When was the last time you went RVing without reservations? Many people feel uncomfortable not knowing where they will park their home for the night, but if you can handle a bit of uncertainty, the rewards can bring out the best the RVing lifestyle has to offer: comfort, spontaneity and adventure. Think you’re ready for the excitement? Here’s how to build it into your next trip.
First, Stop Over Planning
In a world where everything is Googled to exhaustion, many RVers think they need to know everything about how their trip will unfold. From the fuel stops to the rest areas to the RV park accommodations, people often think they’re playing it safe by charting out out every mile. Unfortunately, the old observation that “things don’t always go as planned” can hit close to home on RV trips. Tires go flat. Campgrounds fill up. Roads get closed. And horror of all horrors, the internet can sometimes disappear too!
Nobody wants to endure any of these headaches and the good news is that it’s totally possible to prepare for unplanned trip irritations while still having a great time RVing without reservations. You can start by getting your RVing protections in place, like establishing a Coach-Net roadside assistance plan.
Next, it’s time to consider a general area where you want to go RVing. Pick the destination you want to explore, then stash a Plan B in your back pocket too. This is especially critical when you go RVing to popular areas like national parks.
On your day of departure, be sure to arrive at your first preferred camping spot early enough in the day to check it out. Give yourself enough leeway so that if that first stop doesn’t work out, you can move on to your backup destination with plenty of time to enjoy the rest of the afternoon.
“At it’s core, adventure is the willingness to commit to an uncertain outcome with an open heart and an open mind.” – Author: Matt Walker
Keep an Open Mind
Nobody’s RV trip ever happens as perfectly as one hopes. And in our time-crunched world of shorter vacations and 24/7 connectivity, a getaway gone awry inevitably leads to bickering and disappointment. You can avoid these classic family RV vacation disasters by keeping an accepting, open mind about everything from the location of your campsite to the roads on which you travel. An open mind costs nothing to acquire, takes up zero room in the RV, and can be your best ally when things don’t go as planned. Practice remaining broad-minded and open to change, eventually RVing without reservations just might become your preferred way to travel.
And above all else, remember what a wise camper once said: A bad day of RVing is better than any good day at the office.
About the Author:
Rene Agredano, a Coach-Net member since 2015, is a self-employed full-time RVer who enjoys writing, jewelry design and animal advocacy. Her adventures with a three-legged dog and husband Jim are chronicled at LiveWorkDream.com
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