'Workamper Rendezvous' Celebrates Lifestyle
Steve Anderson, president of Workamper News Inc., told an audience at a Workamper Rendezvous that living in a motorhome is a way to have a “phenomenal backyard.”
“Thousands of folks are out there doing it,” he said at the rendezvous on Oct. 23 in Heber Springs, Ark. “It’s the only way to see America.”
The River Vally & Ozark, Little Rock, reported that after at least a year of planning, Anderson and his wife sold their house made of “sticks and brick” in Heber Springs to became full-time RVers in September. However, he was no novice to the lifestyle. However, as Workamper News is a publication dedicated to helping full-timers find work while traveling. In making the lifestyle change, he said, he has turned over the day-to-day office operations to other family members in order to hit the road.
“We even let our 12-year-old, 19-pound cat be adopted by the people who bought the house,” he said. However, the cat and family relationship didn’t work out, and now the cat has become an office cat, he said.
License plates on the cars and motorhomes in the lot at the Heber Springs Community Center where the rendezvous was being held reflected a U.S. map. The 135 or so attending were from Iowa, Missouri, Tennessee, Pennsylvania, Texas and North Carolina, as well as Wisconsin, Washington and Oregon.
Anderson, serving as one of nine guest speakers, gave a presentation titled Living Your RV Dream: The Lifestyle You Want.
“The majority of you are dreamers,” he said. "RVing full time, he said, is not for everyone. To do it, one must have a burning desire, an itch you keep scratching at, but it continues to itch.”
He suggested that at least a one-year planning period be implemented prior to becoming a full-time RVer. If an RVer has a partner, the first step is to make sure both partners want the traveling lifestyle. Coordinate time to sit down together and talk, as well as explore helpful websites and attend online seminars, he said.
The second step, Anderson said, is to develop a timeline that includes an exit strategy just in case one is not conducive to the lifestyle or there is a health issue.
The third step is for people to figure out what they are going to do with all of their “stuff.” Many people, he said, must have time to deal with their separation anxiety, placing their items in storage. The cost of storage units, he said, can mount up. On that note, he talked with the audience about alternatives, such as giving family heirlooms to other family members. More than once he remarked, “It is just stuff.”
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