Many of the new design caravans and fifth wheelers such as the Travelhome Macquarie 29 foot, 5th Wheeler, have an office space incorporated in the design to accommodate the need for today’s gray-nomad to earn the costs of regular touring.
Reg and I are having out ‘Troopy’ serviced at Toyota in Shepparton Victoria, today. It is the 40 thousand service, end even with nothing needing to be done, this is an $1,100.00 to $1,200.00 service they tell me.
Gray-nomads, who like to keep rolling on the road, find many ingenious ways to cover travel costs. Currently here in the Goulburn Valley where I am staying for summer, there is work picking and packing fruit for the SPC Ardmona cannery and the local orchards. I love hard work and exercise but for me J, I like to be my own boss and be able to pace myself, knock off when I want to, I doubt that fruit picking would be something my back could hold up to. Even though art is a non-essential and not a guaranteed way to earn travel costs, it is my way of choice.
We are touring up the more populated east coast of Australia this year and even far north Queensland is now getting good internet access and as we will be traveling with our wireless internet connection this opens up a lot of new ways for gray nomads to clear a break even, income while touring.
There is an opportunity to earn money if you are a good writer through people paying you to write reviews or place advertisements in your blogs.
You can sell your own services like hairdressing, dog grooming, dressmaking from your caravan. There are many ways you can lead a touring life and take a business on the road. You do not have to be retired to lead the gray nomad life.
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