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Would You Give Up Your Regular Life for A Year?

Life can get a little dull and boring. The same job, the same people and the same places can be less than inspiring. But would you take on the lifestyle that so many over-60s have chosen? More and more retired people give up their working life and travel for months or even years. It’s a great way to tick off all those bucket list items! But is it really practical when you’ve barely started your career?

Sure, some of us earn our living by traveling. We’ve committed our lives to exploring the beauty of our planet and its peoples. It’s not easy to do, though. There are thousands of people out there that would love to do it successfully enough to have a permanent home to come back to. Of course, if buying a house and raising a family isn’t high up your priority list right now, there are ways you could enjoy life on the road.


Couchsurfing and hitchhiking are the kind of activities can you do in a financial bind. They’re not a lifestyle choice that you would want to sustain for a full year. But they could certainly help you get from A to B and beyond. Of course, there are dangers to consider, and in some places hitchhiking is against the law. To enjoy life for a full year, you might want to explore some other options.

Many over-60s choose to buy an RV and motorhome their way across the country. They may know the best places to find RVs with plenty of mod cons, but they may also have the cash to buy one outright. If you haven’t got a huge budget, you may need your motorhome to become your full-time accommodation. Fitting all your worldly possessions into a single vehicle isn’t always possible. You may need to rent a storage unit, or reluctantly sell most of your things.


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While RVs can be parked up almost anywhere, you’re safest choosing allocated parking and camping sites. You will probably need to rent the space, but chances are you’ll find electric outlets to power your van’s facilities. America’s road network is more than adequate to explore every corner of the country. You may even head north to Canada or South into Mexico. This opens up your twelve months of traveling a lot.

What would you do with twelve months on the road? There are plenty of incredible landscapes to check out. And no end of coastline to enjoy. Maybe you have bucket list of places that always piqued your interest. Or maybe you could list 100 top American sights that you could try to see in your 52 short weeks.

Funding 12 months out of work won’t be easy. You may need some cash behind you. Of course, you are eligible to take work in the country of your birth, so maybe you can earn a little here and there. But isn’t the point to escape life for a year? Fuel and food won’t be all you need, but you won’t need much more. Why not start saving for your one-year getaway today?


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    August 26, 2016 at 12:10 am

    I would love to take a year off, and live and travel in an RV! I would try and visit as many national parks as I could!

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      August 26, 2016 at 9:18 am

      That sounds perfect to me! My husband and I are looking into getting an RV and taking off for a year, so this Guest Post was just perfect! I hope you get to do it!

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    August 26, 2016 at 9:20 am

    I love it!!!! I would love to travel around the US for a year or more in a RV – but currently I live a year in India, that’s also crazy!! 🙂 great photos btw!!

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