When living on the road, the first thing that usually comes to mind is freedom and adventure however living full time in a motorhome is not always glamorous. As with everything, it offers its advantages as well as disadvantages however you are guaranteed to have a great time!
Pros: As you can imagine, living in a limited space is not always simple, especially with other people however it does presents some huge advantages. It is a great way to spend time with your family and friends and it is also easier and quicker to clean, saving you time to go and explore whichever wonderful destination you have decided to visit.
Cons: Depending on the size of your motorhome you could end up sharing one bathroom between quite a few of you. The lack of personal space and comfort can, in time, become slightly difficult. If this does become an issue you could always stop at any caravan/campervan/motorhome park and use their facilities.
If you are not especially good at organisation, your motorhome can also quickly become messy and cluttered however there is enough storage space to put everything away so it would be something you learn to get used to.
Pros: You can enjoy total freedom. With a motorhome, you will be able to go wherever you want, whenever you want. You won’t have to think about where to stay once you’ve reached your destination since you are traveling within your accommodation.
Cons: Whilst travelling, your belongings can move around a lot and possible even break. The tyres and exterior of the motorhome can also be subject to wear and tear due to the large amount of driving done in them however if you maintain it, there should be no issue!
Due to the size of your motorhome you may want to find another means of transport once you have reached your destination since a motorhome is not the easiest vehicle to drive.
Pros: A motorhome is less expensive to run than a house or paying for a hotel. That goes for the maintenance and the content of the house as well (cheaper furniture, equipment…) What’s more, if you stay at your destination quite a long time and therefore avoid petrol cost, you will actually end up saving money since motorhome parks fees are reasonable and can even be free in rural destinations. You’ll also be able to cook within the motorhome rather than spending money in restaurants every day.
Cons: There are some cost that you can’t forget about:
• The motorhome itself is not cheap to buy or rent however you get what you pay for. It requires quite a large initial investment but if this is an issue you might be able to buy one second hand. Maintaining your motorhome will also requires some costs along the way.
• Petrol or diesel costs can be expensive and the cost will depend on the country you are in and of course how far you are travelling and how fast you go. You have to keep in mind that motorhomes use more petrol or diesel than cars do (5-15 miles per gallon of fuel on average).
• It can be hard to plan and maintain a budget since costs vary from one place to another.
• Insurance costs for living in a motorhome full time are also more expensive than when using for part time travel.
• Only specialist insurance companies offer policies for living in your motorhome (Fortunately, you don’t have to look any further because Comfort Insurance offer this!)
Pros: Of course the most exciting part of travelling is the adventure; seeing new places, meeting new people and getting to know other cultures. It opens up the mind and allows you to learn and grow tremendously. You will also benefit from time out of your day to day routine and can clear your head and distress.
Cons: Being away from home means you can’t pick up your mail or be there to organise your bills and sort any problems that may occur. Not knowing where to find the basic needed services can also be an issue; trusted doctors, supermarkets and especially mechanics! Fortunately all these problems can now be easily resolved with the Internet.
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