There’s nothing like having a fresh new year laid out before to make you strive towards new adventures. For the RVer, this can mean so many things! From simple goals like hitting the road more often, to lofty undertakings and uncharted territories, we think 2018 is the year to reach for your travel dreams.
Not so sure where to start? We’ve got you covered. Here are our top RV New Year Resolutions for 2018:
1) Explore a National Park in your Home State
Did you know that the US National Park Service oversees 394 designated areas, including nature parks, monuments, battlefields, historical parks, scenic trails and more? Chances are there’s a must-see destination right in your own backyard!
This year, make a point to be a tourist in your home state. Not every RV trip can be long or far-reaching, but that doesn’t mean they won’t be memorable. Take a long weekend or spend a holiday at a local national park to make the most of your home-on-wheels. Even better? The small fees you may pay to visit a park or monument in your area will go right back into preserving the beautiful natural landscape and history that makes the US such an amazing place to travel. Check out the National Park Service website for more information, and start planning your 2018 “staycation”!
2) Drive North. Way, Way North
Most people typically picture RVers zooming south for sunny weather, but a growing number are heading in the opposite direction! Canada is an amazing destination for your summer RV road trip, boasting gorgeous natural landscapes and eclectic cities at every turn.
Taking your RV to Canada can require a bit of planning, but we can all but guarantee the experience will be worth it. Keep in mind that you will be crossing an international border, and a bit of preparation will be required. If you have a valid passport, have it on hand. You’ll also want to check with the CBSA ahead of time to ensure the food and drinks you have in the rig are allowed to make the crossing. Same goes for pets—furry friends are welcome, but you’ll need all CBSA required documentation regarding their vaccinations to cross into Canada. For more information, check out the CBSA website here.
Not sure what Canadian destination to hit first? We can’t get over the views in Glacier National Park. Learn more here.
3) Meet the Neighbors. And then the new ones. And the ones after that.
The RV life may take you far away from your friends and family at times, but that doesn’t mean it needs to be antisocial. Make a point to say hello to your campground neighbors as you travel. After all, you already know you have one thing in common—loving the RV life!
We know many RVers are on the move, but we just see this as more opportunity to make new friends. Your neighbors will change fairly often, giving you the chance to meet someone new, and share a fireside chat, a friendly meal, or a great RV hack. In our experience, RVers are a friendly bunch with an amazing sense of community.
Feeling shy? Get your feet wet at an RV rally or show! These gatherings are designed to bring RV enthusiasts together, and are sure to fill your social schedule.
4) Embrace Technology to Help Capture RV Memories
With all of this exciting travel ahead of you, you might want to pick up a new hobby this new year: photography! Capturing gorgeous photos of the places you visit during your RV road trips will allow for an easy walk down memory lane during the cold winter months, or busy seasons that don’t allow for travel.
Plus, it’s pretty easy to take great photos these days. From the high quality camera on your smart phone to user-friendly DSLRs, it won’t be long before you’ll attain amateur photography status.
Loving your photos? Share them with fellow RVers! Join a forum or start a blog to discuss your travels and share all of the great people and places you meet along the way. Check out our blog on documenting your RV travels for a gentle push in the right direction.
5) Spend your Travel Budget on Travel. Not RV Repairs.
Whether you’re brand new to RVing or a pro at the lifestyle, it’s important to keep an eye on RV repair costs. As modern RVs become increasingly complex, the expertise to repair them and thus labor costs rises exponentially. Even further, demand for parts is up, driving those prices higher as well. At the end of the day, this means that your RV travel budget could end up going towards and unexpected RV breakdown, rather than campground reservations or time on the road.
Resolve to protect your travels in 2018! By investing in an RV warranty, you can rest assured that almost every major mechanical failure your rig may face will be covered by your policy. Trust us: reaching into your pocket for one low deductible at the repair shop is a lot easier than paying for the bill in full. Learn more about protecting yourself with an RV warranty in 2018 by clicking here.
There you have it: Our tip five New Year’s Resolutions to spice up your RV life in 2018!
Do you have 2018 travel goals in mind? Share your RV resolution in the comments section below!