Congratulations, you’ve just made a decision to live a life most people can only dream of living.
Before we move forward, please know that traveling RV full time is 100% possible and if you read and implement my tips below, you’ll be closer to achieving your goals than you think.
I am not traveling in an RV yet but I can certainly do it if I wanted to thanks to the internet and my blog, but I’ll talk more about that later.
Lets discuss how you can travel in an RV full time without working a normal job or having an expensive mortgage that won’t be paid until you’re 80 years old.
Lets do it!
RV Life Is Still A Life
You might think that traveling RV full time is going to be all roses and fairies, but it’s not all sunsets, ocean views, hiking mountains, relaxing all day, etc.
Surprisingly it is still a life. You have to do grocery shopping, make meals, clean the RV daily (housework) and even RV maintenance repairs.
Does this mean you have to be a handyman if you want to “make it” as a full-time RVer?
When you’re starting out as a beginner, you need an RV that’s as simple as possible.
Less complexity = less likely for something to break or repair, which will be less headache for you when you’re the new guy on the block.
However, do keep in mind that you do not need mechanical skills (even though you’ll pick some up along the way).
Most people in the campground know a lot about RVs and they’ll help you out and fix something on-the-go.
But do realize that all of this is well worth the RV life with no racing to work trying to beat the traffic, only peaceful mornings waking up to the sound of flowing rivers.
Big or Small RV?
When you’re just starting out, I say go small.
You might think you’re going to be uncomfortable and all squished up in a small RV, however, this is not the case.
You’re out in the big wide world most of the time so you don’t even notice if your RV is big or not.
Plus you learn to be more tidy with less clutter, and smaller RVs can access more places like national parks and off-grid campsites.
You’ll also “find your way” when you start out small.
If you feel you need a bigger and more complex RV, you can upgrade later.
Otherwise you already have your dream RV and it was much less expensive than you thought it would be.
Consider The #Vanlife
Van life is becoming extremely popular thanks to people on social media and forums who are living out of their vans!
Here’s a couple of subreddits you’ll love:
Mechanical issues are much less likely to happen, and if it’s just you and someone else, it could be more cozy and cost-effective.
Plus you can get started much cheaper than a fully decked out RV.
I recommend this method to see if you like it before going and spending 50k on an RV and not even liking it.
Rent an RV First
Renting RVs cost money but purchasing the wrong RV is going to be an even more expensive mistake.
You have to know if you like it first and that’s why renting an RV and going on an extended trip is recommended.
Also you’ll know if you can live in a small RV or if you need a bigger one.
Do a few trips, find your rhythm with different sizes and setups, then it’ll be an easier decision when you officially buy your own.
You’ll Make Lots of RVing Friends
Put yourself out there and stay in public campgrounds.
Soon enough you’ll make so many great friends that you’ll have friends all over the globe willing to camp with you on a whim.
RVing is actually more social than you think, you do not have to be closed off from the rest of the world.
You’re talking to like minded people, and that is one of the most wonderful things in this world, vibing with people that have the same interests!
Get their name and add them as a friend on your social medias.
It’s all about building a community of friends.
Join Online RV Groups
Even though I don’t RV, I’m apart of online RV groups on Facebook.
I like to get the inside scoop of what people are doing these days, what problems beginners face and especially the stunning views people wake up to.
You’ll see what problems people face and how they overcome them.
I have learnt a lot just by reading the chats that come up daily and it’s what I recommend you do if you’re serious about making this thing happen.
It’s not mandatory but it is going to be one of the best things you do so you understand what RV life is all about.
What Are Your Options When It Comes To Money?
There are a few things you can do to fund this new lifestyle.
And that doesn’t always mean quitting your job at the first chance you get, spending your retirement on the latest and greatest RV and going broke within 6 months.
That’s worse case scenario and it doesn’t have to end like that, lol.
1. See if your current job offers a work from home opportunity
One thing that most people underestimate is asking their boss if they can work from home due to their new lifestyle change.
You don’t have to quit and stop the money coming in, but instead you open up a new venture for yourself.
If you get to work out of your RV, overlooking the sea, without having to quit your job, then this is a great outcome for you and the reason it’s my #1 choice!
If this certainly isn’t an option, find one that allows you to work remotely.
Just because your current job doesn’t allow for it, doesn’t mean you have to stop there.
Remote OK has tons of them!
2. Save and budget carefully
Lets say you plan to travel for 1 year, minimum.
Lets also say that you plan on spending $80 per day on food, campgrounds and fuel.
$80 x 365 days = $29200.
You’ll have to save $29200 to travel full time for a whole year.
Of course it’ll likely be cheaper than that but you get my point.
You’ll also have backup money if you decide to splash out on something that catches your eye or mechanical repairs (which can get costly).
However, please don’t fret about these numbers because I have even better methods up my sleeve.
Pro tip: It’ll be significantly cheaper if you buy groceries and make your meals. Indulge on the local food a few times a week and you’ll save way more money.
3. Save, then earn money on the side
Social media now plays a HUGE role in people quitting their jobs and living a nomadic lifestyle.
But it’s not just social media, there are thousands of ways you can earn money on the side to make your savings last longer than 1 year.
Millennials are the ones seeing the power of the internet and using this to their advantage.
They grew up with the internet, the internet started booming when they were old enough to push buttons.
They know how to use the internet to their advantage, especially social media and that’s why the younger generation have that attitude of doing what they want without needing a job.
What does this have to do with you?
That earning money on the side is much easier than you think.
You can start a blog to document your journeys, start a YouTube channel or even publish your travels on Facebook or Instagram.
People love being inspired because they also want to do great things with their life, but it seems too far out of reach for them.
So when they see people doing exactly what they want to do, it creates trust, loyalty and more importantly, inspiration.
And that my friend is invaluable in which you can use to your advantage and profit! $$$
4. Start an online business
The best option and the most common one that full time RVers are doing is owning their own business.
The internet makes this 1000x easier and the reason why more people are traveling the world while working on their business on the side.
An online business can be created literally by anyone, complete newbies are creating them and having huge success.
However, you need the right training because not all platforms have your best interest at heart.
The only training I recommend is the Wealthy Affiliate.
They teach you everything from creating a blog, how to write content that ranks in the search engines, and most importantly, how to make money with your blog.
And best of all? It’s free to sign up.
Saving Money While On The Road
There are 2 types of people that RV, those that live in total luxury (spend lots, spend mindlessly) and those that watch how much they spend and what they’re spending on.
If you’re looking to be on the road for as long as possible (if not forever) then keep reading because this section is for you.
However, if you’ve got lots of money and you’re in it for a good time not a long time, read my conclusion.
Here’s how to save costs so you can stay on the road for as long as possible:
- Talk to the locals. The best way to find the best and cheap stuff is from the people that live there. Ask where the best restaurant is to break the ice.
- Travel slower by staying longer at your destination. You’ll save on fuel and can really immerse yourself in the culture by making the most of every place you go.
- Eat out at breakfast and lunch but cook your own dinner. Eating at restaurants is cheaper during the day and more expensive at nighttime.
- Stay away from tourist food places and streets. Most of the time you can get much cheaper food just a street over.
- Do the free stuff. Watch the sunset and sunrise, go hiking, go mountain biking, swim at the beach or lake. There are hundreds of things you can do for free in every town.
- Create a budget and stick to it. This will teach you discipline and give you an idea of how long your money can last you. This can be anywhere from $50-$100 per day or more depending on your budget.
RVing full time is a wonderful thing. You have chosen an exciting and challenging new lifestyle.
- no hour-long commutes to work
- no stressful responsibilities
- no answering to a boss everyday
- no fighting with colleagues
- no worrying about whether you can pay next months rent or not
- and no more morning rushes
But there are definitely:
- stunning sunsets and sunrises you don’t see everyday
- stressless days
- days to do whatever you want, EVERY DAY
- new and exciting challenges
- relaxing days whenever you want it
- total comfort while still being in nature
- sleeping to the sound of rivers
- waking up to ocean views
- and plenty more
Now you know the ins and outs to RVing full time, you have no reason to not move forward with your dream of being a full time RVer.
If you had to take at least one thing from this article, it’s that you should rent an RV first and immerse yourself into the lifestyle and way of living.
The rest is in your hands.
Please share your RV experiences in the comments below. We want to hear them!
PS: Check out Wealthy Affiliate to start your free online business training.
Thanks for reading and have a great day.
Job Quitters Unite
Brandon is from New Zealand and does affiliate marketing full-time. This is his job and loves every second of it. He hated the typical 9-5 and found a way out of the rat race. The reason he created this website was to help and inspire others who also want a way out.