Owning your own RV is an opportunity to travel for a variety of reasons including pleasure, business, and education. As you plan your next road trip, consider multitasking travel. Make a tax-deductible stop at a client’s on the way to your family vacation.
Stop along the way for learning opportunities. Here are my suggestions for multitasking travel:
RVing for Pleasure
Many RVers camp because it is not related to what they do during the weekday. RVers I know work in lumber mills, operate a pharmacy, run a back-hoe business, engineer a train, publish newspapers, work in city government, and are retired, civil servants.
For some, RV camping is their release from the stresses of their day jobs. For others, it’s a controlled adrenalin boost as they use their RV rig to attend NASCAR races or take ATVs down new trails.
Most RVers camp primarily for fun and relaxation. We seek the best campsites, attend family reunions, travel to resorts or events, and awe at natural wonders. But we sometimes get into a rut, camping at the same campground year after year.
Fortunately, RVs give us options and keep us united to family and friends. They multitask.
RVing for Business
Many pleasure campers find business reasons to help pay for their travel. They sell at flea markets, work as paid camp hosts along the way, use their photography skills to earn extra cash or run an online business on the road.
They know that the IRS allows fuel and other travel costs as legitimate expenses for people who have established a for-profit business, no matter how small.
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Even if still employed for someone else, many RVers can deduct travel expenses for visiting an employer’s clients along the way. They multitask.
RVing for Education
Your RV can be your school, too. Depending on what you or your family members do for a living, you can travel North America to expand your knowledge of this great continent.
You can make stops especially to visit historical or cultural sites, to learn from national or state parks, or even to visit your alma maters. Many full-time RVers home school their children with a travel trailer, motorhome, or other RV serving as their home, classroom, and school bus. Others use family RVs to attend the kids’ sporting events, academic competitions, or music programs.
There are many ways that a frugal RVer can expand travel horizons while reducing camping costs. Smart campers know that multitasking their travel is a practical way to get more fun for less money. That’s what frugal RVing is all about!
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