Written by Samantha Jones
A lot of people can find themselves stuck when retirement is looming. After all the effort that has gone into preparing for their second act they’re not quite sure what they’re going to do with all that free time! Well, I’ve got a suggestion: how about a road trip? For many retirees there is no better way hit the road than in a RV. Here are some important points to consider if you envision a road trip in your retirement plans:
Permanent or temporary?
A retirement road trip sounds like a great idea. But a lot of people will want to take that further. The RV lifestyle can be so cost-effective and you’ve got more freedom. This leads some to wonder if they should just take up this lifestyle indefinitely, as a new form of retirement living. It gives you an amazing opportunity to see so much more of your country than you had time to do before.
It’s definitely something you should consider. But it would require a lot of work. You would, of course, have to downsize considerably. You’ll be moving from an entire home to a much smaller space. You’ll probably find that a lot of the stuff you have is just junk you accumulated over the years. But even then it’s a big task!
If you are considering choosing a free-roaming RV life as your retirement plan, you should at least try a road trip first. See if the lifestyle could suit you!
Picking the right RV
You’re going to need to do your research here. A lot of people think that all RVs are the same. But there is an incredible variety of choice out there, and some will be better suited to your purposes than others. There are Class A motorhomes, pop-ups, fifth wheels, and more. A fifth wheel is popular because it can easily be detached from the main vehicle. This allows you to park it somewhere and explore a territory with a “regular” vehicle. You should look through a wide range of quality fifth wheels for an RV.
If you’re looking to have a more camping-oriented experience, look into pop-up options. The problem with these, however, is that they’re really suited to short excursions instead of road trips. Big motorhomes are a great choice for retirees, given how spacious and comfortable they can be. Just remember that motorhomes aren’t really suitable for off-road adventures!
Remembering your health
I very much doubt that you need to be reminded, but I’m going to say it anyway. Your average retiree simply isn’t as healthy as the average mid-twenties person. You’ll have to give a bit more consideration to your health requirements if you’re planning on going on a long road trip.
The problem with road trips is that they will often take you quite far away from emergency services. You may also find yourself frequently in areas where mobile phone reception isn’t as sharp as nearer the cities. Still, how much this affects your average road trip is usually exaggerated. You should also keep in mind any medication you’re taking. Make sure you have a plentiful supply. Also be sure to read the fine print. Medications sometimes don’t last long in certain temperatures or climates. A road trip across the country will see you venture through many different climates. Make sure your meds can be kept safe!