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There are lots of people who like the idea of life on the road. Taking the kids out of school and traveling across the globe to get a worldwide education.
Perhaps you’re just sick of your job or staying in one place. There are lots of reasons why traveling constantly may sound appealing, but it can also be hard work. So, is a life on the road really for you?
Do You Enjoy Home Comforts?
If you’re a bit of a homebody, you may want to rethink your plan for a life on the road. If you like to come home, slip into a bubble bath and catch up on the latest Netflix series, you should probably stay put.
Life on the road means you’ll never be in the same place. It could be days before you get to take a decent shower (even though there are ways of staying clean).
If you’re traveling in a van, you’ll have two choices- stay cramped inside or enjoy your time in the outdoors. Yes, you have the option of staying in hotels, but that can become very expensive after a while.
Your Limited Wardrobe
If you’re someone who likes a different outfit for each day, the traveling life may be a disappointment. When you’re on the road, you have to travel with as little as possible, including your wardrobe.
A few essentials that you can use time and time again will make up the majority of the clothes you own. So, you’ll need to get used to wearing the same thing very often. If that’s not something you can make peace with, perhaps you should stay put.
No Permanent Residence
There are lots of perks to having a permanent residence. For instance, you’ve always got a place to park your car. When you’re out on the road, you may not know where you’ll be parking from one day to the next.
Similarly, when you’re at home, you have a permanent address for postal mail. If you haven’t got an address, you’ll be forced to use online P.O. Box companies. Although today’s technology will allow you to stay in touch with family and friends, you may have to find frequent stops where you can charge your phone or make use of free Wi-Fi.
Just because you’re out on the road, it doesn’t mean you won’t have bills to pay. You’ll need to maintain your vehicle, pay your phone bill and buy necessities like food and clothing.
That means you’ll need to be creative when it comes to making money. If you can get a job that can travel with you, like a freelance writer, you can work while you travel. Relying on trying to find a job at each different stop you make may have you back home sooner than you think.
Life on the road isn’t for everyone, no matter how stress-free it may seem. Are you really willing to give up all the luxuries you have for that experience?
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