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RT68 Retirement: What Are You Waiting For?

| Updated Dec 30, 2015

Is retirement all it's cracked up to be?

Yes, a new study says it makes you happier and healthier.

In this episode, we focus on retirement and it's many benefits, particularly retirement and RVing. Plus our usual tips, RV news, Tech news and destination reports.


Complete shownotes for Episode 68 of Roadtreking: The RV Travel Podcast

Mike and Jennifer share their New Year RV resolutions, their immediate travel plans and a look ahead to a year of RV stories from across North America [spp-timestamp time=”2:43″]

JENNIFER'S TIP OF THE WEEK: RV Travel Map with State Stickers

If you are like Mike and me, you love keeping track of the different states and Provinces you visit in your RV. For us – since we started our RV travels nearly five years ago – that works out to 38 different states. [spp-timestamp time=”12:33″]

stickerI’ve seen folks who have maps on their RVs that show where they’ve been so when we found one on Amazon, we ordered it. The one we got is called the RV & Travel USA State Sticker Map and it shows each state in vibrant solid colors. It’s printed on durable, premium 3M automotive vinyl/ You can put it on an inside wall or outside. In our case, on the rear door of our RV.

It measures 12.7″ x 19.6″, so it’s not gaudy or too big.

You get the map on one sheet and the individually cut self adhesive states to apply on the outline of the states on the base map. It’s all very simple, though you want to take your time sticking the states on the mark, lining them up on the outline.

We are very happy with it. The vinyl is of excellent quality. We’ve long wanted one like this, just a simple map with bright colors.

It costs $35 and is shipped free. It's available at


Mike answers reader questions about streaming video in the RV and using a 50 amp to 30 amp power adapter and why he and Jennifertraded up to a Roadtrek CS Adventurous XL this year [spp-timestamp time=”15:56″]

RV NEWS – RV saves big money over traditional vacations

A follow up study confirms the findings of the Recreational Vehicle Institute of America that RV travel saves money. [spp-timestamp time=”28:54″]

TRAVELING TECH TIPS – Apps to help you stay organized in 2016

The beginning of the year is a great time to get organized and a number of great apps can help you make 2016 your best organized year yet! [spp-timestamp time=”33:58″] wins lots of praise for its ease-of-use and number of smart features, including the ability to simply add tasks with your voice. You can share lists with friends, family, or anyone else. You can also sync to the cloud for accessing tasks on any iOS or Android device. You can even add tasks by sending an email. The app is free for iOS and Android.

2Do is one of the most powerful and customizable task managers around. It features clean graphics, a great interface, and a bunch of super handy features. Creating a to-do item is easy and can be done with the touch of a button. It can be synced with services such as Dropbox and iCloud Reminders. The app is $7.99 for iOS and $3.80 for Android.

The Clear app is another great one for making to-do and task management tools. The goal is to make it as easy to use as pen and paper. Among other things, the app gives you the ability to make multiple and customizable theme-based lists, along with the ability to set reminders. The app is $4.99 for iOS.


limekilnTerri Speakman tells us about the little known Limekiln State Park in California, a park that offers breathtaking views of the Big Sur Coast, the beauty of the redwoods, the rugged coast and the cultural history of limekilns. The park has 24 campsites. The park is 56 miles south of Carmel, off Highway One; two miles south of Lucia. [spp-timestamp time=”36:14″]

Main Topic: Retirement and the RVer

We report on a new study that shows surprisingly strong health and happiness benefits from retirement and we fact check it through the real life experience of our audience and listeners. [spp-timestamp time=”42:17″]

And we hear, in their own words, from several Roadtrekers who talk about reduced stress levels, a profound sense of contentment and the freedom they have to pursue hobbies and travel.

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Mike Wendland

Published on 2015-12-30

Mike Wendland is a multiple Emmy-award-winning Journalist, Podcaster, YouTuber, and Blogger, who has traveled with his wife, Jennifer, all over North America in an RV, sharing adventures and reviewing RV, Camping, Outdoor, Travel and Tech Gear for the past 12 years. They are leading industry experts in RV living and have written 18 travel books.

One Response to “RT68 Retirement: What Are You Waiting For?”

December 30, 2015at5:08 pm, Shannon Lawson said:

Thank you so much for this podcast – am retiring in a little over a year from now (luckily for me at a young age too!) and you confirmed all my suspicions! All the people I’ve run into that have retired from my workplace look better, feel better and have an almost “glow” about them!!

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