Are you a born traveler? Do you kind of wish you were? When it comes to traveling, sometimes it’s just in the blood. But even if you weren’t born with the wanderer’s soul, you can still cultivate a spirit of adventure. And with a new year upon us, there’s never been a better time to make a few travel-focused resolutions. Here are a few of our favorites for 2016:
Be Active Whenever Possible.
What does activity have to do with travel? Well, when you spend a few days on the road, chances are you’re spending a good portion of your days on your rump! That’s why it’s important to get in some physical activity whenever – and wherever – possible! Turn those rest stop breaks into a hiking excursion, or find a great spot to picnic and take your time getting there – on foot! Sure, life on the road is great, but it’s important to keep yourself in good shape while you do it. After all, you want to be around to enjoy your RV – and the travel it facilitates – for years to come.
Charge Your Devices. Always.
Some people live by the idea that you should always have a semi-full tank of gas. While we subscribe to that as well (after all, you don’t know where the next gas station is), we also recommend always keeping your devices charged – or as much as possible. On the road, you’re never sure where or when you’ll need a full charge, so if you can get it, do it! No one wants to wind up lost without their phone (and GPS system) dead.
Get a Passport.
Sure, you might be a U.S. road trip kind of person (and trust us, we love that kind of person), but even in the RV, you never know when you might get the urge to travel up north to explore the Canadian Rockies or head south to get a great street taco in Mexico. Make sure your passport is valid and up to date and always bring it along when you travel. Believe us, it’ll make those border crossings much easier.
Start a Fund.
If you don’t feel like you have the money to take a few days (or weeks or months) off work to enjoy the slow pace of the open road, do something about it! Start a travel fund and make exploration a priority in 2016. Whether you’re saving for a month’s worth of gas in your RV or saving for a new rig altogether, those funds will come in handy when you get the urge for adventure. Keep a separate account that’s earmarked just for travel; then you won’t feel the pinch when you actually have to pay for that great trip.
If you haven’t been a road tripper in the past, make 2016 the year you indulge in this unique kind of adventure. There’s just something about a road trip that makes you feel free; whether you buy a new or pre-owned RV or borrow one from a friend, there’s no place too far (or too close) when you’re traveling the open road. Only the road allows you to see America like you’ve never seen it before – from the iconic cities you’ve seen on TV to the farmlands and long stretches of desert road in-between. Get to know your country (and even yourself) a little more by hitting the road in 2016.
Overcome a Fear.
Whether it’s zip lining or just leaving on a road trip without knowing exactly where you’ll end up, this year is the perfect time to overcome a traveling fear. Find an out-of-character activity to try on one of your stops, or set off on the road without knowing exactly where your journey will end, or where you’ll stop along the way. Getting out of your comfort zone is exactly what travel is all about. So seize the opportunity to get out of your travel box in 2016.
Your turn: what resolutions are you making for a more adventurous 2016?