3. Grown-up backpackers
Who hasn’t been romanced with the idea of touring Europe by train with only a passport, a backpack and a sense of adventure? I certainly have, but as I’ve gotten older, the thought of cramming all my stuff into one bag and schlepping it across a continent seems less and less fun. I’m an adult and want my full-sized toiletries and more than two pairs of pants.
For those of you who want to see a lot but are over the hostel life, may I suggest an RV? You only need to pack once, can bring all your creature comforts, and don’t have to share a sleeping car with some lady who snores! It’s all the flexibility of backpacking, but much more comfortable.
4. Airport loathers
I’m one of those people who actually enjoys a good airport (I know, I’m strange). If you’re not, I get it. The lines, navigating security, the leg room (or lack thereof), the man who reclines his seat into your lap the second you’re airborne … it’s not exactly the Ritz Carlton. With an RV, you get to skip all that! Granted, it takes 10 times longer to get anywhere, but that’s the fun of it.
5. Outdoor enthusiasts who love a real mattress
Some hear the call of the wild … I love the flush of a toilet. I love hiking, biking, swimming and breathing in the fresh outdoor air … but I also love showering after said activities, sleeping in a bed, and not using an outhouse. If you enjoy the outdoors but crave creature comforts, you should try RVing. You still get to wake up in the wilderness, but are by no means roughing it.
6. Budget travelers
The biggest cost-drivers for most trips are dining and ponying up the money for a hotel. Campsites cost much less than a hotel. And by cooking for yourself, you save tons of money … not to mention what you save on beer and wine purchased at a grocery store (maybe that’s just me)! Also, fuel isn’t as expensive as you think. GoRVing.com offers lots of suggestions for making the most of every tank.
7. Long-term nomads
Maybe you’re retired, can work from anywhere, took a sabbatical from your job, or won the lotto. Whatever the case, if you’re not held down by day-to-day responsibilities requiring you to be in one place, why not live on the road? Spend a few months or a year seeing the country, meeting up with distant relatives and friends you always say you’re going to visit and never do. If you find a place you love, stay for a week or two (or forever!). RV life gives you the flexibility to see as much as you want, at the pace that’s right for you.
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