July 26, 2022

Traveling the United States in an RV as a Freelancing Family With Two Kids

Traveling the United States in an RV as a Freelancing Family With Two Kids

Living in an RV with his wife and two kids, Michael Boyink has been traveling around the United States for the past 10 years as a freelancer. How has he supported his lifestyle for so long? Listen in as Kristin talks with Michael about working independently as a freelancer, raising a family on the road, and how to truly thrive while living long-term in an RV.


Living in an RV with his wife and two kids, Michael Boyink has been traveling around the United States for the past 10 years as a freelancer. How has he supported his lifestyle for so long? 

Listen in as Kristin talks with Michael about working independently as a freelancer, raising a family on the road, and how to truly thrive while living long-term in an RV. Michael also shares sneak peeks into his new memoir, Driven to Wonder: Eight Years in an RV with two kids.

You’ll learn why Michael and his wife chose to hit the road and experience van life along with the steps they took to make the transition from house to RV possible. 

Plus, hear how they transitioned their kids from the traditional school system to a homeschool/worldschool lifestyle. 

Episode 165 Special Offers: 

GIVEAWAY! The first two people to leave a 5-star review of Badass Digital Nomads will receive a FREE COPY of Michael’s book, Driven to Wonder.

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EPISODE 165 TOPICS DISCUSSED/WHAT YOU’LL LEARN:

  • Michael’s inspiration and motivation for beginning van life.
  • Transitioning kids to van life from a traditional home life.
  • Traveling with purpose vs. Traveling out of curiosity - Which is more fulfilling?
  • The costs of living in a van vs. a house. 
  • Making friends and finding community while living in a van/RV (even as an introvert).
  • Productivity tips for remote workers, traveling freelancers, and digital nomads. 
  • Homeschooling and Worldschooling tips, advice, and resources.
  • Challenges and benefits of being an online freelancer & Why Michael went back to corporate life.
  • How they choose where to travel & Recommended destinations to visit in the US.

 

QUESTIONS ANSWERED:

  • How did your kids feel about growing up in an RV? 
  • Have they continued with van life or transitioned to a traditional lifestyle? 
  • Did you travel before buying an RV?
  • Why did you decide to leave your jobs and hometown to travel? 
  • How do you get Wifi so you can work remotely from your van?
  • Do you make more as a freelancer than you did in your corporate job?

Lightning Round 

  • How do you stay productive working remotely from a van/RV?
  • How do you do your laundry while living in a van?
  • How do you receive your mail?
  • Gas or diesel for van life?
  • If you started van life again, which van would you buy?
  • How did you overcome the fears of homeschooling your kids while traveling?
  • How has travel changed you?

 

SHOW NOTES & RESOURCES

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Recommended Resources for Digital Nomads:

 

Recommended Destinations to Visit in the US:

  • Eastern Arizona 
  • Kinston, North Carolina
  • Hoh Rain Forest, Washington

 

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Michael Boyink

Managing Editor

Michael Boyink is a writer and photographer currently working remotely as a Managing Editor for a global software consulting and implementation company.

Michael, his wife Crissa (aka MsBoyink), and their two children spent eight years traveling the USA in an RV while continuing to work and homeschool.

While on the road, Michael and Crissa ran DitchingSuburbia.com, a popular website that provided resources, guides, and community for traveling families. Their story was covered by the Huffington Post, the Seattle Times, the Las Vegas Guardian, the Art of Noncomformity, Tiny House Magazine, and many other travel-related blogs and podcasts.

Michael and Crissa are now homeowners in rural Missouri where they continue to look for new ways to scratch the incurable condition known as hitch-itch.

Michael recently published Driven to Wonder, Eight years in an RV with two kids: A Memoir. The book is available in on Amazon.