When my husband and I first decided to get a travel trailer the first thing (and I do mean the FIRST thing) that people said was, “Oh, that will make you look so unstable.” In a world that values a societal ideal of stability (which is often an illusion) we were going against the grain. If your living space is mobile, if you travel often (in an RV or otherwise), or if you simply move a lot, stability can be an issue. While you don’t necessarily have to have a fixed address or even a traditional job to be stable, there are some things you should do to stay grounded. It can be a tightwire act too, especially in the beginning when you are still trying to get your feet under you. It’s very easy for life stuff to get away from you and that would not be good. This two-part post will show you that it is possible for freedom and stability to exist together if you can find the right balance and give you actionable tips for achieving that balance.
And the folks were freaking out.
So, while you are traveling, practice a few things to keep at least one foot on the ground. This is a good start.
Pay your bills.
We all have to pay our bills, whether we’re paying off a credit card or purchasing propane. If we are going to live, at some point we are going to have to give someone something in exchange for what we want and that usually involves money. What’s more, most of the time, that money will be handed over at regular intervals for an extended period of time (think RV payments, lot rent, etc.). Pay it on time and don’t let yourself slip past a due date. Stay on top of your bills.
Reading is great for keeping you balanced and keeping your mind active. Pick up a newspaper, magazine, or a great book and immerse yourself. I absolutely love books, so much so that my husband has a mini ban on books in our trailer. I get as many as I can in digital format, but I do have my print books that I just love. There is something about feeling the weight of a book in your hands, the way the pages feel as your fingers brush against them, and the smell of the print, the older the book the better. Do something.
Get a part time job, work from your RV, or volunteer. Do something that engages you and is productive. I work from my RV as a full time freelance writer and author of several books and my husband has a job as a driver. This keeps us grounded. With my work I can pick up at any time and work from anywhere. My husband is a different story, but even in his job he can pick up and go whenever he chooses. He even could potentially transfer to another area if he wanted to stay with the company. Binge watching TV and playing video games might be fun for a while, but at some point you need to include activities of substance to give you a sense of purpose. Continue this journey by checking out Finding Stability in a Nomadic Lifestyle – Part 2.
What do you think so far? Do you have any tips of your own for creating stability while traveling?