Retirement Stories -
Retire to an RV
by Jose and Jill
We are full-time RVers who began our RV life while still working in corporate America. Our contribution to Retirement Stories begins here. Our names are Jose and Jill, ages 60 and 55.
The start of our RV life was not the typical picture of RVing. We didn't head to Florida in December for sunshine and palm trees. Instead, we returned from Florida to New Jersey, where we spent the winter in our new RV.
Things changed for us as we moved from a two story townhouse complete with basement and a two car garage... into our 40 foot-long motorhome. We continued to work for a while to adjust to RV living and are still thrilled that we made the move.
The idea of RVing first intrigued us because we wanted to travel and to see the USA and beyond. We couldn't see ourselves staying in one place watching the grass grow. Seeing the grass in different communities across the USA is what we prefer. We wanted to see different landscapes, small towns, farm country, National Parks, State Fairs and local festivals.
We weren't interested in accumulating more stuff or a fancier house, instead an a more adventuresome lifestyle was our goal. Our interests in golf, bicycling, hiking and line dancing could be continued wherever our travels took us, and it would be even more fun to do these things in different parts of the country.
We did a lot of research for a number of years before we became RVers, including what it takes to live in an RV. Discussion with dealers and RV shows were tops on our list. We read books about using an RV on a full-time basis. There are many different aspects of operating an RV and we wanted to understand it all. Reading and communicating with current RV owners helped us narrowed down our preferences.
The lifestyle itself was one of our main considerations. A much smaller space was not going to be a problem for us. We were pretty sure we could live together in close quarters - even when we retired from corporate life. Fortunately, we have shared the same interests and spent most of our time together anyway.
An added incentive was that we were sick of working in our traditional corporate jobs. Neither one of us planned to work to full retirement age - far from it. Not being made of money, we made the decision that we would rather spend less and live more. We accepted that we would have to pinch some pennies and probably work part-time along the way. Since we consider ourselves to be pretty resilient and industrious people, we decided to get on with our dream.
Over the years we have enjoyed the travels and the everyday living and the wonderful people we meet. Our journey has enabled us to keep learning along the way. It is great to have also found ways to make a few bucks while we travel. We started a website and pick up seasonal jobs as workamers. There are plenty of opportunities out there to supplement your income while traveling. Read more at www.your-rv-lifestyle.com.