When I was younger I traveled all over the USA and even several places throughout the world. Why not? I have always loved to travel but one form of travel I never considered until later in life. That unique way of travel is to travel by Recreational Vehicle. When my wife and I were contemplating retirement we considered several options. We could stay where we were living in Texas or we could buy a retirement home in some other location such as Florida or we could rent or purchase a nice motorhome and set off to explore the USA in search of our future retirement hot spot!
Since we had never traveled in an RV before we had some anxiety about driving such a big rig. After much soul searching and plenty of looking at RV’s on lots and online we found a motorhome just for us… so we sold all of our “STUFF” that wasn’t going to fit into our RV and put the rest inside and hit the road!
They say ignorance is bliss and it must be true as we happily took off knowing we were about to learn a lot about RV’ing in a learn-as-we-go fashion! As we quickly found out, there is a whole community of us out there and with the world wide web we have appreciatively received tips, support and advice from many seasoned full-timer RV'ers.
In looking back, as newbies to the RV world there was a steep learning curve but we managed to travel from Texas to the Florida Keys in about four months without destroying the RV or our marriage. We have been traveling by RV now for about three and one half years and have only one regret! Our only regret is that we didn’t RV sooner!
After traveling along the east coast the first year the second year we traveled along the west coast from California to Washington. Last year we went north to Niagara Falls and visited Canada before traveling around all the Great Lakes. This past year we went to Louisiana to experience Mardis Gras, spent a month in Texas in the scenic hill country and then explored the mountain states including Arches, Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks!
Now you don’t have to get crazy and sell everything and do what we did but I will tell you don’t put off your travel plans too long. We have met many RV’ers and guess what the most common answer was to the question: “Do you have any regrets?” Nearly everyone we ask this question says their only regret was that they didn’t start RV’ing earlier!!!
For those of you that are considering Rv’ing… we highly recommend you stop procrastinating and delve into it! If you aren’t sure about RV’ing the best way to go in one for your first time is to go out and rent one to check out what this lifestyle is all about! We feel you will happily realize that checking items off your bucket list as we have is fulfilling, invigorating and exciting. The road with its many superb adventures is awaiting you!