Do you dream of a life filled with travel? Does the beach or do the mountains call to you? Do you love seeing new things and experiencing different cultures? It is possible, my friends, and not just for retirees! It just takes planning and execution to make it happen. Follow the steps below to work your way to living your dream!
“Actions taken can lead to tremendous success and many lessons along the way, but inaction leads only to fear.”
1. Make the choice to travel and take action!
Sounds easy, right? It can be, but there’s more to it than that… Making the choice to follow your dream can be fear inducing. There are so many hypothetical situations and for many, fear of the unknown or the fear of failure can be paralyzing. Don’t allow fear to control your life. Now I’m not saying to jump in headfirst without doing the proper research. But if you allow fear to overshadow your dream, you’ll never have the motivation to figure out the solutions to the scenarios that fear has taunted you with.
Once you’ve overcome fear and the choice has been made, taking action is multifaceted. You should begin with creating a plan which includes a timeline. If you’re prone to procrastination, announce your plans with family and friends so that you’ll be accountable to sticking with the timeline. And… research, research, research! Watch videos, read books and blogs; fill your head with as much knowledge as possible so that you’ll be ready when situations arise and you’ll make informed decisions along the way.
2. Obtain financial freedom
This topic can be quite controversial. Some travelers say it’s best to be debt-free, while others are of the opinion that getting a loan for your travel is still an option. I think this really depends on your current financial situation. To some, debt is a chain that constantly holds you back; while others leverage debt to make their money earn more in interest than the rate at which they borrow.
I follow the biblical view as stated in Proverbs 22:7: “…the borrower is slave to the lender.” We followed Dave Ramsey’s debt snowball plan where you pay off the accounts with the lesser balances first, then use those payments to add to the payments of the accounts with larger balances. This keeps you motivated because you see progress as those accounts dwindle down.
No matter which route you take, always make sure that you have an emergency fund in place. You never know what repairs will be needed or when they may occur.
If you’ve already obtained financial freedom, income is the next question. Do you need a remote income, or will you be living off savings? If you’ll need some sort of income while traveling, the following are great resources for finding the right fit for you. Please note that we are not affiliated with any of these companies. Some are free remote job listing sites, while others are not. This is a short list of the best ones that I’ve looked into, or that I’ve heard other travelers speak highly of.
3. Choose the rig that’s right for you
RVs come in many different sizes and styles. There are Class A’s (large bus-style motorhomes), Class B’s (campervans such as Mercedes Sprinter, Ford Transit, Dodge Promaster, etc. used by many vanlife travelers), Class C’s (cutaway campervans kind of like a cross between the Class A and Class B), bumper-pull travel trailers, fifth wheel travel trailers, toy haulers, teardrops, truck bed campers, and the list goes on and on. This will take extensive research to determine the right size and amenities for your needs.
We started out looking at toy haulers but ended up chosing a fire and rescue ambulance because of all the storage, the safety, and because it was within our budget. We’re doing an extensive conversion of the interior to better suit our needs. We’ve also converted it to 4 wheel drive so that we can go further down forest roads than a 2 wheel drive RV could. If you’d like to see the conversion so far, check out these posts:
Life is hectic when you’re in the rat-race. There are so many gizmos and gadgets these days; the moment that you buy one item, it’s not long before something new has replaced it. We buy all these things because we think they’ll make life easier, more functional, more enjoyable. But are they necessary? We’re guilty of being caught up in consumerism. I look around and all I see are things that need to go. We’ve downsized once, but it wasn’t nearly as much as our next downsizing will be.
In general, why do people love to go camping or on vacation? Because you leave behind the non-necessities and focus on what truly matters: relationships, rest, experiences, nature, etc. You focus your time on making the most of each moment. So, when you’re in the process of getting rid of those special items, sincerely ask yourself if the item improves your quality of life. If the answer is no, then maybe it should go. When you live out of an RV, space is a premium, so choose what occupies your space and time wisely.
5. What are you waiting for? Take the leap of faith and GO EXPLORE!
Now that you’ve chosen to make your dream a reality, you’re financials are in place, you’ve got the rig and you’ve fit your life into that RV, it’s time to step out in faith! All the research and preparations are done! There will never be a perfect time, so go enjoy life now! Don’t wait for someday- make the most of life today! Each moment matters, so make them memorable!
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