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Volunteering

January 14, 2014 |

For the next two and a half months, “home” is the OSBS, a conservation center and research station located about a half hour east of Gainesville, FL. The site sits on over 9,000 acres of land comprised of a variety of native Florida habitats, perhaps most notably the disappearing sandhill habitat of longleaf pines and…

The Forecast

December 3, 2013 |

Today’s update is going to be quick because time is getting harder and harder to come by now that peak season has hit. I survived Cyber Monday yesterday, and today is day four of a six day in a row stint. The work forecast is calling for overtime up until the end of season, we’re…

Debt and RVing

November 20, 2013 |

Should or should you not be willing to go into debt to buy your RV? I’m a big fan of avoiding debt at all cost. One of the biggest lures and advantages of RVing is the flexibility. You can change your plans with very little notice. Stay where you are another day if you’re having…

Wintering in Florida

October 30, 2013 |

Some people who full-time like to plan out their whole year in advance, and can tell you where they’ll be at any given date during the year. Others do very little planning at all, and might get on the road in the morning not knowing where they’ll end up that evening. While I admire those…

Having Enough

September 7, 2013 |

Recently I received an e-mail from a want-to-be full-timer who wasn’t too far off from retirement age, but wished they could hit the road early. They said money one was one of the factors that kept them from going now, because “you can never have enough”. Allow me to point out that you can, in…

My Second Big Full-timing Mistake

August 19, 2013 |

The sun is shining, it’s 89 and muggy outside, flowers and vines are threatening to take over my hoses yet again, and the chirping of birds greets me when I wake up in the morning. It might seem kind of early to be thinking about winter, but that’s exactly what I’m doing. For those wondering…

Circle 10 Campground, SD

August 12, 2013 |

That would be the campground I’ve been staying at while employed here in the Badlands. Like the Lodge, it’s owned by Forever Resorts, and this is where all the employee housing is for us out-of-state seasonal folks. But there are also tent and RV sites available for guests, so I thought it deserved a review.…

Figuring the Pay at Cedar Pass

August 8, 2013 |

How much money do you really make working with concessionaire companies who contract with the National Parks? Well I can’t speak for all of them, but I can share my experience with Cedar Pass Lodge in the Badlands. So far I have received 6 bi-weekly paychecks during my time here. For the first 5, I…

Choose Experiences

August 3, 2013 |

People I meet for the first time are usually surprised when they discover that I’m a full-timer, being as young as I am. They give me a look and are quiet for a moment, I can only imagine they’re trying to sort out for themselves how I manage it. Sometimes what follows is a “Good…

Working at National Parks for RVers (Part 2)

April 12, 2013 |

In part 1, we discussed working for concierge companies at a National Park, now it’s time to talk about working for the actual National Park Service. If you’re wanting to work for the actual government, being a member of Workampers Network or those other RV sites aren’t going to help. You’ll need to pop on…

Working at National Parks for RVers

April 5, 2013 |

Thinking about working at a National Park this summer season? You’ve come to the right place. During the past month I’ve applied to several and been interviewed for three different locations, all of which decided to hire me. I’m no expert, but I’m going to share what I learned from the experience here for all…

The Cost of Full-time RVing (by stages)

March 8, 2013 |

With my 2012 tax refund money starting to roll in, I decided to take a look back on the year as a whole and see how going RVing changed my bottom line. I have been keeping track of earnings and expenses on a monthly basis for a few years now, as it really helps me…

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