"The world is a book and those who don't travel read
only a page" ~ St. Augustine
There are many considerations involved in deciding to become serious RVers: whether
full-time or leisure-time. The main thing to realize is that the RV lifestyle involves trade-offs. We'll cover
this more later, but our first recommendation in helping you make your decision, is a book that really helped us. "Living
Aboard Your RV" by Janet and Gordon Groene (McGraw-Hill) is a must read, but don't be put off by their
candid warnings. They ensured that we went ahead with our plans, with eyes wide open. If you cannot find this in
your local book store, you can order it from: amazon.com.
RV Companion magazine (above) is also a great source of experience and
advice from RVers and other experts, including us!
First let's remove some of the common myths about the full-time RV life.
Myth: By living in an RV you can save on almost everything.
Truth: While you may save in some areas, you will spend more in others. You can live cheaply or be
extravagant, just as you can living in your own home, in your old neighborhood. We'll give you plenty of examples
of unplanned expenses and neat savings in our Journal, as our travels continue.
Myth: RVers have no responsibilities, no problems, just freedom.
Truth: You'll leave some problems behind but others will follow you. Money troubles, health
problems, relationship challenges don't disappear over night, and you will pick up some more on the road. Tight
living quarters (in perhaps less space than your German Shepherd has at the kennels), more time with your spouse
than you ever thought possible, different decisions to make, and a different purpose in your life.
Myth: Wide open spaces everywhere you go, with perfect weather.
Truth: There are beautiful places you will visit, but space will sometimes be limited. On some camp
sites you may be closer to your neighbors than you ever imagined or wanted. If you plan properly you can avoid the
worst of winter and summer extremes, but we will tell you about the "fun" we've had!
Be sure to make an educated decision about RVing while you still have time
and good health. When people say "You're too young to be retired", we quote Kay Petersen, Founder of the
Escapees Club 20 years ago: "You can never be too young, but (if you wait too long) you might
be too old to enjoy it."
Take a look at pictures of our RV and our "garden" (English for
"yard"): Our RV.
At first most RVers love the fact that the phone never rings ... no
compulsion to answer it, whatever you may be doing. After a while, however, you realize that your family and old
friends are valuable and you want to be able to hear from them, and call them often. To achieve this you may
choose voicemail, 800 number and/or cellular phone. We use all of the above and will share our experiences with
Another challenge is receiving your mail, until you discover mail
forwarding services from clubs like Escapees (which we strongly recommend). We call their toll-free number about
once a week and they priority mail us at our next stop. It is amazing how quickly you get accustomed to your mail
arriving every week instead of every day. Life goes on just the same, and most bills can be paid by direct debit
or phone. It takes a little organization, but it's worth it.
Although not necessary for most RVers, since we run a business on the
road, we have a fairly high-tech setup with notebook computer, cellular phone and voicemail.
The best advice we can give the would-be full-time RVer is to take
control of your health. This includes life-style habits: exercise, smoking, alcohol, weight problems. We've
seen too many people struggling through health problems, and unable to enjoy their "freedom", whether in
retirement or when working on the road (as we do).
Whether you are happy part-time RVers with no ambitions to go full-time,
or you are several years or just a few months away from realizing your full-time RVing dream, start now. Take
charge of your health today. Good health and vitality are essential if you are to enjoy your RV adventures to the
We can help you here -- disease prevention through life-style and
Freedom comes with a price tag. RVing may not be an inexpensive way to
live, and most of us need another source of income to finance our lifestyle. There are many opportunities to earn
while you rove; Escapees Club has a networking group who share ideas and resources, check out their web-site for
more information (see "RV Trade-offs")
If you are a full-time RVer already, and not working, either you inherited
money, won the lottery or worked hard and saved for a very long time! We all need savings or investments for
retirement; the question is how much?. Last year the USA Today published a week-long series on retirement,
and their headline was "$1 million to Retire": the average couple need that much invested safely at 5%
interest to realize $50,000 in annual, passive, retirement income. What about pension and social security? Their
advice was: don't rely on it!
We worked while we traveled (if you can call it "work"), but our
passive income was already more than enough for our needs, without us working at all. We work because we love it!
Who needs to retire when you are having so much fun? In any case, we are too young to retire, and God willing,
we'll still be saying that in 20 or 30 years time!
Jenny has always wanted to write a book, and her wish to keep a journal of
our travel experiences and the idea of sending her journal entries to our friends around the world gave birth to
this website. It was a real labor of love, fully supported by Mick, and we hope you enjoy the fruits of her