Starting sometime near my senior year in high school, I became fascinated with books about success and financial achievement. I loved being inspired by Tony Robbins. I loved discovering habits of successful people from authors like Stephen Covey, Thomas J. Stanley and William D. Danko. I must have read Dale Carnegie’s How To Win Friends and Influence People 5 times by the time I graduated college.
All of these books are amazing, but it wasn’t until I read The 4-Hour Workweek that I knew how I was going to measure my own success. Working 4 hours a week would be great, but what I was most interested in was the idea of location independence. The ability to earn money, no matter where you are in the world has been my biggest professional dream for many years now.
Lindsay and I have finally realized aspects of this dream and it has transformed our lives. Being semi-location independent was a big reason we could move across the country as a step in following our own detour. Then, most recently, transitioning to complete location independence has allowed us to experience the wonderful lifestyle and world of full-time RVing. We have seen incredible places, made amazing friends and grown our marriage in ways I wouldn’t have thought possible. We couldn’t live this lifestyle if either one of us was physically tied to our jobs. We thought to ourselves that this is as good as it can get.
It wasn’t until recently, however, that we realized just how important location independence truly is.
The very day that we arrived in Maine to begin 6 weeks of chasing colorful leaves, pumpkin patches, apple cider, and fall festivals, my mother informed me that she had received some terrible medical news. She was going to require surgery and treatment to battle her illness and fight for her life. It was likely going to take months, if not longer.
Lindsay and I pulled our truck and fifth wheel over. We were completely shocked and heartbroken. It felt like all of the air had been sucked out of the vehicle. We sat there, somewhere off I-95 feeling like we couldn’t possibly be farther away, feeling lost.
After a week in Maine, we drove the 2,300 miles back to Colorado. During the drive home, we had a lot of time to discuss the benefits of having a house that has wheels. We kept telling each other how blessed we were that we could pick up and be anywhere in a matter of days. And more importantly, how we could stay as long as we needed because we didn’t have to get back to a job, school, or house.
I can’t tell you how remarkably thankful I am that we can be here during this time. We can be here to support my mom and take her to appointments. We can be here to cook dinner or run an errand so my dad doesn’t have to. This is all possible because we are location independent. This to me is the realization of a dream, the reason that I wanted this for so long. We could have never been able to be home like this if we were still living in Raleigh, NC like we were last year. Even though I am sad that we’re not on the road and traveling to amazing new destinations every other week, I wouldn’t trade this time for anything.
The beauty of full-time RVing and being location independent is that you’re in control of whether your stationary or mobile.
Sometimes in the midst of this lifestyle, we take for granted that not everyone has the same flexibility that we do. For most full-time RVers, location independence didn’t happen by chance, nor did it happen overnight. It was the same for us. We had to make it happen. We continue to make it happen.
Most importantly, you can make it happen too. Lindsay wanted to be an elementary school teacher ever since she was a little girl. She went to (and invested in) college for 6 years earning her bachelors and masters degrees. She relentlessly pursued her passion, finally getting her chance to be a kindergarten teacher. Being a teacher was all she knew – and she gave that all up to pursue a different lifestyle that she wanted! And now, she is transforming her self, learning new skills and slowly building out her own path.
If location independence is something that you want so that you can full-time RV (or not), understand that you can make it happen. There are so many ways to make money online or to build a mobile-based business. Many employers are willing to have remote employees, even companies that don’t have a telecommuting culture. My company is awesome for that, but there are tons of other companies that don’t think you have to be in an office to do great work. In today’s digital world, if you really want it, you can make it happen.
After this experience with my mom, I realize more than ever why having flexibility is so important. You can trust that we will never look back, and do everything possible to continue a location independent lifestyle. We plan to write more about this as well as provide insights into how we are working to achieve our goal. If you’re interested, please sign up for our newsletter below!
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Here’s a couple of ideas/resources to help you if you’d like to become location independent.
1. Think about starting a blog or a web-based business.
Check our blogging resources page for more information. Many people have enjoyed incredible success by going this direction. I also highly recommend listening to the Smart Passive Income Podcast by Pat Flynn.
2. Ask if you can make your job remote.
I work as a normal, 40 hr/week employee. I interviewed for a position that was not listed as a remote position. During the interview process, I asked them if they would consider it. I also informed them that it was a condition of employment for me. Luckily for me, they wanted to hire me and made the position remote. I have heard this from many other’s as well. They simply asked their boss/organization if they would be ok with it, and they were. They might not be, but you’ll never know if you don’t ask.
3. If your current job won’t work, look for a new one on Flexjobs.
This remote job board host over 20K remote/flexible job opportunities and is a great place to start.
4. Listen to The RV Entrepreneur Podcast by Heath Padgett.
This podcast interviews people who run location independent businesses from their RV’s. Sure to inspire!
5. Consider work camping.
This is not so much for location independence but is a great way to have a mobile income that pairs great with full-time RVing.
Are you interested in location independence? Has there been a time that you were so thankful to be location independent? Got some other great tips, resources or suggestions to help? Tell us below in the comments section!