A great road trip is as much about getting there as about the destination itself. When practical, Bonnie and Grant use their pull-behind RV because it offers the convenience of bringing a second home with them on their vacation.
“You’ve got your own bed, a kitchen, a bathroom,” Bonnie says. “You’re not having to worry about whether it’s clean or comfortable … it’s just yours, and it is what you want it to be.”
The RV also helps them enjoy the outdoors and find comfort amid a busy vacation.
“There’s something so appealing, especially after we tent-camped for years, about being able to put the awning out on the camper, sit in a camp chair, kick your feet up, and just relax and read a book and enjoy a nice, pleasant afternoon outside,” Grant says.
Two keys to travel
Be flexible. Of course, this includes keeping a level head when the unexpected happens (because it will happen). Bonnie and Grant have also benefited from staying flexible in their planning. When they fly, they add extra time so that if the airline seeks passengers to take a later flight, they can volunteer in exchange for travel vouchers. They’ve used vouchers on flights to Phoenix and to Eastern Europe.
Set goals. For a couple who want to see just about the entire world, their 10-year 50-state goal became a helpful vacation-planning tool. “It gave us a way to narrow down, from all the places in the world that we want to see, where we should go next,” Bonnie says. “You may still have to choose from among 10 different places, but at least you have 10 places instead of a thousand.”