- File Size: 755 KB
- Print Length: 123 pages
- Publication Date: June 21, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0106CG6KO
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #604,467 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Happy Camper: How I Quit My Corporate Job and Sold Everything to Travel Full-Time Kindle Edition
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Even though this book focuses more on the decision-making process and mental planning for such a change, I still found it valuable. I found it validating. It was fun to read about someone else who went through the same change process. I think it would be inspiring for people who are contemplating big life changes, especially about leaving the corporate rat-race. The author really hits the nail on the head about what we really pay for our big houses and cars, in terms of time and stress. She describes how simplifying can be amazingly gratifying and I have to agree. She also discusses the price of not listening to our soul's call and playing it safe. I am enjoying her Facebook and blog as well as they provide beautiful pictures and descriptions of where they are camping. Like others have said though, it is not heavy on the actual RV technicalities. But there are other books for that!
A couple of my favorite passages are:
“The fantastic thing about experiences is that they don’t weigh you down like belongings do.”
“I am not saying don’t worry about anything, I am saying don’t worry about everything.”
I liked the format she used covering the most common questions people ask about this lifestyle and her answers. I too, have found people are profoundly curious and also say, I wish I could do that followed by a list of limitations. I think Kate does a good job of really delving into the perceived limitations and alternatives.
I purchased the Kindle version and read it straight through. I have time to do that now that I'm a Happy Camper!
While this book is not a 5 star book in my opinion I did gain some knowledge and was able to pick and choose the sections that were of use to me. For that reason I am giving it a 4 star review.
lifestyle, being out in nature, the comforts of home in smaller, compact spaces. We are so organized we have everything
we need, including access to internet in this remote location. Kate Gilbert has laid out how to make different choices in a compelling way, using statistics of how corporate takeover of the American job market has made it less attractive for people to keep working at jobs they no longer enjoy. It is a fun read, entertaining, yet capable of making you think. This book can set your mind free to make different choices.
I've read several blogs and how-to e-books on the full-time rv life and found most of them to be helpful and enjoyable to varying degrees.
However, Ms. Gilbert has combined a down-to-earth, easily accessible "road-map" for how her journey came to be within a context of a greater societal exploration and human psychology. Profound insights, combined with her pragmatic and no-bullshit approach made this a truly impactful read for me!! Maybe it's the serendipity of finding such a story at this time.
I am in a similar place mentally that I believe Ms. Gilbert was experiencing before her journey began... I relate to frustrations with my life at 47, with a mortgage, a long-term career that is no longer fulfilling, a house full of "stuff" that weighs me down and questioning how to find the elusive happiness I feel is missing. What a gift this book is!! And the sweet realization of finding such resonating words from a free e-book I'm not buying to physically bring into my house is the not lost on me! Thank you, thank you!!!