RV Trips to Satisfy Your Wanderlust….

I’ve got a case of wanderlust, which simply means “a strong, innate desire to rove or travel about”. The term comes from mid-1800s German. I may have a particularly bad case because I really want to hit the road in a RV with a pantry full of pretzels and a fridge full of bratwurst and beer. Hey, let’s go everywhere…


Camping Trip Vs. Road Trip

I look at our trips in two categories: Road Trip and Camping Trips.  In my mind, it is about the journey vs. the destination.  We have had some great RV trips this season, but they would fall in the “Camping” category. We traveled less than 2 hours. We hunkered down in the campground till we left a couple days later. Great time, fits well in a weekend.

RV Camp with Friends

Road trips take more time –at least they do for us and our 4 kids.  These are farther and when you “stop and smell the roses” – you take in the sights along the way.  And if you have a lot of time, you can recreate the Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup of trips both Road and Camping – two great trips that go great together. (PS. Camping at Hershey next – can you tell I’m ready?)

Road Trip Inspiration

So, if you are ready to hit the road.  I found this fun link with lots of inspiration: 75 Road Trip Attractions. There are some great picks from our neck of the woods in Pennsylvania, like Frank Lloyd Wright’s House on Kentucky Knob to where Route 66 ends at the Santa Monica Pier in California. And in between, some fun stops I will add to my route like the Fast Fiberglass Mold Graveyard in Sparta, Wisconsin and the Route 66 Arcade Museum in Atlanta, Illinois.


Beauty Is In The Eye Of The Beholder

Photo credit: Courtesy of wikimedia.org

So, I also can across this link: The Worst Tourist Traps In Every State. And to some, this may read as “Stay Away!” I can’t resist. Others must feel the same way because South of the Border in Hamer, South Carolina makes both lists. And while it may not be a destination, the World’s Largest Ball of Twine in Cawker City, Kansas is definitely worth a stop.


Until the Rubber Meets The Road…

As always, I leave you with some distractions until your heart can wander. If you cannot quell your wanderlust right away, a good Road Trip Flick may do the trick. My “go-to” is National Lampoon’s Vacation. I really don’t think we need much explanation here — a definite Road Trip Classic.

National Lampoon’s Vacation (1983) IMDb

But, another Flick worth the Road Trip is Pee Wee’s Big Adventure. This ride will get you a glimpse of the Cabazon Dinosuars in Palm Springs, California and the Alamo — deep in the heart of Texas!

CABAZON DINOSAURS © Atomazul/shutterstock

Until then, Happy Trails. If you have any Flicks, Trips or Tips to share park them below…

RV Road-trip Mixed Tape: Summer Soundtrack

ROADTRIPWe’ve been talking about planning while our Rig waits in RV storage.  And the wait continues.  Planning is a great distraction until you get to do what you are so looking forward to — hitting the road to camp! Some of my Facebook friends far from our neck of the woods in Pennsylvania, hit the road just this weekend and posted great photos (so envious). We REALLY need something to keep us busy. So, if you have all your trips planned, time to work on your summer soundtrack: RV Road-trip Mixed Tape!

RV Road Trip Mixed Tape?

I’m dating myself a bit here.  But when I was younger (This lead-in seems to summon a dazed, bored look in the eyes of my tweens), we made mixed tapes.  I remember an epic one for a Spring Break heading south.  So, while it may end up being played on Spotify, road trip = mixed tape for me.

New Classics

I have recently discovered “Winnebago” by Stephanie Quayle.  I could listen to that on a continuous loop.

Hop on in to my Winnebago.  We’re gonna go wherever the wind blows…

But, I am not travelling alone.  So, I have looked for variety that crosses generations. My criteria is a song that celebrate the journey of the road.   Always looking for suggestions, there’s room on my RV Road-trip Mixed Tape — Hop on!

  • “Winnebago” Stephanie Quayle
  • “Holiday Road” Lindsey Bunkingham
  • “The Way” Fastball
  • “I Can’t Drive 55” Sammy Haggard
  • “The Distance” Cake
  • “Go Your Own Way” Fleetwood Mac
  • “Cruise” Florida Georgia Line
  • “Take It Easy” The Eagles
  • “Slow Ride” Foghat
  • “Born to Run” Bruce Springsteen
  • “King of the Road” Roger Heller
  • “Everyday is a Winding Road” Sheryl Crow
  • “Where the Streets Have No Name” U2
  • “Running Down a Dream” Tom Petty
  • “Here I Go Again on My Own” Whitesnake
  • “Life in the Fast Lane” The Eagles
  • “Let the Good Times Roll” The Cars
  • “Radar Love” Golden Earring
  • “Life is a Highway” Tom Cochrane
  • “Route 66” Chuck Barry
  • “On the Road Again” Willie Nelson
  • “I’ve Been Everywhere” Johnny Cash
  • “America” Simon & Garfunkel
  • “Take Me Home, Country Road” John Denver

Spring is here. Start planning those RV Camping trips… Now!

So, Spring is here. Next up Summer. HD Indoor Storage needs to get their RV camping trips in order.  Not sure if we’re “early birds” or “late to the party”.  We need to plan a trip!

What’s on our Wish List?

Already have some classics on the RV Camping calendar: Knoebel’s and Hershey Park. I think we need to add more than a Roller Coaster to the mix. There is a lot of inspiration out there.  Googled “RV Camping Trips” and I got 795,000 results!   Being snowed in last week had us researching.  But, we’re looking for a camping trip within our Pennsylvania state lines and some water — fishing, kayaking, swimming — am I missing anything?

RV Camping trip wish come true?

I like this “10 of the Coolest Parks for RV Camping” link because it includes a campground less than two hours from us in Pennsylvania, Keen Lake Camping & Cottage Resort. I haven’t been yet. (I didn’t book in time the last few years!) And it has water — the “lake” part was a giveaway — boating, fishing and lake swimming. I’m off to a great start.  If you have any RV camping trip suggestions that fit our wish list, send them our way. I don’t have time to sift through 795,000 results!

RV trip planning is a great distraction during the Spring thaw. I just removed huge hunks of snow from our backyard trampoline a few days ago.  It was back-breaking work — I thought trampolines were supposed to be fun! It makes me think of our poor buried RV.  The new HD Indoor Storage Facility cannot open soon enough.

But, what do you think: should I be panicking about my RV Calendar — how early do you plan an RV Camping Trip?