living while traveling. We’ve got a big ol’ article on exactly that, including interviews with folks who do and examples of actual jobs, what they rake in, etc.
That’s one type of these “secrets” I’m talking about. You trade up space in a fixed location box and some amount of small outdoor space for the entirety of a nation. Your back yard doesn’t need mowed, it needs explored. Little bits of your mind explode until you truly begin to see the world in a light I find to be almost infinitely brighter than shone before.
And then the real bomb drops. You being to realize you’re right.
You stay in an RV park, five feet away from your neighbor and surrounded by highway noise. You fork out $45 or so for the experience. Your monthly rent is now $1400 per month…utilities included, and you get to travel somewhere new quite often.
Then you move down the road of life to state parks. Now you walk out your little RV door and see nothing but trees and space, maybe a glint of your neighbor through it all, and certainly if they were to yell you’d hear it, but space is not only abundant, it’s beautiful. You’re now paying $20 per night. Rent has dropped to $600 / month. Utilities are still included (except for propane, we spend around $30 / month), though you won’t necessarily have a sewage connection, so you’ll need to drive over to the dump station every few days and let the pipes fly. Depending on your situation, this may happen two or five times a week. But it’s hundreds of dollars in savings in exchange for an hour or so worth of effort.
Where are the state parks?
We’ve got a guide to every single state park in the US with RV camping. Find your park!
Then you keep on down that keepin’ on road and find the national parks with camping. There are no hookups. But damn it’s beautiful. And rent is closer to $15 a night. We’re talking under $500 a month.
Now though, you’ve got to conserve lights, fill your water tank manually, generally perform more maintenance to every day life. You’re a conservationist by necessity, yes, but what you’re saving the planet you’re also saving yourself in time traded for money.
You have more time with your kids. In nature. Surrounded by not only beauty, but freedom. The ability to choose where you’ll go, and even more so, your own fate.
You also save $1000 / month compared to the original living in a house situation. Plus all of that savings on utilities, which just get translated into you walking to a water spigot or spending a few bucks on gas or investing in solar. And did I mention the whole traveling part?
Even if you’d have spent only $900 or $600 per month on rent, just do the math. And feel free to factor in the benefits of the proximity to something gorgeous and/or fun to do every single day.
It can be difficult living this type of full-time traveling life, and the planning and mundane tasks are certainly a part of it all.
The rewards are innumerable though. Seeing your children’s first step, when they learn to ride a bike or you being the one who shows them how to read.
I just can’t imagine a different way of life I’d prefer, and so I prefer to not imagine and just live it instead.
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