What’s your exit strategy?

What’s your exit strategy?

“Are you going to die on the side of the road in an RV?”

I had a very unusual (read: odd) experience while leading a Nomadic Living seminar at the Florida RV Supershow in Tampa. During the Q&A portion of the seminar, a young woman in the audience raised her hand and asked me a rather interesting question.



Her question was about “exit strategy” and our retirement plan. For context, understand, that the speech I had given prior to opening up the stage for questions, had been filled with stories and sentiments about how much Carl and I love the nomadic lifestyle and see no end in sight to this way of living.

The exchange with her began with her asking:  “What’s your exit strategy? Like, what about retirement? What’s your retirement plan?”

We were asked many questions during the Q&A, to include:

==> How do you get your mail?

==> How long do you generally stay in one place, and why?

==> What advice do you have about downsizing?

==> Why did you choose the RV you did?

And countless others …   (Many of which, if you’re curious, are also answered in my book 10 Things RV Dealerships Don’t Tell You About Nomadic Living.)

So again, what she asked was: “What’s your exit strategy? What about retirement? What is your retirement plan?”

Something in her tone made it immediately clear to me that her question had deeper implications than what was presented at the surface … but, so as not to be presumptuous, I began by approaching her question literally.

I replied:

“Good question. I shared earlier that Carl is a remote-working corporate employee. He has a 401k through his company. Since 2004, I’ve been an entrepreneur with my own company. I rolled an old 401k I had from the job I had prior to starting my business, into an IRA, and I contribute to it every year. Does that answer your question?”

She replied:  “No, I mean, when you retire, are you going to buy a house and settle down? What’s your plan for that? I assume you’ll be buying a house and settling down at some point, right?”

This made me smile inside, especially given how many aspiring retirees were there in the seminar, eager to sell their house and enjoy the freedom of the “golden years” traveling full-time in an RV as soon as they could make it happen.

“Ah,” I said. “Got it. What Carl and I are doing breaks the mold on what’s expected or traditional, and I fully understand that it can be confusing for others to imagine a lifestyle that goes against what’s typical or considered normal. I so appreciate your question and I hear where you’re coming from.”

I continued, “I have owned property in the past, and I have since sold it. As I shared earlier in my speech, Carl and I absolutely love this lifestyle and we see no end in sight to nomadic living. So we don’t currently have any plans to buy property or to live in one place anytime soon.”

Now, prior to the Q & A, I shared in my speech the story of how Carl and I had gone about making the decision to let go of our apartment to embark on a “nomadic living experiment”. In the story, I had explained that this left us just 60 days to downsize, get ourselves into an RV, and on the road.

Still responding to her question, I went on to say… “Now, if Carl and I were to decide that we want to return to a house or apartment living, I have no doubt that we could reverse engineer what we’ve done. I’d bet we could even do it in as little as 60 days again. We could sell the RV and find a house or apartment pretty quickly. Does that answer your question?”

It didn’t.

Here’s what she asked next: “Are you going to die on the side of a road in an RV?”

Direct quote. That was her question.

Given that those in the audience didn’t have a microphone, I’d been asked to please repeat each question before I started answering. It was a big room, 200+ people, and I had the mic.

I repeated the question:

“Am I going to die on the side of the road in an RV?”, I said with a smile.

This got a lot of nervous laughter. I paused for a moment to ground myself before I spoke, and then I proceeded:

“Ok. So, I’m really not picking on you. I am fully aware that my lifestyle makes some people feel uncomfortable. It is entirely possible that I will travel and explore for as long as I live and that I may never again live in a house. I don’t know this for sure, and I don’t need to know this now because if something changes, I can always shift things then to adjust. Make sense?”

Seeming somewhat relieved, her reply – I kid you not – was: “Ok, so you WILL settle down at some point and buy a house.”

Slowly … and with a big smile, I said: “Is that what you heard me say?”

The room filled with laughter.

I reiterated to her that, “As radical and confusing as it may seem, I have discovered for myself that living in one place is not something I need in order to feel grounded and at peace with my life. In fact, I am more “settled” NOW than I have ever been, because I am living the truth of what my heart desires.” This got cheers, and “woot-woot’s” and clapping.

I thanked her for her question and moved on to the next question.

The big lesson here has nothing to do with Nomadic Living and everything to do with human nature and how we tend to respond to things that make us uncomfortable. Sometimes people don’t actually want to hear the answer to a question – even if they are the one asking the question. 

Sometimes we’re just not able to hear and receive the answer, because our own resistance and fear blocks us from hearing it.  We’ve all been guilty of only wanting answers that stay within our comfort zone, answers that keep us feeling safe and help us maintain our current understanding of the world.

I truly applaud her for asking, and for being willing to be seen and witnessed in a state of genuine scratching-her-head I-just-don’t-get-it confusion.

It’s a vulnerable place to be.

By asking, she bravely positioned herself for a breakthrough, a potential shift in perception. In this way, confusion is good news. Confusion sets the stage for new levels of understanding. I suspect, and I hope, that this was the case for her.

I believe everyone laughed because on some level they could relate to feeling that awkward confusion, and mind-scramble. It was honest. Her confusion was genuine, an extraordinary example of something we’re ALL capable of: a deep-seated resistance to changing our thinking.  

Thoughts are things. Ultimately, taking responsibility for your life means taking responsibility for your thoughts. And expanding your thinking, will expand your understanding about other people, about the world, and about what’s possible for you.

If you want to change something about your life, change your thoughts.  It sounds cliché, I know. But the Truth with a capital “T” is that if you continue to hold onto old limiting beliefs, and hold firm to your comfort zone, then that will be the truth that you live from and create from. 

And truly … the magic happens when you allow yourself to expand into new possibilities and ideas, and when you take aligned action to support this.

Curious? Want to be keyed in to what we’ve learned through our Nomadic Living experience? Claim a copy of my book 10 Things RV Dealerships Don’t Tell You About Nomadic Living.  You can download 3 chapters for FREE, or, if you’d like the full book it’s $4.95.

Also, be sure to poke around my website for more ‘Tips from Tara’ and other resources to help YOU create a life and business you don’t need a vacation from.

One more resource for you: Want to live and work from anywhere?  Grab this free video training where I share the three strategies that will make the transition easy and get you road-ready for the journey of a lifetime!  HOW TO GET STARTED WITH NOMADIC LIVING + THREE STRATEGIES THAT WILL MAKE YOUR TRANSITION EASY


To the journey,

Tara Sage



“Where do you live?”: RV Living & the Changing Definition of Home

“Where do you live?”

It seems like a simple enough question.

But as someone who lives nomadically, it trips me up, every time.

Here’s what goes through my mind:

Do I share the state I grew up in as a point of reference?

Do I tell them that Rhode Island, a place I lived for more than 20 years, is – if I had to pick one – the place that I most associate with the word “home”?

Do I simply answer, “the DC area” since that’s where my latest residence was for 2 1/2 years?

Or do I say “Florida”, since it’s my legal address … the place where my mail gets sent, where I pay taxes, vote, and have my corporation registered?

Instead of these, I typically respond with the simple truth that I’m a nomad:

“I live full-time in an RV traveling and working from the road, along with my partner and my dog.”

I’ve found this answer to be quite the conversation starter!

I would estimate that a whopping 70-80% of the time, people respond with:

“OMG that’s awesome. I wish I could do that!”  >>> Answer: You can! (We teach you how here.)

About 15% or so ask: “Do you blog about it?”  🙂

And then there’s a special few who seem utterly confused and/or suddenly eager to carry on with their day.  (lol.)

Our world is changing, and with it, the definition of home is changing too.

If you’re curious to learn more and fulfill your own dreams of travel and nomadic freedom, click HERE!  

* We tell all and share everything you need in our Nomadic Living 101 program. 

I had the pleasure of interviewing a couple who defines home in a way that is truly unique. Their version of nomadic living is in a converted ambulance! (They call it The Adventurelance.) I did a livestream Facebook interview with them and within 24 hours it got over 8K views. It’s a fascinating interview. Watch it here:

How do YOU define home? Is home defined by the address where you currently live? Or does it feel more complex than that? Are you a nomad in your own right? What’s your answer to the question: Where do YOU live? 

Please share in the comments below.


How to More Effectively Reach the Millennial RV Market

Retirees have long cornered the RV market, but this stereotype is rapidly changing. Forbes, USAToday, and CNBC have all recently had headlines to the likes of “Move over retirees, millennials are driving RV sales to new records” and “Millennials are fueling new growth in recreation vehicle sales.”

Win-win partnership ahead.

While young families and millennials are getting into the lifestyle in record numbers, the dealerships that are best equipped to serve this unique population are the ones who will most effectively capitalize on this growing trend.

Mobility is a dream that many share, yet there are RV dealers’ customers who despite wanting the mobile lifestyle, end up NOT buying because they are fearful about what’s involved.

The very definition of a win-win partnership is now available to those RV dealers eager to get ahead of the curve.

Join forces with those who are actively living the full-time RV lifestyle, teaching others how to make this dream real. Nomadic Living 101is a comprehensive, personal, web-based, user-friendly course, taught by full-time RV nomads who work remotely and live nomadically.

This course will put your customers on the fast-track to living this dream – their way. And the dealerships who offer it, will be set apart from the rest.

Details at: www.tarasagecoaching.com/rvpartners/

As an RV Partner, you will:

  • Easily generate THOUSANDS with this high-value time of purchase up-sale to your customers.
  • Determine your own retail price/profit margin, and divide commissions to your sales people however you choose.
  • Expand your demographic and better serve clientele with this added value offering.
  • Give curious prospective customers something to learn from and then come back to your dealership when they’re ready to buy.

This modern, personal, user-friendly program serves your current customers, curious prospective customers, your sales team, and your bottom line!

Here’s how it works:

Choose from 3 packages, with access codes for re-sale starting at as little as $1,500. Our best value 50-block package has a $5,000 initial investment.

Since you know your market best, your dealership then sets the retail price.

For the sake of easy math … say your company decides to turn around and sell Nomadic Living 101to your customers for $300 (a low-ball price, since the program retails at www.nomadicliving101.com at $747).

Using the ‘best value’ example above, your investment would result in $10,000 profit. That’s $15,000 in sales ($300 x 50) with a $10,000 ($200 x 50) profit margin!

And the sales process is easy.

Upon making the sale, your sales rep will simply provide the customer with their access code to the program, and the website link to go to, where they will enter the access code for immediate access to Nomadic Living 101.

That’s it!  Sell your access codes, and profit on every sale.

When you’re running low on access codes, re-order with the click of a button and we’ll send you another set of codes to sell to your next group of customers. Easy-breezy.

We look forward to the opportunity to work with you and your company for a pleasant, easy, profitable partnership – an added value offering that will set you apart from your competitors and that your customers will thank you for!

To the journey,

Tara & Carl

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