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Time To Hang Up The Keys?
The time has come. You’ve reached the stage where you either have no choice or have decided to “hang up the keys”. Now what? I asked that question of several RVers and, not surprisingly, most haven’t thought of it. Some have given it considerable thought and some just have a vague idea of what they’ll do. Don’t let your future be the anthem of “Que Sera Sera…whatever will be will be.”
The first answer I received was from David Violette who writes a blog that I follow called Travels with Dave & Elaine Violette. “So far, our loose criterion has been “when health issues require it.” was Dave’s response when I asked if they had a plan. He further elaborated that “As to what we’ll do when we no longer want to be mobile: we’ll probably buy a small place somewhere with amenities we enjoy. Phoenix is a candidate since we have lived there and like it, but there are other choices. We may keep an RV and travel some seasonally; depends on health issues at the time.”
Candace Rivero, an RV friend, says, “Lotto or work ‘til we can’t.” While Candace is serious about these options she also adds, “We will most likely retire in an RVP somewhere…possibly one of the Escapees parks where we will buy a lot and remain near friends.” Her husband needs to be close to doctors because of health issues. Candace hopes that she will be like her Mom and live well into her 80’s. I hope she does too because this is one funny savvy lady!
Lynn and Maria, owners of Monte Verde RV Park in Angel Fire, NM have thought of their future and know that “…whether in RV or in sticks, it’ll have to be relatively near to major health care.”
Talk about having all your ducks in a row, Evada Praesel Cooper and her husband Terry “The Professor” Cooper at the Mobile RV Academy says, “The Professor and I do not intend to ‘Retire’…as long as we are breathing…we intend to do what we love and that is traveling and training. Professionally and for the consumers…we love helping people succeed in doing what they love…and that is to RV successfully. Traditional housing? I have done that…we both have. We have spent a lot of energy, time and money maintaining something that doesn’t have a lot of value in the end. The adventures that we have, the relationships that we make….are far more important. There will always be doctors and such…wherever we are. We will trust in the Great Physician and common sense to keep doing what we enjoy.”
For us, we plan to find a small piece of land and park. Or, possibly rent an apartment or condo. The most important thing for us is to make the decision ourselves before someone else makes it.
I urge you to have quiet meaningful talks about your future and what plans you want in place with your spouse/mate/significant other when the time comes. It will give you peace of mind. Believe me…I know from experience.
In the meantime enjoy each and every mile of your RVing adventures.
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