By Kyle & Olivia Brady | Founders of Drivin' & Vibin' | We use affiliate links and may receive a small commission on purchases.
I think sometimes there’s a dreamy misconception about RV Life. It’s exciting, the prospect of leaving everything behind for a simpler life, full of beauty and adventure. And this lifestyle is all those things, but it comes with its own struggles, hardships and constant repairs. So if you’re considering hitting the road to escape all your problems, think again.
If you’re open to it, this life can transform you in ways you never imagined, but you have to set the groundwork first.
Any problems, baggage or negativity you are still harboring can be compounded 1000x by starting out on this journey of unknowns. It’s good to be aware of your limits, allow yourself time to adjust, slow down if needed and confront any insecurities holding you back. It can be difficult to shift out of old habits, but this is an opportunity to create a fresh new you.
Try to be open to the learning experience and move outside of your comfort zone. You will be amazed by your capabilities. RV life is all about going with the flow and releasing the parts of life and yourself that no longer serve you. Stay positive and let the good vibes flow.
If you ever need a little extra support or a place to vent we recommend the “Full-Time RVing – The Emotional Journey” Facebook group.
RV living is stressful, especially in the beginning and it can make simple things seem so much harder. It helps to be in a good realistic mindset when entering into nomadic life, which includes lots of planning, preparation and saving. It can help make inevitable road bumps much easier to handle.
A reliable RV is very important. A used RV isn’t a bad option if you’re handy or mechanically inclined, but if you’re not handy you need something newer or something simpler. When I say simpler, I mean a towable vs a drivable, no slides, less moving parts to break. Even brand new rigs will have lots of repairs and upkeep, so I definitely recommend including repair expenses in your budget. Don’t forget insurance, roadside assistance and stowing some money away in a rainy day fund. It never hurts to have extra peace of mind.
Soak up all the information you can find, by watching YouTube, reading blogs, asking questions, and participating in the community.
We recommend signing up for Full-Time Freedom Week – for more info about budgeting, buying an RV, finding campsites, traveling with a family and so much. There are 30+ speakers and industry experts ( including us) sharing their knowledge, answering questions and theres Over $2,000 dollars in daily giveaways! It’s from November 19th – 23rd and you do not want to miss out, so reserve your seat now!
Will you have a stable income and will it be enough to cover your expenses? There’s a way to make it work on all ranges of budgets, but you need to calculate an estimate of monthly expenses. This is including but not limited to – camping fees, gas, propane, repairs, food, phone bill, internet, pet supplies, healthcare, insurance, groceries, activities, entertainment, subscriptions and memberships. It all adds up and you probably want a little wiggle room.
There are so may ways to make money on the road for all different skill sets from work camping, corporate jobs or self- employment. If you’re not sure yet, there are tons of resources available to find remote work. We recommend checking out our article on remote work or if you need more in depth help revising your resume, marketing yourself and a comprehensive list of remote work websites you need to take Camille Attell’s Remote Work Course. It’s extremely comprehensive and helpful.
Don’t give up when things get tough. It takes a while to find your perfect work, travel, and fun balance. Once you work out the logistics of starting and maintaining this lifestyle, there are so many great opportunities and experiences around the corner. They practically fall in our lap at this point, but we had to fearlessly put ourselves out there first. It was hard, we felt vulnerable and a little scared, but we kept learning and found our community.
We have reached our goals and beyond. It wasn’t always easy, but its been so worth it. I look forward to each new adventure and face challenges with the patience, logic and perseverance of a seasoned nomad. You got this, we believe in you.