10 Reasons Why Traveling by RV is the Best Way to Travel

by | April 2020 | 14 comments

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When we started RVing, we had no idea how much it would change our lives and become a complete lifestyle. Now we’re hardcore RVers and traveling by RV is our favorite way to travel!

Our first RV was a means to travel the country and figure out where we wanted to live next. In the beginning, we were focused on seeing and doing it all.

And the RV was just a way for us to be able to make it happen. But then we realized how much we enjoyed RVing itself. The journey became just as (if not more) important than the destination.

Even though we’re not full-time RVing anymore, we still hit the road with our RV whenever we get the chance. It’s definitely our preferred travel method versus flying and staying in hotels.

RVing is all about freedom and flexibility. When you’re traveling by RV, you can take your home-on-wheels wherever the road leads! RVing can take you to amazing places.

Are you considering the RV lifestyle and thinking about starting RVing? Do it! Traveling by RV is the best way to travel for so many reasons. Keep reading for the 10 reasons why I love and prefer traveling by RV.

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WHY TRAVELING BY RV IS THE BEST WAY TO TRAVEL

1. Bring Your Home With You

When you’re traveling by RV, you’re bringing your home-on-wheels or home-away-from-home with you. There’s something special about being able to travel with your own familiar space. 

You can make it your own by decorating and organizing it how you like. And you can have everything you need with you without having to move from hotel to hotel and live out of a suitcase.

Towable RV (Travel Trailer) with Tow Vehicle for Traveling by RV

2. Creature Comforts

Most RVs have kitchens and bathrooms, both of which are very convenient for traveling. With motorhomes, you can access your kitchen and bathroom while you’re driving to your next destination. 

So if you need to use the bathroom or want to make a sandwich, no problem! If you have a towable RV, you can find somewhere to pull over like a rest area to use your RV’s facilities. 

And with an RV, you get to sleep in your own bed. There’s nothing like sleeping in your own bed. Of course, there are comfort reasons for wanting to sleep in your own bed. But there’s also the peace-of-mind knowing that other random people aren’t sleeping where you sleep. 

When we were driving from Colorado to Ohio to pick up our new RV, we stayed at 3 different hotels. And bed bugs attacked me at one of them! If you’re traveling by RV and sleeping in your own bed, you don’t have to worry about bed bugs. That’s a HUGE plus for RVing!

3. Bring Your Fur-Babies With You

Being able to bring our fur-baby with us when we’re traveling by RV is awesome! We love having our pup with us when we’re traveling. And it’s so nice not to have to pay someone to watch her and worry about her while we’re gone. 

We’ve taken her with us when we’ve had to stay in hotels. But hotels usually charge outrageous pet fees and we won’t leave our dog in the hotel room. So if we’re staying in hotels with our dog, we’re limited to where we can go and what we can do by having her with us.

Vacation rentals can be a good option for traveling with pets. But they can get super expensive with all their pet and cleaning fees. RVing is the cheapest option for traveling when you have pets. Fur-babies are part of the family, so you want to bring them along on your adventures.

But how do animals do with RVing? These RVers actually travel with their goat believe it or not! You can read all about it here. And I’ve had quite a few people ask me how our pup does with it. She LOVES road trips and RVing! 

And she does great in the RV. It’s familiar and comfortable to her. Plus, she adores exploring new places and gets so excited every time we reach a new destination. RVing with fur-babies is the best, and I’m sure our dog would agree!

4. The Freedom

Like I mentioned before, RVing is all about freedom and flexibility. Don’t like the weather? Head to a better climate. Want to spend more time somewhere? Stay longer. Not feeling the vibe? Drive away to your next destination.

Traveling by RV gives you the freedom and flexibility to change your plans. Or make no plans at all and see where the road takes you! You don’t have to be on a schedule. With RVing, you’re free to go where you want, when you want!

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5. See More of the Country

RVing involves driving. And by driving, RV road trips allow you to see so much more of the country than flying somewhere does. You can witness the ever-changing and diverse scenery.

See small towns you never even knew existed. Stop and try a new restaurant along the way. Or check out roadside attractions like all the World’s Largest items in the town of Casey, IL!

You can also visit remote places that aren’t accessible by plane or don’t have hotels or other accommodations. Traveling by RV really gives you an appreciation for the land.

And your view can vary from day-to-day! From oceans to desert, mountains to plains, coast to coast, you can change up your view just by driving somewhere else. How awesome is that?!

Campfire while Traveling by RV

6. Embrace the Outdoors

RVing is all about experiencing new places and embracing the outdoors. A great way to enjoy nature while you’re traveling by RV is by having campfires at your RV campsite.

Campfires are one of my absolute favorite things about RVing! You can sit around a campfire watching the flames reach for the stars rather than sitting in a hotel room watching reality TV. 

You can grill and have your meals al fresco. Some RVs even have outdoor TVs, fridges, even kitchens. Watch a sports game while enjoying nice weather and drinking a cold one from your easy-access outdoor fridge.

You can also stay at or near State and National Parks for close-by hiking and other outdoor activities at the parks. Or get away from the crowds by boondocking in a remote area to take in the scenery.

Enjoy the sounds and smells of nature at a forest campground. Go fishing or get in on water sports while RV camping at a lake. The outdoor options are limitless when you’re RVing!

7. More Bonding Time

Traveling by RV gives you a lot of time with the loved ones you’re traveling with. Being on the road driving from one destination to the next. Being in close quarters with each other in your RV. And spending time together outdoors. These are all ways that RVing can bring you closer together (literally and figuratively).

Traveling this way can cause some tension, but it’s also a great way to bond and grow closer. There were some rough times when my hubby and I were RVing full-time. But now we know that we can handle anything together. We have that experience going for us, and our relationship is even stronger because of it. What doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger, right? 😉

meeting people while traveling by RV and getting help when we were stuck on a dead-end road
meeting people while traveling by RV and getting help when we were stuck on a dead-end road

8. Meet New People

I can’t even tell you how many people have helped us out along the way and how many wonderful people we’ve met while RVing. We’ve heard amazing stories, made great friends, and gotten help out of sticky situations (like the time we were stuck on a dead-end street).

When you’re traveling by RV, you meet so many wonderful, helpful, and friendly people. The humanity you experience with RVing is truly humbling. If you need help with your RV or suggestions for where to eat or what to see and do in the area, ask your fellow RVer! 

They’re usually happy to share their knowledge and experiences. RVing is not only a lifestyle, but it’s also a close-knit community. I’m so proud and grateful to be a part of the amazing RV community!

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9. Cheaper Travel

Traveling by RV can be a cheap way to travel. Gas from one destination to the next is probably less expensive than airfare these days. And RV parks and campgrounds are generally cheaper than a hotel room.

You can even find places to boondock and dry camp for free! Plus, if your RV has a kitchen, you can prepare meals and not have to eat out every time. So that saves money too!

10. You Can Work and Make Money From the Road

As long as you have an internet connection with WiFi, you can work anywhere remotely! Want to be a digital nomad and live the laptop lifestyle? How about working around a campfire or from your motorhome’s dashboard with a view of the ocean? RVing can make it happen!

If you’re wondering how you can work and make money from the road while traveling by RV, check out Heath & Alyssa of HeathandAlyssa.com for helpful resources. They have great blog posts with 10 Business Ideas for Full-Time RVers, 7 Ways to Build Remote Income And Make Money While Traveling, and 40 Places to Find Remote Jobs for Digital Nomads.

WRAPPING UP WHY TRAVELING BY RV IS THE BEST WAY TO TRAVEL

If you can’t tell, I’m passionate about traveling by RV. Full-time RVing for over a year through each of the 48 states of the contiguous U.S. was the best thing we’ve ever done! It fueled the fire of our passion for travel and ignited a newfound love and appreciation for RVing.

RVing is not only a great way to travel. It’s a lifestyle that allows you to experience amazing places while having the comforts of home, spending time with loved ones, and meeting new people along the way. What’s not to love?!

If I haven’t sold you on traveling by RV and you’re still not sure RVing is right for you, give RVing a try with an RV rental!

Are you already RVing and loving it? Why do you love traveling by RV? Leave a comment below sharing your love for RVing! Or let everyone know what you’re most excited about for when you start RVing.

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14 Comments

    • Briana Nickas

      RVing is definitely an adventure, Ellie! It can take you to so many amazing places and give you incredible experiences you wouldn’t get otherwise. To be honest, I hadn’t really thought much about RVing until we decided we wanted to move out of California and wanted to travel to several different places to check them out. Traveling by RV made the most sense and what started as a plan to road trip to a few different places turned into a year-long cross-country road trip through all 48 lower contiguous states of the U.S. Now RVing has become a lifestyle for us and our favorite way to travel. 🙂 You should give it a try sometime!

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  1. Bernadeta

    I’d love to do it in the future, I think it will be super practical and convenient when travelling with kids.

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    • Briana Nickas

      You should definitely give RVing a try sometime, Bernadeta! RVs are perfect for traveling with kids, and they’ll love it! After RVing full-time for over a year, I’ve learned a thing or two about RVing, so don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions about traveling by RV. I hope you give it a go sometime!

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  2. Rockskippers

    Some interesting points here! I’ve never tried travelling by RV before but it sounds like it gives you lots of freedom to explore 😊

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    • Briana Nickas

      Thanks for reading! RVing is all about the freedom 😁

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  3. Sarah

    I’d love to do something like this in the future in England! So excited to see more of the country! Great blog post, thank you!

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    • Briana Nickas

      Thanks, Sarah! You should give RVing a try. It’s the best way to explore and see the country!

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  4. Alyssa

    Thanks for the mentions Briana! 🙂

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    • Briana Nickas

      Sure thing, Alyssa! Thanks for your great content! 🙂

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  5. Robert

    Excellent post and photos! We’ve enjoyed camping and RV travel for many years now. Although we enjoy all forms of travel, we always look forward to our camping adventures. One of things we love to do, is head to the NASCAR races in the U.S. and camp out right at the track during race weekend! Spotted your post on Pinterest and have Pinned! Robert 🙂

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    • Briana Nickas

      Thanks for your comment and Pin, Robert! I really appreciate it. 🙂 Isn’t RVing and camping the best? We’ve never camped out for a NASCAR race before, but that sounds like a blast! I hope our paths cross out on the road sometime.

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  6. Sandra Ans

    GREAT POST! I have traveled with a travel trailer for almost 2 years and that time was really great! I learned many things, saw many places, and experienced something very unusual!
    Rv’s is really a great way how to travel and I agree with everything you said!
    One of my dreams is one day to travel to the USA, rent an RV, and travel throughout it!

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    • Briana Nickas

      That’s great that you’ve been able to experience RVing, Sandra! It’s such an amazing experience! What places have you visited by RV so far? Let me know when you’re able to make it out to the USA. I’d be happy to share some great RV destinations here with you!

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