Tips for Living on the Road
Living the RV life can be exciting, adventurous, and a lot of fun. It can also be a big adjustment though, going from living in a spacious and comfortable home to living in a vehicle that’s relatively cramped and less luxurious. If you’re new to RV living or are stepping up from occasional vacations to longer stints on the road, then read on for some of our best tips for living on the road.
Living in a van or motorhome can save you a lot of money, but it’s still important to budget and plan your finances. Make sure you know what regular, ongoing costs will be involved in RV living, such as gas, campground fees, food, entertainment, and more. Make sure you also know where your money is coming from. Will you be working remotely on the road or are you relying solely on savings?
One of the joys of RV living is getting used to living with less. You don’t have space for lots of belongings, so you have to prioritize the things that you really need and the things that mean the most to you. Living or traveling in an RV will be a lot more comfortable if you learn to downsize and adopt a more minimalist lifestyle.
You can’t get your mail delivered to you when you’re on the road, so you’ll need another way of getting important news and statements. Wherever it’s an option, notify your providers that you want paperless bills, statements, etc. This is especially important if you still own or rent somewhere back home where you’ll still need to pay bills. Anything that’s not essential can still be delivered to your home or, if you don’t have a permanent residence, you will need to provide a forwarding address.
Be organized yet flexible
One of the great things about RV living is the freedom it affords you. You can be flexible about where you go, what you do, and how long you stay. Try to find a balance between planning your next steps so you know where you’re staying and how you’re getting there, and remaining flexible in terms of how long you stay and how you spend your time.
Stay in touch
Living on the road for months, a year, or longer likely means that you won’t be seeing friends and family back home for a while. It’s a good idea to make the effort to stay connected, helping to maintain those relationships, fight feelings of loneliness during your trip, and giving them peace of mind that you’re doing okay. You could simply do this by texting or calling frequently, or you could create a blog about your travels or post regularly to Instagram.← back to news
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