On May 18, 2018 we hooked up our trailer and hit the road. Leaving Florida behind towards our first workamping gig in Yellowstone National Park. Our emotions were bouncing around like a ball in a pinball machine. Our excitement was at an all time high, smattered with a bit of fear of the unknown. We took a huge risk leaving everything all behind to be able to enjoy a life of travel. Did our first year as full time RV travelers meet our expectations?
How can we afford to travel full time?
The question of affordability is probably the most popular discussion on the Internet. We are not trust fund babies. We don’t have pensions and do not collect social security for another 10+ years. So here is how we have been able to afford to travel full time during our first year.
- Income from our primary home that is now a vacation rental property.
- Remote income we can make wherever we go:
- Investing and Saving:
It was important for us to have a few streams of income whether big or small while transitioning into this new lifestyle. So as you can see, we are earning this lifestyle. It is no different than working a regular job, working and commuting lots of hours. However, we now have a lot more freedom to roam, explore and choose what we want to do and when. It’s also fun commuting to work in our golf cart.
We want to take this moment to thank all the wonderful people we have met so far along this journey. Yellowstone was an exceptional experience. We met some fantastic kids from all over the world while working in Yellowstone. In addition, we made some great friends that we have been able to meet up with in different parts of the U.S.
The Sugar Beet Harvest brings a whole new definition to making friendships. Somehow working 12 hour days, 7 days a week in the rain, snow, sleet, mud, cold and heat has a way of bonding complete strangers. Be sure to check out our partners in crime from the Sugar Beet Harvest at The Reeves Route.
Jackson Hewitt brought about a different level of relationships. We were part of the first group of workampers for this particular franchise and it is not for just workampers. We worked with some wonderful people that have worked for this company for years, along with a group of first time workampers spread out over several states. In a sense, we got the best of both worlds.
I don’t even know where to start. Over the past year we have traveled from Florida to Wyoming. Second, we traveled from Wyoming to Montana. Third, we were free flowing from Montana to Colorado to Florida with a final destination in New Mexico. Fourth, we left New Mexico and traveled to Arizona and Utah. Finally we are now in Colorado for the summer.
Our hearts and souls have been truly blessed by the beauty of the backyard that we live in called Earth. The culture, the sights, the people, the animals, the forests, I could go on and on. Be sure to check us out Trippinbrehenys/youtube.
Here are our top 5 place we have visited to date:
- Yellowstone National Park (Wyoming)
- Bandelier National Monument (New Mexico)
- Tent Rocks National Monument (New Mexico)
- Goblin Valley State Park (Utah)
- Red Cliffs National Conservation Area (Utah)
If I was reading this blog it would definitely excite and entice me to explore a world of full time travel. However, let’s share our top 3 less than glamorous experiences of being a full time RV traveler.
- You may be far away from friends and family for extended periods of time.
- An extremely cold winter in an RV can mean frozen pipes, frozen water, cold floors, etc.
- Good Internet can be a challenge.
Each person will have their own challenges or frustrations. It is not all rainbows and butterflies. There are certainly others that could be considered, but these were our top 3 that really seem important.
In conclusion, will the Trippinbrehenys continue a full time life of travel? Absolutely!!!
Life was meant to be lived and the world was meant to be explored and enjoyed.
So if you are a full time traveler or just dreaming about it, we would love to hear from you. So please comment below.
We hope to see you on the road!