Ah, travel planning. It can literally make or break your RV trip. Because as the saying goes “if you fail to plan, you can plan to fail…”
Did you just roll your eyes? I used to, as well. I thought I could just have a general direction and we’d be like Disney Pocahontas and listen to the wind or some shit.
Breaking news: That did not work for us. While we (of course) made our reservations in places we were planning to stay for a while, the in-between was what really messed us up. And caused a lot of tension in our marriage. Yep. I said it. Not doing much travel planning made my marriage suffer insane amounts!
Use a planner
Planning a trip is a lot. There is way too much to just keep all inside your head. Use a planner to help you figure out
- stuff you must do and others you want to do
Check out Pinterest
It’s not just for learning how to turn a T shirt into a dress, folks! Pinterest is where myself and a lot of other travel bloggers push out our content. We post reviews, must-sees, and other travel and RV advice on there! So next time you’re figuring out your next destination, go to Pinterest instead of Google. It’s a lot easier to sift through and find what you want!
Establish rules and roles with the people traveling with you
Communication is key when it comes to RV travel. And that definitely seeps into the planning aspect.
Who is in charge of planning and do they even like doing it? This is something that caused a lot of friction in my marriage as we were traveling full-time. I thought it was his job to do the planning. He thought it was mine. As you can guess, not a lot of stuff got done…and not a lot of fun was had when we did go somewhere.
Whose job is it to :
- plan the route?
- pick a destination?
- stops and gas stations?
- kid/pet management during travel days and sight seeing days?
Will you take turns with these responsibilities or are they set in stone? If you have children, how involved are they in the planning process? How involved do they want to be?
Clearly communicate beforehand and constantly while traveling to make sure everyone is happy and feels taken care of out there!
Tips brought to you by personal experience and the planners and books below!