What once may have seemed like a radical choice or an option only for retirees is now seen as an adventurous and cost-effective way to live a nomadic life. Recent grads are opting to live in an RV so that they can travel while they’re young and lead an untethered and uncomplicated life. It’s safe to say that the RV life subculture has successfully made its way to the mainstream, and for good reason. RV living is a way for people to broaden horizons, declutter, and live life purposefully. It opens you up to all sorts of new opportunities and adventures.
At Colonial Van Lines, we believe that you deserve a life of freedom and adventure. If you’ve ever considered downsizing and love to travel, read on to learn why RV living could be the most amazing experience of your life.
Moving into an RV can save a ton of money
The median rental price for a two-bedroom place nationwide is about $1,343. That means that the average renter in America is spending roughly $16,116 a year on rent, and that’s without factoring in the cost of utilities.
A used RV costs an average of about $10,000-$15,000. You can fix it up and decorate it to your heart’s content, which could add to the value if you ever decide to re-sell.
If you decide to live in an RV full-time and you still own a home, you can opt to sell or rent your home out on a monthly basis or as a vacation rental to make a passive income while living the dream.
One of the best parts of RV living is not having to worry about paying rent or a mortgage. You can also scratch off a variety of other monthly bills.
In an RV, you can live pretty much anywhere
The flexibility of RV living is a major draw for those with perpetual wanderlust. You can have jaw-dropping views in your “backyard” without the price that comes with owning an oceanside or mountainside home, and you can change up your backdrop as you please.
Simply put, if you’re paying off your home or are stuck paying rent, you’re financially tethered to that place. That in itself makes it pretty hard to travel on a whim, no matter how much of a free spirit you are.
According to science, “doing” makes people much happier than “having”
People tend to feel good when they reflect on their experiences, and this isn’t the case when they’re thinking about the things they’ve acquired. This is due to a pervasive phenomenon known as hedonic adaptation – which is fancy terminology meaning that we get used to things pretty quickly.
For example, if you get a fancy new sports car, you may be excited for the first few days, or even weeks. After a while though, driving it to and from work isn’t exciting anymore, in fact, it’s as monotonous as it was pre-fancy car.
If you decide to be a full time RVer, you’ll be able to pare down your nonessential stuff, and it’ll help you realize what’s truly important to you. You’ll be acquiring experiences instead of objects, which could give you the fulfillment you’ve been searching for.
Experiences define your passions and help you to find your purpose. Things generally don’t.
You’re bound to meet amazing people on the road
Those that are drawn to RV living are interesting people with an inherent curiosity about the world around them. They believe that the best way to learn is to experience. They’re always open to meeting new people and they’re very welcoming, because they know what it’s like to be passing through. This lifestyle lends to fast connections with likeminded people and often lifelong friends.
You can travel full-time and still make money
There are more remote work opportunities now than ever before. Take advantage of that! For most remote jobs, all that you need is an internet connection. A mobile hotspot will usually do the trick. Some examples of remote work with a high earning potential is freelance writing, consulting, or website design. Seasonal work is also a great choice for the full time RVer.
You get to bring your home with you wherever you go
All of your essentials are with you all the time. You won’t ever have to worry about having forgotten something important. You get to park your home wherever you want and quite frankly, It’s downright glorious.
You get to live like a local in various places
You can live like a local literally anywhere you park. You’re not simply on vacation – this is your lifestyle. You don’t have to cram your days full of activities to get the most out of a location, because you have time, and that’s invaluable. You can stay in the location of your choosing for a few days, a few weeks, or even a few months.
The RV lifestyle allows for a work/play balance like no other.
Cleaning and RV is easier than a traditional home/apartment
Five minutes to tidy up, perhaps seven with vacuuming and mopping. Heck. Yes. You’ll find inventive ways to store your goods, and there’s a ton of organizational hacks from experienced RV dwellers available online.
Living in an RV means you can say goodbye to yard work
No more tedious tasks like mowing and raking. If you’ve got a green thumb, buy yourself some potted plants and keep them in place with suction cups. You can event opt for soil-free gardening by growing plants hydroponically.
RV’s help you spend way more time outdoors
You can park at scenic campgrounds and take advantage of the great outdoors when you’re living in an RV full time.
RV living is liberating and allows you to live wherever you want for as long as you want. It may even help you choose an eventual permanent home if you decide to revisit that route. You’ll learn about yourself and the world around you.
Colonial Van Lines supports you in all of your adventurous endeavors. When you hire us, you’ll get:
- End to end service, including packing, moving, and storage
- Reliable, friendly, experienced movers
- A plan customized to fit your needs and budget
- A free transparent rate quote
- Affordable options
Request our free rate quote today and find out how easy and affordable moving can be. Until then, we hope you ace your remote interview so you can follow your dreams from your old living room to your new living room.