Contrary to popular belief, retirees are not the only people who go RVing. Many people who have full-time jobs also have a passion for seeing the country on RV adventures. Finding a balance between working and RVing may take some time and some creativity, but once you explore your options, you may find more time than you ever thought you had to explore your RV passion.
Get into Freelancing
Making the switch to freelancing isn’t something you can do overnight. If you’re passionate about RVing and want a job you can do from the road, however, freelance work is a wonderful option. Writing, web design, graphic design, data entry, photography, and more can all be done as freelance work. Each industry is different, but you’ll have to build up clients and an income stream before you can make it a full-time job. Start a blog, connect with companies hiring online independent contractors, and get creative!
Your office may have telecommuting options you haven’t explored yet. Talk to your boss about a more flexible work schedule. That may mean telecommuting and doing some of your work from the road or loading up on hours one week so you can take a few days off the next. These days, many people are looking for flexible or alternative schedules, so many companies are starting to implement practices to give employees what they want. If you decide to telecommute, set aside specific times during your RV trip to work, and don’t work outside of those times so that work doesn’t bleed into every aspect of your RVing.
Use Your Vacation Days
Working while RVing isn’t for everyone, and maybe you’d rather your RV trips be total vacations. In that case, use your vacation time. Last year, American workers used only 51 percent of their paid time off. Don’t be one of those people who only uses half of your vacation days. Take all of it! Use a week when the office is slow for a fantastic RV trip. Or plan one a few months in advance, and go somewhere unexpected and new. Most of the office wants to take off around the holidays, so arrange your time off during less popular vacation times so you can take more days at once.
Take Local Weekend Trips
There are 10 federal holidays every year in the U.S. Your office probably observes at least half of them by giving employees a long weekend. Take advantage of those three-day weekends. Many people go on long, far-flung RV trips only to miss the great camping within a few hours of home. Check out state parks, county parks, and camp grounds around your city. You don’t have to go far to get away from the cares of your daily life and have a great RV adventure. To make it even more fun, see if any local festivals are happening.
If one solution doesn’t work for you, keep trying until you find something that does. RVing is a grand adventure you don’t want to miss.