"Within 6 months of that breakup, I had rented my house, purchased a travel trailer and a truck and I hit the road, not knowing that the next five years would be the best of my life".
Kelly has done ‘all the things’: been married, had long-term relationships, bought multiple homes, went to college for a bit, but she never had kids and didn’t want any. She’s always felt like there had to be more, so she went on the hunt, and what a wonderful and fulfilling hunt it has been! Whatever she wants, she usually gets (succeeds at doing it). Kelly loves being frugal about things she MUST pay for. She much rather keep her dollar bills and spend them on what she WANTS to spend them on! You can follow her adventures on her blog and by following her on Instagram. You can also connect with Kelly on GAFFL!
The Inspiration Behind My RV Adventures
I had always dreamed about traveling around in an RV. One day after a big breakup, it dawned on me that it was now possible. Everything was in place. I was single (No-one around to say ’no, don’t want to do that). Both of my kitties had recently disappeared (I have good reason to believe a neighbor 'did away' with them somehow), my home was rentable with very high rent compared to my morgtage, so a decent income could be had there. I had a part-time job (on top of my sticks and bricks full-time job) that could go mobile for more income. (I had to quit my 15-year personal trainer/pilates job to live this way.)
My mother had lived in her RV for the last 18 years at the time. Maybe that was a little influence. What was to stop me? Within 6 months of that breakup, I had rented my house, purchased a travel trailer and a truck and I hit the road, not knowing that the next five years would be the best of my life. I never looked back.
Is It Expensive Driving Around In An RV?
It depends on how you choose to road trip and which side of the country (USA) you are on. Sort of. Out west, one can camp on public lands like I do. In the east, there’s not much public land at all. Therefore, there aren’t free places to camp. So if you don’t stay for free, it is just as much or more to go on a road trip in a RENTED RV. You have to cover rental fees, which are high, campground nightly costs, and pay for a gas guzzling motorhome or tow vehicle. It only makes sense to buy an RV for a road trip if you see yourself taking multiple trips per year. I’d choose RVing over hotels ANY day. Hotels are BORING, dirty, and expensive!
I think I live MUCH more cheaply than I would living with a mortgage or rent. So just living this full-time RV life affords me savings of hundreds or thousands of dollars per month. I only need gas money to get to the next spot, and only occasionally pay for water or a dump station. I get propane every now and then. THAT’S IT. My other costs/bills stay the same as one would have living ’traditionally’. I still have health insurance, phone, auto insurance, internet, food, etc to pay for.
But while on the road, I started a company with another full-time RVer. We started a website that teaches/educates new RVers. This source of income has become my sole source of income. All we need to work is a cellular connection!