We started our full-time travel lifestyle 5 1/2 years ago and over that time have 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 six-months lead time before our move, and proposed a trial period with me telecommuting 3 days per week. Although my positon 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 for 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 other who are interested in full-time travel. Our business includes this blog, a podcast, and 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.
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.
We also wrote a book, Full-Time RV Finance. I’m a freelance writer for Camping World and Good Sam’s blogs, and Sean co-hosts a podcast, Beyond the Wheel.
What’s Next For Us
We’re both in our late 40’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.
Recently I created my own course to help people learn the technology required to start a blog. If want to start a profit generating blog, but don’t know how to use the tools and strategies that will turn your hobby blog into a business, check out Blogging Tech Made Easy. I provide easy to follow, hands-on video training to help you start a blog or take one to the next level.
Building a successful blog is not something that occurs overnight. Don’t be discouraged. Network with other bloggers or entrepreneurs to hep 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! Feel free to send us a note and let us know what your biggest struggle is. We’re happy to share our resources and experience with you.