Things to Know Before You Decide to Be a Workamper

The technology that we all take for granted today has opened up some pretty incredible opportunities. One such opportunity is the chance to work for yourself – from wherever you wish. Freelance work has boomed in recent years, fueled by the ability to use the internet to connect with people all around the world. No longer is it necessary to sit in an office all day if that kind of work does not suit your tastes. Building a freelance career is very much possible in the 21st century, and it is easier now than ever to make your own way.

Things to Know Before You Decide to Be a WorkamperWith all of that said, this is not actually a new idea – at least not for the RV owner and traveler. Something called ‘workamping’ has been going on for many years, as RV owners have traveled around the country finding various jobs while living out of an RV. This kind of lifestyle is not for everyone, but it is an intriguing option for those who would rather stay on the move.

So, if you are thinking of being a workamper, whether using digital opportunities or traditional employment, there are a few things you need to know before getting started.

Think Taxes

Anytime you are considering earning money in a variety of places, you will want to think carefully about the tax implications of that plan. Working in states with no state income tax can make things relatively simple and straightforward, but you shouldn’t rule out states with an income tax without looking closer. The best idea to is to get help from an experienced accountant who can walk you through the tax implications of any work plan you may have.

2014-12-12_0541Keep an Open Mind

In order to keep yourself busy – and keep money coming in – as a workamper, you will need to be flexible and keep an open mind. Typical workamping jobs include things like working as camp hosts, doing maintenance tasks, being a tour guide, working in a gift shop, and many, many more. While you may have the ability to pick and choose some of the work you do, it might also be necessary to take a job just for the purpose of earning a check for the time being. Without flexibility, it might be tough to make your way in this lifestyle.

Consider Insurance

One of the things many people get from a traditional job is health insurance. As a workamper, you would likely not have that luxury, so you will have to think about how you are going to acquire and maintain an insurance policy for yourself and your family. Of course you can always just sign up for health insurance and pay premiums every month, but you will need to make sure in advance that you are going to be able to afford those premiums.

It’s Not All Vacation

Perhaps the biggest misconception regarding workamping is that you are just on a non-stop vacation for years on end. Work is work, no matter where it is done. There are great things to be said about the flexibility of workamping, but always remember that you are going to have to spend at least some time focused on work rather than recreation.

Being a workamper is not for everyone, but some people absolutely love this flexible and relaxing lifestyle. Before you make the plunge, however, be sure to have your ‘ducks in a row’ – meaning you need to have a detailed plan in place for how you are going to make this work. The transition from traditional work to workamping can be tough, but countless people have done it before you – and you could be next.


  1. We have been workcampers for 9 years now and we love it. Attitude has a lot to do with workcamping. You have to be very tolerant with customers. Most are very good but you will find those few. We don’t argue with them just refer them to the owner or manager. Get to know the local area and people in the local area. Customers usually want to know what to do and where to go. Most businesses and tour companies offer huge discounts or free tours to workcampers to promote their business. Be as debt free as possible. Travel from job to job can get expensive and workcamping does not pay alot in most cases. You can have a great time and travel a great deal there is a lot of little things to learn to make workcamping great. Happy Trails.

  2. Workcamping is best for those who DON’T want to be constantly on the move because most of those most desirable jobs are for a full season; typically from April/May through September/October in northern climates. As the article points out, “work is work” even when it’s done in a beautiful setting. Some of that “maintenance work” may include cleaning public toilets, for example. In remote areas, the isolation for months at a time may become an issue for some workcampers. Nonetheless the many workcampers whom we’ve encountered during our fulltime motorhome travels appear to find their experience satisfying.