If you’ve ever puzzled what the nomadic way of life is actually like, I’ve been touring full-time for over 5 years, and I’m at all times excited to share my experiences.
It all began again in 2013 when my husband and I left our day jobs and have become location impartial. We began touring extra extensively, and we beloved having the ability to spend extra time open air doing what we love.
Then in 2015, what looks like a lifetime in the past, we began touring full-time. First, we bought our home in Missouri that we had owned for a bit over 5 years and moved to Colorado.
We rented a home in Colorado and purchased an RV proper after we moved in, however the home didn’t final for lengthy. We had been prepared to maneuver into the RV and begin touring full-time.
Traveling is at all times one thing I used to be thinking about, even from a younger age, however I by no means thought that I might stay a nomadic way of life.
It was thrilling and scary at first, and I’m so excited I gave it a shot because it has drastically modified my life for the higher.
I’ve discovered many nomadic way of life benefits through the years — I’ve discovered so many expertise, I’ve met superb individuals, been to numerous lovely locations, and extra.
Now, dwelling a nomadic way of life isn’t for everybody. It will be tough at occasions, even lonely for some individuals. After a few years of touring full-time, I spotted why many individuals ultimately transfer on from touring full-time.
Still, some individuals say dwelling a nomadic way of life is one of the best factor ever and that there’s no different strategy to stay. But there are some vacationers preferring to do it for less than brief durations of time, some need a dwelling base, and there are different individuals who aren’t thinking about touring full-time in any respect. It all will depend on what you take pleasure in and need out of your life.
We’ve made a number of modifications to our nomadic way of life through the years. We’ve lived in a full-size RV, a camper van, and a sailboat.
I’ve discovered many issues, each good and dangerous, about touring full-time and the other ways you are able to do it.
I do know that once I first began touring full-time I might say that I couldn’t see myself dwelling in a home once more, however that has undoubtedly modified through the years.
It’s superb how you alter over time, and I do know the experiences I’ve had over the previous few years of touring full-time have formed me into the particular person I’m now.
Today, I need to speak concerning the varied classes that I’ve discovered from dwelling a nomadic way of life. I will likely be speaking concerning the good in addition to the dangerous (however, it’s principally good!).
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Here’s what I’ve discovered from dwelling a nomadic way of life.
1. You get to go to locations that you simply most likely wouldn’t learn about in any other case
Whenever somebody asks what is a bonus of the nomadic way of life, that is the very first thing I consider as a result of it’s my favourite factor.
I like simply stopping for a break, realizing that we discovered one thing superb, and staying for so long as we wish.
There have been so many locations that we’ve simply randomly stopped at and loved. We discovered superb locations as a result of they occurred to be on the way in which to the place we had been going, or there was one factor that we wished to take a look at alongside the way in which, after which stayed there for fairly a while exploring.
The beauty of touring full-time by boat or RV is that it brings you to locations that aren’t as well-known. And as a result of you’ve got a lot extra time to journey, you find yourself stopping a whole lot of locations alongside the way in which.
2. You will meet one of the best individuals
No matter the place I’m visiting, I’ve met so many superb and pleasant individuals.
We have been invited into individuals’s properties, had dinner with full strangers, hopped on individuals’s boats for a experience, went exploring with individuals we had simply met, and extra.
We have been shocked by the kindness that others have proven us, and it is among the finest issues about touring.
3. You can work and journey full-time
There are so many alternative methods to work and journey full-time.
I’ve had quite a few individuals inform me through the years that having the ability to journey full-time isn’t one thing they will afford to do. This is principally due to work points, however you’ll be shocked by what number of completely different nomadic way of life jobs can be found.
There are so many alternative journey jobs that I’ve personally seen, from campground hosts to working on-line, so I do know there are alternatives for everybody.
Most of the individuals I’ve met whereas touring full-time nonetheless work. It is definitely uncommon to satisfy somebody who is actually retired on this way of life.
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4. Don’t make rock strong plans
You by no means actually know the longer term whenever you’re touring full-time.
I nonetheless bear in mind the day when RV buddies of ours (Bob and Janice) stated to us, “Where do you think you’re going to be in 5 to 10 years from now?”
It was after we had been nonetheless comparatively new to RVing, and I bear in mind considering that was a bizarre query — after all I’d nonetheless be touring and dwelling in the identical RV, haha.
But, I rapidly discovered that making any plans, particularly fascinated about one thing 10 years from now, is fairly unattainable.
Things can change so rapidly. The climate can change (which dictates a whole lot of issues when touring through sailboat), the world can change (2020 proved that), and so forth.
Planning one thing, even only a month upfront, can generally really feel a bit ridiculous.
5. Traveling with pets is certainly attainable in an RV or boat
While it’s not the best to journey with pets, it’s attainable and really effectively value it.
There’s just a bit extra work concerned in dwelling a nomadic way of life with pets.
We have been touring full-time with our two canines this complete time (our greater canine not too long ago handed away, although). She was round 85 kilos, and our different canine is about 15 kilos. Traveling with a much bigger animal could be a little harder, but it surely’s nonetheless superb to convey your pets with you.
Getting canines permitted to go to different nations takes extra steps, however it’s attainable too.
You can study extra at How I Travel Full-Time By RV And Boat With My 2 Dogs.
6. Something will at all times break
There’s a saying I take into consideration typically. It goes, “Living on a boat is just fixing your home in exotic places.”
You are ALWAYS coping with damaged issues whenever you journey full-time, whether or not that’s by boat, van, RV, or one thing else.
When one thing is damaged in a “normal” dwelling, you may sometimes nonetheless use your own home, sleep in it, and haven’t any different worries.
Yes, you should still have the stress of cash and attempting to repair it, however coping with a damaged shifting dwelling, resembling an RV or boat, can result in much more issues, resembling:
- Getting into an accident as a result of one thing is damaged (resembling a flat tire, blown engine, hitting one thing, and so on.).
- Not having the ability to sleep in your house as a result of it’s within the store being fastened. Or possibly you simply have to be out of the way in which whilst you’re fixing one thing by yourself. This can result in much more bills, speeding to seek out someplace new to sleep, and so forth.
- Putting your life in danger as a way to restore the difficulty (that is more-so true on a ship than an RV as a result of you may’t pull over in a ship to repair one thing).
- A restore taking weeks and even months earlier than you’re ready to make use of your own home once more — that is normally attributable to lack of components wherever chances are you’ll be.
Then there’s the entire boats and RVs simply aren’t made the way in which that properties are, so they’re actually simply damaged on a regular basis. This is true whether or not your RV/boat is model new or if it’s 50 years outdated. There’s simply at all times a protracted record of issues to take care of and objects to interchange and/or add.
7. There will at all times be options to your points
So many individuals inform me that they can not journey extra attributable to three major causes:
- Lack of fine web
- Not having the ability to obtain mail
- Doing laundry
These questions at all times make me snort as a result of I had the identical considerations, however now I notice they’re small points in terms of touring full-time.
Since I do know I will likely be requested:
- For the web, we’ve had AT&T, Verizon, MyIslandWifi, Google FI, and extra. It all will depend on the place we’re and what size of time we’re there for. Google FI is what we primarily use proper now.
- We belong to a mail forwarding firm known as St. Brendan’s Isle. All of our mail will get despatched there, after which they ahead our mail to wherever we’re. For instance, if I do know the place I’ll be, I’ll request my mail from them. St. Brendan’s Isle places all of my mail in a single tidy bundle and ships it to the place I’m staying.
- For laundry, there are laundromats in all places, or you may get your personal washer and dryer combo in your RV or boat.
Whatever is stopping you from eager to stay a nomadic way of life, know that there’s most likely an answer that can let you make it actuality.
Simply perform a little analysis, and I’m certain another person has tackled it earlier than.
8. There is loads of area
Many individuals surprise how my husband and I (and our canines) have lived in such a small area for therefore a few years.
There haven’t been any occasions after we felt just like the RV or boat had been too small. It’s not hurting our relationship, our canines have been glad, and we’re glad.
Luckily, this way of life means we’re at all times surrounded by the superb open air, so we’re capable of discover outdoors loads.
9. I don’t want a whole lot of the issues that I as soon as thought I wanted
When downsizing and dwelling a extra nomadic way of life, it may be a bit scary to consider eliminating all your stuff.
When we bought our home and determined to offer RV life a attempt, we donated and removed a whole lot of our belongings. At first it was tough to eliminate a lot, but it surely acquired simpler and simpler.
Now, all we’ve is what’s with us. We have a small quantity of all the things, and we prefer it finest this fashion.
We are far more aware of what we purchase, there’s loads much less waste, and that is permitting us to economize as effectively.
When we do stay in a home once more, I see myself at all times dwelling in an analogous approach and being aware of the issues that I buy.
When I take into consideration how a lot stuff we gave away, I actually can’t even bear in mind half of the issues. Now, I do know that I by no means actually wanted nearly all of these issues within the first place.
Having extra stuff doesn’t make you happier.
Things don’t make you a greater particular person, they don’t make you extra profitable than others, or anything.
I do know this as a result of I’ve much less stuff than I’ve ever had, and I’m truly happier now than ever earlier than.
Read extra at Downsizing Your Home? Here’s How I Went From A 2,000 Square Foot House To An RV.
10. Decision fatigue is actual
When you’re continuously on the transfer, meaning you’re continuously deciding the place to go subsequent, plus the logistics of getting there.
Needing to at all times make choices like that may be exhausting. Then there are choices it’s a must to make on the fly as a result of life out of the blue throws one thing at you.
For instance, a lot of your life is managed by the climate whenever you stay on a ship. Once you arrive at a brand new anchorage or marina, you’re just about already fascinated about your subsequent spot, which can need to occur rapidly if there’s an enormous storm coming.
There are so many selections that it’s a must to make as a full-time traveler, resembling the place you’ll be dwelling the next week, the place you’ll have the ability to stroll the canines (or, in the event you’re even allowed to convey them), the way you’ll faculty your youngsters, the way you’ll purchase meals and groceries, coping with checking out and in of nations, route planning, determining when/the place to get gasoline, water, the place to dump, and extra.
Living a nomadic life signifies that it’s a must to plan all the things on a regular basis and be prepared with contingencies.
Why is a nomadic life tough?
The saying is that dwelling and touring full-time on a sailboat is 90% regular life and 10% sheer terror, and I utterly perceive that.
When you’re touring full-time, you’ll expertise among the highest highs and lowest lows. I’ve heard so many full-time vacationers say that, and I undoubtedly perceive it.
Living a nomadic life will be actually superb at occasions. You get to go to new locations, see all the things a lot in another way than most vacationers, meet superb individuals from around the globe, and extra.
It will also be terrifying, a whole lot of work, an infinite quantity of planning, hectic, and extra.
It’s simple to let the tough components get to you, however I attempt to cease and take into consideration the entire good issues that this way of life brings me.
I like being a digital nomad.
Being capable of work from anyplace is among the issues that I’m most grateful for in life. Having a job that I can simply work whereas touring has made up for most of the laborious components of a nomadic way of life.
Working whereas touring full-time isn’t good — it may be laborious to separate work from life and truly take a time off. However, it’s nice having the ability to run my enterprise from wherever I’m. I will be within the RV driving down the street, at a nationwide park, on a sailboat, or wherever, and I’m nonetheless capable of efficiently work.
I truly consider that touring full-time has helped me with my enterprise. It is a large motivator, and it’s actually refreshing, which may be very completely different from the stagnant work setting I got here from.
Note: Read extra about how I earn a dwelling on the street and How I Run A Business While Traveling 365 Days a Year.
How to stay a nomadic way of life?
If you need to journey full-time, there are methods to make it attainable.
Many individuals assume that it’s not attainable attributable to funds causes, however there are various methods to journey on a low funds. There are additionally many roles, particularly in at present’s world, that let you journey and work on the similar time.
Living a nomadic way of life is a bit completely different for everybody, however right here’s what it’s essential to do to make it a actuality:
- Figure out how a lot cash you want.
- Put cash into financial savings earlier than you spend it.
- Pay off debt.
- Create a imaginative and prescient board.
- Figure out how you’ll work whilst you journey, resembling on-line or discover jobs within the locations you’re visiting.
- Sell your automobile.
- Get rid of your own home (or lease it out to make some cash).
I like to recommend studying Want To Be A Full-Time Traveler? 13 Ways To Make It Happen to study extra.
What do I like most concerning the nomadic way of life?
Pretty a lot each single day, I’m in amazement on the life that I get to stay.
There are so few issues that I don’t like about this way of life.
When on our boat, I like having the ability to journey, sail, see ocean life, and discover. Our boat is pretty independent, and that’s an incredible factor. We have photo voltaic panels, we will make our personal water, and we’ve sails to maneuver the boat.
When on the street in an RV or van, we love having the ability to hike and bike among the finest trails on this planet. We love parking our dwelling proper on a mountain, on the seaside, within the desert, and so on. It’s additionally fairly simple, as climate doesn’t actually change your life in a loopy approach prefer it does on a ship, and breakdowns, whereas they will wreck your day, aren’t as dangerous as when your boat breaks down, haha.
I don’t see myself ever not touring extensively, although. Even with a house base sooner or later sooner or later, I nonetheless see myself touring long-term and exploring many new locations.
Are you interested by dwelling the nomadic way of life? Why or why not?