Last updated on January 26th, 2024 at 03:23 pm
We started our full-time travel lifestyle in 2014 and since then we’ve both experienced a transformation in our careers. We started by transitioning to remote work, then establishing a business, and finally found ways to supplement our income so we could retire early.
Watch the video or read on to learn all about our approach:
Our Transition to Remote Work
I was able to transition my position to remote work before we even started RVing. I did this by developing a proposal for my employer explaining how I could perform my position remotely. I had a six-month lead time before our move and proposed a trial period with me telecommuting 3 days per week. Although my position was never intended to be fully remote, I had proven my value to the company over the previous 5 years and was able to demonstrate that I could be just as effective working remotely.
Sean was finishing up a 20-year military career and searched for remote work opportunities online. He used sites like Flexjobs.com, as well as researching specific companies. When he found a company he wanted to work for, he would go directly to their website to see job opportunities. Using this method, he secured a position managing the laboratory component of a medical research study that traveled around the United States. The position was not advertised as fully remote. However, it did indicate the availability of some telecommuting. During the interview and selection process, he was able to negotiate the remote work arrangement.
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Starting A Business
Three years ago, we decided to start a business. We formed Chickery’s Travels as an educational and motivational website for others who are interested in full-time travel. Our business includes this blog, a podcast, and a YouTube channel. We quickly learned it takes a lot of time to create all that content, so I resigned from my full-time remote position to focus on Chickery’s Travels. I’m also a freelance writer for numerous publications (online and print), and Sean co-hosts a podcast, Beyond the Wheel.
While Sean is still working in his full-time remote position, we decided to take on a new branch of Chickery’s Travels, public speaking. We speak on a variety of RV-related topics at RV shows and rallies around the country.
What’s Next For Us
We’re both in our early 50’s and plan to continue working for ourselves and growing our business.
I’ve also started consulting with other bloggers to help them build a business of their own. I’ve co-hosted workshops on “Blogging for Business” at the Workamper Rendezvous and created a Blogging Course, Blogging Camp with 3 other full-time RV bloggers.
Building a successful blog is not something that occurs overnight. Don’t be discouraged. Network with other bloggers or entrepreneurs to help you stay motivated. The thing that helped me the most was working together with 3 other full-time RVers who are also bloggers. We shared successes, failures, and lessons learned with each other along the way. Now we are all earning an income through our businesses in different ways.
If We Can Do It, So Can You!
We were able to take our skills and experience and transform it into new opportunities that allowed us to continue to earn an income while realizing our travel dreams. I know that you can too! We wrote a book titled Full-Time RV Finance to help you learn how to earn an income, save money, and get control of your finances while traveling full-time.
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