Living The Gypsy Lifestyle...

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@twoey68 (13651)
United States
May 11, 2008 2:34pm CST
As ppl start their families they usually buy a home for them and their children. However when the children are all grown and moved away the parents are usually left with a big empty house. What to do? Well, some ppl decide to sell the house, buy a camper and travel the countryside. A kind of gypsy lifestyle. In some ways I think it would be neat to do. Seeing all the different sights, meeting new ppl and seeing how things are in other areas. On the other hand, I’d miss my family terribly. This however, will never be a problem for me. With Hubby’s medical problems he isn’t able to ride in a car for more than 30 minutes so traveling across country isn’t going to happen. I do wonder though when I see other retired couples doing it…what’s it like? Would you ever ditch everything, buy a camper and travel? Where would be your first stop…the one place you’ve always wanted to see? What do you think it’s like to be able to do that? **AT PEACE WITHIN** ~~STAND STRONG IN YOUR BELIEFS~~
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@winterose (39921)
• Canada
11 May 08
I never had money for a home of my own, I never had money for a car and when I return I don't see how anything will be different. But even if I did have those things, I would want to buy a camper and roam around, it is just not me
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@Destiny007 (5820)
• United States
11 May 08
It would be a nice thing to be able to do and there is much to see. We used to take a family vacation every year and would try to visit 2 or 3 states in a 2 week vacation. As a result, I have visited all 48 states and been to Canada twice. I have seen the sun rise and set in the desert, and have even went for a couple of hours before seeing anyone only to find a general store and one house in the middle of nowhere. I would love to be able to just pack up and go, but at least I have the memories of where I have been.
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@leeesa (885)
• United States
12 May 08
One of my marketing contacts travels the states and works out of his RV. He's not retired, but I think it's great that he can do it. Having kids obviously holds you down. I could do it for a very long trip, but not as a forever thing. I just like the comforts of home, and living in an RV would never seem like home to me.
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@Hatley (164670)
• Garden Grove, California
12 May 08
no I don't think I would ever travel cross country as I have too many handicaps and also no money to use that way. It would probably be a lot of fun but no use wishing. If I were to go anywhere' it would be to Ireland where my forefathers came from. I think traveling like that is just so much fun and so relaxing that I envy anyone who is able to do that
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@Mickie30 (2633)
11 May 08
No because I want to bring stability to my little girl and buying a camper van to travel round in everywhere would not bring stability. I also could not live in anything so small it would be horrible. I like my creature comforts too much. However I never say never. Maybe one day. Who knows?
@praveenjena (1305)
• India
11 May 08
i feel that i would take up the responsibilities that are on me ... rather than to ditch everything and be on the traveling mode ... ya i like to travel much.... but your hubby needs you and you should be with him... and it is indeed good that you are with him. you know one thing that i have always followed... take the life as it is. that will keep you happy evermore.
• United States
7 Oct 11
My hubby and I just did it. Basically, I got diagnosed with MS in March and couldn't do my job anymore. I had to quit, and thus we had to move...so we just sold what we had and bought an RV. I grew up in a family of traveling craft show vendors, so we do that for income since it's what I know. I make the crafts, he handles the finances. Life is great! I couldn't imagine living any other way. Setting down roots is too mundane. I am in my mid 20's and he is in his mid 30's. This is prime traveling time!! Figure we will do this for a decade or so, then think about maybe getting a small apartment as a "home base". Our fur-children love it, too! The kitties have become so much more playful and friendly. We spend time in RV communities, which are like little families. At least for now, we have no intention of doing things any different.
@littleowl (7157)
3 Jul 08
Hi Twoey-I love my home and where I live in the country but I do still have my son who is 26 living with me yet in a sense that is good as when I want to go away for a while he looks after my 2 dogs or my daughter who lives around the cornr fromm me-yet dream is to be able to just up and go wherever I want but unfortunatley money is the thing that holds me back -your friend littleowl
• Australia
8 Jun 08
We call them 'grey nomads' here. Freedom in the twilight years to just travel the country sounds great. I keep having this dream that we buy a house and it can fly, so we are able to take our house with us on the road. Just have to watch out for the overhead powerlines! lol.
@MsTickle (24962)
• Australia
15 May 08
I would love to do this very thing Twoey. However I wouldn't sell my home as I would like a base to operate out of, Somewhere to go to regroup or perhaps to go to if I was ill or just couldn't travel for a while. My daughter is interested in going with me but I'm not sure how we would go living together in such cramped conditions. She is a controller too but that would work to our advantage in lots of ways. I'd love a partner to go with and enjoy it all with but it seems that ain't gonna happen anytime soon. We call these older folk who travel grey nomads here in Australia. I so want to join them.
• United States
15 May 08
I wouldn't ever do that. As much as it would be nice to go travelling, there is no place like home. I would miss my home terribly. I would like to travel some when I retire though.
13 May 08
My husband likes the idea of buying a camper van. Thing is that I like my home comforts - my dishwasher and my cleaning lady! I would not find it very relaxing having to cook and clean in a mobile home - I would rather do it at home when I have all of my familiar things around me. My husbands grand parents used to do it - they stayed in their UK house for the summer months and then spent the winter months travelling around France.
@Thoroughrob (11750)
• United States
13 May 08
I know alot of people that live in campers. They spend 6 months in the North, and 6 months in the south. I can see that. They have no taxes on property. It is cheaper living. I think I could do that, but I don't think I could move all over.
@abbey19 (3129)
• Gold Coast, Australia
13 May 08
It's funny you should bring up a discussion on this subject at this time twoey, because just last night my hubby and I were talking about just doing that - buying a campervan or mobile home and travel round the country! We retire in October this year, and that idea appeals to us more and more. We need to downsize anyway now there is just the two of us in a big house, so this might be the answer. We live in Australia which is such a big country, and there is so much to see; it would take us a couple of years to go round it, but I'd love to do it just for the adventure, and we would take our two little dogs with us. I'll let you all know if or when it happens!
@slickcut (8141)
• United States
12 May 08
I know that people do this and i am sure that they really enjoy that,but i am not that type of person...I had friends that did that and they really enjoyed their life on the road after the kids were gone...I was a housewife/co dependant , without a thought of my own..I finally after my children was grown to strike out on my own....I know some people do not like to hear this but I prayed for God to help me,i was lost for awhile,but all of a sudden things opened up for me.I was able to obtain a mobile home,and a couple of acres of land with the proceeds of the house that my ex husband and i sold...I moved on this land with so many trees that a bird could not fly through it was so thick with trees and bush...I grew up fast..You should see my mobile home ,it is very pretty,and completly remodeled..I have 2 beautiful acres with beautiful gardens and just a few trees now...I have a car for the first time in my life that i can say is Mine...I feel so blessed to have what i have..I feel i belong here,and never would i give this up..I will remain here,unless God opens another door..Until then i am very happy..I do enjoy a good vacation and i like to travel but i always love coming home to my little paradise....
@palonghorn (5486)
• United States
12 May 08
My ex-inlaws did just that, they sold their house, gave away or sold all of their belongings, except for a few pictures, their clothes, etc. They bought a new truck and a fifth-wheel travel trailer. However, about 4 years into their traveling, she became ill, cancer, and has been in and out of the hospital for the past year and half. Somehow I think it would have been nice to have a home to go back to. I love to travel, I love camping, but it's always nice to get back home. I would have a very hard time not being able to have all my family pictures and things around me. And beside, there wouldn't be enough room for all my scrapbooking stuff. lol
• United States
12 May 08
I've known people to do this while the kids were still young and settle down while they were in school. There are so many different ways to go about it. Some people homeschool to continue their travels. Personally, I want a quiet cabin in the woods. The kids can come and see me there LOL
@stella1989 (2274)
• India
12 May 08
Hmmm a very good topic..!! It just made me leave my seat and ask MY mom what is her idea of living her life when we all get married away. We have an average house in a village here in India. She told me that she will go back to that village away from all these city disturbances, pollutions and population and live a quite relaxed life there. I guess after working like a dog the half of your life who wouldn't want to relax afterwards. About me my wish is to go on a world tour at least once in my life. If I would not be able to fulfill that in my young age then I'll probably go for it afterwards when I get retired.. But selling your house up and getting a camper is not likely because the house you just lived in for so much years and spent your life in making every brick of it.. selling such thing so much closer to you will be a pain. I'll rather try saving up for me so that I can spend it afterwards. Will use that in my world tour with my hubby of course, will use hotels get myself pampered in every spa ahhh..!! :P (ok I am deviating from the topic :P) There is one more reason for why I am not in favor of any camper, it is that a person like me always looks forward to get back at home at the end of the day or week or month. :)
@Mirita (2668)
• United States
12 May 08
Well, I don't believe in a gypsy lifestyle ,but my family loves to do long driving. We usually rent a car and travel to states not too far from Kentucky. Is really fun and you get to meet so many exciting people.
@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
12 May 08
as my life with 2nd hubby was movig around for a job we didnt buy a travel trailer we just rented whre ever we went Didnt buy house till 82 in TEnn which I hated not the house the state we were in . Then it burnt doen and we bought a mobile home which a tornado took in 91 when the kids moved to Utah and we followed later . Stayed there for a few years But as hubby was stil working and we were moving around the kids stayed where we rented and we were paying both rents so they finally moved to Vegas in 95 and we ended back here in 96 then we moved back to TEnn, in 97 the last part of 97 Hubby had finally retired and got his SS going and we bought a house there again!for 2 years our daughter stayed mostly in the basement for being scared of all the storms so we finally moved back here to vegas in 1999. And bought a house here. I sold the house in Tenn about 2 years ago and let it go for almost what we paid for it didnt get any extra for all the work we had done on it. BUt in all that time we moved 700 times. and I do miss traveling and seeing all the sites we seen I would like to go back to Cripple Creek an old mininbg town in the Colorado mountains but not to live. And I would go see yosimite park in calif. and I will get there one day .