John Steinbeck, a famous American writer, wrote a travelogue called Travels with Charley as he traveled around the American mainland in his RV. RVing has come a long way since Mr. Steinbeck’s time. RVing is now one of the preferred methods of traveling for vacationer of any age, girlfriend getaways, men’s hunting trips, and grandparents traveling with family or by themselves.
What is RVing anyway?
After World War I, the idea of packing blankets, a tent, cooking gear and canned foods into our vehicles to venture out into the woods or anywhere started. Americans were going camping and by the 1920s, the idea and concept of building home conveniences and comforts onto vehicles birthed the term Recreational Vehicle or RV. Thus RV was born.
We are creatures of comfort and innovators and by the 1930’s, beds, electricity wiring, water equipment, cooking and dining facilities were added to RV. Today you can find custom made RVs that function just like a luxurious homes, with their self contained power, water and plumbing that could last several days on the road without hook up to camp sites or RV parks.
There’s nothing more convenient than to have a beach, woods, campground or roadside picnics in your own kitchen, sleeping in your own bed, putting your kids for naps when it’s time to do so. There is no need to rush and if there is a heat wave or storm outside, you can stay ‘indoor’ in your RV and watch a movie or play a board game.
Some RV owners even have an office in their RV. Most RV parks and highway rest stops are offering free Wi-Fi to vacationers. Some vacationers may want to do a search or research on the distance and time needed to go from one point to the other while on the road.
Let’s imagine you are in Charlotte, and about to embark to Ocala, your next destination in Florida. Use the free Travelmath calculator to find out the distance between both cities. It is 482 miles to drive from Charlotte to Ocala. And takes about 7 hours 47 minutes of your driving time.
With that information, now you can plan on what to store up in your RV’s refrigerator for meals, where to refuel and where to stop. Through Travelmath’s info, your halfway point between both cities is Olney, Georgia. Plan your rest stop in Olney, cook a meal, and take a rest before driving again.
Travelmath already conveniently provides the link to Google Maps.
What inspires so many Americans to take the open road with these recreational vehicles?
America is a vast land and every city, state and coast is different. There is so much to discover, a variety of places and sites to see in our own country. You can be at the mountain one day and the beautiful seacoast and sunshine the next. Some families take the road as a way to educate their children while some older folks or retirees use it year round as they travel from state to state.
Here are three reasons why you should consider RVing if you like to have your own beds and conveniences while on a road trip:
Freedom to choose:
You have the freedom to get away from everything and enjoy the serenity of a place or the hustle and bustle scenes of a city. Whether you love the remote mountains, beaches, forest or city, you have the freedom to choose when you go RVing and still enjoy all the comfort and conveniences contained in your RV.
At the same time, you can go places without a set plan or dates. No need to worry about a place to eat or sleep or stress out with canceling a hotel reservation and face penalty if you don’t show up on time.
Families can enjoy home cooked meals while on a road trip. You get to eat healthier and save on food cost while traveling if you cook in your RV. Some vacationers visit a local farmer’s market and get fresh veggies and meat for grilling.
Meet new people and break away from routine:
Travel allows opportunity for us to meet new people, explore new things and experience new places. RVing takes us a step further, it helps us also to break away from it all and live closer to nature, away from people and without an agenda.
RVing makes it possible for vacationers to bring their home with them. It gives us options to cook indoor or outdoor, bring our pets if we want to, enjoy modern conveniences of Internet and TV or enjoy traditional campfire stories and marshmallow roasting.
Best of all, it allows you to sleep in your own bed wherever you go.
Are you game for RVing? Let us know your experience or your plan for RVing.