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In Episode 273, Harley Wilson describes her first Workamping job

This week I will be interviewing a woman who is brand new to Workamping. She and her partner were wrapping up their first assignment working at a dog boarding facility in Florida.

Harley Wilson and her partner, Ashton Byars, bought their RV in March of 2023 and went on some shorter excursions before jumping into the Workamping lifestyle in January of this year.

They worked for Dog Academy LLC in Lynn Haven, Fla. At the dog boarding facility, Ashton did construction, while Harley was actively involved in caring for the dogs who were spending time at the facility. She got to clean up, but also worked to reunite the dogs with their owners when they were picked up.

She said it was a lot of fun because the dogs have such different personalities. Harley had fun just letting dogs be dogs by socializing with others whenever possible. It was an ideal job for Harley because she and Ashton own two dogs, so she already knew what to expect.

Harley had dreamed of RVing for years. When she met Ashton, she told him her dream was to travel, so they started saving their money.

In December, Harley reached a point in her corporate job where she desired more freedom and flexibility, so they quit their jobs in their early 30s to go RVing when the option presented itself.

She has a degree in mass communications and Ashton has experience as an audio-video technician. So, the couple plans to develop a TikTok channel and share videos of their adventures on the road as well as the Workamping jobs they enjoy along the way.

One of the big perks Harley and Ashton enjoyed by working at Dog Academy was the ability to get off work and go down to the beach to shuck oysters and meet new people. She also joined a local Zumba class.

The couple has done a lot of traveling outside the United States. Harley said they saw Workamping as a way to see more of America. Ideally, the couple would like to spend time Workamping in Alaska.

When their job ends at Dog Academy, Harley and Ashton are headed to Austin, Texas, where they will spend the summer Workamping at a KOA near Austin.

To follow their adventures, people can connect with Harley on Facebook or email her at [email protected].

Today’s episode is brought to you by the featured employers at Workamper.com.  These Workamper employers have taken an extra step to share some photos and detailed information about their Workamper programs.

Opportunities exist for solos, couples and families, whether they are full-time, part-time, seasonal and even long-term jobs. Some are income opportunities and others involve volunteering at locations throughout the United States. Go to workamper.com/fe to meet the featured employers today.

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That’s all for this week’s show. We have a couple options to explore for interviews next week, so I encourage you to tune in to see which inspirational interview will be featured. Thanks for listening and if you like these interviews, please consider leaving a review wherever you download the episodes.

Greg Gerber

Greg Gerber is a former journalist who covered the recreation vehicle industry since 2009. He started podcasting in 2014 and enjoys interviewing people about ways to live, work and play in their RVs.

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