I believe there are two types of RV travelers. Those that focus on the journey and those that focus on the destination. Neither is good or bad. And perhaps at times, our focus changes. But when you and your traveling companion don’t agree, understanding these differences can lead to more harmony as you travel down the road.
It’s the Journey
I love the quote from Drake above, and in my heart of hearts, I want to be focused on the journey. As Arthur Ashe said,
Success is a journey, not a destination. The doing is often more important than the outcome.
When we travel abroad, we try to immerse ourselves in the local culture. We rent apartments rather than stay in hotels. We take public transportation. We walk whenever possible and always eat in local hangouts.
Though we typically travel this way outside of the US, we sometimes find it difficult to assign that same mindset to our RV travels. In part, our spontaneity has been limited by my fixation on making campsite reservations. Though we have tried to throw caution to the wind, as we planned our summer travels we choose to make reservations in advance. It seems that campsite spaces are in higher demand. At age-restricted RV Resorts, we find more and more spaces being assigned to Park Model Homes which generate more year-round revenue for the campground. And, of course, the summer months are prime vacation season for families with children.
The good news is that our commitment to driving no more than 300 miles a day, and longer daylight hours, permits us to stop along the way should we find an interesting stop on Roadside America or Roadtrippers. These apps and our natural curiosity have led us to visit sites like Porter’s Sculpture Garden, Cathedral Cavern, and the War Eagles Air Museum.
It’s the Destination
There are some RV travelers that seem to focus only on the destination. These folks typically drive longer distances in a single day, travel only on major highways, and wouldn’t think of turning off the road to figure out why there is a giant metal bull head in the middle of a corn field. We have friends that drive through the night, covering 1500 miles in 24 hours to get to where they are going. Personally, I can’t imagine doing this…but to each their own.
We are fortunate because Denise and I share a common traveling mindset. We try to take our time as we travel down the road and assuming good weather and clear roads are open to stopping from time to time for a little local flavor.
What is your RV traveler mindset? And if you and your traveling companion don’t agree, how have you maintained harmony while traveling down the road?