In the wake of yesterday’s blog about the gentleman who was uncomfortable in venturing off interstate highways, I got to 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 may like Elkhart Campground and it feels almost like home to us, but there may be a hundred other nice campgrounds down the road we might never get to if we spend all of our time parked there. We love #1 Eastern Super Buffet here in Mesa, but we would have never discovered the 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 find ourselves somewhere between the two. The last three winters have found us at Thousand Trails and Escapees campgrounds in Florida, but we plan to spend next winter wandering around Arizona and maybe southern California.
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 we are, 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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Thought For The Day – The point of life is to live, not just survive.