Workamping is a great concept and an even more fulfilling alternative lifestyle, many will only dream about. Workamping affords many folks who have long to travel with the amazing opportunity to make their dreams a reality. By combining work, with real life and a full travel schedule, you can live the wonderful life of Workamping and structure it in a way that best suits what your style and goals. I love to tell people all the positives of Workamping and while this information is valuable and very truthful, sometimes its best to tell people the less than desirable information they might not remember or even hear during a casual conversation. For this reason, I’ve listed the following
4 Hard Truths of Workamping.
- Workamping is hard work: Despite the less than accurate depiction found on social media, showcasing mountain vistas and breathtaking river gorges, fellow Workampers and dreamers, should know up front that this lifestyle is anything but a walk in the park. While you will enjoy a bountiful array of privileges, less known to traditional travelers, and perks plentiful enough to satisfy the most insatiable appetite for adventure and memories, you will have to work and sometimes, you’ll have to work harder than you would probably imagine and find enjoyable… Workamping is built on the opportunity to enjoy beautiful places while earning an income. In no way does this definition boast a free ride. You pay your way through labor, and labor can be anything from ranch hands to factory worker from campground host to tour guide and just about anything in between!
- You will not get rich: We all heard the saying “Get rich or die trying”, well you might as well toss that out that window. Because you won’t get rich by workamping, and I’m pretty sure don’t want the other option. Traveling fulltime is not reserved just for the rich or the poor the poor for that matter. It’s for everyone who chooses to think outside the box. You create your own way and you make it work within whatever budget you’ve created. Workamping jobs will not pay top dollar, but they also aren’t career choices for the most part. Seasonal gigs that you pick up in a certain location to see and do your top travel finds, before moving along to the next. Don’t expect to be paid corporate rates, but make sure you chose a gig that fits your requirements, and is something you’re comfortable doing. If you stick to what you enjoy- you’ll likely see more benefits from the location and compensation combined- than simply looking at the pay rate. But if you need to pick up a gig just based on the dollar amount it offers- my suggestion is to find a ‘less than 1 season job’- where you can go for a short period of time, make you money, then move along- before you get burnt out! (Examples: Sugar Beet Harvest, Christmas Trees, Amazon)
- Good jobs go fast: Don’t wait until your current gig is up to start paying attention to those HotLine Ads! It’s never too early to start applying for positions, and to be honest, the sooner you book our next gig, the better opportunity it will likely be! Jobs will go quickly! As soon as an employer starts advertising for openings, dozens of Workampers will see that ad in their emails, either instantly as a Job Alert or through the Hotline Email and immediately contact them for a chance to interview. Try to stay on top of what jobs are coming up in the areas you’re looking for. (Workamper News offers its Gold Members the option to choose specific states (or all states) they want immediate email notifications for.) As soon as one opens up, go ahead and submit your resume, so you can follow up with them later about the position. Booking a gig 1-2 seasons ahead is the norm, while booking up to a year out, seems to be a catching trend in the industry- especially in the most popular destinations like Florida in the Winter.
- Families are rare: I’d like to say workamping families are just as popular as Workamping singles or Workamping Couples, or even young Workampers, but to be honest- they aren’t. Personally, we’ve only met a few Workamping Families during our travels, all of which had their own way doing things. There seems to be a growing community of Workamping Families on Facebook- but I’d have to assume the idea that you can work, live, and travel with kids in tow, without having some sort of digital career or small business is still not widely accepted as possible, but we all know it totally is! While we do supplement our Workamping income with different projects like writing, most of our income still comes from Workamping with the added perk of receiving a FHU for Free! We enjoy staying in one location for longer than the typical traveler at 1-2 weeks. It gives us time to make our way through the local attractions, without being rushed and overwhelmed.
While these hard truths may be deal breaker for a few, the majority will understand that although Workamping is in fact, your ticket to travel- it still comes at a cost. How much of a cost, is entirely up to you…