Would like all of your imput on this. Please

by Still Totally ADD 41 Replies latest jw friends

  • happy@last
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    Will your teaching centre be seasonal? If so open for a few months and then the few months it is closed do your travelling, you will always then have home to come back to

  • Xanthippe
    Xanthippe

    My gut reaction is don't sell your beautiful home with that fantastic mountain view. Is there no other way you could travel cheaply? Also have you already seen the rest of the world? What about Rome, Paris, Florence, Switzerland, the Black Forest, London, the Pyrenees? Perhaps you've already done this.

  • James Brown
    James Brown

    Cool post.

    I am also in my early 60's 62 in November.

    I could ask the same question. But I either don't have the courage, or the ambition.

    It does sound cool though.

    And as far as I can tell we only live once, at least in this dimension here on earth.

    Good advice requires more information.

    Do you own a house outright?

    What is your monthly cost of living?

    A Rv could cost as much or more than a house and property.

    And to drive a RV down the road could cost your whole social security check each month.

    They probably get 4 or 5 miles per gallon. You might want to check out the MPG.

    I had a Chevy van 10 in 1974 that was brand new and only got 6mpg.

    That was a 6 cylander small van.

    Before I retired I added up all my expenses for the year and month.

    And compared them to my monthy income.

    As long as your income is higher than your expenses, you should be good.

    Good luck.

  • sporece
    sporece

    I have met many couples that have done it. Usually you reach a certain age and you will not be able to do it anymore or the wife is the one that gets tired of "Road Life" and wants to settle down.

    I would sell your place and do it but keep the house in Florida as a back up because eventually you cannot be on the road when you are ninety years old. It's not easy.....many quit traveling due to pain and aches as they advance in age.

    If you sell everything, even the house in Florida eventually you can consider living in a mobile home park in Florida or California. Not too expensive and you could easily do it on SSA.

    I lived in one in Hemet CA. and loved it.

  • Phaedra
    Phaedra

    I love this dream!

    Did you know there are a bunch of discussion forums devoted to this lifestyle? You might want to check them out (if you haven't already). You can learn a lot of great stuff from people already 'living the dream'.

    I'd love to sell all my stuff and get up and go travel like that... for at least a year to see how I'd like it.

    Yes, you only live once. That puts a lot into perspective.

    Send postcards!

    Phae

  • GrreatTeacher
    GrreatTeacher

    Just thinking that real estate generally appreciates in value and an RV starts depreciating as soon as you pull out of the dealer's lot.

    So, you would be selling an appreciating asset to buy one that depreciates and still gobbles lots of money in fuel and repair costs.

    I can't even imagine how much it would cost to fill up an RV. My husband's Dodge Ram costs $150 to fill up and he does that once a week. I jokingly asked him, "Do you realize that we are literally burning $600 a month?"

  • Still Totally ADD
    Still Totally ADD

    I know what you mean about gas GrreatTeacher. My idea would be only 1/2 day to 1 day of driving then set for about 1 to 2 weeks before going to your next stop. Also I am thinking about buying a used RV no more than 10 years old and redoing it inside and out. That way I feel I would have no more than about $25,000 to $30,000 in it. There is no way I could afford a $150,000 RV and then loose half it's vaule as soon as you drive it off the lot. This is the only way it could work for us. Still Totally ADD

  • KateWild
    KateWild

    I would go along with the advice not to sell up with no back up plan. You might need a base if your health deteriorates. Travel by all means though go for it. Kate xx

  • GrreatTeacher
    GrreatTeacher

    If you can also do mechanical repairs that would be helpful. I would still keep $ 6000 to $8000 on hand for major repairs.

    We just put $2000 in our truck for a rear and an axle. Can't imagine the cost for a bigger vehicle. And, a blown engine would be astronomical.

    Not trying to rain on your parade, just doing the math. :)

  • James Brown
    James Brown

    I know what you mean about gas GrreatTeacher. My idea would be only 1/2 day to 1 day of driving then set for about 1 to 2 weeks before going to your next stop. Also I am thinking about buying a used RV no more than 10 years old and redoing it inside and out. That way I feel I would have no more than about $25,000 to $30,000 in it. There is no way I could afford a $150,000 RV and then loose half it's vaule as soon as you drive it off the lot. This is the only way it could work for us. Still Totally ADD

    That's good driving 1/2 day to a day then stopping for a week or 2.

    Where will you stop?

    Staying in a park could be expensive 50 or more a day.

    Wall mart doesnt allow RV's here in Florida.

    I hope you can figure out how to do this. I might follow or copy you.

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