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Become a Freelance Writer and Live in a Caravan
A Little Caravan by The Sea
This has been a dream of mine for a long time, living in a caravan by the sea. Reading another hubbers article inspired me to explore it further.
Before I go on please let me pay homage to Brie Hoffman and her inspirational hub How Much Money Does It Cost to Go off Grid, without her and her writing my hub and plan to live by the sea would not have been possible.
For most people; leaving the rat race and chilling by the sea or kicking it in the countryside is a pipe dream, or is it?
When we all worked in factories and offices we had to show up, if we didn't the pay cheque would stop. Thanks to modern technology this is no longer the case, homeworking is now a realistic alternative for many.
Here is my plan to leave the 9-5 rat race, live in a caravan and live life the way I want to live it, it may work it may not but how will I know if I don't give it a go.
Selling My Plan To The Wife.
Imagine her surprise when I announce we are selling the house and going to live in a caravan, I predict a strange disconcerting look and a sharp lash of the tongue.
As only a level headed women can do when she needs to bring her daydreaming husband back down to Terra Firma, she will ridicule me, criticise me, humour me then point out all of the obvious pitfalls in my half arsed plan.
After a while she will remind me that I have had plenty of stupid schemes to change the world; well at least change our little piece of the world, none of which ever happened. I will retaliate by accusing her of stealing my dreams and stifling my creativity and eventually we will agree to disagree and put the plan on hold, in other words I will do as I am told.
Despite this minor setback; a few days later I will have got over the character assassination and approach the subject again. This time I will be prepared, I will have considered her argument, thought of counter arguments and built my resolve to bulldozer this plan through at any cost. I will have practiced my "selling the dream" speech and be ready to challenge her small minded thinking; I won't let her steal my dream; again!
I think the deal clincher will be when I point out that I am now a freelance writer who is published and read all over the world (Hubpages) and that means I can write articles for money anywhere; even in a caravan.
Do you think she believe me when I tell her I am a writer, will she buy into my plan or shall I work on the argument a bit?
Sell Your House
I am based in the UK, selling houses is not really happening at the moment so maybe my plan will fall at the first hurdle.
Not to be deterred from following my rainbow I could always rent my home out. You see; simply writing my plan down is causing it to develop; don't you love it when a plan comes together. This is actually not a bad idea, I will have an income each month by way of rent and if living by the sea is cold and miserable I will still have a home to come back to.
I will obviously sell this to the wife as a positive development in the plan rather than a flaw and indication of doubt.
If you have been following our story Living With Rheumatoid Arthritis you will know that we need to be living near a hospital, in fact we need to live near our own hospital because that's were the Professor works; another slight issue in the plan. Selling the house and buying a caravan will mean travelling to the hospital (pause for thought), OK I can limit the distance by siting the caravan within 2 hours of the hospital; I think she will go for that.
So that's the wife on side, the house rented out and the hospital sorted what next!
Buy a Caravan
Buying a caravan to accommodate two adults, two children and two very lively dogs will be a bit of a challenge. I guess it will need to be a static caravan with all mod cons; £20,000 should do it.
Better start thinking about selling the house again!
I keep telling myself that these technical details should be seen as a road block on my journey not a terminal demise that requires me to give up and exist miserably. That said and thinking outside the box, if I rent my house out I can use the money to rent a suitable caravan, better still a log cabin or even a quaint little cottage, phew! back on track nearly gave up then.
Surviving Off Grid
Nearly there now.
I have got the wife on side, the roof over my head, an income and a life of peace and tranquility to look forward to, what else do I need?
Am I the type of person to live off the land? Er! No not really, so it needs to be near a supermarket.
How will I cope with isolation? Mmm; don't like being on my own, site the caravan on a community orientated park.
Can I live without sattelite TV? No definately not, must be somewhere with a good signal.
What about the kids education, home schooling, nah can't be bothered with that.
Sounds like I am talking myself out of this plan now, I think it's time to share it with my wife because two heads are better than one.
Will the Wife Leave the Rat Race with Me?
I finally plucked up the courage to let my wife read about my plans before publishing them, I was surprised and completely wrong about her response.
Instead of making me feel like an insignificant blot on the landscape she was very practical with a hint of sarcasm for good measure. She pointed out that we actually live 1 mile away from the sea now, we own a caravan and use it regularly to visit many beautiful places and the pennies I earn on Hupages wouldn't keep us for a day let alone a lifetime.
On reflection; she is right!
My advice then is to follow Brie Hoffmans article as this is much more useful than mine, for me; I am glad I worked this plan through but now realise it's not really a plan, it's a dream and nobody can take that from me as long as it stays in my head.