Are you interested yet hesitant in making the transition to living full-time out of your RV ? The concern we most often hear is, “I want to travel full-time but I’m just not sure how to make a living while on the road.” If you identify with this sentiment, we’re here to say that your worry is valid. The idea can be daunting, especially if you feel like those who live on the road are working primarily in digital media and that it’s a young persons game (it’s not exclusively, but it does take some learning). We’d like to offer you a little relief. While there are a few avenues you can take to fund your travels, we’ll get into those in later blog posts, today we’re going to highlight Workamping.
Workamping is a form of RV camping where one works full or part-time to receive compensation of free camping, utilities and additional wages. Workcampers are typically adventurous individuals who are interested a lifestyle not defined by one place. When a large chunk of your travel expenses go to paying for a campground, the opportunity workamping affords saves a significant portion of your travel costs.
Workamping is not exclusive to campgrounds. In fact, you can find employment at a number of RV Resorts, National and State Parks, Dude Ranches, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and National Monuments in addition to dozens of seasonal opportunities (think Christmas tree and pumpkin sale lots.)
If you’re not picky on your tasks, you’ll always have work on the road. These job titles include but are not limited to: maintenance, reservations, landscaping, cleaning, food service, security, camp host, sales, tour guide and shuttle driver.
A few things to note:
- Workamping positions are sometimes difficult work for lower wages.
- Most jobs are offered as seasonal positions: March-May and August-October.
- The median age of workampers is 53.
- Often campgrounds desire a 3 month commitment of their workampers, but this varies from site to site.
If workamping sounds like something you or your family are interested in, there are a number of resources on the web that will point you to obtaining a position. Check out these sites for job listings and to stay up to date on open positions. Workamper News, Work at KOA and Workers On Wheels.
Have you workamped before? Let us know! We’d love to hear your stories and experiences.