So you want to be a “Full Time” RVer, so what’s your plan when you hit the road? You want to go to the desert, and maybe the Black Hills, and of course you want to stay out of the snow belt… and so it goes on and on. That first day of retirement will have you highballing out to the highway and charging off to see everything you haven’t had time or money to see up to this point in your life.
Guess what, burnout is just around the corner. Having done this earlier in life I can tell you with confidence that if you approach each day with the attitude you have a deadline to meet, or a time frame that requires you to get to a certain point down the road by a certain date, you will miss most of what living a mobile lifestyle is all about.
Once you declare yourself retired, throw the calendar and clocks away.
For the past few weeks I’ve noticed an older Sea Breeze motor home lingering around this end of the city. This morning it was parked off to the side at the local Laundromat, the other day it was in a far off corner of the Walmart. Sure we have more than the usual compliment of tourist attractions, but with winter just around the corner there really isn’t much going on to keep the tourists happy. So what’s the draw to keep these people hanging around?
The weather here has been beautiful lately. Temperatures into the 70’s during the day and down into the 40’s at night. With no rain for over a week mosquitoes and other bugs are nowhere to be found. Living is easy when the climate is favorable. With no time frame to meet why in the world would anyone want to leave for parts unknown.
Once you get it in your head that when the weather changes you’ll move on, then you can explore everything an area has to offer. Museums, libraries, specialty shops, the list can be endless. The point is that it doesn’t take a lot of gas to move even a large motor home a short distance.
With gas taking you at best 100 miles for $30, it won’t take many hours at highway speed to put a big dent in your travel budget. The longer you stay put, the longer your pocket book will register a positive amount.
Getting the need to move on out of your way of thinking is no small matter. After a lifetime of punching a time clock and being a responsible member of a work-a-day society, turning off that urge to get back to work is tough.
At first you’re likely to find yourself bored, or restless at the prospect of not keeping a time schedule. The key is to find a new hobby, read some good books, or even find the local senior center and offer yourself as a volunteer for a few days. It won’t be long before you find out that you’re way to busy enjoying your retirement to even consider working again. You’ll start making new friends and before you know it you’ll find it hard to move on when the climate does change.