Retirement Decision – Life “Re-Start”

My decision to retire was a hard one for me.  After working since I was 13, work had become an important part of my life.  I had several “false” starts, one was just before the market went to pot in 2007-08.  Since it was a major hit to my nest egg, I postponed a few years.  But last year I was pretty determined to retire in March of this year, and again waited until October 1, 2013.  Finally I made the plunge.

During the last year to six months, I spent wondering what I would do during my retirement.  Work?  Well maybe some later as a consultant.  I was considering buying a new home in Arizona near family and moving from Orange County California.  I was born and raised in California, but I was ready for a fresh start, a life “re-start”.  After much consideration, and knowing my nest egg wouldn’t allow me to travel as much as I wanted to, a friend mentioned traveling in an RV.  What a great idea, I love the outdoors, camping, photography and there are so many things I want to see all over our county.  It also allowed me to visit with long stays in other areas that my family live in, Arizona, California, Montana and Oregon. With this in mind, my dream changed radically.  I now find myself anxious to take delivery of my new fifth wheel and in the meantime, preparing to move out of my current home of ten years.   My move will first take me to Hamilton, Montana.  That will be my home base going forward during my traveling.  I will travel there in early December to establish my “home base”.  Then after the first of the year I will purchase my truck in preparation to take delivery of my fifth wheel in February 2014.

I guess that’s the plan, so now I will get to work with all the details of downsizing and finalizing my move.  More to come…

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  1. Rod, welcome to the F/T community. You may already know but we have been out here just over a year. With a couple of years planning we headed out with a clear vision of what we were going to do and how we would shape our travels. Even with that planning and prep it is good we remained open to the many options out here for how we can roll. We now seem to preferr to find a workamping gig for one to three + months which allows us to really explore an area. So much to see, explore, experience outhere and we ae loving it. Good luck and stay in touch, I remember selling everything and pulling out of the driveway the last time quite well. It has been a great change.

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  2. Welcome to the nomadic lifestyle. Hope you enjoy it as much as we have. There is so much beautiful country to see out there. Hope to meet up with you sometime down the road.

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  3. Congratulations on your decision to travel on an RV. Life on the road is easy, simple with some doze of challenges. But overall it is a great life!
    Thanks for stopping by our blog, as you may know already we were also from CA but on the northern side. Sold everything and now enjoying living on the road.

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    • Thanks Steve and Mona Lisa. I have been following your blog and many others, living my dreams through your adventures. Looking forward to getting on the road in February 2014.

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  4. If you need money while you travel, consider workamping. I am working as a workamper for Amazon this year as are 150+ others. Some pay wages others just a camp site. Amazon does both for their CamperForce. there are alot of opportunities out there! Ajoyfultraveler.wordpress.com

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    • I spent time researching and I agree with you, that looks like the best place to set up your domicile. My choice of Montana is due to family living there and I will be spending a good amount of time there each year.They are going to forward my mail as needed. Thanks again for your comments.

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