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  1. Thanks again for all of the great input. This is a very helpful and welcoming community! I ended up speaking with both a lawyer and accountant, and I'm in the process of working out all of the legal / tax details, which are still to be determined at the moment, but I definitely got some helpful advice. Kevin, thank you for the travel nurse suggestion. I've been looking online for furnished short-term rentals, and it appears that a lot of them cater to travel nurses. I'm definitely going to try to reach out to one and pick their brain. Regarding getting an RV, this is a decision I'm going kick further down the road. It's quite possible that after traveling the U.S. for a little bit, I may want to get rid of even more possessions, and my car, and travel the world via plane. But if I start doing this and realize I want to travel the U.S. for several years, it's certainly something I might try.
  2. Well I mentioned hotels a an option, but also AirBnBs and short-term rentals. In terms of time, I would probably stay at each location for at least a month, more likely 3 months or so so that I could really explore the area. I mentioned hotels as a possibility, but I could budget for AirBnBs. Also, there are some decent options as far as furnished month-to-month rentals. That's also something I'm considering. Kirk, thanks for sending over that article. This line really stuck out to me: "Domicile is the place where you intend to return once you have hung up your RV keys for good." In this case, the answer would be the Philadelphia area. Unclear whether I'd be returning to the city itself or the suburbs. If I'm living the nomading lifestyle until I'm in my forties, I may want to settle down back in the suburbs. If I'm only doing this for a few years, living in the city again would be nice. Of course the tricky thing is the Philadelphia Wage Tax. I am going to be speaking to a friend about this that might be able to refer me to a tax attorney who would be good at handling the subject. That said, I may take a more relaxed approach toward following regulations. Sure, there are laws and regulations, but the laws and regulations in my state aren't ultimately designed for this type of thing, and my understanding is, an individual's intent plays a big part of whether or not any type of crime like fraud or tax evasion occurred. My intent is certainly not to evade taxes, so I think I could do a pretty good job defending myself (likely with the help of a lawyer) if something came up.
  3. PA is tricky, since a residential address is required for a license and registration. However, a virtual / commercial mailbox can be used as a separate mailing address. I believe I will also need a residential address for my financial institutions. Another factor is the Philadelphia wage tax, which I'd prefer to avoid paying if I don't legally have to. I actually already have a virtual mailbox in the suburbs (mostly so I can start digitizing all of my mail). But in terms of what to use for my residential address, this is where I might have to rely on friends and family, even though I'd prefer to leave them out of this if I can. And as far as vehicle insurance, I'm not sure what my options are. I might just have to get my insurance company on the phone and explain things to them. As far as health insurance, I work for a large company and have national coverage. That said, there's nothing saying I couldn't change jobs in the future (to another fully remote job), in which case I'd be limited to whatever plan the company offers. I am also considering entrepreneurship, although probably not until several years down the line, and if I go that route, having access to an ACA plan would be great. So perhaps sticking with PA and going the "friends and family" option is best for the time being?
  4. Thanks everyone! I'm in the process of doing exactly what Lisa has suggested. Currently paring down my possessions, and then the plan is to go on a trip with what I think I'll need in my car to test this out. Regarding domicile, a big part of the reason I signed up for this forum was so that I could get advice regarding my situation, and possibly become an Escapees member so I could establish domicile in TX or FL. I could easily sever most of my ties with PA, however, I have a medical condition that requires several doctors visits per year (ideally with the same specialist I've established a relationship with), and for that reason, I'm wondering if I should remain a PA resident and just come back as needed for appointments. I would probably be spending a total of several months per year in PA anyway. I'd be happy to start a separate post getting into the details, although I'm curious whether people have chosen to remain domiciled in their home state for this purpose. I also wonder if the "friends and family" option for my license address / vehicle registration may be better for now, perhaps until I decide I want to do this full-time.
  5. I'm a professional in my thirties. I live in Philadelphia currently, however, I work remotely and plan on traveling the U.S. soon with no permanent home. The plan is not to get an RV, but to pare down my possessions to that which would fit in my sedan, and travel while staying at hotels, AirBnBs, and short-term rentals. Even though an RV would not be part of this lifestyle, there is obviously considerable overlap between this kind of lifestyle and what RVers do. Additionally, there are a lot of issues I need to get sorted out, such as getting a mobile address, a nomad-friendly driver's license, taxes, health insurance, potential legal issues, etc. From doing my research, it appears that Escapees gives me exactly what I need, although the vehicle I'd be registering would be a Honda Civic. I suppose what I'm wondering is, would people living such a lifestyle be welcome among the Escapees community? And are there other people doing something similar to what I'm planning on doing? I definitely think I could learn a lot from members when it comes to traveling the country. I want to add that in terms of longer term plans, I may consider selling my car and traveling the world via plane. But having a TX or FL mobile address would great for this, and traveling the country is a good place to start. So I suppose I'm wondering whether there are other members who are doing this kind of international travel.
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