Daria and I were shocked at the number of you who emailed us in response to our Four creative ways to travel for free post. Seems lots of you are intrigued by the idea of traveling the country for free as an RV courier. [See also the article, Five Creative Ways to Travel Free, posted on April 9, 2008.]
Then again, what's not to like about getting paid to travel?!
So today let's talk about whether being an RV courier is right for you and how you can get started. We called America's number one expert on the subject to get the full story and we've got some great tips for you.
Let's start with 3 things you need to know about being an RV courier...
1.) This may be the best job no one's ever heard about! Who DOESN'T want a job with good pay, flexible hours, steady work and a chance to travel the country for free? Even in this tough economy, there are about 5,000 new drivers needed each month.
2.) Becoming an RV courier is easier than you think. If you are over 18, have a valid driver's license with a good driving record, and like to drive, you're in! Unless you are going to drive something about as big as a Greyhound bus, you don't even need a special commercial license.
3.) It's a job for all ages over 18. Are you a college student? RV couriering is a great summer job. Have a regular 9-5 job? Make some extra money on the weekends. Retired? Grab your sweetie, see the country and put a little extra money in your pocket.
Now for some nitty-gritty. The company you work for will pay for insurance, fuel and (if it's a one-way drop off) your trip back home. They'll also pay you, of course! Most companies pay by the mile, and you can use 35 cents/mile as a good average.
Unlike truck drivers, this is a low stress endeavor. You won't be pressured by the company to deliver your vehicle on a crazy schedule. They want safe drivers who will come back again and again.
Still reading? If so, sounds like this might be serious. That means our expert Craig Chilton is your next stop. Craig started as an RV courier 30 years ago on his summer break from teaching and has stayed with it ever since. He literally wrote THE book on the subject -- "How to Get Paid $50,000 a Year to Travel" -- and has developed a Diver Placement Network that connects wannabe drivers with companies that need them.
Visit www.roadrat.com to learn more and to take his job aptitude test to find out whether becoming an RV courier is right for you!
If you do decide to hit the road, send us a postcard or email us your pictures to email@example.com. And be sure to e-mail us with your experiences so we can share them here!
Ken and Daria Dolan have hosted their own national radio program for 22 years, anchored their own television shows on CNBC and CNN, authored six books on money matters, served as money contributors on CBS This Morning and have now launched a comprehensive web site and free e-letter at Dolans.com.
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