If you were to glance at my ‘about’ page, you’d find that my mission, and I’ve already chosen to accept it, is to become a full-time RVer starting next summer. I’m sure a lot of people are choosing to start this lifestyle next summer, but many of them are men and women just retiring, with empty nests, being bitten by the travel bug. I am none of these. I am 24 years old right now, and with no all-consuming passion, no deeper calling after graduation, I have decided that staying in one spot is what’s killing me.
Many people my age don’t know what they want to do with thier life. I was one. I still am, in a way. But now, I have a goal. I tend to have a short attention span, so when I wake up every evening, with a big smile on my face, and it never feels out of place–wait, no. Sorry, that’s the All American Rejects. Seriously, though, when I think about something every day for two weeks, it’s significant.
Right now, I work part-time in a department store. Retail does not seem to be agreeing with me (I’m sure it must agree with some people; there are associates there who are celebrating 15 and 20 year anniversaries with the store), but my degree is in Anthropology. My most obvious options are research and teaching–neither of which appeal to me at the moment. Maybe later, but right now I have a life to enjoy. Obviously, I will have to pay for my adventures. The trailer won’t be free. Neither will gas, food, campsites, or insurance. Furthermore, I have student loans to take care of.
Is my decision to take off across the States (and probably Canada) irresponsible? Possibly. I will do what I can. I have plans to freelance to pay the bills. I’m not above taking a temporary or seasonal position somewhere I can park for three or four months, if I must. I wouldn’t even mind working a campground for a season in exchange for my hookup site. As long as I’m not tied down a year at a time by a lease, I will be much happier than I have been.
My current lease isn’t up until next June. In that time, I have to do several things:
- Save the money for a down-payment on a trailer. I’m looking at a relatively inexpensive trailer, which I’ll talk about later.
- Get my car into top shape, and get a tow hitch for it. (Alternatively, trade my brother for his truck.)
- Find a trailer to practice driving with one attached. My aunt has one I’m sure I could use for a day.
- Clear out my clutter. If I’m moving into anything less than one of those quarter-million-dollar mansions-on-wheels, I will need to cull a large part of my wardrobe, books, costume jewelry, knick-knacks, toys, and games. That will be an adventure in itself.
- Create a budget to facilitate all of this, sort out what I’ll need to do for taxes, mail, and legal documents. I need to create a will and a living will, just in case.
- Work on building momentum freelancing before I quit my part-time, to make sure it’s a viable income source.
As you can see, there’s lots to do. It feels like I’ve got a ton of time–eleven months is almost a whole year. But, none of these tasks I can do in a day. The journey to get to the journey is going to be long, but I’m 100% confident that it will be worth it.
Until then, bear with me as I get my life in order and get ready to go!