An Alternative Retirement Lifestyle for Adventure Seekers
There’s a lifestyle revolution happening in the retirement community. But it’s not on our doorsteps…
It’s on the road.
In the past few years, I can’t count the number of people who’ve cashed in and hit the road – in RVs, trailers, and in some cases, walking, strolling and biking around the world.
My brother-in-law recently sold his business and bought a 43-foot RV. Less than a month after leaving his job, he was on a multimonth drive around the U.S.
And he’s only begun! He plans to travel constantly. It’s his new rule.
To be perfectly honest, when he told me about his purchase and his plan to spend retirement on the road, I thought my rather high opinion of him might have been an overestimation.
But I was wrong.
RVs, trailers and people choosing to spend retirement on the road have been popping up everywhere, and it’s beginning to make a lot of sense.
My neighbors have a 38-foot RV and use it constantly. The couple hasn’t given up their house yet, but they did downsize significantly to allow more cash for travel.
And my brother just bought a large trailer and a new heavy-duty truck to pull his RV. His plan is to get away as often as possible to places he’s always dreamed of visiting.
A New Brand of Freedom and Flexibility
I recently visited a nearby RV park, and it showed me a whole new world of possibilities for retirement.
The place was full of retired people from every walk of life. Some had been on the road for years.
Others spent the whole winter in their trailers or RVs minutes from the beach.
And the ones I spoke to would never consider going back to a fixed residence. Well, at least not until their health forces them to.
I don’t know if I could do the RV or trailer lifestyle long term, but there’s one “life on the road” option that caught my attention. It seems too accessible not to try…
I’m talking about “working” your way around the world.
Computers, the internet and employers’ willingness to allow people to work remotely have created the opportunity for people to work from anywhere – the South of France or even somewhere in Asia.
And why not? Who said “working from home” means a home in the lower 48 states?
Waking up to a part-time job in Bangkok or Prague sounds pretty appealing to me.
The best part of this lifestyle change? Working part time is part of most boomers’ retirement plans anyway.
So why not work from the road?
From an employer’s perspective, retired part-time employees are a big cost savings… The employer doesn’t have to provide health or retirement benefits.
And as I’ve said many times, we boast a lifetime of experience and proven performance as well.
Many folks may not have skills that transfer well to the “work from home” or “work from the road” lifestyles, but that’s where retraining and learning new skills come in.
Both are listed by retirement experts as some of the best things you can do to improve your quality of life in your golden years.
If you’re not sure how you’ll fill your days when you leave the office for the last time, strolling down roads in a place you’ve dreamed of visiting sounds like a pretty good idea to me.
It’s worth looking into… I am.