Hey! I’m Sharee Collier.
My husband Antwon and I have been traveling for the past 5 years with our 4 great kids trying to see and do as much as possible on a super road trip we started back in 2013!
But non-traditional life started a few years before that, back in 2010 actually when life was pretty normal. Back then we did what everybody else did. Our kids were in school. We worked 9-5 jobs. We lived in a house, had 2 cars, a dog… the boring list goes on and on. But we woke up one day with the idea to stop. Stop trying to fit in. Stop trying to get 1st place in the rat race. Stop living inside the box. We woke up and wanted nothing more than to just get out and explore.
So we made a short list of 3 possible adventures.
- Live at the beach.
- Live in an RV.
- Live in a sailboat.
We started with #1 of course! We loved it. The kids loved it. We could walk through the sand dunes to the water in 2 minutes and be back home for lunch or dinner just as quick. Then one day, the kids were literally swimming with sharks. Then another day Antwon almost got washed into the water with the car when the first day of hurricane season came. Then one day, shortly after, we decided we were really landlubbers and the water was not comforting!
We looked for an RV and bought one. We did a quick rehab, since ours was actually older than either of us and then moved in! Simple right?
Well, sort of! I mean it wasn’t as difficult as many people make it out to be, and to be honest we wouldn’t have made it work without the concept of Workamping… That’s where you work while you RV, you know so you can keep a steady flow of income as you explore this country! We’ll get to that in a minute- first I want to tell you a little about how we travel!
I’d love to say, we usually travel in luxury, it’s just not the case. The reality is, we’re just an ordinary family, and that means a middle class (or sometimes less) budget. We’re not from wealthy families. We don’t have huge trust funds. We travel slowly because it’s cheaper. We travel by land because it’s cheaper. And we workamp® along the way, to make life… cheaper.
We RV for the most part. But we also camp, live in on-site housing when provided and sometimes we stay in hotels, cabins, and Airbnb rentals when we want the comforts of a traditional home, room to cook a big breakfast and a tub to take a bubble bath while on the road.
This is how we roll…
We travel slow.
Most of the time, you won’t catch our family taking week-long road trips from the East to West Coast, trying to cram everything into 7 short days. We tend to drive slow. Taking in the sights as we go. We have our end destination in mind, but how and when we get there is usually up in the air. We stop when and where feels right. We sometimes eat out, but we also pack a mean cooler! We aren’t traveling to five-star resorts, well… not lately. We focus on budget-friendly trips, where we can have the most amount of family fun and spend a modest amount of cash to do so.
We travel by land.
RVing is a very affordable way to travel fulltime as a family. It allows us to discover new places and see and do new things while bringing along all the comforts of home. When we’re not in the RV, life gets a little more difficult. We have to do a lot of packing and more planning. While it’s not our favorite, it is loads of fun and we tend to have an amazing time, regardless.
We use Thousand Trails.
If you haven’t heard of this cool camping program, I’ll give you a brief overview,because you need it! You by a membership for as low as like $500 for the year- then you get to camp for FREE at any of their parks for a specified number fo night… Simple right? Right! So, we choose a larger membership that allows us to camp for 3 weeks at a time (so we can move slowly) and includes all their parks in the US + 1 in Canada. It costs us a total of $200 per month to camp all year! Check it out and grab $100 off your membership here!
We need to make money, just like any other family. Even though our living expenses are lower than a traditional life, they’re still there. Workamping allows us to do this. We can work, where we’re traveling. Sometimes this means working at the actual RV Park or Campground, other times it means working at places like Amazon’s Camperforce. Most recently it has led to my current position as Director of Operations for Workamper News… where I’m more of the voice behind the Workamping community!
Workamping is a simple idea that so many people have a hard time grasping! Check out my book, Live Camp Work: Make Money & RV Full-Time, for more infomration and a huge list of about 1000 employers who hire RVers!
Workamping leaves so much for the individual to decide upon and design for themselves, that many people get overwhelmed with the possibilities and the freedom to use it as you wish. For this reason- I wanted to offer a more personal approach to helping folks understand the lifestyle and get some details on how to start RVing full-time, how to find jobs for RVers and which programs are recommended!
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Got Questions? We’ve got answers!
This page contains a listing of the most common questions we are asked. Feel free to read through and get to know us better!
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN ON THE ROAD?
Our full-time traveling adventure started on Sept. 4, 2013 when we purchased our new (but used) home on wheels.
WAS IT HARD TO DOWNSIZE?
Actually, it was quite the opposite. Between donating the usable things to the VVA and trashing anything with a rip, stain or expiration date- downsizing was the easiest part of the whole journey.
WHAT DID YOUR FAMILY THINK ABOUT YOUR DECISION TO TRAVEL FULL-TIME?
As usual, you can expect that everyone will have their own opinion- but surprisingly enough there hasn’t been that much negativity. If you dismiss the comments about being crazy or driving ourselves there, everyone has been… supportive in their own way.
HOW WILL YOU HOMESCHOOL, ONCE YOU GET ON THE ROAD?
We are currently using a combination of different curriculum as we search for the perfect complete source… if such a thing exists. We use printed texts and workbooks as well as online resources and have just started to experiment with Math-U-See & Oak Meadow!
YOU GUYS ARE YOUNG- WHAT MADE YOU WANT TO LIVE IN AN RV?
We wanted change. We wanted adventure. We wanted fun and excitement. We were tired of the ‘same old same old’ and collectively made a short list of three goals we wanted to accomplish as a family….
- Move to the beach and bum it.
- RV across the country- be nomads!
- Sail around the world- become explorers
WHAT DO YOU DO FOR MONEY?
WHAT DO YOU DO FOR WORK?
Lol. We have a small business which we run from the road that produces products like this website, and the Live Camp Work: Make Money & RV Full-Time book. Antwon works a traditional job that has nothing to do with RVing and Sharee is the Director of Operations for Workamper News– an RV community for people who work and travel!
HOW LONG DO YOU PLAN TO TRAVEL?
We plan to travel as long as we have places to see and everyone is enjoying themselves. We do not intend to limit ourselves to the RV or to the USA for that matter- but settling down is not in our immediate line of sight.
HOW CAN YOU TRAVEL WITH 4 KIDS… AND A DOG?
“We love ‘em!”
DON’T YOU GET HOMESICK?
Antwon & I… not so much! But the kids do get homesick sometimes. They miss seeing their Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles and of course their friends in the neighborhood. But after a quick detour- which happens more often than I sometimes like, they get a little time with friends and family back home- then we hit the road again! *Recently we headed back to Georgia and had the kids hop around from family homes, while Antwon & I enjoyed an Airbnb rental and our time hanging out with friends, doing cool things like rafting!
WHAT IS YOUR RV SETUP LIKE?
We are currently in a 26ft travel trailer with no slides… Yep! No slides- so as you can imagine it’s pretty tight! The back half of the camper is the kids’ room- which has 4 bunk beds and a small dinette table. Our ‘room’ also doubles as the living room, on what was the u-shaped dinette, but we swapped the cushions out for a mattress and no longer convert the table. There’s a kitchen, bathroom, some storage and that’s about it.