Beginners Guide: Quitting Your Job to RV Travel Full-Time

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?

Absolutely not.

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?


Big 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.

Off-Grid RV Camping
Off-Grid RV Camping

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


Simple Van Camping Setup

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


Friends on a Camping Trip
Friends on a Camping Trip

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

Laptop lifestyle

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Eat out at breakfast and lunch but cook your own dinner. Eating at restaurants is cheaper during the day and more expensive at nighttime.
  4. Stay away from tourist food places and streets. Most of the time you can get much cheaper food just a street over.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.

Conclusion


RVing full time is a wonderful thing. You have chosen an exciting and challenging new lifestyle.

There are:

  • 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.

-Brandon

Job Quitters Unite

30 thoughts on “Beginners Guide: Quitting Your Job to RV Travel Full-Time”

  1. Oh what a life that would be, for many of us this is a dream that would add years to our lifespan (imagine the amount of stress that would instantly disappear once you got on the road – it’d be a whole new you!). 

    My main concern would be the initial costs, mainly the RV itself – what is the average price for a van that is in good liveable condition, and what’s the insurance like?

    1. Exactly. It’s an entirely new lifestyle, and with a new lifestyle comes a brand new you.

      For an average RV/camper that sleeps 4 people, you’re looking at around $40,000 – $70,000 USD.

      Insurance isn’t that expensive to be honest. You’re looking at $500 – $2000 per year.

      If you drive a big, luxurious RV, you’re expected to pay around $1200-$4000 per year.

      So completely affordable if you ask me.

  2. Amazing lifestyle it is. But I’d like to ask a few questions before I finally adapt to this kind of lifestyle. 

    First, is this lifestyle possible in hotter climates like here in Southeast Asia? For people who have tried this kind of RV lifestyle, how do you guys take a bath everyday? How do you wash your clothes? Do you carry with you containers of water inside your van?

    Second, for online marketers, how do you guys connect to the Internet if you camp in a remote place like that one shown in the picture, that one beside the lake? 

    Third, do you guys carry with you guns for protection? In places like ours here in the Philippines, if  you camp outside your home, chances are criminal elements will hook up on you. So, how do you guys protect yourself?

    1. Each to their own my friend, everyone has their own way of “RVing”.

      If you’re doing this thing full-time, you usually have a shower in your RV anyway. And you can actually purchase RV washing machines to wash your clothes 🙂

      To answer your question about connecting to WiFi, you’ll have to write the article on your laptop and then upload it when you get in range of WiFi.

      Oftentimes campgrounds offer WiFi too!

      I’m from NZ so we don’t have guns, however, it’s not uncommon for people in the US to carry a pistol on them in the event of danger.

      Hope this answers all your questions buddy.

  3. Hello Brandon,  you are spit on with this article concerning life as an RVer rather than living as just an ordinary 9-5 daily worker. I like the freedom associated with working and traveling to explore the world while knwoung that everything one needs is within the RV. Though the thought of the lonely days alone might be daunting in little ways but truly, having the freedom to explore the world definitely cover up for it. However, the guides you have shared are great and would definitely be of immense help to anyone who wants to engage in this kind of life. Thanks

    1. Sure, the entire journey is going to be exciting and everyday is different which is what makes it so nerve-wracking. However, the pros FAR outweigh the cons and if you pursue RVing full-time, I have no doubts that you’re going to have a great life with no regrets.

      I mean, why wait until you’re retired? Why not now? There are endless ways to make it happen and I have shared a few of the best!

      If you wait till you’re old, you’re not going to have as much energy to do everything you come across (like long hikes) and you don’t even know if you’re going to make it to that age.

      Live in the moment my friend and make it happen now, that’s the secret to life.

  4. I think that’s a cool life style choice. I am the kind of person who would prepare for a while to start that kind of life style. I would save money and find how to earn money on the side. Of course the other option is to go cold turkey. I think online marketing is a great option how to earn money. It’s even more suited if you like writing, researching and learning new things. As far as I know Wealthy Affiliate is the best platform for that. It’s not only a platform which is superb, but the welcoming community which helps each other. I also like that it’s down to earth. There are no promise about millions and shiny cars. Of course if that’s your goal you can reach that.

    This spring I bought an old Adria trailer and started to refurbish it. At the moment it’s stationary close to the sea side and we stay in it from time to time with my family. We like it a lot:) We have some plans regarding a road trip with it, but I need to finish the refurbishing.

    What kind of RV do you have and where do you travel usually? 

    1. That’s so cool to hear about your new Adria trailer. I always love seeing old, rundown vehicles getting a makeover and looking brand new again. I do not have an RV right now but will definitely be living that lifestyle in the future.

      Right now I enjoy living in apartments 🙂

  5. Wow! This came at the right time. My wife and I have being planning to become full timers in maybe 2 to 3 years. we’ve being saving for some time for this quest. Though, we are nervous about it, however we are tired of the fast pace, crowded areas, traffic. We live about 50 miles north of Houston. Looking forward to seeing the northwest. Starting an online business won’t be bad at all, I’ve heard good stuffs about that wealthy affiliate. Thanks for this post Brandon.

    Jordan.

    1. You’re on the right track mate…you’re preparing now and sacrificing things now so you can have a great life later on, and I applaud you for that. Those that take action are the ones reaping the rewards and living their best life.

      And yes, Wealthy Affiliate is amazing (and free to join), here’s my review if you’re interested in starting a real online business. 

  6. This is a good guide! My sister and her husband actually live in a van in Europe. Both work remotely, with the occasional commute back to London to touch base with the office. They’re always posting great pics of amazing mountains outside their windows or swimming in the Med, but they also share the normal moments like fixing an axel or struggling to keep the small kitchen clean too. I think they’d agree with everything you say.

    1. That’s awesome, Emily. Those are the types of pictures that inspire people to live out their dreams and not fall victim to societies status quo: the…dreaded…9-5.

  7. There is nothing more fulfilling than doing what you love most and still be able to make money while on it. I have always fantasized on travelling on an RV, just sight seeing and enjoying all these places. It is really amazing that such a life exists, and I know that sooner than later, I will get to do this.

    I like the idea of going small when starting out. I believe this will minimize my expenses and maintenance, and as I continue with this adventure, I can upgrade at my own pace. Renting will be my first option.

    Thank you for laying out all that I might need for this kind of life.

    Very insightful article!

    1. That’s a good choice my friend. You’re going to save yourself a lot of headache later on when you make your purchase and it’s the right one 🙂 

      Good on ya.

  8. Omg, I would seriously love to live like this, in fact it would be a dream come true, a good friend of mine from Wales UK lived in an camper van as he called it for almost 10 years, living in various parts of the UK, his job was door to door canvassing and selling of cavity wall and loft insulation, he would get the orders post the paperwork to the office in Wales and get paid directly into his bank account, he would live in an area for as long as it look to knock all the doors and get as many orders as he could, then he would simply move to another area and start over, I would really love to live this way, thank you for sharing this post, you have inspired me and rekindled my enthusiasm for it, thank you. 

    1. That’s amazing and it goes to show that there are endless options out there to make this lifestyle happen. You just have to use your imagination and make it work. Those that take action and adapt are the ones living their dream. Good luck to you, Russ.

      You’ve got this.

  9. Wow, this is really amazing. The idea of finding a new lifestyle and adapting is a really wonderful to me. I am more a person that like exploring a and trying out new things. Currently I’m on a work from home earning system which makes it a really easy stuff for me to try out. But I’ll like to know how much space I’ve got in the small RV on my own, but I’ll need your assistance in joing an RV group. How do I join?

  10. Hi Brandon

    Great post. Roving RV life! sound cool, I stumble upon this idea when I read the book the 100 dollars startup, great book. The book talks about people who ditched the typical 9-5 job for the less conventional way of living their lives. And it opened my eyes to the possibility that you don’t really have to live your life according to what society, our parents, teachers, relatives have told us. We have been told to get a degree to get a job. Stick with it for 40 years and maybe just maybe you get something for the years you have served your job well. Although this idea used to work 20 years ago. NOW it isn’t the case anymore. Although I am not that inclined to live the nomadic lifestyle when I have already established my own online business. The freedom to go whenever wherever I wanted to is the greatest feeling in the world. But of course, in order to get to the actual living, the digital nomad lifestyle people must first find the source where to get the money to fund this kind of lifestyle. And you can’t get that with a job. You can’t do that with a regular business because a brick and mortar business will only tie to a very specific place for a specific time. People’s only real option is to build an online business and the best way is with affiliate marketing. And i think you can help them with that Brandon. Continue helping people achieve freedom from the dogma of society.I wish you all the best and more power with your blogging

    1. Hah, yep that is exactly what society wants you to do. You are told from a young age to get a great career and when you retire you will have all these amazing things to do with all the money you made.

      Well I say F that!

      Don’t wait to do it, do now while you’re young and have the energy. The experiences will be so much better because you have the good knees, good back and good joints to fully immerse yourself into every opportunity and not be limited.

      Thanks for your comment, Joseph. I wish you all the best in your online business.

  11. Hi Brandon, my 23 year old daughter has been going on and on about how she wants to go live in a van. Of course the idea scared the day light out of me. I just couldn’t comprehend that kind of living. Reading your post now has given me so much knowledge about it. I will not be encouraging her but it’s not that scary anymore. Thanks for this post Brandon. 

    1. That’s good, I’m glad you can see what this type of lifestyle offers now and her reasons WHY she wants to try this way of living.

      Let her spread her wings and fly. This lifestyle may not have been an option many years ago but it certainly is in the digital age.

  12. Full time RV travel is going to be a very interesting lifestyle which I look forward to. Most people can’t bear the courage to go for the amazing experience of traveling RV because of how they’ll survive financially, there are couple of online businesses that can be engaged in and money will be made from anywhere, we live in the age of Internet where everything can be done remotely. Its going to be a new lifestyle entirely for me which I believe will help breed a new me. Thanks for this amazing article.

    1. It definitely does change you. You’re changing your lifestyle, you are opening new experiences and new challenges. You will learn to adapt very quickly in the big wide world and only the strong can withstand the tough times and come out on top. Good luck my friend.

  13. RV travel has always been my dream.  My children and I like travelling and explore the nature.  We enjoy camping but we often encounter some challenges while we camping, and wish we could have an RV, even if it’s small.  I am already working from home, I just have to save more to accomplish this dream.  Your article covers all the questions I would ask.  I will join the Facebook RV Group to learn more.  Thank you for all the brilliant tips provided in this article.

    1. Hey Sandikazi, glad you found this article helpful.

      Well since you’re working from home full-time, you’re halfway there!

      All you need to do now is try out some different layouts and sizes by renting some RVs, traveling and finding what you like the most, then you make your purchase! Let me know if you need more help 🙂

  14. Hey, Brandon! Let me just say, I truly enjoyed your guide. Truly insightful and so incredibly practical.

    I loved the idea of first trying out various RVs through renting before actually buying one. That makes so much sense just in every way possible. And I bet you get a pretty good feel on what you like, what you dislike, and maybe even what is pointless in a particular RV model (and what you would want different). In that sense, I feel it’s kind of the best way how to go about it.

    Other than that, not sure if I was fond of the van-life approach but I must agree, it has its upsides. 

    As for the money side of things, solid advice (especially loved the section on saving money). Thank you <3

    Cheers, and have a Great One!

    Matiss

    1. Cheers, I really appreciate your feedback. And the van life definitely isn’t for everyone but if you can live in a small space and make it work, then why not? It’s much cheaper and sustainable in the long run because there’s less maintenance. Plus it’s easier to get started on your dream of traveling full-time.

  15. I and my husband have been considering embracing and trying out this kind of lifestyle. We’re both so fed up with that rat-race morning rushes and just overall stressfulness of city living. We would travel Europe in an RV and go to all the places where we’ve always wanted to go. We’d never be tied up anywhere. Finding true freedom that way.

    I really enjoyed and appreciate all the insights and tips you provided. The ideas on money-making were huge as well. I was definitely among the people who underestimated the likely possibility to work from home. 

    Have a Wonderful Day!

    Rasa

    1. You have a dream of traveling all of Europe and you have a blueprint to get there, now it’s just a matter of taking action and making things happen. Whether it’s small steps or big steps, as long as you’re moving forward, you’re on the right track. You’ve got this!!!

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