'Workamping' named uncommon source of retirement income
Many retirees are being forced to find new ways to make ends meet after the recession left them with smaller-than-planned-for 401Ks, pensions and other sources of post-work income. U.S. News & World Report reports that seniors are getting creative on making extra money and doing things like renting out a room in their homes and even "workamping."
Workamping, or work-camping, allows individuals to stay at campsites for free, in exchange for some good, old-fashioned work. Some workamping gigs even pay minimum wage. This type of work often appeals to retirees and other full-time RVers who want to see the country but need to supplement their income.
Workampers are also called "camp hosts" and their duties can vary from greeting visitors and collecting fees to basic park maintenance and upkeep.
"There's usually a lot of flexibility," president of Recreation Resource Management, Warren Meyer, told the news provider. "Most of these guys don't want to work 60 hours a week."
There are a lot of resources for people looking for camp host opportunities. Perhaps the most popular is probably the website Workamper.com.