It is no secret that the world’s population of retirees has sharply increased with the Baby Boomer generation. It’s a fact, and this surge comes at a time when the economy is moving, investments are growing again, and retirees feel somewhat safe. In short, it’s a good time to do something you’ve always wanted to do!
It can also be a scary time for some reaching their senior years because of the rising cost of just maintaining a home let alone paying taxes, utilities, and being an empty nester. More and more, those from this generation are opting to go mortgage-free (or low) and enjoy RV living on the open road.
This name for this generation was given to the population group of Americans born between the years of 1946 and 1965. Post-war optimism, a favorable economy, and a housing boom during this era had much to do with the rise in family household population. During this timeframe, estimates point to an annual increase of around 4 million births resulting in an addition of between 70 and 80 million people in the United States alone.
EXCITEMENT OF RV LIVING
Living on the open road and in the numerous campsites has many perks. For starters, the campsites are packed with facilities that, in a way, raise a person’s standard of living from that of a traditional home. For example, not everyone can afford to have a swimming pool, but many modern RV campsites offer one for your pleasure and for significantly lower cost. The commercial RV campsites offer utility hookups, restrooms, showers, cable TV, wireless internet, recreation rooms, and much more. You can even find a golf course at some luxury parks!
Something else you get when you choose the RV lifestyle is independence because you no longer must do home maintenance such as trimming the hedges, cleaning the garage, and mowing the grass. You can relax and focus on your partner going on the adventure of travel.
Of course, if you are a traditional homeowner, you may be experiencing some boredom with the same surroundings and routine day after day. This is not the case on the open road. You can spend one month at a park situated by the beach, another month next to a theme park, and another month nestled in over 82 square miles of Big Cypress Seminole Indian Reservation. The place where Billie Swamp Safari and the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Seminole Indian Museum meet.
RV LIVING INCREASES IN POPULARITY
The cost of RV living is even more of a factor in the decision to make this a lifestyle for the Baby Boomer. The burden of property taxes, home maintenance, utilities, and home luxuries dampen the financial spirit. With an RV you find the most ideal tax scenario for you. After all, the entire country is your playground.
Because of the economic turnaround, those with 401K’s have seen increases in retirement portfolios – helping them breathe a little easier. Of course, the values of government pensions have failed to keep up with the rising cost of living. It just makes sense to ballast the expensive home, become mortgage-free and move into a more affordable and mobile RV.
Most Americans have spent their lives working and raising children and were unable to travel the way they really wanted to. Living in RV makes that dream come true. There is so much to see and do in any nation with an integrated highway network and a multitude of RV parks to choose from. If you are a Baby Boomer, this lifestyle might be something that will make your golden years the most fulfilling. Many of our customers at Big Cypress Seminole RV Resort come back year after year, and from many parts of the U.S. and Canada. It’s a place they call (one) of their homes throughout the year, many of them snowbirds that join us for the entire winter season.
About Florida Seminole Tourism (FST)
The Seminole Tribe of Florida is a federally recognized Indian Tribe. FST is a top Florida Everglades adventure, learning and camping destination. We share the excitement and wonder of the Florida Everglades to visitors from around the globe. Our award-winning Everglades attractions including Billie Swamp Safari, Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum, and Big Cypress RV Resort & Campground.
Photos: Big Cypress RV Resort & Campground