Camper Van WiFi & Mobile Internet On The Road As A Digital Nomad

Camper Van WiFi & Mobile Internet On The Road As A Digital Nomad

Mobile Internet on the RoadIf you're looking to hit the road and be a digital nomad or maybe you're just looking to binge Netflix when you get to your camping spot – then you'll need a great cell signal for your mobile Internet.

How I stay connected on the road as a digital nomad is a hot topic and what equipment I use to make sure I have a cell signal the majority of the time.

I have multiple devices, a cell booster system, and I'll show you how to set it all up and explain the process of how it's connected inside and out so you can decide if this is something you'll want in your travels.

First Method to Getting Internet on the Road

The first piece of equipment you'll need is a hotspot like a Jetpack from Verizon. Verizon came out with the most fantastic plan yet that us digital nomads have been waiting for forever!

It's a prepaid, unlimited, unthrottled, no cap plan. I purchased the plan to test it out, and so far it's performing well, even in cities too where there's more traffic congestion on the networks.

I know, amazing huh?

Make sure you watch the review and click the link to take you right to the exact place to get the plan if you're interested. Part of my video shows how to set this plan up because most of the Verizon agents don't know about it.

A hotspot works off your current cell phone and/or data plan. The major players in the market that have the most coverage nationwide in the United States is Verizon, #1, and AT&T, #2 as of this posting.

I have a Verizon hotspot as well as an AT&T hotspot. I like having both because sometimes AT&T is better in one area than Verizon or vice versa. My entire business and consulting practice are online, so it's essential that I almost always have a cell signal for the Internet – unless of course I just am taking a break and need some digital downtime.

Now, in my video from last week, I talked about how I use my Verizon hotspot with a new prepaid plan so check that out. You may want to look into that because the Verizon hotspot that I was on before with my regular cell phone plan just didn't work that well.

The hotspots will allow you to get Internet on the road, but what about when you're in rural areas or places where the cell signal is weak?

Boosting Your Cell Signal So You Can Boondock Most Anywhere

So here's the thing, as a digital nomad, you need to make sure you're connected everywhere you go. I'm online 24/7, and it seems like I'm always charging my equipment, I'm always online loading videos or answering emails, social media, etc.

As a digital nomad, it's very important that you are always online and connected. So to make that happen, I have the two hotspots with Verizon and AT&T.

The other thing that's super important to make sure you're connected is a cell booster. The system that I use is called a weBoost, and it is connected to an antenna on the roof that boosts the cell signal inside the van and to my devices.

Weboost antenna on Hymer aktiv camper van

weBoost Antenna and Cell Signal

The weBoost is mounted to the side of the wall under my bench seat so it's out of the way and that is connected to AC power. To have AC Power you do need to have your inverter on to make that work properly.

The antenna that came with my weBoost is not the antenna that I'm using currently. The one that came with the system is one that you hard mount onto your van or to your RV, and I didn't want to punch any holes in my RV, so I got the magnet instead. This antenna is one that I specifically bought because it has an earth magnet on it and is very strong so it will mount on top of the van and stay there, even if I drive with it.

I do take it on and off when I travel and then when I'm stationary I keep it up on the roof. The cable runs down the side of the van and in through the driver door, and then that connects to the weBoost inside.

That is how I stay connected to a cell booster. The cell booster, if you're not familiar with it, will boost your signal typically when you're going to be in rural areas or places with weak signals.

The cell towers are far and few between, more so than in an urban area, so you sometimes to boost your signal. The weBoost has helped me so many times when I'm in rural areas, and sometimes it'll say I have no signal whatsoever or just maybe one bar and then I'll plug it in and voila, I can sometimes get anywhere between two, three and even four bars.

That will help me to get that cell signal in those rural areas.

Hymer Aktiv Camper Van Mobile Internet on the Road

If you're going to be doing a lot of boondocking, make sure you get some kind of a cell booster. There are different ones out there, weBoost seems to be the best one in my opinion, and so that's the one that I went with, and it's the first one that I bought when I started RVing.

I haven't had any issues with it, except the fact that – oh guess what? I had a different antenna, and that antenna was just a slender antenna that had an earth magnet on it. I would put it on the top of the roof, and I could drive around a lot with that one on, but I was on the coast so much, and with all the salty air it got rusted.

So I had to replace it with the one I have now which won't rust when exposed to the environment.

How to Set-up weBoost Inside of Van

So you have your cell booster set up now, it's plugged in, the green light is on.

Now the green light means that it is getting a signal from the antenna on top of the roof and that it's working properly inside. The next question is how do you get that cell tower signal boosted to your devices? Like your hotspot or your cell phone and how does that whole system work?

You have the antenna on top, you have the weBoost system connected to the AC power, so then you have an inside antenna that's plugged into the booster. I place it on my table where I do most of my work, and I'll place my hotspots up in the window so it's getting a signal outside and it's close to this inside antenna.

The inside antenna is what ties it all together so that you can get a good cell signal to your devices. The closer it is to the antenna, the better.

Making sure that I use my weBoost and cell booster and these two hotspots – that's how I stay connected most of the time.

Free 4 Day Mini Course BudgetingConnecting to Free WiFi & Internet on the Road

Most of the time I use my hotspots in the current set-up I explained, but there are times when it might be necessary to seek out WiFi.

My goto places are typically places like a Starbucks or a place that offers free WiFi.

The only time I've had issues is when I go to other countries like Canada and Mexico where my cell plan will cap me at a half a gig of data a day. So I will make more use out of the Starbucks, or believe it or not, Home Depot has excellent WiFi if you sit out in their parking lot next to the contractor section. I'm sure that sounds weird, but I've done all over New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Quebec, Canada.

That's an option too if you are traveling and for some reason, you don't have a hotspot, or you can't get a good cell signal. Go to a Starbucks, or Home Depot, a Lowe’s, or Walmart. I've had sporadic luck with Walmart and better luck with Home Depot for free WiFi.

Keeping Devices & Gear Charged in Camper Van

The other thing about being a digital nomad is making sure that you have enough power to charge everything.

I tend to use a lot of power because I have a lot of things to charge like a computer, a camera – well several cameras – an iPhone, and my two hot spots. Those hotspots need to stay charged up so that I can always stay connected.

My weBoost needs to be plugged in so that it can get a signal as well and that draws energy using AC power so the inverter must be on. I do have my solar panels which charge the batteries, and most of the time this is sufficient for my needs.

All of the devices also use AC power, which means I need to have my inverter on to get power to the USB port and the plugs.

Hymer Aktiv Inverter

I have to turn on my inverter, and I have to make sure my lithium batteries are on, and then I will be able to have power to everything.

Lithum Batteries Hymer Aktiv

I'm pulling so much energy from my batteries, so I want to make sure that I'm getting enough solar power so that:

  • I am charged up by using my solar panels which means that my batteries have to be on to convert the solar energy to store into my batteries, or…..
  • I'm driving throughout the day to charge the batteries, or …..
  • I can turn on my under hood generator, which is part of the Hymer Aktiv van system and charge my batteries.

And that allows all of the batteries to charge in the van.

It's pretty easy once you get the hang of it and you understand the charging and solar power system. You get to know your van or RV and figure out how much power you're pulling in from the sun and how much energy you're pulling out of your batteries on an everyday basis. As a digital nomad, that is something that I have to pay attention to daily.

Aerial Van Drone Footage

I'm very conscientious of how much power I'm using just to turn the lights on or how much power I'm using when I'm cooking. I want to make sure that I'm entirely powered up throughout the day and just managing how much energy I'm using and consuming.

One of the things you might think about too is getting that Verizon hotspot that's prepaid and that is not throttled and completely unlimited. Go ahead and watch that video so you can see how you can get that hotspot, make sure that you're always connected, no throttle and unlimited.

That's a big deal in this digital nomad community as well.

Video/Audio/Gear Used

Panasonic Lumix G85 Camera – For most still images and vlogging

Sony Action Cam FDRX3000 – For dash cam and walking/talking video

Joby Gorillapod – Used for holding the cameras as a tripod or mounting to just about anything to capture a shot.

Xenvo Iphone Wide Angle (and Macro) Lens – Clips onto your iPhone did give you a wide angle view of your surroundings.

Ulanzi Metal Smart Phone Cold Shoe Mount – Attaches to a selfie stick, but allows you angle the camera and it has a mount for an external microphone.

AllStays app – Use on phone or desktop for finding gas stations, RV parks, campgrounds, propane, and more on your travel route.

Verizon Data Plan – Best nationwide coverage as of this post while traveling.

weBoost Cell Booster – A must have when traveling full-time especially if you work and are staying in areas outside of cities.

weBoost Antenna – Rust proof antenna to use on the earth magnet mount

weBoost Antenna magnet mount – Used for antenna mount above

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September 2018 Income Report – How I Made $950 Traveling Full-Time

September 2018 Income Report – How I Made $950 Traveling Full-Time

Blogger Income ReportThe last several months I've had a steady increase in my passive income each month; however this month it has declined, but I knew it probably would. There's a couple of reasons that factored into why both total income and passive income decreased, but I was aware active income would decline and was relatively certain passive income would fall.

Sometimes there are ebbs and flows of a business and it's important to understand why and to plan accordingly.

My goal in revealing my income each month through income reports is to show you the progression and hopefully provide some inspiration or little nuggets of information that helps you in your journey.

In my post on How to Make Money Online Traveling in an RV and the video on YouTube, I announced a huge change that I made in my life.

After traveling for a year, full-time, I wanted more freedom, and I was working 60-80 hours a week. I was considerably stressed even though I love this company that I worked for – but the pace was starting to get to me, and I just felt like I needed a change. I was documenting my travels on the blog and YouTube and was able to tap into my creative side again – something I hadn't used in a while – and it felt great and nourishing to my soul.

I took the BIG LEAP and quit so I can focus my attention on my endeavors in business – like building my online business and coaching/consulting practice. Even though I was working remotely this whole time – I still felt that I needed a change.

Now I'm even more location independent because I don't always have to stress about making sure there is an Internet connection – even though I depend on it for my own business – at least for a couple of days. I can relax more and take in the landscape in places that are more remote and not feel like I need to rush through it to make sure I'm available for my job.

It's exciting, thrilling, and a little nerve-wracking, but I feel thrilled with my decision and am pushing forward!

Why Am I Sharing My September 2018 Income Report?

Sharing what I earn each month and from what sources will not only allow me to document my income but also to see the growth or where I need to make adjustments. It's motivating for me to see how far I can push myself each month to be creative and reach my goals.

I have a vision in my head of what I want to create, but that also means listening to you, the Story Chasing viewers, to get your feedback and understand more of what you desire in order fulfill your dream journey.

I want to be the example, the experiment, to you all so you can see that you can also accomplish your desires. Who knows how long it will take me to reach my overall goal of replacing my former income, but as long as I don't quit, I don't see how I can't win at this little experiment.

Each month I'll post in the income report:

  • Monthly earnings for the month
  • Percentage of increase/decrease month-over-month
  • Sources of income (when I'm able to be transparent)
  • Monthly and annual goals
  • Growth opportunities
  • Successes

I hope by posting my income report that it provides you with some inspiration as to what's possible for you and your journey. My biggest hope is that I can share with you all a different lifestyle that's not necessarily the “social norm,” but that is entirely enriching and makes me feel more alive than I've ever felt. This is why I named my blog and YouTube channel Story Chasing.

It makes me pretty happy to create new stories and moments in my life and fill my brain with these special memories of my travels and the people who I've met along the way.

September 2018 Income Report – Working Remotely While Traveling Full Time

July was my first month after quitting my job so the September 2018 income report will be my third income report since starting to work full-time in my own business while also traveling full-time.

I have the StoryChasing.com blog and also the YouTube channel – which by the way, if you like what you see on my YouTube channel, please hit that subscribe button and click on the notification bell so you’ll know when I upload a video each week.

My Goals and Business Insights for the September 2018 Income Report

After taking some rest time in July, the month after I quit my job, I got busy in August accomplishing more and understanding more of what I wanted to communicate through my channels while still traveling and editing videos. In September, it was more about organization and prepping for efficiencies and work ahead.

September 2018 Income Report Editorial Calendar Goal

I set a goal to fill in an editorial calendar through the end of the year and accomplished this goal. I took some time to determine what content I knew needed producing with quest videos, everyday travel videos, income report videos, and then in between would be how-to videos.

It makes the process easier of knowing what content I'll be producing in the future so I can stay on track, make sure I get the shots that I need during filming and specific areas of my travels and prepare me for my next goal of learning batch process workflow.

Story Chasing Insider Crew Invitation

Batch Process Workflow Goal

I seriously needed to figure out a way to create more efficiencies with the process of editing videos, blog posts, SEO research, and all the steps in between to provide the finished product of a video and blog post. Doing one video/post at a time is not efficient and takes up a considerable amount of time each week.

In my endeavor to create more efficiencies, I started to look at how to batch process the workflow so I am spending less time with work and more time traveling and diving into the Story Chasing community.

It was an exciting process to determine the best course of action, but I think I've come up with a good game plan and feel that it's already starting to help me.

YouTube Subscriber Goal

My goal for September was to continue working towards increasing to 5,000 subscribers on YouTube.

I'm slowly getting there. We gained 384 subscribers to the community for an ending total of 4,715 subscribers on YouTube.

It's climbing steadily!

I'm so happy with that number. Again, I'm going to keep on pushing through, producing content that you all can connect with, I hope, and numbers will continue to grow.

Slowing Down Goal

I must have mastered the art of slowing down because I was just recently called “pokey” by a fellow nomad, uh um, Joe.

Well, I can't help myself when I'm enjoying these lovely views of the Pacific ocean and incredible sunsets. So, Pokey it is!

It was tough slowing down after leaving the rat race – I guess because I've been doing it so long, but I'm finally taking better care of myself, enjoying the journey more, and I'm so much happier for it. I wouldn't change a thing about my pokiness. lol

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If you're new to my blog, here's a little bit about me and what I do.

I'm Amber, and I started StoryChasing.com and my YouTube channel last year in the second quarter of 2017 after selling my home and everything I own to travel full-time in an RV. When I first started out traveling, I had no idea where I was going, and then I came across a book called National Geographic 300 Scenic Highways & Byways. What a great way to see the country and learn about the areas around, so I started a quest to accomplish all 300 highways and byways – with no end date by the way.

From the beginning, I documented my travels across the United States and Canada, through photos and video, so I could show that I've completed all 300 highways and byways. I'm the sole traveler, writer and videographer, marketer, editor, administrator, accountant, driver and whatever other hat is thrown my way in this adventure.

I travel with my fur baby, Lily, who is a 10 lb Whippet, Chi, Rat Terrier mix and a fantastic traveler with her car seat so she can see outside and be safe in her harness that clips into the seat.

Over the course of my travels, I get asked quite a bit if I'm fearful to travel solo. I even made a video about it and how I overcome fear. It's been one of my more popular videos because I believe it addresses a fear that we all have – whether you're a man or a woman – about being by yourself and living in this world without subjecting ourselves to the constant fear of others and media. I've discovered that the world out there is kinder and more beautiful than I anticipated and that I'm also much stronger than I ever imagined. I've conquered plenty of fears this year, but I believe those fears are just opportunities to overcome and the greatest success and reward are on the other side of that fear.

I have worked in some capacity in Accounting since I was 17 years old and earned a Bachelor's Degree in Accountancy and am a Certified Financial Crimes Investigator. Most of my career I was working in property management, construction, and real estate with the last company being a Private Equity Firm specializing in acquisitions and development of multi-family housing where I was the Director of Asset Management Accounting. Though I loved my job, the company, and the people I worked with, I knew it was time for a change and to see what I could do with my own company.

I've been blogging on and off for over eight years and have created many websites and blogs and learned quite a bit about making money online. I just needed to figure out what I wanted to do to make money online.

As my viewers started asking me questions, a natural business started to form where I could teach others the knowledge I have on various subjects. I'm so thrilled to be working in this capacity and to help others. I've been coaching women for several years as well, and it's an immensely fulfilling joy to help these woman overcome experiences in their life.

I'm also business consulting for acquisitions/dispositions of real estate and multi-family housing.

Lastly, some of my income – that you'll see below in the September 2018 income report – also comes from an e-book I wrote about five years ago that helps people overcome rosacea naturally. It's not generating much income right now since I haven't been focusing on marketing very much in the last couple of years. When I first wrote the book, it was generating about $200-$400 per month.

September 2018 Income Report

I've completed a breakdown by passive income and active income with totals for each. I knew my income would decrease this month with viewers vacations ending and kids back in school. September always seems to be one of those transition months for blogs, at least mine, where it slips a bit and then regains traction in the upcoming months.

Passive Income September 2018 Income Report

  Affiliate Income:

  Advertising:

  • Ad Revenue $185.83

  My Products:

Passive Income Total of $347.60

This is a decrease over August at 10.82%.

Active Income September 2018 Income Report

  • Consulting/Coaching – $600 which I knew would decrease since the bulk of the work related to contracting for my previous employer is coming to an end.

Total September 2018 Income Report $947.60

September 2018 Income Report

My bottom line goal is to increase my passive income, month-over-month by approximately 16.25% and I did not meet that goal with an 11% decrease.

All of the income above is before expenses and taxes and represents my gross revenues.

Top Goals for October 2018

I'll also make sure to follow-up in the October income report with how I met my goals below:

  • Continue to reach viewers looking for an alternative lifestyle in minimalist living, traveling full-time, learning how to earn income on the road, and growing YouTube subscribers to 5,000+.
  • Begin the process of outlining a new product for sale to diversify my income.
  • Complete at least two extra videos to put in the queue for scheduling. I'm going to be busy in January and part of February with Xscapers convergences, meet-ups at RTR, and other meet-ups and need to have at least six videos ready to go. I don't think I'll be able to concentrate on editing and publishing during that time but will get quite a bit of footage.

Please leave me a comment below on how you liked this September 2018 income report. Was something missing or something you'd like to see?

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Video/Audio/Gear Used

Panasonic Lumix G85 Camera – For most still images and vlogging

Sony Action Cam FDRX3000 – For dash cam and walking/talking video

Joby Gorillapod – Used for holding the cameras as a tripod or mounting to just about anything to capture a shot.

Xenvo Iphone Wide Angle (and Macro) Lens – Clips onto your iPhone did give you a wide angle view of your surroundings.

Ulanzi Metal Smart Phone Cold Shoe Mount – Attaches to a selfie stick, but allows you angle the camera and it has a mount for an external microphone.

AllStays app – Use on phone or desktop for finding gas stations, RV parks, campgrounds, propane, and more on your travel route.

Verizon Data Plan – Best nationwide coverage as of this post while traveling.

weBoost Cell Booster – A must have when traveling full-time especially if you work and are staying in areas outside of cities.

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August 2018 Income Report – How I Made $4,200 Traveling Full-Time

August 2018 Income Report – How I Made $4,200 Traveling Full-Time

Last month, July 2018, was my first monthly income report and I was so nervous to publish it, but you all were amazing and so encouraging and seemed to garner some value out of it, so I'm now posting my August 2018 income report that shows some incredible growth.

Last month I decided to start teaching what you all are asking me to video. My background is in Accounting and Finance and what better way to use it then to teach on financing a full-time travel lifestyle. I figured the best way to show you all how to have this kind of life is to be the story. I'm the experiment, and you can learn from my mistakes and my successes.

In my post on How to Make Money Online Traveling in an RV and the video on YouTube, I announced a huge change that I made in my life.

After traveling for a year, full-time, I wanted more freedom, and I was working 60-80 hours a week. I was considerably stressed even though I love this company that I worked for – but the pace was starting to get to me, and I just felt like I needed a change. I was documenting my travels on the blog and YouTube and was able to tap into my creative side again – something I hadn't used in a while – and it felt great and nourishing to my soul.

I took the BIG LEAP and quit so I can focus my attention on my endeavors in business – like building my online business and coaching/consulting practice. Even though I was working remotely this whole time – I still felt that I needed a change.

Now I'm even more location independent because I don't always have to stress about making sure there is an Internet connection – even though I depend on it for my own business – at least for a couple of days. I can relax more and take in the landscape in places that are more remote and not feel like I need to rush through it to make sure I'm available for my job.

It's exciting, thrilling, and a little nerve-wracking, but I feel thrilled with my decision and am pushing forward!

Why Am I Sharing My August 2018 Income Report?

Sharing what I earn each month and from what sources will not only allow me to document my income but also to see the growth or where I need to make adjustments. It's challenging to me to see how far I can push myself each month to be creative and reach my goals.

I have a vision in my head of what I want to create, but that also means listening to you, the Story Chasing viewers, to get your feedback and understand more of what you desire in order fulfill your dream experience.

I want to be the example, the experiment, to you all so you can see that you can also accomplish your desires. Who knows how long it will take me to reach my overall goal of replacing my former income, but as long as I don't quit, I don't see how I can't win at this little experiment.

Each month I'll post in the income report:

  • Monthly earnings for the month
  • Percentage of increase/decrease month-over-month
  • Sources of income (when I'm able to be transparent)
  • Monthly and annual goals
  • Growth opportunities
  • Successes

I hope by posting my income report that it provides you with some inspiration as to what's possible for you and your journey. My biggest hope is that I can share with you all a different lifestyle that's not necessarily the “social norm,” but that is entirely enriching and makes me feel more alive than I've ever felt. This is why I named my blog and YouTube channel Story Chasing.

It makes me pretty happy to create new stories and moments in my life and fill my brain with these special memories of my travels and the people who I've met along the way.

August 2018 Income Report – Working Remotely While Traveling Full Time

July was my first month after quitting my job so the August 2018 income report will be my second income report since starting to work full-time in my own business while also traveling full-time.

I have the StoryChasing.com blog and also the YouTube channel – which by the way, if you like what you see on my YouTube channel, please hit that subscribe button and click on the notification bell so you’ll know when I upload a video each week.

My Goals and Business Insights for the August 2018 Income Report

After taking some rest time in July, the month after I quit my job, I decided I should probably get busy and start accomplishing more in August. I mean, I can't be a slacker when I just quit my job!

Well, I guess I could be a slacker, but then I wouldn't fulfill my goals, my dreams, my desires – so – time to get moving lady!

August 2018 Income Report Video Goal

In July I was producing one video a week and a blog post which can be extremely time-consuming in the learning phase. It still takes me about 16 hours sometimes to finish a video and blog post from beginning to end. However, I had this goal for August that I would start creating two videos a week where Sunday will be all RV and travel related while Workshop Wednesdays will be about answering those questions on how to fund a full-time travel lifestyle or just generally how to make money online.

I was nervous to take this leap, because of the time factor of producing one video and blog post, but I was up for the challenge. Except I didn't do so well at it.

I think I had two weeks where I produced two videos, but dang it's exhausting, and I don't want to do it. I felt too much pressure by it and felt like I was going right back into working that 60-80 hour work week that I just got rid of in June. My whole goal for quitting is enjoying life more, and I wasn't enjoying it with producing that many videos along with all the other aspects of the business.

So, I've relinquished this goal and gave it a send-off into the ethers. I feel much better now. I still want to produce more content for you all, but it will be sporadic rather than planned, except for the once a week video that comes out every Wednesday or Thursday. I'm still playing with these two days to see which is better to publish content for you all.

YouTube Subscriber Goal

My goal for August was to have over 5,000 subscribers on YouTube.

For the 5,000 subscriber goal, I didn't succeed at this goal as a final number; however, you all came through, and I gained 566 viewers for an ending total of 4,331 subscribers on YouTube.

So not a loss.

I'm so happy with that number. Again, I'm going to keep on pushing through, producing content that you all can connect with, I hope, and numbers will continue to grow.

Free Mini-Course Goal

My goal for August was to put together a free mini-course for the blog. At the time, I wasn't sure what the free mini-course topic would be, but now I've nailed it down to one of the biggest questions I get surrounding RV expenses, budgeting, and how to live cheaply without blowing your budget.

I launched the Free 4-Day Mini-Course Budgeting for Full-Time Travel which includes 4 modules + a bonus module on my expenses for RVing, includes my budget for you to download, a budget template for you to work on your budget, ways to save money and slash your budget so you can travel more freely. First, I walk you through developing your travel style, so you'll know what expenses to budget and then show you how to apply that style to your budget.

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This was a labor of love and a massive project I got to check off my task list. Not only did I accomplish this goal, you all signed up quickly, over 100 of you, and devoured the information. Look at these comments from the students:

I'm full of joy over your participation and how much you all like the course!

Story Chasing Insider Crew on Patreon Goal

Lastly, my goal was to hard launch the Story Chasing Crew site with Patreon as a way for loyal readers and subscribers to gain more access to all that's happening at Story Chasing like:

  • Monthly live streams
  • Patron only videos and clips from outtakes to deleted scenes and raw footage of what it's like to live in 100 square feet.
  • Exclusive access feed
  • Priority comments to Patrons
  • Invitations to group meet-ups
  • Your name in credits on each video
  • Voting on Polls to shape the story on the blog and channel
  • Monthly postcards from travels around North America
  • One-on-One chat sessions

With not a moment to spare, I announced the Story Chasing Insider Crew page at the end of my Northern Oregon Pacific Coast Highway video with a bonus to join the live stream call the following Saturday to discuss the reward levels and get your feedback. Once again you guys blew me away! I had so much feedback during the live stream and afterward.

If you haven't signed up, it's not too late. I'll be holding a Story Chasing Insider Crew live stream only on Patreon for all who have signed up towards the end of September.

If you're new to my blog, here's a little bit about me and what I do.

I'm Amber, and I started StoryChasing.com and my YouTube channel last year in the second quarter of 2017 after selling my home and everything I own to travel full-time in an RV. When I first started out traveling, I had no idea where I was going, and then I came across a book called National Geographic 300 Scenic Highways & Byways. What a great way to see the country and learn about the areas around, so I started a quest to accomplish all 300 highways and byways – with no end date by the way.

From the beginning, I documented my travels across the United States and Canada, through photos and video, so I could show that I've completed all 300 highways and byways. I'm the sole traveler, writer and videographer, marketer, editor, administrator, accountant, driver and whatever other hat is thrown my way in this adventure.

I travel with my fur baby, Lily, who is a 10 lb Whippet, Chi, Rat Terrier mix and a fantastic traveler with her own car seat so she can see outside and be safe in her harness that clips into the seat.

Over the course of my travels, I get asked quite a bit if I'm fearful to travel solo. I even made a video about it and how I overcome fear. It's been one of my more popular videos because I believe it addresses a fear that we all have – whether you're a man or a woman – about being by yourself and living in this world without subjecting ourselves to the constant fear of others and media. I've discovered that the world out there is kinder and more beautiful than I anticipated and that I'm also much stronger than I ever imagined. I've conquered plenty of fears this year, but I believe those fears are just opportunities to overcome and the greatest success and reward are on the other side of that fear.

I have worked in some capacity in Accounting since I was 17 years old and earned a Bachelor's Degree in Accountancy and am a Certified Financial Crimes Investigator. Most of my career I was working in property management, construction, and real estate with the last company being a Private Equity Firm specializing in acquisitions and development of multi-family housing where I was the Director of Asset Management Accounting. Though I loved my job, the company, and the people I worked with, I knew it was time for a change and to see what I could do with my own company.

I've been blogging on and off for over eight years and have created many websites and blogs and learned quite a bit about making money online. I just needed to figure out what I wanted to do to make money online.

As my viewers started asking me questions, a natural business started to form where I could teach others the knowledge I have on various subjects. I'm so thrilled to be working in this capacity and to help others. I've been coaching women for several years as well, and it's an immensely fulfilling joy to help these woman overcome experiences in their life.

I'm also business consulting for acquisitions/dispositions of real estate and multi-family housing.

Lastly, some of my income – that you'll see below in the August 2018 income report – also comes from an e-book I wrote about five years ago that helps people overcome rosacea naturally. It's not generating much income right now since I haven't been focusing on the marketing very much in the last couple of years. When I first wrote the book, it was generating about $200-$400 per month.

August 2018 Income Report

I've completed a breakdown by passive income and active income with totals for each.

Passive Income August 2018 Income Report

  Affiliate Income:

  Advertising:

  • Ad Revenue $245.43

  My Products:

Passive Income Total of $389.79

This is an increase over July by 17.78%.

Active Income August 2018 Income Report

  • Consulting/Coaching – $3,810 which most likely will go down in the future since some of this is coming from contracting for my previous employer.

Total August 2018 Income Report $4,199.79

August 2018 Income Report QB

My bottom line goal is to increase my passive income, month-over-month by approximately 16.25% and I definitely hit that goal this month at 17.78%.

All of the income above is before expenses and taxes and represents my gross revenues.

Top Goals for September 2018

I'll also make sure to follow-up in the September income report with how I met my goals below:

  • Continue to reach viewers looking for an alternative lifestyle in minimalist living, traveling full-time, learning how to earn income on the road, and growing YouTube subscribers to 5,000+.
  • Learn how to batch produce my videos and blog posts to decrease time in the workflow, but still, maintain the quality of content and videos.
  • Fill in editorial calendar through the end of the year and review new series on nomadic life.
  • Begin the process of outlining a new product for sale to diversify my income.
  • Enjoy the journey, slow down more, and read more. Even with quitting my job I'm still going too fast sometimes, and after over a year of traveling, I'm still learning how to slow down more. I even work on my own business at a frantic pace. I know it's because I have so much I want to do, but I want to learn the art of slowing down more and enjoying the moment in its entirety. Why do we always need to be “accomplishing” something to feel good? What about just sitting down and reading a book? I used to be an avid reader at several books a week. Now I'm lucky to finish one in a month. Yes, even with traveling and quitting my job. I want to start reading each day again. Take my time to get up in the morning, get my coffee and some breakfast, and sit and read for even 30 minutes each morning.

Please leave me a comment below on how you liked this August 2018 income report. Was something missing or something you'd like to see?

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Video/Audio/Gear Used for August 2018 Income Report

Panasonic Lumix G85 Camera – For most still images and vlogging

Sony Action Cam FDRX3000 – For dash cam and walking/talking video

Joby Gorillapod – Used for holding the cameras as a tripod or mounting to just about anything to capture a shot.

Xenvo Iphone Wide Angle (and Macro) Lens – Clips onto your iPhone did give you a wide angle view of your surroundings.

Ulanzi Metal Smart Phone Cold Shoe Mount – Attaches to a selfie stick, but allows you angle the camera and it has a mount for an external microphone.

AllStays app – Use on phone or desktop for finding gas stations, RV parks, campgrounds, propane, and more on your travel route.

Verizon Data Plan – Best nationwide coverage as of this post while traveling.

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How Much Does Living In An RV Cost // It’s Cheaper Than You Think

How Much Does Living In An RV Cost // It’s Cheaper Than You Think

Welcome to another series of Workshop Wednesday's. I get the question all the time, “How much does living in an RV cost?” and “How can you afford to live full time in an RV?” I'm going to show you my full-time RV living expenses so you can see my budget, see how these expenses can change based on your travel style, so you can then crunch the numbers and put your budget together.

Make sure you sign-up for my free 4-day mini-course where you'll get a full copy of my budget, a template for your budget, and tips on how to save and slash your budget so you can travel full-time in an RV.

When I first started out researching on how much living in an RV cost, I quickly found that there are so many variables to living costs. Much of your RV living costs are based on your travel style and the type of RV you are living in full-time.

Living in an RV Costs Significantly Less Than a Sticks-and-Bricks

I found that my expenses are much lower in an RV then when I lived in a sticks-and-bricks home. Now that I'm in a Class B campervan, the Hymer Aktiv that is 20 feet, my expenses are even lower than when I lived in the first RV I purchased, the Winnebago Spirit that was 26 feet.

Living in an RV and lowering my monthly expenses have greatly increased my happiness. I save money, and I get to live an incredible life traveling all over North America. My home and all of my belongings go with me where I go, and I can change locations when I want. This week I may be craving the mountains and the next week I can be by the ocean.

That's one of the many benefits of living in an RV – you can change locations at will.

No more utility bills.

No cable bills.

No landscaping bills.

No house insurance (kind of)

Less consumption of decorations, furniture, “things.”

I'm sure Amazon noticed! I'm an Amazon junkie! I still shop there since it's highly convenient for travel when you have the Prime membership. I also now have a rule, if something comes into the RV, then something must go out. Storage is limited and you need to be aware of the weight of your RV, so you don't have a tire blow out.

How Much Does Living in an RV Cost?

How I RV and travel can be much different than yours so when I show you how much living in an RV cost; keep in mind that these numbers can fluctuate drastically.

You are in ultimate control of how much living in an RV costs you. I try to live as frugal as possible, but I also want to LIVE, so some of my expenses are based on the things that are important to me; like enjoying sight-seeing tours, watching Netflix at night, making sure I always have an Internet connection, and continually accomplishing my quest travel goals which mean sometimes higher fuel costs.

I tend to travel, on average, about 1,500 miles per month; however, that number can change quickly if I found a great area that I want to spend more time in or if the weather is terrible, I might drive more to locate more desirable temperatures, less wind, or no snow.

My RV Living Budget

Before you look at the budget, remember, this is based on how I live, but it gives you an idea of how much living in an RV cost each month and a starting point for you to begin your budget.

I did not include the cost of an RV since this can be vastly different for each person whether you finance your RV or pay for it upfront in cash.

Also, I save every month for every expense even if I pay it annually or it's an expense that varies from month-to-month. For example I save every month for RV insurance, but I pay this expense annually, or the cost for hair care is saved monthly, but buying the products to color my hair or cut it vary and aren't monthly expenses.

EXPENSE

Fuel

RV Insurance

RV Maintenance

RV Registration

RV Park Rent

Club Memberships

State Park Passes

National Park Pass

Groceries

Eating Out

Hot Spot/Internet

Laundry

Cell Phone

Propane

Water

Mail forwarding

Mailbox Rental

Entertainment

Total

 

BUDGET

$400

$100

$100

$9

$100

$4

$10

$7

$300

$50

$65

$10

$148

$15

$5

$13

$12

$200

$1,548

Living in an RV Cost Breakdown

RV Gas & Maintenance & Insurance

I travel on average about 1,500 miles per month, so I budget $400 per month. Sometimes I'll spend that much and sometimes I don't. It depends on how much I decide to travel that month and if I've found an area I'd like to stay in longer. I'm very flexible with my travel so I can make adjustments where needed to make last-minute decisions on places I'd like to visit.

RV insurance is pretty reasonable, in my opinion, especially considering my insurance also covers being a full-time traveler, which is an added cost.

Though I don't incur maintenance costs every month on the RV, and I have a 6-year warranty on the Hymer, I do save each month for future maintenance which can include the cost of purchasing new tires, which isn't covered by the Hymer warranty, oil changes, and washing the RV.

RV registration is paid annually, but I do save for it each month.

Daily Park Rent & State/National Passes

RV park rent or any place where I would pay a daily rate in exchange for a parking spot and possibly hookups is an expense I save for monthly though I rarely use it. Most of the time if I were to pay for a spot, it's because I wanted to visit a particular area and the boondocking or even dry camping, like at Walmart, isn't plentiful or non-existent. Also, I might pay RV park rent if I were with the Xscapers group and we were having an event somewhere and that was the designated location. So I just save up for it each month just in case I need it.

This is another area with how much living in an RV cost that you can be drastically changed by your travel style. The daily rent at RV parks or campgrounds can get expensive each month, depending on each campground of course.

Since purchasing the Hymer Aktiv, it's much easier now to stealth camp in places and not need to incur that fee since I'm entirely self-contained.

State park passes are annual fees I pay to a particular state that allows me certain privileges for a more extended period. For example, I knew I would be in Washington State for a couple of months, so I purchased the Discover Pass that is $30 annually. It allows you to make use of any of the on-site dump and water stations and also allows you to day park for free. Typically parking in a state park can be $10 per day. Also, some Department of Natural Resource campgrounds are free if you have the Discover Pass.

New Mexico is another state that has similar privileges as Washington, but in addition, you can get deeply discounted rates at state park campgrounds.

The national park pass saves me a ton of money. I get in free to all National Parks and Monuments across the United States.

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Groceries & Eating Out

I don't eat out very much but reserve some funds monthly that I can save, primarily if I'm socializing with others. It's so much cheaper to cook myself and save that money.

Cell Phone, Internet, Propane

For cell phone, data and Internet connection I have a Verizon plan for my cell phone and then a Verizon hotspot. In addition, I pay another $65 a month for an AT&T hotspot. You may or may not need two hotspots, but I do for the sake of making sure I almost always have a connection in case one area serves Verizon better than AT&T or vice versa.

Since my entire business is online, having a data connection most of the time is critical for me.

My propane costs last year were much higher since my refrigerator used propane or electric to cool; however, it was much cheaper to keep it on propane.

Now that I have the Hymer Aktiv, my refrigerator is all electric. The furnace and water heater can either use propane, electric, or a mix of both.

So far since I purchased the Hymer in May 2018, just 3.5 months ago, I still am 2/3 full on propane and haven't added any more propane since my date of purchase. My budget may be a little high on this, but I'm still budgeting so when it's cooler in the winter months when I might need the furnace more, I can have enough funds budgeted if I need it.

This is another area with how much living in an RV cost can be different for each person. You may not need two hotspots or even any hotspots depending on what you do for a living, if you're retired, or just use your cell phone for calls and data.

Mail Forwarding

Since I sold my house and I don't have any relatives in Washington (my current domicile state) that can handle my mail for me, I chose a mail forwarding company where I pay an annual fee and then they can forward my mail to me once a month. I'm also currently looking into the Xscapers program of mail forwarding that can be completely digital so this cost might change as well.

Since purchasing the Hymer, I decided to go ahead and get a gym membership so I can work out when I'm in the cities and take a shower in the facilities. That's the one thing that is harder in the van is to do yoga and I don't like rolling my mat out in front of everybody, depending on the area, and working out in public. Also, I prefer not to take showers in the Hymer as it's just more of a pain. Instead, I'll wash off every day with a wet washcloth and wash my hair in the sink.

Entertainment

Lastly, you have to have an entertainment budget! Well, I guess you don't have to, but if you can, it's nice to have dollars set aside for when you're traveling and places you want to visit cost money. There's a ton of free sites out there to visit and explore, but some also cost.

I don't always use the full $200, but again, I keep the money set aside for those months where I might spend more than $200, like when I get together with friends or family, and we tend to go out and do more.

I hope that helps you to understand how much living in an RV cost each month and gives you enough information to either make some decisions for yourself and put a budget together. If you are looking for more information on budgeting and want my budget template and my budget, then sign-up for my free mini-course.

All of the costs here are specifically for traveling in an RV; however, in my free mini-course, I provide my entire annual budget in full, including my personal expenses and items you'll want to think about when you create your budget really. Plus I'll give you tips on how to save money and slash that budget to the bare bones on items like insurance (the things we must pay but aren't fun) so you can either save that money or use it to enjoy yourself during your travels. Along with an overview of each expense and the possibilities in how it can vary so you can adjust your budget accordingly.

Video/Audio/Gear Used

Panasonic Lumix G85 Camera – For most still images and vlogging

Sony Action Cam FDRX3000 – For dash cam and walking/talking video

Joby Gorillapod – Used for holding the cameras as a tripod or mounting to just about anything to capture a shot.

Xenvo Iphone Wide Angle (and Macro) Lens – Clips onto your iPhone did give you a wide angle view of your surroundings.

Ulanzi Metal Smart Phone Cold Shoe Mount – Attaches to a selfie stick, but allows you angle the camera and it has a mount for an external microphone.

AllStays app – Use on phone or desktop for finding gas stations, RV parks, campgrounds, propane, and more on your travel route.

Verizon Data Plan – Best nationwide coverage as of this post while traveling.

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How To Make Money Online Traveling In An RV

How To Make Money Online Traveling In An RV

How to Make Money Online and Travel Full TimeIf you're looking to learn how to make money online for a side hustle, to save for travel, or completely fund a lifestyle of full-time travel, then today I'm going to share with you SIX ways on how to make money online by starting an Internet business so you can travel full-time and be location independent.

If you’re like me, I was at a crossroads in my life where I knew there was more to life than just working 60-80 hours a week at a job and feeling like something was missing in my life. That’s one of the reasons I sold everything I owned and bought an RV to travel more and create more stories and moments.

So I’m going to show you 6 ways on how to make money online and also share with you my real life story on how I make money online.

Also, I have a HUGE change and a surprise to share with you.

Two Types of Income

Okay so let’s get started and first discuss the two different types of income you can earn:

  • Active income
  • Passive Income

Active Income

Active income Is income generated where you complete a set of actions repeatedly over time in order to receive income or make a sale.

For example, selling products on Ebay is active income, because you must first find the product to sell, list it on Ebay, sell the product, get paid, then ship the product. In order to receive more income you must complete those actions again and repeat.

Another example of active income is consulting where you only earn money when you work with a client, which is generally an exchange of time for money; somewhat like a typical job.

Passive Income

Passive Income is income that you complete an action, essentially once, and then it can earn residual income in the future many times over without any action on your part.

For example: writing a blog post, publishing the post, and monetizing it with advertising. For as long as you have the blog post live, it can generate income for you. You might have to tweak that post in the future or you might decide to add some additional layers of marketing, but the post is still there generating income residually.

Now, it can take a while to build up passive income, and it’s not an overnight get-rich-quick-way of making money, but if you’re in it for the long haul, creating sources of passive income can be you’re gateway to making money online and funding your full-time traveling.

How to Make Money Online – 6 Methods

Active Income Methods on How to Make Money Online (and travel full-time)

#1 Selling on Ebay

This is great if you’re starting out and want to fund your travel lifestyle, but not yet traveling, unless you plan to tow a cargo trailer with your items. With Ebay you can find all kinds of products to sell and list on Ebay; however if you plan on traveling in an RV then you'll have to consider your storage needs for the products you're selling and if that's something you want to haul around with you. You'll have the extra cost of the storage whether that's taking away storage from your RV or towing a separate cargo trailer which will cost for the purchase of the trailer and hookups and also the additional gas you'll be spending for towing.

#2 Selling on Etsy

This is a great way to create your own handmade products and like Ebay, this is great if you’re starting out and trying to fund your travel lifestyle, but not yet traveling unless you plan to tow a cargo trailer with your items. How much storage space you'll need just really depends on the items you be making and selling.

#3 Selling on Amazon

You can sell on Amazon without products by sourcing products and having those products sent directly to Amazon and then Amazon handles the fulfillment for you. You can sell anything on Amazon from items laying around your house as “used” items, researching products that are in demand and sourcing those products for Amazon to fulfill for you, or writing an ebook. I'm sure there are a vast amount of other items to sell on Amazon, but this gives you some options as you start to think about how you travel and how much income you'll need each month.

#4 Consulting/Coaching

You can take what you are an expert in and find clients to teach or provide a service and BONUS – there's no storage needed since you'll most likely only need a cell phone and data connection.

Passive Income Methods on How to Make Money Online

Remember passive income is 1 Action = Residual Income. This is my favorite, because who doesn’t want to work once and keep getting paid continually? 

#5 & #6 Website/Blogging

Think about what you’re passionate about or what kind of skill people ask you to teach them – or help them with continually. You can literally turn your knowledge into a business by teaching it to others.

#7 YouTube

YouTube is the same as a website in blogging when you think about a niche for content.  Think about what you’re passionate about and what you like to teach and then build an audience by sharing your knowledge. There's also a small percentage of Creators on YouTube that are completely entertainment driven. If this is something you feel can benefit you and provide entertainment to others, then go for it!

People are always looking for solutions online? What solutions can you provide?

My own example is starting the Story Chasing website and YouTube channel. I was simply documenting my travels and love of this lifestyle when I started getting so many questions about RVing in general, what gear do I use, how do I film, how to I edit, how do I make money online, and more.

So I answered the call and am creating more videos and content to answer these questions, which is why I created Workshop Wednesdays on my YouTube channel where the focus is completely about answering viewer and reader questions in a video and teaching the methods I've learned.

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How do You Actually Earn Passive Income Online?

Okay, so now that you know six areas on how you can make money online, how do you actually make passive income from website, blogs, and YouTube?

For websites and blogs you can earn an income through:

Amazon affiliate

So for example if you love a certain product and you blog about it or mention it, you can provide an affiliate link to that product on Amazon and get paid a small commission for the referral at no extra cost to the consumer.

Affiliate advertising

This works similar to Amazon affiliate program, but are more targeted products/services by companies like ShareaSale which has a plethora of different companies and categories to choose from depending on your niche. This would be for services or products that you also highly recommend to your viewers.

Ad revenue like Google Adsense or Media Vine

Targeted ads are placed on your website/blog or YouTube (except for Media Vine). YouTube uses Google Adsense exclusively at this time, and most likely for a very long time since Google owns YouTube. Ad revenue percentages are fairly small so this takes time to build up, but again if you’re committed and see this a viable way to make long-term income then this can be a great solution for you.

Your own products

Creating your own products, especially digital products, is another great resource for making money online. This can be in the form of ebooks, online courses, selling your photography, and more.

Sponsors

As you become an influencer in your niche, you become more valuable to sponsors who see you as a resource to help promote their products and services. My own personal philosophy though is only work with companies who’s products and services you really love and therefore feel might be also valuable to your viewers and readers.

So as you can see there are many ways to make money online and to fund your travel whether it be active or passive income. It’s just deciding what best fits your lifestyle and then determine what solutions you can provide to your audience.

THE BIG CHANGE

Ok – so for the big surprise and change!

I haven taken a HUGE LEAP and quit my six-figure a year job to focus on my own business and travel full-time. After traveling for a year and still working so many hours in my job, I knew that the only way to get my own company off the ground was to leave that job so I could focus my time fully on my own endeavors. I also realized during this last year that my focus on life had changed so much and I was seeking even more freedom in my life and to live on my own terms. 

I get so much joy out of this creative process with making YouTube videos, blogging, and teaching. It's truly fulfilling.

I’ll be honest though – I was scared and nervous to quit!

It was a huge step.

I’ll be living off of my savings until my business can replace that income so it's no wonder I was so nervous.

What if I fail?

I could completely fail at this OR I can absolutely succeed.

Remember my phrase, “On the other side of fear is your greatest success?” That’s what enabled me to take the leap, to live without regrets. If I fail, well I just get another job, but at least I’ve tried.

So I feel like the best way to show you how to make money online is to be the example and the story myself.

I’m going to take you all on a little ride with me each month. I’m going to be completely vulnerable and share with you how much money I make online and specifically what areas of income.

Why would I do that?

I'm a pretty private person when it comes to talking about my money, but this is why I'm sharing it with you:

  1. I can see for myself the growth and where I should make changes.
  2. It’s a huge motivator for me when you all are watching.
  3. You all can see along the way what I’m doing and how you can do this too.

The first income report is published for July 2018.

I hope you've gotten some value out of this post on how to make money online whether you are traveling or not. Share with me your thoughts below in the comment section. Do you have additional questions? Are you looking to make money online and travel?

Video/Audio/Gear Used

Panasonic Lumix G85 Camera – For most still images and vlogging

Sony Action Cam FDRX3000 – For dash cam and walking/talking video

Joby Gorillapod – Used for holding the cameras as a tripod or mounting to just about anything to capture a shot.

Xenvo Iphone Wide Angle (and Macro) Lens – Clips onto your iPhone did give you a wide angle view of your surroundings.

Ulanzi Metal Smart Phone Cold Shoe Mount – Attaches to a selfie stick, but allows you angle the camera and it has a mount for an external microphone.

AllStays app – Use on phone or desktop for finding gas stations, RV parks, campgrounds, propane, and more on your travel route.

Verizon Data Plan – Best nationwide coverage as of this post while traveling.

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