Five years I’ve been on the road now. Five years of explaining to strangers I meet in my travels about what I do. Five years of hearing people say they wish they could do that too. Five years of asking why they don’t.
Some of these people have given travel serious thought and have concrete reasons. They’re focusing on a different goal right now that matters more. They’re caring for a family member who needs extra help, or are raising kids and don’t feel that a nomadic life would suit their family well.
But I also get a plethora of answers that wouldn’t automatically exclude someone from being a full-time RVer, from: “My job isn’t travel friendly” to “I have pets” to “I could never give up all my clothes”.
And I can tell them that I quit my 9-5 job and was able to earn a living work-camping seasonally without any special skills. That I know successful full-timers who’ve brought multiple pets on the road… I even know a couple who travels with a goat and another lady who has a chicken. I can offer advice on how to make downsizing less painful and mixing and matching outfits to make a limited wardrobe more versatile.
But most of these people will never do anything with this knowledge, their reasons are mere excuses for the deeper reason: Because going full-timing isn’t comfortable, and staying where they are is – even if they aren’t enjoying it.
The people who make the leap are those for whom the discomfort of change is outweighed by the discomfort of keeping things the way they are.
Just some food for thought.