What Is Workamping?
The term "Workamping" is actually a trademark of Workamper News and it was coined by the founders of that company. Therefore, I will give credit where it is due and use their own words from the website's "What Is Workamping?" page to define the term.
"Workampers are adventuresome individuals and couples who have chosen a wonderful lifestyle that combines any kind of part-time or full-time work with RV camping."
Here is another way they say it:
"If you sleep in an RV at night and you conduct any activity in exchange for anything of value, you are a Workamper!"
There is much more information on this concept. After completing this page, click on the links at the bottom to learn more.
Who Are Workampers?
Well that's an interesting question. Workampers come from all walks of life and they workamp for many, many different reasons.
Some people have to work in order to make their expenses so that they can reap the joys of RVing and keep from going back to the traditional rat race life.
Some have to work to supplement their other income to keep their nomadic spirit alive.
Some are following their passions and those passions might just include doing something akin to “work”.
Some like to give of themselves through volunteering.
And some just like to keep busy.
Let's take a look at the results of a 2007 Workamper News survey of their over 70,000 subscribers. Also included are some results of a 2010 survey update.Age 20-30 0.5%
Age 31-40 1.0%
Age 41-50 6.0%
Age 51-60 34.0%
Age 61-70 51.0%
Age 71-80 7.0%
Age 80 up 0.5%
Age Demographics (2007):
Age Demographics (2010 Update):
Age 20-30 0.5%
Age 31-40 1.5%
Age 41-50 6.0%
Age 51-60 30.0%
Age 61-70 47.0%
Age 71-80 7.0%
Age 80 up 8.0%
Workamping as (2007):
Not Yet 9%
Workamping as (2010 Update):
Summer Season 21%
Winter Season 12%
Year Round 67%
Average Household Income (2007) $41,000
Graduate Degree 14%
College Grad 33%
Some College 37%
High School Graduate 35%
RV Type (2007):5th Wheel 41%
Travel Trailer 11%
None (use employer-provided housing) 5%
RV Type (2010 Update):5th Wheel 42%
Travel Trailer 10%
None (use employer-provided housing) 10%
Age of RV (2007):
RV Age less than 2 years 20%
RV Age 2 to 5 years 40%
RV Age 5 to 10 years 23%
RV Age 10+ years 14%
Age of RV (2010 Update):
RV Age less than 2 years 18%
RV Age 2 to 5 years 39%
RV Age 5 to 10 years 25%
RV Age 10+ years 18%
Interesting, huh? They compiled this data for advertisers and employers, but it's always fun to see how these things break down.
Want to learn more? Check out the following links:
What are the types of jobs available?
What kind of commitment is required?
How much can I expect to earn?
What if I just want to volunteer for a campsite?
What are the Pros & Cons of working for pay vs. volunteering for for a site with no pay?
What are the tax implications of workamping?
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