Full time motorhome life in order to travel!!
We've learned that motorhome travel is one of the best ways to really experience a country and meet with the locals at the same time.
Just how much travel can you do in a motorhome?
We think it's realistic that you can spend at least ten years exploring the world in a motorhome, and that's just touching on the countries that are EASY!
Our motorhome Sherman, and the view along highway 220 in the state of Pennsylvania.
How about this list...Canada, United States, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, England, Scotland, Wales, Iceland, all of Scandinavia, all of Europe...and let's not forget southern Africa including Botswana, South Africa, and of course Namibia!
How do we know this? Because our British friends Glen and Steve have motorhomed in most of these countries. They keep a travel tips blog at http://www.glenswatman.blogspot.com/ and up until Steve was diagnosed with leukemia last year, they had been traveling full time for almost 15 years!
They did it by buying and selling a motorhome on different continents. When we met them in July of 2007, they were in the middle of a two year motorhome trip to North America, and they had just finished buying and selling in Africa where they had spent the previous winter touring.
Of course you need the start off capital to buy the motorhome. But you don't need a lot. You can do this with between $10,000 to $30,000 dollars, in any of the countries we mentioned.
And once you've actually got the motorhome, you need to set it up to be self sufficient...solar power and batteries because very often, you won't be staying in expensive campgrounds. Once you're set up, you will be able to travel and explore for less than $1,000 a month. If you're careful and use good money management you'll learn how to live a frugal (but fulfilling!) lifestyle.
Glen and Steve's motorhome while in France.
There are some logistical things to consider, and it's not always easy, but there's always a way. Buying, registering, and insuring a vehicle as a foreigner in a foreign country can be challenging and sometimes you have to tell some little white lies such as finding a friend who's address you can use as your own...but there's always a way.
And, there are motorhome exchanges too. We're currently trying to find an exchange in South Africa, where we could use someone else's motorhome while we're there for a couple of months and in exchange, they could come to Canada and use ours for a couple of months next summer.
Other than the cost of the motorhome, and the costs of flying to and from these countries and your home country for occasional visits, you can travel the world for $1,000 a month. Glen and Steve have proven that it can be done, and we've shown in our travels so far that it can be done.
All you need to do is to try it yourself!
Sherman parked up for the night at St. James Parish Church near Port Dufferin, Nova Scotia, Canada.