How do you get mail if you live full-time in an RV?

I get asked this question – a lot. 

Here’s the skinny:

There are several mail sorting, scanning, and forwarding services out there – Escapees Club, MyRVMail, and Traveling Mailbox are a few examples.

I do not, however, use any of them.

My strategy has been, first, to go paperless with as much of my mail as possible (all of my banking and bill paying is done online, I cancelled magazine subscriptions, etc.).

Any remaining mail is sent to a family member’s address (my domicile) who, once a month, sends it in one of the pre-paid Priority Mail envelopes I supplied her with, and addresses it to wherever I happen to be at that time.  It’s also where I’m registered to vote, have a driver’s license, pay taxes, etc.

As a business owner, another step I took was to authorize any mail sent to me from the IRS, to also be sent to my CPA. (If this interests you, contact the IRS for the necessary paperwork to set this up.)

That’s it. Pretty simple stuff.  

I’ll also add here that Amazon ships to Amazon Lockers, making ordering things online (and picking them up) super easy as well.

How to get your mail is just ONE of so many important questions you need answers to before hitting the road. 

Living a nomadic lifestyle is a dream that many share, yet so few actually DO it because fears about the unknown and all the “what ifs” that pop to mind too often stop the dream in its tracks.  

Lord knows, spending endless hours googling questions certainly isn’t the fastest or easiest way to get road-ready for all things logistical, mechanical, lifestyle, and social either! 🙅‍♀️

Want to learn how to make this dream real and live nomadically – for a month, a season, a year, or forever?

The trick to go from THINKING about it to DOING it is not to get overwhelmed researching, digging, and following a bread-crumb trail of information.

In fact, that usually ends up just endlessly postponing the date of the adventure!

Sure, you could spend weeks or months gathering information, watching travel YouTubers, and ending up on the 14th page of search results for “ultimate packing lists” and “RV mechanics” for the 14th time…

OR…

Fast-track a freedom-based lifestyle and skip the (costly) rookie mistakes by getting everything you need – ALL IN ONE PLACE – with Nomadic Living 101.

This course offers 8 value-packed modules:

👉 Downsizing and prepping for the transition
👉 Financing nomad life with budget-friendly living
👉 Food, fitness, and relationship tips for the road
👉 All things logistical and mechanical
👉 Selecting the perfect RV
👉 Space-saving tips to maximize space
👉 A process for managing fear and jitters
👉 How to hit the road with intention, excitement, and clarity

💥 PLUS: A bonus Q&A session to answer all of the “what if” questions!

In this course, we share ALL — mechanics, must haves, all things related to preparing for your journey … and we also share our personal experience, our knowledge, our process, our detours, our lessons learned, and full-disclosure tips and discoveries about what it really takes to make this awesome lifestyle work for you.  

Eager for the adventure of a lifetime?

Learn more here! >> www.nomadicliving101.com

To the journey,

Tara Sage
Master Coach, Location-independent boss lady, Author, Speaker, Nomad, Salsera, Life Hack Pro.

Nomadic Living: As We Roll Travel Diaries & Nomad Stories (Nov 2017)

— November 2017 —
 
We were just days away from the end of our lease, and Carl and I were in the final throws of clearing out the apartment and preparing to drive away in our 20’ travel trailer RV … for what was going to be an open-ended full-time Nomadic Living experiment.
 
We bought a notebook at a nearby drugstore to use as our Nomadic Living Travel Log, keeping a record of the places and dates of our stays at each location. I picked a small, thin notebook off the shelf. Carl chose a thick notebook, which made me smile, revealing that he thought our Nomadic Living experiment might last long enough to need a thick notebook.
 
The first night of our Nomadic Living experiment began on November 5, 2017 in the Alexandria, VA parking lot that was directly across from the apartment we’d been living in. It was late that night when we got the last of our things out of the apartment and crossed the street with our dog, for our home on wheels.
 
Truth be told, we were far too exhausted to be excited. We later admitted to one another that we both fell asleep that night questioning if this was a good idea or just a nutty mistake.
 
But, regardless, the journey had begun. The next morning we drove off and headed for our first campground just 30 miles down the road in Dumfries, VA where we spent our first 5 days of RV living. We intentionally chose not to go far so that we could ease into figuring things out and find our groove. Freezing temperatures made for a crash course in how things worked.
 
Seeing as we weren’t far from DC, we even drove back to meet some friends for a night out at a favorite salsa club (where Carl and I first met).

After our stay in Dumfries, inching our way south, we went to just outside of Richmond, VA. Living in such a small space was a big part of our learning curve. Basic things like making coffee, the bed, and taking our dog Cosmo for a walk in the morning set up a rhythm for the day for what was otherwise “typical” – work (we both work remotely), making meals, etc. This location called itself an RV Resort, offering amenities like an on-site gym that I used, and dinner for all its guests where we ate and talked with people over soup and salad. We went dancing in Richmond and tooled around the town a bit. I bought a pair of cowboy boots, we ate falafel, we explored some of the history of the area, visiting Confederate statues that had recently been in the news.
 
Our next stop was Karr Lake, North Carolina. This is where I feel we exhaled. We were finding a rhythm, we were getting into a flow with set up and take down and we savored beautiful sunsets reflecting off the lake. We sat by the campfire, and relaxed … appreciating our surroundings, the change of pace from DC living, nourished by nature all around us.
 
On Thanksgiving day we called family and delighted in the simplicity of having a rotissory chicken along with a mix of yummy sides (brussle sprouts are a favorite). We felt at home. We were home with each other and present to our surroundings. It was lovely.
 
One year later, in a “Nomadiversary” video, Carl shared how our time at Karr Lake stands out in his memory as a pivotal point in our journey.
 
The last few days of November and the first few days of December we had our first boondocking experience, parked in a family member’s driveway while visiting.
Getting into their driveway was tricky! A dip at the end required a make-shift “bridge” in order for the back wheels to compensate for the angle so we didn’t scrape along the driveway as we pulled in. It was a team effort, and some old doors they had stored in their garage were sacrificed so we could drive over them to avoid the “dip.” My step-sister and her family where the first of many friends and family that we would visit with along our journey.
I also got to visit with Marcy, a friend and colleague. And before leaving Raleigh, Carl and I went dancing.
So, that was November 2017 in a nutshell: month 1 of our nomadic living experiment.

Never did we anticipate that one year later, we would have a Nomadic Living 101 course, a Book (10 Things RV Dealerships Don’t Tell You About Nomadic Living), and be featured speakers at RV events! If you crave more travel, are curious about a location-independent lifestyle and have wanderlust in your soul … Start here >>> This book is *loaded* with tips, tricks, and insights to get your wheels turning! Download your copy of 10 Things RV Dealerships Don’t Tell You About Nomadic Living. Here’s to the journey!

A Location Independent Nomadic Living Experiment Built on Wanderlust

In a recent blog post, entitled ‘Define “Home”, I wrote about what home really means to me. I shared that my nomadic heart spans across continents, making ‘home’ a concept that is simply too big and too complex for me to rightfully define it by just one place.

The truth is, I’ve always had a nomadic soul, and over the years I’ve been blessed to travel and wander my way to such places as Spain, Italy, Australia, New Zealand, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Dominican Republic, and parts of the continental United States and Canada. Wanderlust is innate to my being, and yet – as much as I want to fly the proverbial nest, I also really like having a nest to return to. Therein lies the challenge.

As a location independent business-owner since 2004, I have had a stake in some virtual real estate. Being a virtual landscape pioneer brings with it the unique opportunity to work remotely, from wherever I may be.

Cool, right?

Yet, here’s the catch: As freedom-oriented and expansive as this sounds, I’ve always felt it poses as much a dilemma as it does an opportunity. If I can live and work from anywhere, how the heck do I decide where my home base will be?

How do I pick a place? Where do I build my nest? And what nest will best provide me with the comforts of home, while also not imposing limits on how much flying I can do?

I trust you see the dilemma.

I lived in Rhode Island for many years. Then the DC area for two and a half years. But, I didn’t stay. Instead, my guy, Carl and I, along with our dog Cosmo, decided to hit the road for a Nomadic Experiment. We purchased a mobile nest — an RV camper, and an SUV to pull it. With our 20-foot “condo on wheels” in tow, we decided to heed the call of the open road … with no set timeline, no set itinerary, and no set destination.

One year later, having confirmed we really like the lifestyle, we upgraded to a 27′ Airstream, and we’re glad we did.

But I digress.

When we “launched” into nomadic living, here was our loose plan:

  • To be where we are and go where we want to go.
  • To work from the road, letting our journey inspire
    our work and our work inspire our journey.
  • To live out an expansive definition of home.
  • To wander.
  • To experience a mix of city and country.
  • To visit people we know and love along the way.
  • To make new friends and nurture new connections.
  • To deepen our relationship to one another.
  • To live simply, with less stuff and more freedom.
  • And, to find our way to sweaty salsa dancing hot spots along the way. (Carl and I met on a salsa dance floor.)

Along the way, we also speak, and teach, share, and inspire others to embark on Nomadic Living – be it for a month, a season, a year, or forever.

Will YOU be our next success story?

So glad you’re following our journey, and perhaps we’ll see you on the road! 🙂

xo

Tara Sage

Master Coach, Location-independent boss lady, Author, Speaker, Nomad, Salsera, Life Hack Pro