In early adult life, job choices and changes won’t expect to lead people around the country whether they want to move or not. Eventually, the goal is to put down their roots where kids can go to school and make friends; where mom and dad can become members of local committees, teams, and form their own relationships with like-minded people. Money is tight; long-distance travel isn’t realistic. Then the kids leave school, go to college, even get married. Parents become grandparents, pay off their mortgage, and retire from their respective jobs. They enter a new phase and if health favors them, this is the ideal time to travel.
Set Free to Explore
Many retirees see the first few years of retirement as a chance to do all the things they could never afford or were too tied down to attempt. Their holidays were always curtailed by work responsibilities. Money was tight because they had kids to feed, children’s extracurricular activities to pay for, and a mortgage to cover. Although they love their kids and were grateful to have a home and work, a longing to see more of the world became a dream for the future and now they can do whatever they want if both parties agree about their direction.
Cross Country Trip
The country is huge; far too big to see in a single week. Traveling the entire country really means zig-zagging to hit all four corners plus main points in the middle. At the age of 65 or nearly 70, few people want to be camping on the hard ground. Imagine taking the family car, van, or truck on the road and all of the hotels, motels, or B&Bs a couple would have to rent: the cost would be enormous. Nightly rentals of these kinds are notorious for frequently being unclean, noisy, and overpriced. If they have a pool, it might be dirty or the rickety ladder is hanging from a single screw, the hot tub smells, and breakfast consists of day-old bread products plus stale cereal, milk, and juice. A couple wakes up in an unfamiliar place night after night during a long trip, potentially so frustrated they decide to turn around and cut their trip short. A cross-country trip turns into a two-week experience with bed bugs and indigestion.
What if a couple bought themselves an RV instead? With the money they save after paying off the mortgage, they can save up for a little while and buy it outright or make payments much smaller than their former monthly mortgage bill. Meanwhile, with the intention of leaving home for several months to see the entire country while touring in an RV, a pair can:
- Rent out their home as a source of income
- Let family use it as a get-away
- Keep it locked and empty but turn off all utilities
- Sell, put the money away, then buy a smaller property when they return
Meanwhile, they wouldn’t be homeless; the RV could double as a residence, parked at a child or friend’s property until a townhouse or condo turns up. This would be a good way to save insuring an empty home and the costs of water, gas, electricity, and other taxes.
Freedom to Go Anywhere
RV parking spots in Virginia are located all over the place. All you pay is rental for a spot whether for a night or a week and get settled in or prepare to travel in freedom as far and for as long as you want. Many of these spots have their own amenities like a pool and BBQs but local recreation centers are useful too. If you like a place, stay longer, not worrying that your room won’t be available thanks to bookings made months ago. Choose a climate that suits you such as the warmer south in winter or cooler north in summer. Explore historical settings, famous landmarks, art, architecture, and museums. Hike, mountain bike, kayak, snorkel, and do all the things you love, following a trail to the next exciting adventure when you’ve had enough fun in one place. In a way, your RV will become a home away from home, both comfortable and familiar but also a holiday home. Decide to stock the onboard fridge, stay in and cook a meal, or go out for dinner; it’s your call. Plus, rely on your own cleaning powers to look after the bathroom, toilet, kitchen sink, and linens. Luxury units even have room for washers and dryers, but laundromats work fine too.
Good Health in Retirement
Now is the time to take advantage of this opportunity, not when you are 70. In their early 60s, the average man or woman still feels youthful, energetic, and strong enough to enjoy an extended vacation. In a few years, that might not be the case. By the age of 70 or 75, a lot of issues arise with joints, vision, or more serious illness. Hiring casual home help might be necessary. Health issues could limit mobility, memory, or finances. You never know if you will be one of the minorities who appears young into his or her mid-80s, still driving and living independently. Illness can strike at any time and so could the needs of their grown children facing their own health struggles which require some help from mom and dad once more.
Act Young, Feel Young
Some older couples say they stayed younger, longer because they took to the road. They kept their minds active and chose to be excited about every day. They visited places they had always longed to see and shared coffee with friends and relatives from way back. Their thirst for adventure allowed them to forget they were supposed to be getting old and proved to a younger generation that age is a state of mind. With the freedom of owning an RV, the once far-off goal to travel and spend more time together became a reality. Living in an RV is not like roughing it, either. Modern versions are as comfortable as many apartments but you only pay for utilities you make use of.