LONGTIME MICHIGAN ARCHITECT FINDS HE DOESN’T HAVE TO SUFFER ANOTHER WINTER UP NORTH. HE CAN TAKE HIS BUSINESS ON THE ROAD AND WORK REMOTELY FROM HIS RV
Growing numbers of consultants and entrepreneurs with home-based businesses are realizing they don’t have suffer winter’s chill. They can buy an RV and work remotely from RV resorts across the Sunbelt
BULLHEAD CITY, Ariz., Jan. 13, 2020 – Mark Blomquist’s family has been an architecture business in northern Michigan for 60 years, developing a base of clients that has sustained his family for three generations.
But Blomquist realized a couple of years ago that with a laptop, a cellphone and an RV, he could escape Michigan’s winters and continue to work as an architect on the road, ideally someplace in sunny Arizona.
“I told my wife, ‘Let’s buy a fifth wheel, pick a spot in Arizona, and see how it goes,” he said.
The Blomquists bought a 42-foot Montana High Country fifth wheel and landed at Vista del Sol RV Resort in Bullhead City, whose amenities include swimming pools, an exercise room, pickleball courts and WiFi, which enables him to work just as well as if he was at home in Michigan. “I can use Google Earth to examine sites for different projects almost as if he was standing there in person,” he said.
So far, Blomquist’s idea of working remotely to enjoy the Snowbird lifestyle is working out so well that he recently sold his Michigan architecture practice to his son while he develops a new architecture business based in Arizona, where he eventually plans to purchase a home.
“The technology is there for me to work remotely as we go through this transition,” he said. “Having an RV is also a nice bridge as we go through this transition.”
Having an RV also enables the Blomquists to avoid having to spend $1,500 a month in rent or be constrained by lease commitments while they search for a permanent home in Arizona. Long-term rents for RV sites at Vista del Sol RV Resort range from $1,875 for three months to $3,300 for six months.
“We’re seeing more and more people quasi-retiring early, but still doing something to make ends meet,” said Scott Roberts, president of Scottsdale-based Roberts Resorts, adding, “I only see that trend continuing to grow.”
While the majority of Snowbirds continue to be retirees, Roberts said growing numbers of people from colder climates are deciding they want to enjoy the Snowbird life now rather than wait until they can fully retire. Many have consulting jobs that they can do from the road or from wherever they happen to be.
For more information about Vista del Sol RV Resort, please visit its website at https://robertsresorts.com/vista-del-sol/.
About the Arizona Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds
The Arizona Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds is the statewide trade association for campgrounds and RV parks. In addition to hosting a travel planning website at www.GoCampingInArizona.com, the association publishes the Arizona RV and Camping Guide, which won the State Directory of the Year Award from the National Association of RV Parks & Campgrounds (ARVC). The 32-page color guide features more than 90 campgrounds, RV parks and resorts across the Grand Canyon State. Consumers can request the guide by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.