Another Chapter Begins..........

Another Chapter Begins..........

by Carol
(Brandon, Florida, USA)

Florida kayaking

Florida kayaking

Florida kayaking
My traveling companion
She loves to kayak

"That's it! I have had it".........that is sort of how it all started a few months ago. I have been an oncology nurse for 25+ years, and one day just decided that some changes would have to happen if I was to retire young and healthy.
I am 57 years old, and am in good health. I have zero debt other than my Florida home.

With that being said, the only reason that I have to work so hard is to support the house. Soooooooooooooo I started selling off all my possesions a few months ago.........other than my kayak, bike, and my trusty dog,.......those things will come with me........ and when I thought I had sold enough, and packed enough and hauled enough to Good will,(it was easier than I anticipated to let go of 'stuff'....... I put the house on the market on a Thursday and had a contract by Sunday!

WOWSY, right?

So once the bank decides that my house is actually worth the loan the buyers are requesting, I will be buying my RV and readying myself for retirement and adventure.
My 2 biggest concerns are finances, though I have squirreled $$ away, when do you have 'enough'?.........and health insurance.......(the nurse in me!!)

Once I have solved those final hurdles I will be hitting the road.
I will be getting a travel trailer..........just bought a new TUNDRA to pull it, and oh more slight problem.......will learn to pull it and back it up!!
(minor detail in the big picture of things!!)

Would love to hear any suggestions etc.
Love that I found this site.........will look forward to hooking up with other independent women living the dream!


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Sep 12, 2012
Life has many Chapters
by: Kyle & Pat

We are right behind you. I'm retiring on Jan 3rd 2013. Only have to hang around to take care of mother-in-law or bring her with us. Pat wants a home base and to use our Jayco Feather Sport 197 for trips. Living in a small space is easy for me because I lived in a twenty-two foot sailboat for two years when I first came to Florida. Getting rid of "STUFF" is an on-going project, for me, that is and I'm chipping away at it any chance I get. Maybe someday she will get around to only having the travel trailer to live in. I'll be ready. Hope you enjoy your new freedom.

Sep 10, 2012
You're ahead of me!
by: Cowgirl Kathi

I loved reading your story and I am sooo jealous! I have had this little farm up for sale for over a year and still no buyer -- it will happen, I'm sure, it just takes time to sell a "niche" property. Anyway, I am looking forward to the day when I hook up my travel trailer (haven't bought it yet) and take off for the Open Road!

You are too funny with that learning to "pull and back up" comment. Pulling is easy -- the trailer follows the truck; backing up will take some practice. But I can tell you that once you learn, it's pretty easy and the "longer the trailer, the easier it is to back up." I know this from pulling horse trailers around for many years.

Best of luck to you on your journey. There is a wonderful group/website all about Workcampers -- I just joined and have been poring over all the information they sent me. Google "workcampers" and it should come up for you. Lots of helpful information on living the lifestyle and how to find seasonal jobs (full and part time) to support the RV lifestyle.

Keep in touch!
Cowgirl Kathi in Maryland

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