After Retirement – Will You Travel to Where the Work Is?

This may not sound like it has anything to do with prepping, but in a way it is related. At least on the fringes. That’s because in recent years, many beyond the normal age of retirement have become geriatric migrant laborers, traveling in RV’s to where the work is.

The next time you order from Amazon, your order might be filled at a warehouse by a senior citizen who lives in an RV. Some of these people take on seasonal jobs as tour guides at national parks and other tourist attractions. Or they may hold temporary factory jobs.

Does that kind of life sound appealing to you? There are communities of RV-ers with people who do more than travel around the country recreationally. Of course, you could travel just for the sake of traveling. Or you could scout out bug out locations.

But the bottom line is this. For some time now, we’ve seen many changes in the labor force here in the U.S. Not only is it more difficult to find work, but a number of people who would normally retire have found themselves working to make ends meet. Becoming a geriatric migrant is simply one more alternative.

Could it work for you? It has kept at least one woman from committing suicide when all looked lost. And it has reinvigorated life for others.

Rather than go into specifics, I’m just tossing the idea out there. It could mean survival for you or for someone you tell about the idea.

Incidentally, I learned about this from The End of Retirement, by Jessica Bruder, featured in Harper’s, August 2014. Unfortunately, the complete article is only available to Harper’s subscribers. If you’re interested in pursuing this, you may want to see if you can access the article at your local library. I was fortunate to listen to the article in audio form through Choice Magazine Listening.


Author: John Wesley Smith

John Wesley Smith writes and podcasts from his home in Central Missouri. His goal is to help preppers as he continues along his own preparedness journey.