When my husband and I left for a seven week trip in our new motorhome at the end of last summer, we had our concerns. The main one among mine was whether I would be tired of so much togetherness – eating, working, sleeping and traveling 24/7 in a 280 square foot space.
Spoiler alert: I didn’t. It turns out that I fell After in love with my partner after traveling with him in our RV from Colorado to Maine and back. We’ve had our fair share of mishaps (more details below), but our marriage has survived and thrived nonetheless.
Along the way, I also fell more in love with my home country. We saw incredible natural wonders on our journey through 23 different states. The experience of witnessing exquisite sunrises and sunsets, hiking in national parks, and traveling through small towns made me want more.
Likewise, as a girl who swore years ago to never camp in a tent again, I fell in love with the concept of camper van camping. I loved our comfortable house on wheels, not only because it was our happy place to return to after a day exploring a new place on foot, but because it allowed us to cover a lot of ground in a short space of time. of time. And since my husband was the only driver, I was able to take in the ever-changing scenery from the comfort of my passenger seat as BB (“Beige Bettie”) the RV cruised.
So in every sense of the word “romantic” – whether in terms of the feeling of love for my spouse or “the emotional appeal of what is adventurous, mysterious or idealized” – traveling in a motorhome is fine.
Here are a few reasons why I think RV travel is the most romantic way to travel.
My spouse and I are a team
On our multi-week RV trips, my husband Quent and I are each other’s only companion (with the exception of a few stops to visit friends and family along the way). It’s the two of us against the world, and to make our RV trips work, we – always – remember to support each other.
In addition, we separate the tasks. I take the initiative in keeping the interior of the RV clean, and I am the Chief Navigator and Campground Organizer (RV Parky is my favorite app for finding campgrounds). Quent takes care of all the operation, set-up and teardown of campgrounds (for example, hooking up electricity, water and sewage) and any mechanical issues.
The trip couldn’t be done with either of us slacking off on our chores, so it feels good for both of us to help make our adventure a success. Plus, there’s something super sexy about a man that will easily empty your black tank, have no problem figuring out why the heat has gone out, and can pull a 32ft motorhome back into a tight campground in the first attempt. (Believe me, it’s hot.)
We hone our communication skills
Keeping the lines of communication open is Marriage 101. Indeed, talking about things – all the time – helps us make sure we’re both on the same page and in a good mood throughout our camping trips. because.
There were times when we failed to communicate. For example, once I got angry when I felt Quent rushing me out of a campground, but I hadn’t told him the check-out time was noon, not 11:30 a.m.
Another time he moved my phone to its fixed location from the front of the motorhome to the back without letting me know (silly, but I like things out of place!). Sometimes I forget to put Happy Campers disinfectant in the toilet (it’s the key to a smelling motorhome!).
So when we are camping in our RV, we focus on excessive communication: “I moved your phone” and “Do you have happy campers in the bathroom? And “Check out is at noon” are just a few of the many comments and logistical questions we share with each other throughout the day. This keeps us from a) making mistakes and b) disturbing each other.
We also constantly check that we both have fun on the trip: “Do we really have time for this detour? Or “Are you ready for another hike or do you need to take the time to work?” We always make our needs known and we are open to flexibility in our schedule to prevent any resentment or discontent from setting in.
Communication is the key to any partnership, and RV travel offers many possibilities for connection – many more than one. (Cue the tunes of Barry White.)
We are often reminded of the importance of forgiveness
There are many characteristics that go into a healthy partnership, including the ability to forgive easily. This can be put to the test daily (sometimes every hour!) On a motorhome trip.
As I mentioned, I’m in charge of the navigation on the road – making our plans to get from point A to point B. And more than once, I completely messed up the job. I once guided our motorhome down a side road, thinking it would be faster than taking a longer road. Big mistake! The bumpy dirt road meant we were traveling about 15 miles an hour, veering on time.
Another day I took us down a city road riddled with potholes so deep that they knocked our bikes off the bike rack in the back of the motorhome, smashing a headlight on the Jeep that we were towing. (Oops.)
But my mistakes spark in my husband the mantra we often used when our children were young: “It’s okay. Everyone makes mistakes. ”He could have flown away when I accidentally sailed us north for miles when we were supposed to go south, but his patient response -“ No big deal. We’re in no rush. – just made me love it even more.
Waking up in new places adds anticipation and mystery
The goal of our motorhome road trip itineraries has been to visit places we have never been before. (I want to see all the national parks in the mainland US!) We usually stick with a period of time, we have to finish our RV trips by a certain date, so we don’t linger in one place for too long.
I find it exciting every time we arrive at a new campground. What will it look like? Who will be our neighbors? And I wake up excited every morning. What will today’s adventures bring?
The places we’ve stayed overnight on our RV trips – from a Walmart parking lot in North Dakota to an upscale RV resort in California to a Kentucky distillery – have been incredibly diverse. . Every place is so different that I wake up almost every day to a new sight outside my front door.
Motorhome travel is travel
Train travel is appealing for a reason. You can sit back and let someone else drive as you admire the countryside scrolling through large windows. Being a passenger in a motorhome is similar.
While I have to keep an eye on the navigation app, I can peek through the front and side windows of our platform to see the sprawling hay fields scroll by. We drove through downtown Chicago and across New York’s Throgs Neck Bridge. We climbed high mountain passes, around the Atlantic Ocean, through deserts dotted with giant cacti – and I had a view of the glory up front the whole way.
Watching the countryside go by makes the RV adventures a lot more about the journey. That said, as romantic as it is to hit the road regularly, not knowing what’s going on around the next bend, settle into a campsite and relax with a glass of wine and a plate of cheese while listening to the whispers of the locals. neighbors (or cows next door mooing!) is also wonderfully heartwarming.
My husband and I have learned that motorhome travel is fine for us. It’s certainly not all sun and rainbows, but the friendliness on the road – when it’s just him and me, working as a team, exploring our beautiful country – brought us closer together. Investing in a motorhome is one of the best things we could have done for our wedding, and I can’t wait to get back into BB the RV soon.
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