New Or Old?

 Posted by at 12:49 am  Nick's Blog
Sep 212018

Note: Because this is a topic that comes up often, I thought I would brush off and repost this blog from March, 2013.

I have been thinking about living and traveling in an RV and how different the RV lifestyle can be among different fulltimers and snowbirds.

We know many RVers who enjoy seeking out new places to visit and explore and never seem to return to the same town twice. For them, the adventure of discovery is a big part of appeal of RVing.

On the other hand, we also know a lot of RVers who seem to return to the same places year after year. They may have family in an area or have developed friendships with other RVers who always go back to the same campground season after season and want to hang out with them. Or, they may just feel more comfortable in familiar surroundings.

I think each style has its advantages and disadvantages. There’s a lot to be said for knowing how to find your way around a town, knowing where to get the best pizza or automobile service, and which grocery stores have the best selection and prices. And after a long, hard day on the road, it’s comforting to be greeted by familiar faces when you arrive at your destination.

On the other hand, isn’t RVing all about freedom and adventure? I wonder if some folks escape the workaday-world rut only to find themselves in a different, albeit more relaxing rut. While enjoying the comforts of the familiar, what delights are we missing?

Yes, we liked Elkhart Campground and it felt almost like home to us, but there may be a hundred other nice campgrounds down the road we might never get to if we spent all of our time parked there. We love #1 Eastern Super Buffet in Mesa, Arizona, but we would have never discovered the excellent Green Garden Chinese Restaurant in Clermont, Florida if we hadn’t expanded our world by traveling. The Oregon coast has some of the most magnificent scenery in the country, but if we spent all of our time there we would have never discovered how much we like coastal Virginia.

It’s not a case of right or wrong, it’s really about what works for you. I guess we were between the two. We spent three winters in a row at Thousand Trails and Escapees campgrounds in Florida, but we also spent winters wandering around Arizona and southern California. We spent many summers in the Midwest, but we also spent a lot of summers on the Pacific Northwest coast.

How about you? Do you like the familiar, or do you like experiencing new things? Going to the same RV parks or having a different view out your window every few days? Or are you more like us, enjoying a mixture of the comfortably familiar and at the same time eager to discover what lies over the next hill?

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  4 Responses to “New Or Old?”

  1. We mostly explored new places. In three years of fulltime RVing we at least drove through each of the 48 contiguous states. But we had one park in Arizona we went back to a lot during the winter for two week stays each time.

  2. I like exploring for new favorite places then going back to those. I’m a big fan of the Grand Canyon & really don’t mind going back there, the route to get back there is the way I can look for more places I’d really like to see again.

    Then again there are still a number of spots on “my” map that I have not seen yet…
    Over my adult years I drove I-10 three times and never realized that I went by The Alamo without seeing it. When I realized that I made a list of places, things, eateries that I’d like to see. I’d hear a story, see a thing on TV or read about a spot someone else visited & put it on my list.
    I transferred that list (as push pins) to a MS Streets & Trips map. Now when I’m headed somewhere I’ll do it on S&T just to see if I’m going to pass by a spot on my “list”.
    Sometimes I’ll take a spot on my list & make that a destination…Dryer’s deep fried hamburgers in Memphis as an example. That was worth the trip & that put me in the time/place to go to Alabama for the Vandwellers SE GTG, it was there that I met my bride and things changed again.

    Winter in an RV is a big deal for me, because it’s winter! I really want to be someplace with not so wintry weather 🙂
    Arizona works for me, the Texas coast was good & Florida is a big place… we’re going to do some more exploring in Florida this winter..

  3. You could say Bill and I are like you. We love the adventure of going to someplace new and exploring the area, however, we also love going to the Escapade, Quartzsite, and MOC Rallies. We also love the adventure of visiting and exploring other countries.

  4. We love exploring new areas, the main reason we decided to full-time. However there are places we enjoy returning to. There is always something new to do or see almost anywhere you go, even if you’ve been there before.

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