Semi-Retired and Ready for the Road

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Posted by The Savvy Retiree on May 5, 2017 in Uncategorised

Linda Card writing on semi-retirement…

I love maps… I always have. Now that I live in an RV my maps are my constant companions. Where shall we go next? Let’s look at the map!

If you want to travel around the U.S. and really see the country, you can’t beat doing it in an RV. You take your home with you wherever you go. You don’t have to pack, you can sleep every night in your own bed, and fix your favorite meals. You have the freedom to go where you want, when you want and stay as long as you want.

About six months ago my husband and I bought a used 35-foot motor home for full-time living. We have a two-year plan to circumnavigate the U.S. We’ve spent the winter in Florida, which is a great starting point for an RV adventure. The flat terrain and good secondary roads are ideal for gaining confidence behind the wheel. And the warm, sunny climate is perfect for learning the ropes and getting to know your RV.

Being semi-retired, I work from home, as a freelance writer, when I want to…and now my home has wheels.

Living and traveling in an RV is about as different from the daily grind as it gets. I get up when I want to, usually shortly after sunrise. My day starts with a mug of rich coffee, leisurely enjoyed at my dining table. After breakfast the day is mine to do as I please. I can relax with a new book, stretch out by the pool, go for a walk in the woods, or take in the local sights. Recently we took a tour in a glass-bottom boat in Silver Springs State Park.

In every state, you can find national parks and forests…state and county parks…large resorts…and small family-owned campgrounds, each with its own characteristics.

Do you need some peace and quiet, away from it all? Seek out the campsites surrounded by woodlands and nature’s solitude. If you prefer to socialize, take a seat outside during “happy hour” and meet your neighbors. Are you ready to party and hang out with the crowd? Some campgrounds have scheduled activities every day of the week.

During our planned trip around the U.S. we’ll be visiting many family members and friends. Once we get parked in the driveway all we need is a power outlet and a water spigot and we’re all set. Having our own place to stay means we can stay longer. We’re not under foot, and we can enjoy our time together because we have “down time.”

We stayed three weeks with friends who live on the beach. They didn’t feel like they had to entertain us, and we got to spend time at a gorgeous location.

We get internet through our cell phone service, with unlimited talk, text, and data, and use auto-pay to handle our monthly bill. Our mail (what little there is) goes to a mail forwarding service which is also our residential address. I call them with an address when we’re settled and we get our forwarded mail in a couple of days.

Our expenses are gasoline for the RV and fees for staying at parks and resorts. We have no electric, water, or heating bills, no property taxes, and no mortgage.

Soon we’ll be heading north and, as our onboard navigator I’ll be studying my maps. We usually prefer to avoid the major interstate highways so we can take our time and check out the scenery. I’m very comfortable now in my RV. I’m eager to hit the road and see what’s around the bend, on my own terms, in my own home.

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