Sunday, October 7, 2012

One Year Recap

“When you’re having fun, time flies”
It’s hard to believe we have been on the road full-time for a year already.  We have seen some beautiful country, met wonderful people, explored unique eateries and received great comments on our blog along the way.

Our adventures have taken us from Texas city living -> Oklahoma country living -> Arizona deserts -> California Sierra Nevada mountains -> Nevada and Utah flat lands -> Wyoming and Colorado  scenic trails -> Kansas flat plains  -> back to Oklahoma country living.   

Some of the fun things we got to explore this year: gold panning, geology lessons, solar application to RVs, creating jewelry, crocheting, bead work, blogging techniques, and great recipes.

Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes.  Don’t resist them – just enjoy the adventure!

There is a lot of great information on the internet and many books about living and supporting an RV Lifestyle.  One lady shared this book with me;  "Support Your RV Lifestyle!" which helps with preparation, cost, and employment.   

To answer some of the questions we’ve been asked:
·        How much does it cost to live full-time on the road?   
Everyone has different ways to live; some on a limited budget, as other have unlimited pockets.  For us it has been costly; we were unprepared for this lifestyle (batteries, solar, inventors, upgrading appliances, etc.) and not just for one but two motorhomes this year.  “Education is expensive”  =)  With living on one income; Jerry decided to get enrolled into the Veteran’s Affairs system to reduce our monthly income for health insurance.
SUGGESTION:  If you don’t already have away to track your expense, start immediately, get a clear vision of ALL expenses.  From this point; decide what are true expenses, luxury expenses and what needs to be saved for emergencies /maintenance.  

·        Work?
There are all types of work opportunities while enjoying an RV Lifestyle.  Your imagination and willingness to work can open all kinds of opportunities – RV repairs, welding, computer programming, work rallies or sport events, camp hosting, write books, house sit, work at national parks, and the list goes on and on and on.   We got an opportunity to go to Tahoe Recreation and work a camp host gig for the summer, which is something I always wanted to do, so off we went.
SUGGESTION: Ask others RVer's if they have done any work on the road, keep a log with person’s name and any other information you might have.  Make sure you have a list of questions to ask during the interview – remember protect yourself.  Always ask questions, don’t assume anything!!! provides a daily job listing, so you might want to check it out.  If it is a seasonal position, you may be able to apply for unemployment when the season ends. 

·        Do people travel by themselves?
The answer is YES.  Some started out with a mate, some join single groups, while others just go on their own.
SUGGESTION:  Stay alert of your surroundings and protect your privacy until you get to know others better.  It would be good to know how to defend yourself, as you never know what kind of person you might meet – all kinds are out there.  Luckily, we didn’t have any issues, but we have heard about other people stories.

“Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.” — Steve Jobs

Maybe someday we will meet you on the road.
Until next time....

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