Travel in an RV means everything is “along the way”

We usually visit Jessi’s grandmother in northern Michigan with our RV. We’re the best houseguests because we bring our own house!

When you travel in an RV, you start to realize how much everything can be “along the way.” Another fun phrase Jessi and I have started using is, “Well, it’s RV-close.” All the travel is why I will be driving the same 130 miles on four of the next six days, and it won’t phase me in the least.

We have traveled tens of thousands of miles with an RV over the past nine years. First, we used our Class B motorhome. Now, we use our 30-foot Airstream travel trailer for long-distance travel. For weekend getaways, we use our 1-ton Chevrolet Express cargo van that we’ve converted for vanlife camping trips.

Driving somewhere for one to three hours to see something new, experience an adventure, or visit friends and loved ones? That’s “normal” to us.

This morning, I took Jessi to the Austin airport so she could fly back to Michigan for a few days. I’ll be picking her up in Austin on Tuesday night. That’s about 130 miles round trip each time from our parkhosting gig. I also will be driving to the Austin Convention Center and back for the next two days. I am attending the Austin RV Expo to cover the show for our YouTube channel and this blog. Also, I am giving a presentation about park hosting for those who might have some questions about getting started.

That may seem like a lot of driving for some people, but I’m used to it. And it’s worth the effort to attend the Austin RV Expo. I’ll get some great information to share about new RVs with our viewers and readers like you. And I get to share my knowledge about park hosting.

We often detour on our routes while heading to a destination if we find out we can connect with family or friends. Especially when we drove the Class B, it was easy to just stay with people by parking in their driveways. I often joke that we make the best house guests because we bring our own house.

Visiting my brother and sister-in-law in Florida was easy when we could park our Class B in their driveway. The 30-foot Airstream won’t fit, but we’ll find a spot somewhere nearby to enjoy their company!

Even now, with the larger rig, we stay with friends and family if their driveways are big enough. Or, if not, we can usually find a camping spot close enough that we’re just down the road from them.

On our way from Michigan to Florida in 2022 and 2023, we detoured to the outskirts of Atlanta. We stayed with a former coworker and her family because we were “RV-close.” Travel in an RV gives you the freedom to do that. Driving Jessi to an airport to catch a flight, which she sometimes had to do for commitments back in Michigan or for work conferences, isn’t that big of a hassle to me. (The 6-hour round trip from our campground in Utah to Salt Lake City was pushing the limit. But that’s an extreme example.)

The big hassle with her flights is the timing. It’s always a very specific schedule that can be tense because there’s often no second chance if I don’t get her to the airport in time. The flight time itself has to be backed up for boarding time, security check-ins, airport traffic delays, and more. It’s a pain and one that I’m so glad we normally don’t have to deal with for traveling.

Travel in an RV gives you the freedom to generally set your own pace, schedule, and destinations. En route to Utah last summer, we figured out we were going to be passing within an hour of some long-time friends who also were on the road. So we coordinated a spot where we could meet. It was a brief visit, but our shared hugs and laughs made the detour worthwhile!

We detoured out of our way in Colorado to visit friends. While there, we took advantage of visiting Rocky Mountain National Park. Travel in an RV means everything can be “on the way.”

On our way from Utah back to Michigan last fall, we detoured in Colorado. It was to meet up with some friends we hadn’t seen in years. It was just for a couple of days, but it was a blast.

On our way from Michigan to Texas this past January, we detoured through Alabama. We stayed overnight with some friends we met through RVing. It’s a never-ending circle of infinite acquaintances when you travel in an RV. And many of them become friends. Was it a bit crazy to go through Alabama to get to Texas? Maybe. But we had a lot of fun catching up with our friends in ways that Facebook Messenger and texting can’t replace. When we were trying to decide whether we should do it, I told Jessi, “It could be on the way, if we wanted it to be.”

And that’s the freedom that travel in an RV can do for you. Figure out where you want to go and start going. And if, along the way, you want to take a turn to do something different, you can do that, too! You’re in the driver’s seat – literally.

This is the time of year when RV shows are popping up all over the country. Take advantage of them to find an RV, lasso freedom, and find out how many of your friends and relatives are suddenly “RV-close.”

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