- Have a partner that you get along with … well. That is love, care about their well-being, enjoy mutual activities and can tolerate their idiosyncrasies.
- Join the Escapees Club, or club(s) of your choice, and/or an online forum to get a feel for what it’s all about.
- Decide how much you want to travel versus how much you want to spend weeks or months in one place.
- Find the RV you like and think you can spend a lot of time in.
- Try a couple weeks, then a month or so of living/traveling/camping in your RV before you sell your stick house and dump your lifetime accumulation of possessions.
- Find a place for your ‘base’ … a town with relatives/friends/health care connections, etc. Choose a mail service to receive all your mail/packages and hold them or forward them as directed by you when you have an address. Of course they charge but it is a time consuming service. Friends/relatives may offer but it gets old soon.
- Choose a cellular phone service. Disconnect your landline service. Make sure your computer is updated and has WiFi.
- Sort and eliminate stuff you have collected over the years. At least 75% of it. Do NOT rent a storage unit …after a year or so you won’t even remember what’s in it. If you want to remember some stuff… photograph it and put it on the screen saver or roll-over of your computer.
- Have an estate sale. Donate what isn’t sold to a charity thrift store. Sell your stick house.
- Tell your friends and relatives that you love them, you will miss them, you will communicate by phone, computer, skype or snail mail. Tell them you will send them photos and travel logs about the good times you are having and things you are seeing. Tell them to please step back because you’d hate to run over their feet with your RV. Then head down the road to the freedom of a new-to-you lifestyle.
If you get through the first five steps successfully it’s time to get serious.
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