The COVID-19 pandemic changed the way many people look at life. It sparked action for millions of people who decided to make a move. According to USPS data, nearly 16 million people moved during the pandemic and many moved to rural areas, away from crowded cities.
For Millennials who may have been living in apartments or rental homes, moving took a different form. Many have started flocking to RV life. It’s no longer your parents’ or grandparents’ hobby. RVing, whether for long road trips or full-time living, has become a way of life for many young people.
But, why the cultural shift? It certainly seems like a far cry from the traditional “American dream”. Why are Millennials making the switch to RV living in favor of buying a home and settling down in one place?
They Aren’t Buying Houses
Packing your stuff into an RV and zooming across the country seems like a pretty easy thing to do when you’re not attached to a mortgage. For the Millennial generation, that’s one reason why RVing is appealing. Nearly 1 in 5 Millennials have given up on the idea of homeownership. One survey found that 18.2% of the generation never plans to own a home.
Why aren’t Millennials buying homes up the way previous generations have? There are a variety of factors that come into play, including:
- The high cost of housing
- High levels of debt
- No need for so much room
- Tighter lending standards
We’re currently in a “seller’s market” which is great for people with their homes on the market but not so great for buyers on a budget. However, you can buy a used RV for only a few thousand dollars that has everything you need for comfortable living.
Today’s RVs come in different classes, sizes, and have a variety of accommodations so anyone can pick and choose what best fits their needs. It’s also important to note that Millennials are getting married later. The average marriage age today is 32 years old. In 1950, it was 22.9 for men and 20.3 for women. Many women are also putting off childbirth until later in life to focus on their careers or their freedoms. While RVs can be great for small families, they also serve as the perfect opportunity to embrace that freedom and explore the country.
They Can Work From Anywhere
Remote working was already on the rise. But, the pandemic caused it to surge. Businesses throughout the country allowed employees to work from home so they could keep themselves and others safe. One study in December 2020 found that 71% of Americans were working from home, and 54% wanted to continue working from home after the pandemic.
Many Millennials have been around computers and the Internet most of their lives. Remote working seems natural and comfortable. It offers flexibility, the opportunity to be your own boss, and a better work-life balance.
Full-time remote work also allows you to be a full-time RVer. There are countless jobs you can do from virtually anywhere, even the back of an RV. One of the risks of remote work is having the right space to do it. When you’re in an RV, you can change your scenery as often as you want. Whether you work while someone else is driving, take your computer outside at a campsite, or you stop into a local coffee shop at your latest destination, you can work wherever you find a creative “spark”.
RVing Has Many Benefits
Not buying houses and being able to work from anywhere are both just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to why Millennials are embracing the RV life. There are countless benefits to a full-time RV lifestyle, including:
- More flexibility
- An easy way to connect with nature (and feel less stressed)
- The ability to adopt a minimalist lifestyle
- Connecting with friends and loved ones across the country
If the pandemic taught us anything, it’s that self-care is extremely important. The mental health issues caused by COVID-19 will undoubtedly linger for years to come. Finding ways to de-stress and reduce anxiety is crucial to managing your mental well-being, and the RV life could be a solution for that.
So, while the Millennial generation is changing up the way things have always been done, trends have already started to show that Gen Z isn’t too far behind. Many traditional lifestyle choices are becoming less popular as the world changes and so much uncertainty surrounds us. Thankfully, this is one living trend we can definitely get behind.
Amanda Winstead is a writer from the Portland area with a background in communications and a passion for telling stories. Along with writing she enjoys traveling, reading, working out, and going to concerts. If you want to follow her writing journey, or even just say hi you can find her on Twitter.
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