If you’re seven years old, stop here and go tell mom and dad your sorry and will try to do better. For all others, if you want to travel and see the country, here’s a way you can do it and make a living at the same time.
Sure running away and joining the Circus was a child’s way of solving the problems of the world. Of course his world usually consists of his parents and siblings who at some point managed to get on the wrong side when the whole world seems to be turned against him. While joining the Circus at that point in time would be considered a poor alternative to family life, later on it may suit you a bit better.
As a young adult, informing Mom and Dad that your career choice is going to be operating the Tilt-a-Whirl with a traveling Carnival is likely to raise their eyebrows as well as their blood pressure. Still not a good time.
When you reach that point in time when you’re established as an individual and have few people to answer to, your opinions may take a dramatic change. When you have no one looking over your shoulder to criticize your choices or judge your motives then take a moment and think about it.
Traveling with a Circus or Carnival isn’t so far removed from the Stealth Van Dweller lifestyle. Being able to go new places, explore new communities, being self contained with little in the way of restrictions as far as where you go or what you do. Lets face it, working a Carnival isn’t Rocket Science. It can be hard physical work at times, while other parts of the job include a lot of sitting around.
You know you’ll always be in warmer climates, that’s where they set up shop. Open air fairs wouldn’t do well with customers trudging through snow. Whether your living in a van, or are full time RVing, as long as your home travels with you a place to sleep is always guaranteed.
Finding a suitable place of employment for your new adventure is a simple as a little Internet research. There are numerous companies operating shows around the country.
Modern Midways, or States Shows, or Wade Shows Inc., or Dixieland Carnival Co. are just a small sample of traveling shows searching for employees. You can pick one that operates in the region of the country that best suits you, work the summer months and enjoy winter layup when the show shuts down.
Many traveling shows home base in Florida so if you stick with them for the year your assured of a comfortable climate when they finish the season. One position in regular demand is drivers. This is a Commercial Drivers License industry so if you currently have a CDL (Commercial Drivers License) you will find yourself more employable and your options will be better. Some companies even provide bunkhouse accommodations allowing drivers to have a home of sorts as well since you can’t drive their rigs and your own RV at the same time.
With a continuing need for new crew members if your in good physical condition, drug free, and in good standing with the law, it’s very likely they would be interested in signing you on.
Whether your alone in the world, or changing your outlook on life as a mid-life crisis. If your goal has become making enough money to support your travels, then maybe, just maybe this isn’t such a wild idea. It’s good honest work and can be as much fun as you want to make it.