Many folks dream of one day gathering up their family and bringing them on the road in their RV. They imagine living on the go and seeing the many treasures that America has to offer from their tiny home on wheels. However, most people have to wait far into retirement or until they reach their older years to achieve this dream because they need to work to make ends meet. Until recently, most people had to drive to and operate out of a physical office. We were essentially chained to our jobs, making living on the road next to impossible.
The pandemic changed all that when many companies were forced to either transition to a remote workforce or risk having to close their doors in the name of social distancing.
In addition, many individuals may have chosen remote over in-person work because of mental health concerns. Your job can have a big impact on your mental health and not receiving support for specific mental health conditions, or resources to achieve better well-being in the workplace can lead to decreased productivity and additional stress. For many, remote work offered the ability to achieve a work-life balance they were not able to have before – and a reason not to return to the office. This drastic change caused many to re-evaluate their life choices, and some individuals chose to embrace the tiny home lifestyle. For some, the ability to travel and take their homes with them made living in an RV a full time the ideal choice.
Now, many companies are sticking with the remote model and employees are continuing to reap the benefits of being able to work from anywhere. Check out the information below and decide if picking up and hitting the road may be best for you and your family.
Remote Work Has Made an Impact on Travel
It’s great if you’re one of those people who enjoys the idea of traveling because going places and seeing new things can help you to expand your mind and live a healthier life. In addition to the fact that you can experience and grow as a person, you can improve your mental health when you see the world. One way that happens is because travel takes you out of your daily routine and into new surroundings, which can help to expand your mind. It’s a way to combat monotony, which can help you to feel less restrained and more creative.
You can also improve your physical health by stopping at campsites along your route where you can get exercise by hiking and exploring in the summer and skiing and sledding in the winter.
In the past, it was likely close to impossible for you to move or travel because of your job. The good news is that remote work has created many benefits for people around the globe. Working from home allows you to have a better work-life balance so you can take care of your kids and avoid lengthy commutes. Even more than that, remote work has likely changed how you think about travel. While there may be some restrictions based on your job, remote work means you can accomplish your tasks from almost anywhere, especially if you have a mobile tiny home. As long as you meet your deadlines, you might work from a coffee shop, the beach, or your own RV.
Some remote workers may also choose to complete seasonal work to supplement their income. This can be a good option for some, as seasonal work is common in the hospitality and outdoor industries, which may be popular in the areas that RVers tend to frequent. Making use of online job boards and networking can be a good option, especially because some employers offer remote seasonal work in addition to in-person opportunities.
A healthy balance is still important. When many people have the chance to travel more, they’ll likely take it, and you can do so too. However, keep your eye on the prize, and don’t start having so much fun that you start letting your work fall by the wayside.
Remote Work Has Made RVing More Affordable
Another reason why many people used to forget about their dreams of living life out of their tiny home RV is that they simply didn’t think they could afford it. The great thing about remote work is you don’t have to have that same fear anymore because you can continue to make money while on the road. Also, get your paychecks sent right to your bank account. This could be the perfect situation.
While you’ll be making money, there are tactics you can use to save money at the same time while on the road. The most important step is to buy an RV you truly adore so you don’t have to keep trading it in for different models. Shop around and find a model with the perks you like at a cost you can easily afford. If you also own a home and you don’t plan to spend much time there, you can toy with the idea of selling that residence so you can put money in savings and toward your monthly expenses for your tiny home.
Before you do all that, you must ensure that full-time living in an RV is right for you. Before selling the house or asking your boss if you can work from anywhere, rent a tiny home on wheels. and take a short vacation. See how you enjoy driving it around. Also, sit your family down and have an honest conversation with everyone. Ask them honestly if this is really what they want as well. The last thing you need is to work from the road but be unhappy.
How to Successfully Work From Your RV
If you’re planning on taking the plunge and working remotely from your RV, this is the time to go for it because technology is making this dream easier every year. The internet really is your friend when out on the road, and other exciting tools can make life easier, including the cloud. By using online services like Google Docs and Sheets, you can compose your projects from anywhere. Then, you can sign up for a cloud service where you can upload all of your data, so you don’t need to lug around backup servers wherever you go. Just make sure that you are wary of public Wi-Fi and only use connections you trust.
Scheduling is key when you’re working and traveling. Sometimes you may be having so much fun that you forget you have projects and work that is due. To avoid causing a stir at work, set your working hours and stick to them every day. You may also want to create a designated home office space in your tiny home to create clearer work-life boundaries. When you’re done, then go out and explore. Consider doing your work in the morning so you have the rest of the day to yourself.
Yes, remote work is making RVing more accessible and, quite frankly, more fun. If you’ve always dreamed of working on the road, this might be your year.
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