This is the most frequent question I receive from people wanting to live on the road just like me. The unfortunate answer is that there is no magic secret. Making money is work no matter where or how you live. We are all unique individuals with unique stories. What works for me might not be what works for you. I personally rely on several means of income:
But I have good news! I have a few tips that apply to everyone wanting to live a happier, more successful life:
Does a bear sh*t in the woods? Me too! But seriously, most of the time I am boondocking out in mother nature, which provides the best outhouse I could image. Clean, breezy, and the views are great. Be respectful, be clean.
But what about when I’m not in the middle of the woods? Ask yourself when the last time was that you were in public, had to go so bad, and could not find a restroom? Not very often. There are toilets… everywhere.
Between gas stations, restaurants, walmarts, and friend's homes... I have successfully avoided any arrests due to indecent exposure!
I have been on the road for two years now. In over 700 nights I've managed to pay for only 60 of those, averaging just $2/night over 2 years. Check out my Numbers page for up to date statistics!
Free camping is important to me not only because I live on a tight budget, but also because I didn’t choose to live in a tiny trailer so I could be surrounded by the people and amenities of an expensive RV resort. I find my peace in nature, and so want to be surrounded by it as often as possible.
That being said, it’s also important to me to camp legally and respectfully. There are so many resources out there for finding these pieces of public land, and after spending hours perusing them all, here are my favorite and most used: