How This Community Started

When you think full-time travel, it’s easy to picture sipping tropical drinks in coconuts under palm trees, picnicking next to rushing rivers flowing past staggering mountain peaks, or driving with the open road stretching out for miles in front of you.

At least, that’s what we pictured.

But every day as a traveler doesn’t look like that.

Most days look like this:

Sitting inside working on a laptop…alone.

We spent our first two years of travel just like this. Sure, we met up with friends and family across the country during our travels. But we didn’t have a community. People who got it, who understood our lifestyle and our struggles. 

We were lonely. 

We didn’t know anyone else who was crazy enough to attempt traveling full-time while running their own business. Call it location independence, being a digital nomad or an “RV entrepreneur.” We were doing it alone and knew we needed a community—so we built one. 

Heath started The RV Entrepreneur Podcast and Facebook group—a way for us to connect and learn from other people running businesses from their RVs. Finally, we were meeting other people who were not just traveling, but trying to build and run a business on spotty wifi in between hikes at national parks. 

We were making friends, but it was all online. We still felt lonely.

A friend suggested we host a conference for RVers like us. 

“A conference? RVers don’t have conferences. They have rallies and meetups and shows.”

But our fellow RV entrepreneurs encouraged us, some of them even offering to speak and share their stories. All we had to do was plan the weekend.

And so was built the RV Entrepreneur Summit.

We found our people. 

People who understood why we quit our jobs and moved into an RV. People who had also parked in Starbucks parking lot mooching off the free wifi because they needed to make a video call and people who woke up early to get in a few hours of work done before spending the rest of the day kayaking down a river. 

Together, we spent the weekend listening to speakers share their stories from the main stage and teach their craft in workshops. We connected over dinner and campfires and on sunset hikes. 

We met our best friends that weekend.

So we hosted another RVE Summit.

And another.

Growing each year by over 100 attendees. 

The RV Entrepreneur Summit is a business conference for RVers. The four-day event consists of main stage talks from experienced entrepreneurs, workshops to learn practical business skills, and meet ups led by fellow attendees on the topics that interest them most—from real estate investing to yoga to van life.

Most of all, the RVE Summit exists to give fellow RVers what we craved so much during our first years on the road. 

Community. A place to belong. To make friends. And to walk away equipped to run a thriving business on the road. 

 

A podcast for nomadic entrepreneurs

The RV Entrepreneur Podcast is for people who are interested in downsizing their life, creating remote income, and working from anywhere.

In the weekly show where Heath Padgett interviews nomadic entrepreneurs who have made the leap into the RV lifestyle and have taken their businesses with them on the road.

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THE RV entrepreneur school

The RV Entrepreneur School is full of courses and resources for people who want to live, work, and travel in an RV. You can enroll in free courses on topics like how to start a travel blog, bootstrapping a software startup, or writing your first book. 

See all free courses here.

A conference for nomadic entrepreneurs

The RV Entrepreneur Summit is a 4-day business conference specifically designed for RVers. 

The conference consists of workshops, meet ups, and main stage talks all geared towards helping you start & grow a business that fuels a life of travel.

We bring together the smartest travelers we know to teach their expertise on topics like building your first mobile business, creating a team, scaling your company, blogging, photography, and more. We aim to find speakers from a variety of different careers and industries so no matter what type of business you’re pursuing, you can learn something new. 

 

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