How to plan for a future travelling on the road
It's good to have you join us again. I've put together some information on how to go about planning and organising your way to swapping your existing life for one that sees you travelling the highways.
They are ideas and words from me, and others who I have taken advice from, that I've put together below.
You never know, maybe one day you'll be working and someone has a shot at you -- then you realise you are just hating your job, and decide to leave and travel in a van forever.
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But before you jump in the deep end, start small by letting your partner know first.
And if you aren't already a caravan owner or camper, do consider hiring a van and seeing if you like it, because you need to be sure that this is the life for you.
After all, you will need to cut back on stuff you have, live together in a small space and move about a lot. And the biggest thing is that you will not be close to your family as you travel about, with only the phone and internet for contact.
It's necessary to understand you don’t need a top-line van or brand new car. So look at your funds and buy a van that suits your needs only, not for the kids who may visit, JUST for you. You can get one for about $45,000-$50,000.
Get the van and then get the towing car to suit. If you are sure you have the right gear, good for you. But if you don’t get it while you still are working, where you can pay it off before your planned retirement date, don’t use your retirement funds, as this will eat into them a lot.
The same goes for any stuff you need. Get it while you are working. It also pays to start looking at travel-focused Facebook or web pages to get ideas and a little insider knowledge.
You may think that a right place to start looking for inspiration is your local caravan and camping show, but before you get excited by the massive range of tow vehicles, gadgets and gizmos, there’s a whole list of things to consider.
It’s a good idea to create a travel file before you begin shopping. This file can include sub-sections like:
Where do I want to travel?
Who will I be travelling with?
How long will I be travelling for?
Where do you plan to park your vehicle?
Where will I store the vehicle?
What’s my budget?
Do I have a sturdy towing vehicle?
What are my personal preferences? Do I like luxury and space? Do we need a queen-sized bed?
Decide what your bare minimum requirements are for making your trip comfortable and enjoyable.
Best now to start by looking around the house at what you have and deciding if you can give it up. And I mean all of it as you know it.
You will see it adds up quick. Now, to travel at the high end, a couple will need around $1000 a week without any worry, which includes booze, food, fuel and somewhere to stay, plus an amount for repairs.
You should expect to blow the budget the first year -- as things will break and you buy stuff you never thought you would need -- and you go like the wind, then suddenly you start to slow down and enjoy the adventure.
Remember, most things are easy to control. If you stay in a place a while fuel gets less, and you will find that you eat less and buy healthy food.
Somewhere to stop can cost, but with free camps and the option of house sitting if you are smart, you will save heaps. It can get down to under $400 a week if you plan well.
So this is all from me for now, since I don't want to overwhelm you with so much to think about -- better to give you some space to re-read and understand before we move forward.
Remember, you can take this info as you see fit because it’s presented as advice only. You may have a better way, or someone helping you, which is fine
Til next time,