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How to Make Your RV Trips More Interesting

Updated on August 8, 2017
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I have traveled extensively throughout the US for many years and enjoy helping people to enjoy their own vacations.

People think that RVing from one spot to another is enough to hold their interest, but the truth is that many of them find that their trips become boring after awhile because they spend most of their time driving and the rest running from one attraction to another or just resting.

  • If they go to the most well-known areas, they have to deal with crowds, traffic and reservations.
  • If they go to less popular spots, they feel as though nothing there will entertain them.

What few people realize is that it is up to them to find ways to enrich their travels. If they are unable or unwilling to do this, the fun of traveling declines, and they come home disappointed and exhausted.

How to create RV trips that are interesting and enjoyable.
How to create RV trips that are interesting and enjoyable. | Source

Decide to Improve Your Vacations

The best way to resolve this problem is to make a firm decision to do what you can to improve the situation.

You paid a good deal of money for your equipment, and vacations aren't cheap, so you owe it to yourself to make sure that you have as much fun as possible when traveling.

It helps if you have an outgoing personality, which means that you're not afraid to walk up to a total stranger, introduce yourself and start a conversation.

Some people can't do this, and as a result they may see people they'd like to meet, but never get to do so and thus lose the opportunity to add some interesting stories to their RV travel albums.

They also miss the chance to form friendships with individuals who can greatly enrich their travel experiences.

Ironically, it is much easier to meet people when you're on the road than it is when you're home. This is because all travelers are in the same boat, so to speak.

This makes them open to sharing with other RVers, and since you already have a common interest, simply walking up to someone and asking "Hey, nice coach. How old is it?" can lead to hours of pleasant and informative conversation.

Conversely, you can really brave it and approach someone you know to be famous. These people love to be recognized and often provide wonderful experiences for travelers.

Don't Be Shy

What is really fun is to introduce yourself to someone who is famous.

We met Lily Tomlin this way and had a great visit with her. She even gave us an autographed photo of herself.

We also had a lovely meet up with Ted Hustead, the man who founded Wall Drug, which is a tourist attraction in a small town in South Dakota. He was sitting in his restaurant having a cup of coffee when we approached him and said hello.

We had a terrific conversation, and at the end, he gave us an autographed copy of "Free Icewater. The Story of Wall Drug", which tells about the history of how Wall Drug grew from a small mom and pop pharmacy into the most famous drug store in the world.

It is a one of a kind book that we have kept to this day, read often and share with our friends because the story is so amazing.

It is experiences such as these that create great memories and make RV trips fun.

The point is that if you want to have great memories, it is up to you to create them!

We could have ignored these people, but in doing so would have had less enjoyment and fewer memories, but we chose to reach out. The results really made our trips.

Talk to Locals and Other RVers

Many RVers tend to ignore the locals who live in areas they visit, but these are the very individuals who can turn a boring vacation into a fascinating one.

If you're going to stay in an area for awhile, it can really pay to get to know the people who live there because they are the ones who know the "back stories" about events and venues and can take you to see and do things you would never normally know about.

One example of this is a couple we met in South Dakota who got us invited to a wild animal feed. We ate buffalo, crane, bear and other foods that had been caught and prepared locally by their friends.

The same is true when it comes to talking with other RV travelers.

Many of them have interesting and enlightening stories to tell, and most are good sources of information.

For example, we stopped in a small Montana store and, while there, another traveler told us that we should make a trip up to see the oldest town in Montana. We followed his advice and had a wonderful two days in Ft. Benton.

As you can see, it pays to be outgoing when you're RVing because doing so can really enrich your vacations.

You won't see horses running wild unless you find out where they are and go to see them!
You won't see horses running wild unless you find out where they are and go to see them! | Source

Take Time to See Unique Sites

Anybody can drive up to a big national park. While this is worth doing, it is not the only way to add excitement to your trips.

If you want better vacations, you need to take the time to find out where you can see unique and beautiful sights and then do what is necessary to be where they are.

For example:

When we work camped at a big RV park in South Dakota, we were parked near the horse barns.

  • Very early each day the lead cowboy and his staff would run the horses from the barn down to the lower stable.
  • Each night, the cowboys would walk them back up the hill, because by that time the horses were tired.

One morning we made it a point to wake up early to watch the running of the horses.

Before long here came the lead cowboy snapping his whip against the morning air as he and the other cowboys whistled and hooted while driving the horses that were running ahead of them.

What a site!

The whole event only took a few moments, and then they were gone.

The air became still, and all that remained was the sound of the wind dancing through the trees.

I felt like I had dreamed all of it, but I knew better.

I had been taken back in time to spend just a few minutes in the Old West to experience an adventure that I will never forget.

We could have just slept in and ignored what was going on, but simply by making the sacrifice to rise early, we got the thrill of a lifetime.

There are so many things like this to see, if you are willing to take the time to learn about them and then go and experience them.


Do Something Different

One of the best ways to enhance your trips is to do some things you would not ordinarily do.

  • Eat different foods.
  • Take a train ride.
  • Ride a horse.
  • Visit a museum.

Participating in these and similar activities will pull you out of any rut you may be in and will teach you a great deal about yourself, to boot!

Do something you have never done before, like taking a ride on a train that is pulled by a steam engine!
Do something you have never done before, like taking a ride on a train that is pulled by a steam engine! | Source

Volunteer

If you really want to have fun, offer to volunteer at state and national park campgrounds.

If you do this, you'll have time to take advantage of all sorts of wonderful experiences and meet great people, too.

What You Need to Know About RV Volunteering provides all the information you need to get started, and I can tell you from personal experience that this type of volunteering will give you great travel opportunities you never dreamed of having.

Volunteering has given my husband and myself wonderful memories as well as lifelong friendships as well as the opportunity to live in gorgeous surroundings and really enjoy nature.

How many people can say that they were able to reach out of their galley window and touch a wild buffalo!

You can have similar experiences, too, if you are willing to reach out and grab them!

Great Rewards Can Be Yours

If you want to do more than just be a standard tourist, buy an RV and take the time to talk to new people and do things you could never do otherwise.

Your RV trips will be more interesting and fun, and the memories you create will last a lifetime.

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