Some people can make a change without hesitation, but others may feel more comfortable with a good set of plans. Where do you fit within this spectrum?
While planning is always good, the ability to be resilient will serve you best as you transition to the RV Digital Nomad life.
As mentioned in an earlier article, being mentally prepared is the first step. You begin to see things differently knowing your living space will be 100 – 200 square feet (plus all the outdoors you can handle).
If you are not on the side of the spectrum that can change on a whim, perhaps the following scenarios will make the transition a little easier, depending on your overall goals.
I like the travel aspect of being a digital nomad
Before selling your home and most of the things inside, maybe you can go on an extended sabbatical. Do not quit your day job just yet. If you have ample vacation days, why not take the RV to areas within a 4 – 6 hour drive and become comfortable working from your space. Stay for a week at least. Learn what needs to change to make things easier for you.
After a week, move to another location 4-6 hours away. Do the same thing.
You will learn about the disruption of moving, the comfort of your new workspace, and balancing work and play.
For those of you who want to try working while traveling the world, there are companies that form cohorts of people that travel and work on projects together. You spend a month at a time in a different country. Some are four months; others are for twelve months. They do all the travel planning for you and make sure you have a nice, shared workspace.
I like the work from home idea with no office to go to
While many of us were forced to work from home during the pandemic, it may not have been the ideal situation. Maybe you were not prepared, and your workplace still treated you like you were at the cubical.
If you were never allowed to make the transition, why not ask if you can try it out? Start with two days per week, then three, then the entire week. Prove that it can be done. Show how you can be productive and there is no reason why you should not be allowed to work from home.
This is a good time to prepare yourself for working from an RV. If you already have one in the driveway, spend that work time working from the RV. Become familiar with hot spotting your cell to your laptop and test lighting for the inevitable video conferences.
If you want to go one step further, take the motorhome to a nearby RV Park and stay for a week. You will also be able to learn how to separate work from play. Be sure to build in some playtime!
Ease your way into this new lifestyle. It is not a job change, but a new way of life. Location freedom allows you to satisfy that wanderlust that now nags at you almost every day. I am not saying it is easy. Far from it. But the joy of finally doing what you want, with who you want, and whenever you want, is well worth a little chaos that comes with change.