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Making the decision to travel full-time is never an easy one. These tips will help you decide if traveling is for you.
I have dreamed of travel my entire life. Even as a child growing up in rural Southern Ohio, I would tell my mom (Six Dollar Family) that I would grow up and see everything the world had to offer. I had a strange fascination with Texas so it is rather fitting that I ultimately ended up living in Texas.
But, as life does, years passed and life moved on and my dreams of full-time travel never quite materialized.
The reasons were many; marriages and divorces, the birth of my daughter, deaths of family members and so on. Whatever the reason, I had barely traveled at all by the time Steve and I met in 2018.
Should I Travel Full-Time?
It wasn’t long before the topic of full-time travel came up. Our girls are mid-Sophomore year in high school and soon, we will be empty nesters. What followed was the process of making the decision to travel full-time which as it turns out, was not as easy of a decision as I expected it to be.
Can You Afford It?
While it is possible to travel on a budget, you will need money to get started traveling and to maintain the lifestyle. To me, this means that the very first question you should ask yourself is whether you can afford to travel full-time or not.
Do you have the money to pay for your chosen method of travel, to make any repairs that will be needed, for attractions and shelter? If you pay those things will you be able to afford the necessities of life as well like groceries and health insurance?
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).
Is It Feasible?
Full-time travel will not always be a feasible option for your family. A good example is that while we do have an official launch date, it is not feasible for our family until our girls have graduated high school.
Perhaps your job will not allow you to travel right now. Maybe you have a custody agreement preventing it. Or maybe your partner or spouse isn’t on board. Before you make the decision to travel, you’ll need to double check every area of your life to make sure it’s actually possible.
How to Find Great Deals on RV’s
Whether you’re looking for a great used RV or a brand spankin new one, you will still want to get the best price possible. One site that makes it possible to do that is RVT. The RVT marketplace includes over 100,000 motorhomes and travel trailers – both used and new – for sale. Search within your price ranger and you’re sure to find something great! You can check out the RVT marketplace HERE.
Are You Medically Able to Travel Full-Time?
If you have health issues, make sure that they can be managed on the road. For instance, I am diabetic with high blood pressure. While I currently do take medication for those issues, I know that I can use a mail order pharmacy or a national chain pharmacy to receive my refills.
But, if you have a major health issue that requires significant treatment, full-time travel is probably not the right decision for you.
Is Your Family Onboard?
If your family isn’t on board, traveling full-time probably isn’t the answer; at least not right now. This was actually the case with Steve and I at first. I had brought it up but he was absolutely dead-set against it. Fast forward two years of a very stressful time in our lives and he was more than ready.
But had I tried to force the idea, I would have created unnecessary tension in my home which only would have gotten worse if we had actually begun to travel with two teens who don’t have any desire to travel. In other words, it could have very easily destroyed my family.
If your family is not quite on board just yet – and I know it will suck – but be calm and wait. Bring up the idea every so often (without being annoying about it) and let the idea stew in their minds a while.
Like my husband, they may just surprise you.