Workamping before retirement isnâ€™t for everyone, but for this Illinois couple itâ€™s working out great. Even their dogs are benefiting from the experience.
Julie and Curt are living the workamping dream.
â€œWe started to have friends get cancer, have heart attacks, and pass away and realized we are not promised tomorrow and decided to do this while we can still enjoy it,â€� says Julie, 60. The retired teacher and her husband Curt, 57, embraced the lifestyle three years ago after learning about workamping ins and outs from full-timers who were doing it themselves.
â€œWe have an RV park back home where we own our site. We got to know our workampers well and talked about the lifestyle with many of them. We thought it sounded like a fun life style (and it is!),â€� she says.
After leaving the education and construction fields, she and Curt instantly fell in love with the freedom to see new places and meet new people. The radical change in their lifestyle came easy to everyone, including their rescue dogs.
The Volling’s dogs are loving the nomad life too.
â€œMy dogs have loved the lifestyle too. We rescue so of course they come with their own issues,â€� she explains. â€œMy older dog was painfully timid. She lived most of her life behind a chair. Once we went full time she became a different dog. She would go up to people which she would never do before. I was very happy that the last three years of her life were happy because of our change in lifestyle.â€�
As a bonus, she and Curt are able to spend more time with their dogs than ever before. â€œWe have no commute time, we come home for lunch and always seem to be with them.â€�
Although it might seem like having dogs can be a disadvantage of workamping,
René M. Agredano