What is it about RVing that makes it such an attractive idea to so many people? I thought about this one night, and pretty soon had a list of benefits that can come from RVing. These are in no particular order.
1. Be adventurous. The thrill of the unexpected, of being able to pack everything up and be on the road to somewhere new on a whim. Of not knowing what might be awaiting you around the next bend. If your looking for adventure, traveling is simply the best way to go about it, and RVing has the benefit of not requiring a visa and or learning a new language.
2. Challenge yourself. Sometimes we feel called to do something because of the challenge it presents, and RVing fits this bill. We gain self-confidence by doing things that we didn’t think were possible. The harder it is to do something, the more satisfaction you’ll feel about being able to pull it off.
3. Get back to nature. Hiking, biking, kayaking, bird watching, swimming, photography, and more. RVing offers the opportunity to explore many different climates and natural wonders, and is a great choice for people who like outdoor activities.
4. Experience life first hand. Whatever your interests may be, from historical events and arts and crafts, to food and culture, RVing allows you the mobility to seek out what lights you up inside and learn about it first hand. So get out there and visit that monument, festival, parade, museum, or city that you’ve always wanted to see.
5. Research a new place to live. Feel like you’re in a rut, and need a change and a fresh outlook on life? Full-time RVing is a dramatically different way of living, and not a permanent one. Use your time on the road to search out your next ideal location to settle down in, and get to know the area and people before you make any expensive decisions.
6. Meet new people. There is quite a community that has sprung up around the RV lifestyle, and you’re guaranteed to have at least one thing in common with them if you’re RVing yourself. Even outside of this, traveling presents many opportunities for meeting new people on a more regular basis than staying in one spot.
7. Visit distant relatives and friends. On the other hand, your existing friends and relatives who live out of state are easier to visit when your house is on wheels. No need to worry about flight costs, or local transportation once you arrive.
8. Limit needless spending. There is only so much room in an RV to store stuff, so living in one forces us to evaluate what we purchase carefully. This attitude of conscious consumerism has the benefit of increasing your savings.
9. Live in the moment. I firmly believe that one of the keys to happiness is not just planning for a great future, but learning to appreciate where you are and what you have right now, and being present in the moment. We get so caught up in the routines of every-day life that we stop looking at all the little things around us that make living worthwhile. New experiences have a way of forcing us to be present, and RVing is a great way to experience new things on a regular basis.
There were a couple other things I considered putting on this list but then had second thoughts about, like health for example. I’m pretty sure that for myself RVing will encourage me to get more exercise, because I’m a big fan of number 3 up there and will be aiming to stay in places where I can do more hiking and jogging. But it also occurred to me that having a less stable schedule and a smaller kitchen to work with could very well mean that I won’t be eating as well and won’t be able to plan to jog as easily.
I’d like your opinion. Do you think you’ll be more inclined to make better health choices while on the road or not? Have any other benefits to RVing that you’d like to share?