Isn’t it about time for you to settle down and start a family?
If you’re sick and tired of getting this question from your relatives, coworkers, or nosy neighbors, you may have entertained fantasies of running away — finding a community of like-minded free spirits who reject societal norms and follow their bliss. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with the stereotypical settled-down life outfitted with the proverbial white picket fence and three kids. There’s just so much more out there to explore!
These days, it’s easier than ever to pull up stakes rather than to put down roots. That’s why more and more Millennials are choosing to make a recreational vehicle their home, and the open road their address. Read on for some of the most convincing reasons to live as a digital nomad.
- It’s an Economical Way to Live
While the cost of an RV varies widely, depending on the style and model you choose, it’s not dissimilar to a down payment on a house. It’s usually less money than a year’s worth of rent, especially if you are currently living in an expensive city.
It’s also possible to buy a secondhand fixer-upper RV and give it a little TLC, especially if you know your way around a toolbox. Utilities are cheaper than in a house, and RV dwellers aren’t on the hook for property or school taxes, either.
- Your View Is Constantly Changing
You know that old line about how in real estate, the three things that matter most are location, location, location? When you make your home in an RV, you can choose to live in the woods, near the ocean, in a small town or the big city, East Coast or West Coast or anyplace in between.
This also means that you and your partner don’t have to make the difficult decision of living closer to one of your families than the other. Split your time between them, or spend only a few days with each. It’s up to you.
- It Lets You Do the Work You Love
Long gone are the days of putting in your 50 years at a factory, then retiring with a gold watch. Telecommuting is easier than ever before, so all you really need to work remotely is a laptop and a wifi signal. But being able to log into a company CMS from the road isn’t the only occupational route you can go.
Start an Etsy business; become a consultant; travel to gigs as a musician, comedian, or performance artist; freelance as a writer, editor, or photographer; or even earn a living blogging about your experience. The cost savings of RV life, in addition to your flexibility and the potential to be anywhere, anytime with a little advance notice, will open your career up in ways that stationary workers can only dream of.
- Spend More Time with Loved Ones
We touched on this benefit earlier, but it’s worth mentioning again. Once you sign on to a 9-5 job, it can be incredibly difficult to spend real quality time with far-flung friends and family. Maybe you can return to your hometown during the holidays, or a work conference could send you near enough to where your BFF lives that you can meet up for dinner.
With an RV, you can be there for the birth of your sister’s baby, a bestie’s wedding, the annual family reunion, or when your beloved cousin comes home from deployment abroad. There’s no saving up vacation days, booking expensive flights and hotel rooms, or trying to squeeze seeing everyone into a three-day weekend.
Not only does RVing help you stay connected to loved ones, but it’s also a great way to meet new friends no matter where you go!
- Put Your Beliefs into Practice
It used to be that conspicuous consumption, and its attendant capitalism, was all the rage. Nowadays, the tide is turning. More people are realizing that a minimalist lifestyle that helps preserve our natural resources can be every bit as fulfilling as a four-bedroom house packed with meaningless stuff.
Of course, you don’t have to dwell in an RV to live a zero-waste life, but it’s a surefire method of avoiding the gradual onset of clutter. There simply isn’t room in a trailer or motorhome to keep a 300-DVD movie collection, multiple kitchen gadgets, or a walk-in closet’s worth of shoes and clothes. By paring your belongings down to the bare essentials, you can truly focus on what is important — your relationships, the flora and fauna outside, satisfying work and simple pleasures.
Ready to Hit the Road?
There are some practical matters to take care of, including learning how to drive a big rig, looking into motorhome warranties at Good Sam, and establishing residence when you don’t actually reside anywhere. But we hope that this post has inspired you to daydream about the possibilities of life on the road!