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Old 10-30-2014, 01:49 PM   #15
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We met a couple recently who took advantage of the high cost of housing in their hometown and rented out their house for two years and took off in their Airstream.
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Old 10-30-2014, 02:04 PM   #16
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I do what you are thinking of doing, but I have 3 kids in school and a non-portable job. Darnit. Please let us live vicariously through you.
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Old 10-30-2014, 02:32 PM   #17
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The pragmatic keeps the dream going.

Pay off that student loan! The interest will eat you alive - and if you fulltime you might have a lean streak. Sell jewelry, furniture, tools, whatever - and use the money to lower that balance. Make quadruple payments if you can!

You haven't said what your job is - but while I'm all for living the dream, the dream does cost money so - You had better have a fulltiming plan that includes earning money (not just work camping). You will need health insurance and you will need to be putting money into IRA's for each of you.

The pragmatic keeps the dream going.

How mobile can your job(s) be? How can you adapt your jobs? I'd love to give advice but there's insufficiant data.

Oh and speaking of pragmatic.... make a plan with a fire escape so you can back out if you need to.
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Old 10-30-2014, 03:35 PM   #18
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I wish you luck. If you have the money...I don't see any reason to wait until a particular age (55). If you don't have the money - well - then I would be more concerned. Another possibility is to find a job that you like more than your current one so you don't feel so depleted every Monday. I don't think the only possibilities are full-time Airstreaming or a job you dislike. I like my job working as a software engineer at a really really big company (clearly this isn't for everyone). I wouldn't mind working remotely some weeks (haven't done it yet as I'm new to my camper) but my wife also works, so we'd have to work around her schedule as well (she is a teacher and in a school so tied to a particular location).

Other Blogs to check out:
Intersellar Orchard - lives very inexpensively works on the road.
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Love-library (more stationary, simple living...)
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(don't worry- you can just google these and find them fast without the URL).
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Old 10-31-2014, 08:11 AM   #20
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I really like RVSUEANDCREW.NET shes not in an airstream but she posts her budget and it gives you an idea of how frugally you can live.
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Old 10-31-2014, 12:26 PM   #21
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thanks for the replies, everyone!

i wouldn't even think about jumping into this head first if we were not 100% debt free which would include selling our home.

I also don't necessarily feel anyone and everyone who dislikes their full-time job should quit, sell everything and spend the rest of their lives in an Airstream. I think for me, personally, it's a plan that I've begun to seriously strategize and my wife is completely on board.

I DO, however, feel that spending 55+ hours going to a job you can't stand isn't anyway to spend the rest of your life. If you own your business, kudos to you. If you work for someone else and enjoy it, again, kudos to you. My wife and I are, unfortunately, not in that boat. In fact, I've begun doing a little amongst family, friends, neighbors, co-workers and mere acquantances and I've asked them a very simple question:

Do you love what you do? And not only do you love what you do, but you love it so much that there is absolutely nothing else in the world you'd rather be doing than working full-time at your current place of employment. And on a scale of 1 to 10... 1 being you tolerate your job and 10 being you want to burn the place to the ground, where do you fit in?

...I've not come across one single individual as of yet (and I've asked 64 people as of today over the course of the last 2 weeks) who has given me a solid "YES". Not a "Yes, BUT..." This is a black & white question from my perspective. You don't get a "YES, but..." You don't get a "Sometimes..." You either get "YES" or "NO". For the second part of my question, all of them answered with an "8" or higher except for one "6" and a "7"

Think about that for a moment. 64 people who can't stand their place of employment? 64 people who don't like what they do? 64 people who would rather be somewhere else, doing something else? ...that's sad to me.

I'm opting to make a change. No, unfortunately, I don't have all the answers... at least, not right this second. But I know for sure, I'm not going to sit around and work for one big corporation after another where I'm just a number in a sea of people who don't matter. Life is far too short to not live life to its fullest.
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Old 10-31-2014, 01:08 PM   #22
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There is nothing wrong with living life by a different drum beat except to those who follow the standard cadence. To them it is a scary notion too fraught with danger. I jumped off the treadmill almost 14 years ago and have never thought about a return path. Luckily, I kept the house as the shop I built there seems to need regular use for Airstream repairs or mods, and a place for my other outlet of building furniture for the beauty it can possess.
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To the OP, just my thoughts. You never mentioned what you plan to DO, your new purpose. An airstream is not going to make you happy. I doubt a life whose purpose is to travel will suffice for long. A life dedicated to one'a self is a losing proposion. History is fraught with examples.

Toys, stuff, airstreams may provide FUN, but will never bring contentment. We all need to find purpose in why we do, it is obvious you see no purpose in your work. That is not your work's fault, nor your coworkers you dislike.

Find a passion that involves serving and helping the people of this world, and if that integrates into living full time and traveling then you just hit the jackpot brother. Best of luck.

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Old 10-31-2014, 05:20 PM   #24
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thanks for the replies, everyone!

i wouldn't even think about jumping into this head first if we were not 100% debt free which would include selling our home.

I also don't necessarily feel anyone and everyone who dislikes their full-time job should quit, sell everything and spend the rest of their lives in an Airstream. I think for me, personally, it's a plan that I've begun to seriously strategize and my wife is completely on board.

I DO, however, feel that spending 55+ hours going to a job you can't stand isn't anyway to spend the rest of your life. If you own your business, kudos to you. If you work for someone else and enjoy it, again, kudos to you. My wife and I are, unfortunately, not in that boat. In fact, I've begun doing a little amongst family, friends, neighbors, co-workers and mere acquantances and I've asked them a very simple question:

Do you love what you do? And not only do you love what you do, but you love it so much that there is absolutely nothing else in the world you'd rather be doing than working full-time at your current place of employment. And on a scale of 1 to 10... 1 being you tolerate your job and 10 being you want to burn the place to the ground, where do you fit in?

...I've not come across one single individual as of yet (and I've asked 64 people as of today over the course of the last 2 weeks) who has given me a solid "YES". Not a "Yes, BUT..." This is a black & white question from my perspective. You don't get a "YES, but..." You don't get a "Sometimes..." You either get "YES" or "NO". For the second part of my question, all of them answered with an "8" or higher except for one "6" and a "7"

Think about that for a moment. 64 people who can't stand their place of employment? 64 people who don't like what they do? 64 people who would rather be somewhere else, doing something else? ...that's sad to me.

I'm opting to make a change. No, unfortunately, I don't have all the answers... at least, not right this second. But I know for sure, I'm not going to sit around and work for one big corporation after another where I'm just a number in a sea of people who don't matter. Life is far too short to not live life to its fullest.
Scott, I disagree with you in a respectful way.

I do own my own business with a partner.
He's great, but every now and then I'd like to see a building fall on him.

We really have great employees
BUT now and then a once good or great employee goes sour - and it's agonizing, but we have to fire him.

We have great customers
BUT every once in a while, we fire one.

Children can fight to the point of bloody noses one day, and be best friends the next day IF their parents will let them resume their friendship. Most of the time the parents are still duking it out years after the kids can't remember that they ever fought.

Being an adult means you see some shades of gray - and NO job or career doesn't have bad spots. Adults who are truly happy DO acknowledge and accept the dark parts as "just part of the job and part of life". Being honest doesn't mean you're depressed or stuck in a horrible job.

Hey, my life is pretty happy BUT
  • I wish I had pretty feet and slim ankles
  • I wish my bustline looked like it did when I was 19
  • and on and on
  • HEY my life is good, but winning a bit lottery WOULD make i better in some ways!

Is a person who is 100% thrilled with his job a positive role model, fibbing or just delusional? Robin Williams - a career and life that we all envied and dear lord he killed himself.

If you're looking for PERFECT happiness... you'll spend your life looking... being CONTENT is not the same as settling, it's just living in reality instead of pursuing an impossible goal.

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Matt, I liked your post. This is a smart aspect to consider when someone wants to get away from the rat race....a new life purpose that will actually be fulfilling.

OP, why not set off on your adventure as a temporary longterm trip rather than a complete life change. You probably just need to recharge a little. After the honeymoon of full timing has passed you may find a compromise between the two extremes makes more sense. If not, continue with the temporary adventure perpetually


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To the OP, just my thoughts. You never mentioned what you plan to DO, your new purpose. An airstream is not going to make you happy. I doubt a life whose purpose is to travel will suffice for long. A life dedicated to one'a self is a losing proposion. History is fraught with examples.

Toys, stuff, airstreams may provide FUN, but will never bring contentment. We all need to find purpose in why we do, it is obvious you see no purpose in your work. That is not your work's fault, nor your coworkers you dislike.

Find a passion that involves serving and helping the people of this world, and if that integrates into living full time and traveling then you just hit the jackpot brother. Best of luck.

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To the OP, just my thoughts. You never mentioned what you plan to DO, your new purpose. An airstream is not going to make you happy. I doubt a life whose purpose is to travel will suffice for long. A life dedicated to one'a self is a losing proposion. History is fraught with examples.

Toys, stuff, airstreams may provide FUN, but will never bring contentment. We all need to find purpose in why we do, it is obvious you see no purpose in your work. That is not your work's fault, nor your coworkers you dislike.

Find a passion that involves serving and helping the people of this world, and if that integrates into living full time and traveling then you just hit the jackpot brother. Best of luck.

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To the OP... welcome to Air Forums - this is certainly one of the best places on the internet to find information about Airstreams and Airstreaming.

Danielle and I can certainly relate to your lament. While we both had a certain level of disdain for the working world I don't think our case(s) were quite a bad as yours and we wish you and your spouse the best in your endeavors. The life of RVing is full of challenges and as Matt indicated above having a sense of a purpose will likely lead to a much more satisfying RV experience.

There are lots of volunteering opportunities out there. Danielle and I are not full-timing but we take time to travel on extended trips up to a few months now and then. As much as we like the travel aspect of our journeys it's the volunteering we do along the way that makes the time even more special.

Identify your core pursuits and decide where that fits into your RVing life - giving back to others is a significant component of living a life that is happy, wild and free!

I know you didn't specifically ask for advice on volunteering opportunities but I'll make a shameless self-promotion for Habitat for Humanity RV Care-A-Vanners. It's a wonderful way to meet other RVers while building decent, affordable housing.

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This blog is not related to full-timing but it is certainly about living life in an off-the-beaten-path manner, including early-retirement. Take a look at Mr. Money Mustache
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...Being an adult means you see some shades of gray - and NO job or career doesn't have bad spots. Adults who are truly happy DO acknowledge and accept the dark parts as "just part of the job and part of life"...
Bingo.

Thankfully, at 40 years of age, I'm definitely not naive to think a perfect life or job exists. Obviously, it does not and as you referenced earlier - I'd spend a lifetime chasing that proverbial carrot.

BUT... I don't necessarily think I'm opting not to ride out a storm or refusing to take the bad with the good. Why would it be so shocking to simply say I'm not fulfilled in life or satisfied with my current situation and I'm opting for a permanent and structural change? I don't necessarily feel that makes me less of an adult, so to speak. Quite the contrary, actually, in my ever so humble opinion.

And again, I'm not saying that everyone who dislikes their job at one point in time (or any aspect of their life) should immediately sell all of their worldly belongings, buy an RV and live their life as a rover on the road. BUT... at the same time, if a certain person complains day in and day out about a certain aspect of their life and continues living their life the exact same way as they always do while expecting something to change... then, shame on them. If an individual wants to chalk all of that up to "being an adult", "sucking it up", "taking the good with the bad" and "just working hard"... so be it.

I'm opting to do something different.

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To the OP, just my thoughts. You never mentioned what you plan to DO, your new purpose. An airstream is not going to make you happy. I doubt a life whose purpose is to travel will suffice for long. A life dedicated to one'a self is a losing proposion. History is fraught with examples.

Toys, stuff, airstreams may provide FUN, but will never bring contentment. We all need to find purpose in why we do, it is obvious you see no purpose in your work. That is not your work's fault, nor your coworkers you dislike.

Find a passion that involves serving and helping the people of this world, and if that integrates into living full time and traveling then you just hit the jackpot brother. Best of luck.

Matt
Excellent points.

My in-laws work/live in Phoenix, AZ. They'll be retiring in a couple of years and we'd be going down to visit with them several months of the year as well as assist them in maintaining their home. In addition to that, I'd be spending some well-deserved time with my wife, enjoying the 47 contiguous states I've not had the pleasure of seeing, enjoying the photography that I love as well as practicing the art that I don't typically have the time to do.

Financially speaking, I know for a fact plenty of people live out of their RV full-time and partake in part-time and/or full-time jobs. Volunteering for camp site spaces is another popular consideration that I see is also plastered all over the internet. What else the financial part of it consists of, I've no idea. Been too busy hating my job.
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