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Considering full-time travel? Be sure you answer these 8 things to ask yourself before traveling full-time. They are sure to help you decide if the nomad lifestyle is right for you and your family!
Making the decision to travel full-time was one of the hardest decisions that Steve and I have made as a couple.
We haven’t been married long (just two years!). Give us time. 😁
But throughout the whole decision making process, I’ve learned that there are several questions you need to ask yourself before you even fully make the decision to travel.
Otherwise, you could easily find yourself stuck in a situation that doesn’t work or you simply don’t’ want to be in.
How to Decide if You Want to Be a Nomad
It’s easy to want to just hop in the car and go. Trust me, I know. I’ve only wanted to do just that for the past ten years. Since you’re making such a huge decision with huge implications, common sense has to prevail here.
In other words, take the time to ask these questions and prepare for your full-time traveling journey.
You’ll be glad you did.
Why Do I Want to Travel?
Before you make any decisions at all, you will need to ask yourself why you want to travel in the first place. Full-time travel is exactly that. Full-time.
If you are simply wanting to go on vacation once in a while, full-time travel is probably not for you. If, however, you’re wanting a simpler life where you can just pick up and go whenever you feel like it, you are very likely on the right track.
How Do I Want to Travel?
There are several ways to travel full-time and you’ll need to decide how you want to do your own journey. For us, it’s in an RV, driving across the country. For others, it may be staying in extended stay hotels and flying to each destination.
I have actually done the extended stay hotel option a few years ago when my daughter and I downsized to live in a hotel for several months. (Six Dollar Family). Frankly, it was too exhausting for me to constantly live out of suitcases.
Make sure you and your traveling partners are all on board with whatever method you choose.
Does My Family Want to Travel?
I’ve mentioned this before but for the longest time, I was the only one who wanted to pack up and travel. Steve had no desire for the first couple years of our relationship which meant that it was off the table.
If you are in the same situation, it is not the best idea to try and force travel. It’s a huge decision and your entire family must be on board. It will cause too many issues if they are not in agreement.
Can I Afford to Travel?
Living on the road is typically much cheaper than paying everything that comes with a brick and mortar house, it will still cost you money. Your expenses will simply change.
Instead of a rent or mortgage payment, you may have a loan payment or payment for an RV camping spot. Instead of a power bill, you’ll have added fuel costs.
Before you make your final decision, make sure you will be able to afford life on the road. To give you the kind of example you will need, The Professional Hobo – ya’ll I love that name! -has a great blog post detailing yearly travel expenses for 2018 HERE. The travel is world-wide but they aren’t working to scrimp and save every single penny so it will give you a good idea of where to start.
Am I Healthy Enough to Travel?
I mentioned this before in my post helping you to decide if full-time travel is right for you, but I want to mention it again. Most health issues can be managed on the road, but some – those that require heavy or intensive care and monitoring – are probably not well suited.
In addition to that, if you are wanting to travel for a specific reason – such as one of our reasons of wanting to see more national parks – you will need to be healthy enough to actually do those activities.
How Will I School My Children?
Even though education has gone through a drastic overall for 2020, if you have kids that will be traveling with you, you will need to consider how they will receive their schooling. Will you use a boxed homeschool curriculum, a curriculum you build yourself or an online one that relies on data? Will you follow more of an unschooling method?
Can you afford to homeschool? While there are free homeschool curriculum options available, you would still have some form of cost.
Make sure you take the time to answer these questions because your kids education is still incredibly important – even if you’re traveling.
Do I Like My Family?
This may sound like a crazy question, but it’s probably the best piece of advice I’ve heard to date in regards to your relationships. When you travel full-time, you are very likely going to have very little alone time and instead will spend the vast majority of your time with your family.
So ask yourself, do you like your family enough to spend that much time with them? It’s said that traveling full-time – especially in cramped quarters such as an RV – can make or break your familial relationships.
If you aren’t sure you can spend that much time with them, consider opting out of the full-time option.
How Will I Make Money?
Obviously if you’re traveling, you’re not likely to keep your same job unless you’re already working online. And since you’re traveling, you won’t have the ability to find a new job.
So how will you earn an income?
Will you create a new product and open an online store? Will you start a blog to make money blogging? Will you pick up side gigs like lawn mowing and such?
Do not leave on your travel journey without knowing how you will take care of yourself. That’s a great way to end up homeless.
How to Easily Add to Your Income Without Leaving Home
If it is your dream to travel but you don’t make enough money to get started or to sustain yourself on the road, consider different ways to add to your income. You could learn how to earn and use gift cards for budget help (Six Dollar Family) – yes, it does work – or start a home based business.
You could even start a blog to make money with! If you’re interested in blogging, but have no idea how to get started, I offer both a full tutorial on my main site HERE (Six Dollar Family) or a FREE 14-day mini course on how to get started blogging HERE (Six Dollar Family).