RV living is enticing for many reasons. As we see a continued trend of young people drawn to the “van life” phenomenon, RVing remains attractive for the financial and lifestyle benefits.
As someone who has been living a mini-retirement in an RV for the past five months, I can personally attest to the freedom that RVing provides in many other areas of life. In this article, we’re going to cover five reasons RVing is the perfect retirement plan.
It Helps You Master Money
One of the major concerns when entering retirement is maintaining adequate cash flow. Heck, that’s even a concern for many people, regardless of whether they’re preparing for retirement or not.
RV living, however, helps you master money because you can easily live a low-cost lifestyle. Many states also offer free dispersed camping on national forest or Bureau of Land Management (BLM) land.
In addition, heading west in your RV, especially during the winter months, will help you significantly cut down energy costs. If you’ve become used to heating your home for at least five months every year, heading west can dramatically reduce your heating costs.
You’ll probably be more worried about air conditioning, and you’ll probably be pleasantly surprised by how much less expensive heating and cooling an RV is when compared to your home.
Because they offer ample (and mostly flat) roof space, RVs are also perfect candidates for solar energy. Installing just a few solar panels on the roof of your RV can even further reduce your energy costs. The best part is that your RV will be trickle charging as you’re sitting and enjoying all the newfound free time of retirement.
It Gets You Outside
Anyone over the age of 62 can purchase a lifetime Senior National Park Pass for just $80. The pass comes with a number of benefits, but the major one is that it will cut your camping costs in half. It will also give you access to all of the 61 national parks in the U.S. National Park Service. From Yellowstone to the Everglades, you can probably spend several years just visiting and discovering the hidden gems of America’s national parks.
When you visit these national parks, you’ll probably have a hard time not getting out for hikes and other outdoor activities. Many folks find hiking to be one of their favorite retirement activities. It’s a great way to keep your body in good shape and to keep your mind engaged in learning. We often overlook how much can be learned through simple observation, especially when it comes to nature and its many secrets.
Many retired RVers also report great benefits to their memory and levels of intellectual stimulation. The freedom of RVing allows you to visit places and learn the history that you may have never contemplated before.
Each state has public lands that they’ve established for different purposes, whether those lands are geologically important, historically relevant or something else entirely.
You Can Stay Mobile
Another great benefit of RVing is the ability to move around if you get tired of the weather, you’ve always wanted to experience the culture of a certain city, or your family is growing and you want to be closer to the grandkids.
As long as you have a large enough spot to park (that’s somewhat level), you can take your RV there. This mobility will help you stay closer to your children (and their children) or rekindle relationships that you once maintained before kids and career required so much of your time.
It Helps You Meet New People
In addition to maintaining existing relationships and rekindling old ones, RVing is also a great way to meet new people and make new friends. There’s something special about RVers in that you don’t often find too many that are unfriendly, anti-social, and unhappy about you asking too many questions.
Once you experience life in an RV park, you’ll realize that many of your fellow RVers are generally interested in your backstory and your motivation for making RVing your perfect retirement plan. Many RV parks also offer volunteer or work opportunities that allow you to further meet new people and make lasting contributions to your newfound RV community.
Many soon-to-be retirees worry about leaving their homes, their communities, and their existing network of friends. But the newfound meaning you can find when you travel and begin to meet other people who have opted for a similar lifestyle might surprise you.
It’s impossible to predict how RVing will open your eyes to new lands, new history, and new people. You just have to be willing to give it a chance. As the saying goes, “travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer.”
The Views Are Unforgettable
It’s hard to complain about the views from your RV when you can move it whenever you get sick of what’s outside your kitchen window.
When the solitude of the desert no longer serves you, pack up and roll out to the coast. When the moisture of the marine layer starts to get under your skin, roll back into the majesty of the mountains.
Whether you want to wake up to views of ocean waves, mountain views, or vast landscapes with rivers, streams, and lakes, there’s an RV park out there for you!
Retire to an RV
There are many types and styles of RVs out there to suit your needs and your lifestyle. There is no single “kind” of RV living that works for every single one of us.
The beauty of RVing (and maybe the foremost reason it’s the perfect retirement plan) is that you’ll have the freedom to design your life as you desire and share it with those that matter to you most.
What do you think about retiring in an RV? Leave a comment below.