You can certainly work in campgrounds. There are several free sites that have been mentioned in this forum recently. Recent thread Or you could join Workamper News for a fee and new openings emailed to you on a daily basis.
As mentioned before, campground work is typically low pay, sometimes just trading work for site and utilities. So it may not be much new money in your pocket but that's money that you don't have to spend that month for site rent.
If your other endeavors bring in decent income, just not quite enough, you could try non-campground, seasonal jobs like the sugar beet harvest, Amazon, Christmas tree lots. These jobs can be 40+ hrs per week, but for short periods of time. If you're frugal to begin with, those paychecks can stretch for awhile.
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Thank you all so much there is a lot more info available on this forum then I thought LOL Yes I do think it is doable like I said we are not going to be doing this for at least 12 months so we have time.
We are debt free so that is a plus and we have land in 2 different states also paid for.
My online stuff the book writing and the coin auctions as of right now I am thinking we are taking on the road with us they have been consistent so that is a plus.
It is funny in my 20s I wouldnt have been nervous even to even ask ?? like this I would have just done it LOL which is what I tell our son Just do it!
I think I need to take my own advice again and just do it I always have jumped in with both feet.
Ok I will continue reading and learning etc you guys are nothing but honest and friendly as this community always has been it seems I remember running into fulltimers when we were young and rving with our parents and it looks like that is one thing that has not changed!
Thank you again and I will be popping in here and there
A couple things. If you need WiFi for your on line, weigh out options including your own arrangement--campgrounds can be sketchy, all be it you can scoot down to Fivebucks Coffee or McD's. Also, in your monthly budget, have a sizable outlay for RV/VEH repairs and maintenance along with campground fees-- those 2 can be Full-time killers. As a matter of disclosure, we budget $500 per mo for veh/rv fixes and $700 for campgrounds. After 6 weeks, we are ahead on repairs (but they will even out), but behind on CG fees.
If you will have "not quite enough" income, consider workamping. See Workamper News magazine or the workamper topic on this forum. You can get seasonal, short-term jobs although some of them are volunteer, not for pay. However, rely on this only if you do not need much additional income. Under the best of circumstances 2 of you together can hope to clear about $500/week in this manner.
We're also early 40's and full-timing (started in our late 30's). We do online investing and haven't (yet) had to supplement in other ways, but we know many couples that do online stuff (writing, coding, arts & crafts etc.) to support their travels. I've got links to a few of these folks (technomadia, imperfect destiny, ourtakeonfreedom, live.work.dream, horton's travels etc.) on the blog so feel free to click and check it out.
If you want to save $$ I definitely recommend workamping along the way. LOTS of fabulous workamping opportunities where you can get a campsite in exchange for working. State, national & public parks offer host positions and interpretive positions many of which are very interesting. For example you could lighthouse host in Oregon...just to name one idea.
In winter consider boondocking (free-camping) in the SW. Plenty of BLM land out here and you can spend all winter going from one spot to the next. We boondocked for a while this winter & met many couples doing it all season.
When we fulltimed, we met other folks that were fulltiming and were too young to retire..
As an example, Construction workers, gas line inspectors, oil feild gate guards, cooks, grocery store workers, truck drivers/shuttle bus drivers and others I cannot think of at this time..
Some follow the sugar beet harvest, work for amazon during the busy season, Tax preparers..
When we retired from our jobs, we were still too young to draw SS so we worked a little in the summers to help keep our budget ontrack..
Wife worked for a temp agency and I drove shuttle busses, I did have a CDL with the proper endorcements.. We were not looking for a regular job and working during the peak summer time gave us an advantage back then when companies needed part-time workers..
Good luck on your research, even if you decide not to proceed with fulltiming..
Awesome just what I was looking for and wanting to hear that it is possible and doable!
Nina I have your blog and stuff bookmarked will probably be seeing you later down the road.I am hoping by then I will be able to have a few more books up and making money plus all my coin auction money is being put aside since I do this fulltime right now it adds up.We are also putting half of my partners pay aside which we make in the range of $5000 plus a month so we are making an effort to not touch at least 2 of that each month
Awesome ideas thank you as we will probably be doing some of those ideas when the time comes.
Have you seen Gone with the Wynn's?. They are in their early 30's and decided to take a 2 year road trip. Check out the website link above and you can learn more about them. Although they don't mention anything about workamping, they do some work on the side for RV parks (videos etc) to make some money. Anyway, they posted a great article on their site about the "The cost of living full time on road". It's a real eye opener and has some detail to it. There are things that wouldn't concern you, but you can get an idea and there may be things on there you didn't think of. The article is here.
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