Make Money and Travel – Anne’s Bookkeeping

Oct19

Finding a way to Make Money and Travel isn’t hard, but it does require some creative thinking (or outside the box as we like to say).  As with any successful business, its about figuring out what people need and filling that need.  That is exactly how Anne started her location independent bookkeeping business.

 

The aha moment: When Anne realized she enjoyed monthly tasks like paying bills and reconciling bank accounts, while lots of other people (and business’) loathe the idea of updating their books, paying bills and all that kinda stuff!

 

Anne doesn’t have a website or blog to plug here. She started this business after retiring from her 9-5 job at 52 yrs old.  She is just one of the many people looking forward to the full time travel lifestyle and she knew there was a way to make money while living on the road.  If Anne can do it, so can you!!!

Meet Anne:

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Best New and Innovative RVs of 2015

Oct16

We’ve been scouring the California RV Show for the past week (yea, it’s a very long show) looking for the new, the noteworthy and the “Best Of” the 2015 RV selection.  Every year it seems the RV industry takes a step towards the 21st century and this year is no different; with transitional spaces, cabinets that cleverly turn into desks, skylights that open up to the stars and even high end luxury without looking like Vegas threw up (don’t worry, they have that too)!

We’ve handpicked 11 of the Best 2015 RVs that have loads of cool features and amenities worth checking out, but to keep the video from becoming a half hour snorefest we’ve selected only a few of our favorite items from each rig.  If you’re looking to upgrade, or buy your first RV, this is a good place to start your search.

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Beautiful Free Camping in Indiana

Oct12

Deep in the Hoosier National Forest, less than one mile in from highway 446 and just a short drive from downtown Bloomington, Indiana is the Charles C. Deam Wilderness area that’s full of free camping. The Blackwell Horsecamp is where we ended up parking our RV for a week of quiet wild camping (or at least that’s what we thought). It’s a beautiful wilderness area that was dedicated in 1982 and encompasses almost 13,000 acres of National Forest Land.

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My Tiny RV Kitchen – Convection Oven Cooking

Oct05

Not everyone enjoys cooking but I don’t personally know anyone that doesn’t enjoy eating good food.

I happen to enjoy both immensely and according to Jason, I’m pretty good at it.  But then again I practice a lot, and this often surprises people considering we live in a small RV.  I can’t tell you how many people I’ve come across that assume RV kitchens are small, ill equipped and not made for real cooking. I say hogwash!

I travel with a full array of kitchen gadgets that range from a bread maker to a food processor.  However, the beauty of most RV’s is they come standard with some pretty nifty gadgets that make cooking a snap…such as a convection oven.  If you don’t know what a convection oven is or how it works, watch this:

I don’t think I have used the microwave in our RV more than twice…but I use the convection oven all the time (when we’re plugged in and not Wild Camping).  But this wasn’t always the case.
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Composting Toilets: Tips, Tricks and Solving Problems

Sep27

We’ve been using our composting toilet for over a year now and we’ve gone from “There’s no way that will work and smell ok” to practically writing the book on how great a composting toilet is!  With this article and video we dive deeper into some of the issues we’ve come across and a few of the biggest “grey” areas for living with a Composting Toilet. 

If this is the first Composting Toilet Video and Article you’ve come across I would suggest you read and watch some of our other more introductory articles first:  www.gonewiththewynns.com/all-composting-toilet/

We covered most of the questions below in the video, but just in case you want to read it here’s the shorthand version along with a few updates:

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Hourly America – Make Money and Travel

Sep21

Ideas are great, but they are nothing more than just that without action.

Heath and Alyssa had an idea, and then did what so many don’t, they put it into action.  Now, at the ripe old age of 23 they are experiencing their first year as full-time travelers, filmmakers and writers.  Yes, its their first time doing all of it, so far they’ve been pretty successful and they’re sharing with us exactly how they are making it all happen.

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Even if you don’t have an interest in writing or film-making as a way to Make Money and Travel, Heath and Alyssa have some great words of wisdom for anyone wanting to break out of the norm!

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Wonderland of Dazzling White Sands

Sep14

It doesn’t seem to matter how long we stand atop these glistening white hills, staring infinitely through the white abyss with the craggy dark mountains way off in the distance…we reach deep into our vocabulary hoping to pull out something beautiful, but we’re stunned to one word:  Unbelievable.

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We find ourselves in the midst of one of the world’s greatest natural wonders and our minds are blown.  The fine grains of white sand are wavering across the desert floor and we’re frozen, as if our brains can’t compute what our senses are experiencing.  There’s no poetic verses flowing out of our mouths, no heightened sense of enlightenment, not even fantasies of Arabian royalty riding past on well adorned horses…it’s just the one simple word playing over and over:  Unbelievable.
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Top 5 Good, Bad and In-between of Our Fleetwood Excursion

Sep08

We’ve been living full-time with Roy the RV for 9 months now and have formed a lot of different opinions about him.  In last month’s crowdsourced content poll, you voted to have us create a video of the best, worst and in-between of the Fleetwood Excursion (we’re shocked that was your choice by the way).

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So without further ado here’s where we dish the dirt about our home on wheels.
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Big RV Questions: Residency, Mail & Health Insurance

Sep07

We’ve been avoiding some of the biggest RV questions for a while now.  Why? Because choosing residency, handling mail and getting health insurance as a full time traveler are all fully loaded subjects.  Honestly, it’s got to be up there with puberty, the birds and the bees and why drugs are bad conversations.  Yet, these are topics that are extremely important for every full time traveler to figure out.

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We’ve been avoiding these questions because we didn’t necessarily have the personal experience to back it up and everyone’s wants/needs/situation is unique so a general info article wouldn’t provide much help.  Before we even hit the road we were pretty well setup: We were already Texas residents (one of the most popular states for nomads) so we never had to deal with RV residency.  Then there’s Jason’s mom (she’s the coolest) who has been graciously handling our mail for us.  We choose not to have health insurance (we pay out of pocket and sometimes head to Mexico). Read more

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