Now more than ever, new RVers are joining the community and hitting the road! Maybe you’ve been thinking about how you too can stay safe, while still enjoying travel and adventure. Your family can hit the road comfortably in your own socially distanced bubble. Making the decision to RV full-time or even just on the weekends can seem like a big task with a steep learning curve, and this scares off many would-be travelers. In this blog, we’ll address the top excuses, fears, and concerns people have about RVing, and help you set those worries aside!
“It’s too expensive & I can’t afford it”
A common misconception is that RV living costs A LOT of money, and equals the amount that you would spend on flashy vacation. This is simply not always true! The majority of the time, living in your RV can actually be more cost-effective. Generally speaking, RV living is less expensive than owning or renting your sticks-and-bricks. When you are owning, you are spending on a mortgage, homeowner’s insurance, utilities, and maintenance. Let’s not forget that you’re probably spending money on car payments too.
You can keep your costs low by purchasing a used rig to lower your monthly payments. For a breakdown of your monthly RV spending, click this link. Your typical monthly expenses like food, cell phone, internet, and miscellaneous items might not change, but, your overall “live in” expenses will. Boondocking and having RV memberships will also save you lots of money! Try using memberships like Harvest Hosts, Escapees, and Passport America. There are also a variety of free places to stay like BLM land, All Stays, and other free campsites.
“What if this lifestyle isn’t for me?”
Before you commit to buying something, rent it out! Online sites like RVshare and great platforms for you and your family to try out an RV. You can rent out a rig for a weekend or 2 weeks if you need it. This way, you can experience what it’s like to travel in a home-on-wheels. Try going on a cross country trip before you decide if you want to make the investment.
If you do purchase an RV and decide it’s not for you, there’s a lot of opportunity to sell your rig. Private party sales of used rigs are very common in the RV community, and even better, if you have a protection policy you can transfer your warranty to the new owner.
“How will I work and make money?”
With the rise of technology and more remote work available, working from your [motor]home has never been easier. If your career allows it, you can work and make money while on the road. All you need is a laptop and internet connection. While having an income is pertinent to living this lifestyle, there are many ways to take your work remote and live an exciting life. Remember, you work to live, not live to work.
Check out this article on different ways to make money will on the road. If your job or career doesn’t allow for you to work remotely, consider trying out other passions or skills that you can monetize. This could potentially be your chance to launch something you’ve always dreamed about!
“I would be traveling alone.”
Traveling alone can sound daunting. Lucky for you, there is a whole group of solo travelers out there! Solo travelers are not as uncommon as you may think, and you can follow many of them on YouTube channels and popular blogs. You might be traveling alone, but you’ll find and meet others along the way who are open to being friends or lending a helping hand. The RV community is one of the most accepting and friendliest groups of people you’ll meet. RVers stick together and help when you need it most. Trust us when we say you won’t feel alone! Finding other people who share the same travel journey as you can develop true, deep relationships. Social media and online communities like Meetup are helpful when you’re actively looking to meet up with others.
“Now is not a good time.” Or “We have children.”
It’s natural as humans to make excuses. We make excuses because we are afraid of an outcome or want to avoid going through the process of starting something new and unfamiliar. Making excuses every so often is OK! But we shouldn’t make excuses that stop us from living our lives to their fullest potential. The truth is, there is no such thing as “the perfect time,’ the time is NOW! Waiting for the clock to tick will just prolong or completely eliminate the chances of you doing the things you want to do, like RVing! Take the first step now by checking out dealerships or planning a road trip.
Another popular excuse is having children at home. Kids actually love to travel and experience new adventures. There are TONS of families who RV full time and are successful. For example, check out Keep Your Daydream, Heath & Alyssa, and The Chicks Life. These families travel with kids(and babies!) and are having a blast doing it. If you’re not convinced, check out this blog on a successful RV trip with kids filled with tips and activities.
Do you have advice for potential travelers who are nervous to take the plunge? Share your tips below, and let’s all hit the road together!
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