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Old 06-09-2016, 08:19 PM   #85
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Camp hosting may be an option for you also.
Dave, I have thought about that. I have zero experience and of course I'm a single so I'd have to find locations that aren't looking for a couple. But it is a possibility, especially if it turns out that getting tech work isn't as workable as I had hoped.
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Old 06-09-2016, 08:27 PM   #86
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rvediva, I have been retired for a long, long, long time! Partly on SS, and part time work, and other income.

The one most important thing that I have learned along the way, is that a person's attitude is the the key to having a happy retired life.

I'd say, from reading you message, that you have the right positive attitude to make it work for you!

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Thanks, Bill! I don't need much and I've never been a particularly materialistic person. As a single adult I've lived alone in a 3 bedroom 4 bath home and also in an in-law's studio and I wasn't more happy in the big place with all the stuff. I have twice sold almost all my belongings and moved across the country - like recently...not in my 20's. I loved loved loved the travel part of it and that's why I know this speaks to me. I'm kind of a solitary person so I don't need a gaggle of friends around me all the time. Although it sounds like when you are full-time, making friends almost becomes easier than when grow roots. My next door neighbors right now stick to themselves so I barely know them after all this time.

But yes, I think I do have the right attitude. I have no debt right now and have reduced my expenses in anticipation of this. A couple years ago I even sold my fully loaded car (the nicest one I have ever owned) which had less than 40,000 miles on it so that I could get rid of that payment. I took the bus to work for a year so I could buy a beater car and not have a car payment. I will do what I need to and I know in so many ways my life will be much richer and healthier than it is now. Can't wait!!
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Another option is teaming with another person who does not want to travel alone but does like the concept of extended travel.

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Quoth Bill Nolen, "The one most important thing that I have learned along the way, is that a person's attitude is the the key to having a happy retired life."

Hear, hear!
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Old 06-10-2016, 06:10 PM   #89
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Another option is teaming with another person who does not want to travel alone but does like the concept of extended travel.

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I've heard of others doing that. Not for me. :-) I enjoy my solitude.
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Old 06-10-2016, 06:53 PM   #90
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Dave, I have thought about that. I have zero experience and of course I'm a single so I'd have to find locations that aren't looking for a couple. But it is a possibility, especially if it turns out that getting tech work isn't as workable as I had hoped.
I have thought about camp hosting but not done it yet, and I am single.
My thought was to accept some second-rate campground where they were desperate for hosts.. and get some experience as well as a good reputation as a host. Then I could better prove to the next place that I, as a single, would do a good job both with the chores, and as a representative of the campground, State Park, etc.
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Old 06-10-2016, 07:23 PM   #91
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There are plenty of people who live modestly on SS. Do realize that it can cost just as much or even more money per month to live in low income subsidized housing as it does to travel and be in some interesting locations boondocking or in an affordable RV park on monthly discounted rates.

The blog of RV Sue and her canine Crew will help you understand exactly what you will be getting into in terms of cost for full timing on the road as a senior woman living on a very modest income. You will also understand how to find camping places, following the weather to avoid big heating and cooling issues, what kinds of people you will meet during life on the road, handling food, dealing with repairs etc. She has been happy living that way for a number of years while constantly sharing in her blog what her daily life and expenses are like.
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Old 06-10-2016, 08:42 PM   #92
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There are plenty of people who live modestly on SS. Do realize that it can cost just as much or even more money per month to live in low income subsidized housing as it does to travel and be in some interesting locations boondocking or in an affordable RV park on monthly discounted rates.

The blog of RV Sue and her canine Crew will help you understand exactly what you will be getting into in terms of cost for full timing on the road as a senior woman living on a very modest income. You will also understand how to find camping places, following the weather to avoid big heating and cooling issues, what kinds of people you will meet during life on the road, handling food, dealing with repairs etc. She has been happy living that way for a number of years while constantly sharing in her blog what her daily life and expenses are like.
I discovered RVSue about a week ago and have been reading her blog. So full of good information including a great travelogue and how she handles finances. How she is doing things is exactly how I imagined doing it. I feel a kinship. lol
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I have thought about camp hosting but not done it yet, and I am single.
My thought was to accept some second-rate campground where they were desperate for hosts.. and get some experience as well as a good reputation as a host. Then I could better prove to the next place that I, as a single, would do a good job both with the chores, and as a representative of the campground, State Park, etc.
Now that's a good idea. How does one identify a second-rate campground? Does it have to do with how they are managed or where they are located?
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Now that's a good idea. How does one identify a second-rate campground? Does it have to do with how they are managed or where they are located?
If you want experience to build up a work kamper resume consider going for several of the shorter term volunteer jobs for things such as museums, schools, summer camps for various organizations. Do not start out by taking a job that is second rate. The ones no one wants are unwanted for valid reasons such as too hot, too cold, too remote, no amenities at all including drinking water, or else you are overworked and under appreciated. Start with shorter term jobs, break into it easy. Don't get stuck for a long time in something second rate and burn out before you even get started. The shorter term jobs go unwanted mostly because they are short term rather than being second rate. But at least you won't get overwhelmed by them. Much nicer to have good memories to think back on
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Now that's a good idea. How does one identify a second-rate campground? Does it have to do with how they are managed or where they are located?
They rent camping spots by the hour?

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They rent camping spots by the hour?

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It took me a while to get the joke you made.. Second rate as in renting the space for very short time periods.

I think that only a certain type known as a no-tell rents by the hour
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They rent camping spots by the hour?

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That's a new twist but not what was meant, funny though. Hope I can keep that from my mind the next time I check into an RV park.
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If you want experience to build up a work kamper resume consider going for several of the shorter term volunteer jobs for things such as museums, schools, summer camps for various organizations. Do not start out by taking a job that is second rate. The ones no one wants are unwanted for valid reasons such as too hot, too cold, too remote, no amenities at all including drinking water, or else you are overworked and under appreciated. ..
By second rate I was referring to any of the campgrounds where they have difficulty getting people to work as hosts (for whatever reasons). I recall seeing a flyer at one state park soliciting for hosts at a different one. The flyer specifically said that singles were welcome to apply and short term hosting was available. So, even though single I am pretty sure I could get this host job. Then, once I spent a little time being the host there, I could use that as proof that I could do the host job just as well as a couple at a more desirable campground.

While it might be an unwanted job for any of the reasons that Corbin pointed out, it would be temporary and no different than an entry-level job in a different field. We should not be afraid of starting out at entry-level when going into a new line of work where we do not have experience or a track record. Of course if a single person can start out hosting at the nicer places then that's great, and I for one, would not take a hosting job at a site with no electricity. I only offer this idea as an alternative way to overcome any resistance to a single person being the host. I would think that having a work history as a host would be preferable to have a work history as a volunteer in a museum, school, etc. when you apply to be a host.

I also offer this idea with the understanding that, in this thread, we are talking about living on a Social Security income alone. Working as a volunteer in a museum, school, etc. is not likely to help you pay the rent or utilities and may in fact add to your expenses.
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