I was talking to a friend of mine the other day about my goal of traveling when Katie has left the nest and he had an interesting suggestion. He said that I might want to consider becoming an over the road (OTR) truck driver.
Semi trucks come complete with a bunk for sleeping, a refrigerator, and can handle electrical devices such as laptops and other items. There isn’t much space, but there is enough for sleeping and writing. As he pointed out, I would be able to use my down time while waiting for loads to write and manage my web sites. Since truck drivers are only allowed to drive so many hours in a day and per week, I would have some extra time to explore different areas while I waited for my hours to reset.
With the type of traveling and exploration that I would like to do, my friend said that I would earn a rather nice paycheck–especially since most drivers want to go home on a regular basis, and I wouldn’t have that requirement.
I’ve went on overnight trips with truck driver friends in the past so I already know that I would be comfortable with the space inside a sleeper cab. Here’s a photo of what a typical sleeper looks like inside a semi so you can see what I”m talking about:
Many companies allow you to take pets with you while you travel, especially on long hauls, so my puppies could go with me. The pay would mean that I could save money very easily for my next adventure when I became bored with the truck driving life. My trucking friends earn between $50,000-$100,000 a year (depending upon company, how much/far they are willing to travel, etc.) so I would be able to save a fortune, even accounting for the fact that I would spend a lot of money eating out and stuff.
Truckers usually earn free showers when they refuel, so bathing wouldn’t be a problem. A refrigerator and a microwave would cover any meals that I didn’t want to eat in a restaurant. I would always have a roof over my head (companies pay for hotel rooms in the event a truck breaks down). I would also gain the experience of driving a really large vehicle, which would be a huge plus if I wanted to purchase an RV or fifth-wheel at a later date as opposed to a smaller camper van.
There are also a few negatives to truck driving. I wouldn’t be able to pick and choose my destinations, nor always explore when I come across an interesting town. There are others, but I’m not in the mood to nit-pick it to death at this moment.
As a result of this conversation, I now have a new option to consider to attain my dream of traveling. Have any of you ever drove a big truck for a living, or considered doing it for the adventure? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
To support my work please buy a
book or make a donation today. Thank you.
Like this post? Sign up here to receive updates by email.