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Old 04-01-2010, 10:13 PM   #1
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Anyone in their 30s or 40s full-timing?

Hi everyone,
My wife and I are in our late 30's and plan on working many years into the future. That said, we both have the ability to telecommute and are seriously contemplating exchanging our home for an airstream and hitting the road.

Much of my full-timing research has been frustrating as I've found very little information aimed at couples like us, a couple that is not retired but looking to balance our corporate gigs with RV life. What I'd really like to find are planning resources which might be helpful for us and our situation ... resources targeting mid-career workers who simply want to travel and see the country while working remotely.

Any suggestions are greatly appreciated. Thank you.


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Old 04-01-2010, 10:31 PM   #2
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I will be 49 next month and my wife will be ... let's just say she is younger than I am.

Anyway, the link below is about a family that toured the U.S. for a year. I haven't been to the web site in nearly a year so I was surprised to find out that the family is now serving as missionaries in Africa. I didn't go through the entire site to see if it had any of the history of their year long odyssey.

Driven to Educate - assignment Africa

There are other web sites that you might find by googling "full time RV living" or working while full timing. There are many sites to visit just with this Google alone.

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Old 04-02-2010, 05:38 AM   #3
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Welcome to the forums. We fulltimed in our Airstream for well over a year, and are currently living in it again. While not in our 30's any more, we are far from retirement age. Here's a link to our trials and tribulations here in the forums:
Our day to day lives that usually "didn't make it into the blog" were deceptively normal. The biggest challenge is making sure there is a place for everything, and everything has to be put in its place. You will also have to be ruthless about what you take with you. If you have friends or relatives that can store your excess stuff it would be better than having to deep-six it. Rich Luhr, the publisher of Airstream Life magazine, and his family lived for several years in their Airstream as they toured around the country, and his blog is still available on his website. Here's a link to that:Tour of America
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Old 04-02-2010, 05:43 AM   #4
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Check out; Aluminum Bliss, and Aluminum Bliss is a 30's (maybe younger) couple full timing, and NuRVers is a website dedicated to younger RV owners.
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Old 04-02-2010, 07:22 AM   #5
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full-timers in their 30's
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Old 04-02-2010, 07:54 AM   #6
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Also check out for a couple that semi-full-times or maybe that would be part times.
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Old 04-02-2010, 08:37 AM   #7
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Hi Dave

It's really not that hard. If you've figured out the "camping" part, the "work" part is pretty straightforward. While everyone gets obsessed with figuring out reliable connectivity to the Internet, that problem gets easier to solve every day. Plan on having at least two different ways to get online (such as cellular data card, and Wifi hot spots) and you'll be fine. Don't trust campground wifi -- it often doesn't work.

The real job is to figure out your working style, space, and schedule. It's a small space and there are two egos in there who have to cooperate. You also have to find ways to deal with co-workers who will be jealous that you are "on vacation", because they will tend to believe that you don't really work. You'll also find yourself standing on a picnic table to try to get a cell phone signal while mosquitoes chew on you, someday. Things are a little different than the nice safe cubicle downtown.

Mobile tech is another thing people obsess about, but it's easy. There are no "perfect" solutions, so you'll have to just have fun figuring out what works for you. Here are a few articles I've written on the subject:

Mobile printer
Off-site backups
General mobile office tech
Mobile office

Most of it is up to you. There's no single "best" way to work and travel. You have to try it out and see what fits your particular situation. Go on a few two-week trips and keep lists of what worked and didn't work for you, then come home and make adjustments.

You'll make a lot more mistakes trying to figure out how to be full-timer travelers, than you will trying to figure out how to be full-time mobile workers. The work part is actually easier than the transition to full-time life. See this essay "Top 12 Mistakes of Full-Timers". Almost every full-timer I've talked to made at least two of these mistakes in their first year.

Best of luck. We'll hope to see you on the road someday.
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Old 04-02-2010, 08:57 AM   #8
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What a wonderful world we live in, where telecommuting has become so commonplace and accessible!

If you have the interest in and means to do this----go for it, we say! Most everything you need to know you can learn here, and anything else you will learn as you go from experience----and those savvy fellow-travelers you will meet along the way.

You only live once. Have a great time and travel safe.

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Old 04-02-2010, 09:20 AM   #9
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I recall a few good blogs to keep up with as far as "young full-timers" go.

Jen and Eli really jumped in with both feet, and seem to have concluded their full-timing for now:
Tin Can Travels

The story of Lauren and Deb's adventure is here, they may be done for a bit as well:
Young Airstreamers: This time we are serious...seriously

And Ranger Doug is neither a full-timer or in his 40's anymore, but he's just too cool not to keep track of. He uses his Bambi to sell vintage style posters when not at his cabin in Alaska:
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Old 04-02-2010, 09:23 AM   #10
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Hi! My husband and I are in the process of transitioning to full-timing and he's 31, I'm 25. I work in a corporate hq and currently support a site in a across the country from the office i work out of. So, all of my work is done by phone/email anyway and will be an easy transition to the work from home program. There's a big "generation" gap tech wise even between my husband and i though, and he'd agree it seems far more normal to me to work that way. He's a bartender, so that's our fallback if we need to stop and make some extra cash for a few months.

We're also not planning on kids anytime soon , if ever, so that makes it easier.

So hopefully soon we can get on the road and add our own blog to this list!
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Old 05-04-2010, 02:50 PM   #11
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We didn't plan to start full-timing, but since we traded in our 22' International CCD for a 27'FB International CCD, we haven't slept at home once. It's only been just over a month, but I think we could do this full-time thing very easily. We're in our 40s...I'm a photographer and we have a publishing business that just needs internet to go....we're thinking a P.O. Box would be a little cheaper than our house at this point. We've started a blog here: Riveted. Solar happening next.
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Old 05-25-2010, 11:29 AM   #12
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Hey there! I'm 40 and my bride is much younger (not very polite to give out a woman's age) and we will be full timing starting this August and ending pretty much when we feel like it. I work for a virtual company, and everyone in my company works from home. I'm just taking “virtual company” to the next level. My wife has her own design company ( doing custom design work.

She likes the full time idea because of the constant change. I like it for the challenge. We did 3 weeks in feb/march to check out logistics, and it appears we are good to go.
While we were out, we ran into Aluminum Bliss. Cool couple, looking forward to running into them this summer while we're out an about.

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Old 05-25-2010, 12:32 PM   #13
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That's awesome that so many people are able to get out and enjoy life instead of being chained to a desk. We'd like to do it (We're both 41) but we're chained to our retail store. We both started out in software engineering, hoping to have a telecommuting lifestyle someday, but that just didn't pan out. As soon as we can figure out how to make a living without having to physically handle merchandise, we would love to hit the road.

I don't know about giving up our 'home base' though. We have a place we really like and have been here a while, we have lots of friends here, it would be hard to give it up permanently. But we sure would like to get away for more than a weekend here and there!

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Old 05-25-2010, 03:11 PM   #14
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My husband and I are both in our 30s. He travels quite a bit for work, and in theory, I could go with him. Now that the Airstream is almost complete, we have discussed doing just that, especially in the summer when the kids are out of school. For us full-time would not be practical, but long stretches at a time would be.

I have also noticed there doesn't seem to be a lot of younger RV-ers, but we are out here.

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