Our Upcoming Travel Plans

It can be helpful to pick an event or specific site you want to see when beginning to plan your next road trip, but don’t get tunnel vision in the process.  Look for authentic experiences in the area to give you a well-rounded cultural experience.  And for Pete’s sake, leave yourself a lot of flexibility!  This is a road trip.  Enjoy the spontaneity and learn to appreciate being present in each moment. Authentic Road Trips - How we plan our travels our fulltime rvers

How do we accomplish that as fulltime RVers? 

First, we like to sit down together and discuss a state we will be visiting as a whole.  We make a short list of the experiences we want to have that are unique to that state.  We think about historical sites and outdoor adventures (national & state parks, wildlife management areas, etc.), as these give you the best insight into the area.  We also talk about events, food, and other cultural experiences that make the area unique, as well as friends in the area that we want to visit.  This gives us an overall picture of how we want our visit to each state to go and a general timeline.  Usually, this is about as far as we get in the process until we are about a week away from entering the state.

As we get closer to the state, we spend some time researching the best places to visit in order to have those experiences.  This is when we study lesser known parks for our outdoor activities and the secret gems of the area for truly authentic experiences.  Through our research we learn about new items to add to the list too.

Finally, we plan our route through the state to accomplish as many of those experiences as we can.  We typically only book campgrounds a few days in advance, unless there is a big item on the list like Yosemite, Yellowstone or other areas that will be difficult to book (although not impossible, even last minute).

Once in the area, as we start to visit some of the planned places, we make sure to talk to locals.  We learn directly from them about restaurants and experiences to add to our visit as we go.   They want you to enjoy their area, so don’t hesitate to ask.

Let’s take a look at what we are planning for the next several months…

Louisiana (March):  swamp, gators, try crawfish, authentic Cajun food & atmosphere, plantations, we also have friends in LA we will be visiting

Texas (March & April):  Austin, San Antonio, hill country, ranch experience, Mexican border, rodeo, bbq & tex-mex food, bats, wildflowers, oil rig, volunteering, cattle drives, El Paso

New Mexico (May):  Albuquerque, Santa Fe, pueblos, adobe painted homes, Carlsbad Caverns

Arizona (May):  Saguaro NP, Tucson, Phoenix, Sedona, red rocks, desert sunsets, Grand Canyon, gila monster, tarantula

California (June): Joshua Tree NP, Death Valley, Sequoia NP, Yosemite, San Fran, coastal drive, redwoods, friends to visit

Oregon (July):  coast, tidal pools, sea lions, Portland, organic lifestyle, Oregon Trail

Washington (July):  Mt. Saint Helens, Olympic NP, Seattle, Mt. Rainier, Walla Walla, California Trail, friends to visit

British Columbia & Alberta (August):  Vancouver, Jasper NP, Banff NP, Calgary, gold, First Nations, glaciers, grizzlies

And that’s how we get started!  It’s that easy!  Does that look like a good list???

About Jen

I love travel, which led me to become a fulltime RVer. I love wellness, which I can talk about 'til the cows come home. I love being self-employed, which means I get to dabble in what interests me from essential oils to RV planners. But most importantly, I love my husband and our life together on the road!

2 comments on “Our Upcoming Travel Plans

  1. Hi Chris and Jen…we are late 30’s married couple with a huge desire to take the plunge and start our full time RV tour of the country. Unfortunately, we both need to work and our current jobs won;t allow us to work remotely. We were wondering what your experiences have been with working from your RV. Did you have to search for new careers etc?

    Thanks for the input….

    • Hi, Bill! Thanks for stopping by! Chris was working for a structural engineering firm, but had a side business that really picked up last January. His side word is computerated AutoCAD drafting. With the increase in side work, we decided to take the plunge. He quit his full-time job, and I quit my part-time job to become full-time rvers. His drafting work relies on software, so he does not need a lot of internet service. He has clients that he knew personally, and they all were very encouraging about our travels. However, let me be clear that our current income is no where near what we made as regular, salaried employees. We set out just hoping to break even. We bought a used fifth wheel and truck, so that we would not have any debts. We sold our house and most of our stuff, but we do not want to touch our retirement savings. The nice thing about rving is that you do have much more control over your expenses, and if you are willing to make lifestyle changes, you can make it work on much less income. I hope this was helpful. Please feel free to email us if you want more specifics: towanderfreely@gmail The freedom and experiences awaiting you are worth any changes you have to make! Our sincerest best wishes for you in your preparations.

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