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What I Learnt From Travelling The US In A Motorhome

Mountains and RVs in the rearview mirror

Mountains and RVs in the rearview mirror

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One thing that has been on my bucket list for a while is taking a long, long road trip in a motorhome. I always loved the idea of hitching up an RV or travel trailer, and seeing where the road took me. You can sleep at the side of the road, make spontaneous decisions, and meet new people along way. I finally plucked up the courage to make this epic journey. I took the east coast road from New York to Florida, and it was a wonderful experience!


It takes a while to get used to living on the road. I’m quite comfortable traveling light, and crashing in hostels around the world. But, living in a motorhome is a whole different experience. Here are just a few of the important things I learnt on my trip.


The world is enormous!


It might sound like a ludicrous thing to say, and it is. But you never realise quite how huge the planet it until you start driving. The long, endless days on the road all merge into one, and the scenery around you changes subtly along the way. It’s wonderful to stare out the window and watch as you make your way across the globe. Spending this period of time on the road gives you some real perspective on life, that’s for sure!


You don’t need home comforts


I’ve begun to learn this more and more on my travels. We always wonder how we’ll ever manage without our home comforts and essentials. It turns out they’re not all that essential when you’re out on the road. You can easily learn to live without those everyday items like electronic gadgets and beauty products. You certainly don’t want them in your RV when space is limited. I packed light, and learned to live without certain things.


A modern RV is essential


The best piece of advice I can give is to find an RV that is right for you. You’re going to be spending a lot of time inside, and you need to feel comfortable and confident with it! For me, that meant choosing a modern, reliable motorhome. I desperately didn’t want to get stranded in the middle of nowhere because of a break down. I was also pleased I chose a van with modern facilities. It made it just a little easier for a first timer like me!


Sometimes, it’s a little scary!


On some nights, you’ll literally park your RV up on the side of the road to get some rest. I found a campsite every night I could, but sometimes you’re out on your own! There are plenty of noises out there in the night, and sometimes it gets a little scary. It’s all part of the adventure and the experience. But if you scare easily, you might want to stick to hotels!


It’s the best way to see the world


I can confidently tell you that hitting the open road is my favourite way to see the world. You get right into the heart of a country, and experience it from the inside out. It’s spontaneous, exciting, and perfect.


Do you have a big road trip in mind? Where would you go?