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Top 12 Travel Bloopers
Thanks to social media, particularly Instagram's picture perfect photos of various paradise-like locations worldwide, many people tend to think that travel is all butterflies and roses and happily-ever-afters. Travel is many things. It is education. It is memories. It is new people and new places and new foods and new smells. But it is not always fun, and it is not always easy. Continual travel requires continual expansion of one's self to learn new skills and to be more self-aware.
One thing I learned this year is that it is okay to not enjoy every place we go, everything we do, and every food we eat. I do not have to like Beijing's spam-riddled fried rice, for instance. I have learned to categorize my experiences into things I loved, things I liked, things that were neither agreeable nor disagreeable, and things I will never ever do again for as long as I live.
Marvin and I have been traveling together since 2011, and since then, we have encountered a number of not-so-fun, not-so-easy situations as we travel. In an effort to be completely transparent about the downside to travel, I have put together a collection of our best-of-the-worst travel experiences.
Read about our travel predicaments & frustrations, which we can fondly look back at as "bloopers."
Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide for RVers
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Ultimate South Dakota Road Trip
South Dakota is home to a number of attractions, including national parks, mid-western-themed towns, and scenic drives, and we visited as many as possible in a short amount of time. The next time we make it to South Dakota, we'll stay longer, spending more time in the places we skimmed through, and exploring the ones we missed.
When we first decided to take the plunge, buy an RV, downsize our possessions, and hit the road, we poured over blog articles, watched countless YouTube videos, agonized over what to bring and what to leave behind, and then dove in head first and learned as we went along. Since then we have compiled a list of all the things we wish we knew before moving into our RV full time.
See our ultimate guide to full time RV living.
FAQs for Full-Time RVing
We regularly see the same questions asked over and over in RV forums and Facebook groups. So we put together a list of FAQs for new RVers. Some of these are geared more toward a life of full-time travel; others are for anyone who owns an RV. We hope these are helpful as you begin your RVing adventure, whether just for the weekend or for months or years at a time.
See our answers to your RV Frequently Asked Questions!
RV Set-Up and Tear-Down Checklists
When we first purchased our travel trailer, we told ourselves we needed checklists to make sure we didn't forget anything important. Then we procrastinated and did not make these checklists for our first couple trips. Although nothing disastrous occurred, one time we nearly forgot to put the step up, and another time we left the bathroom door open and it flopped around for the first couple hours of our drive.
We hope you find these basic RV checklists as helpful for your journeys as they have been for ours!
RV DIY, Part 3
We love making new friends and having company over. What we do not appreciate are uninvited house guests in the form of spiders, bees, flies, mosquitoes, and other creepy crawlies and flying insects making their way inside to steal our cool air and become a general nuisance.
Rather than spending an arm and a leg on pre-made insect screens for our tiny home, Marvin made his own insect screens for under $20.
These easy DIY insect screens will keep the critters at bay so you can be free to enjoy your RVing experience.
Grillin' and Chili-in'
It's January. We have just returned to Houston after a relaxing trip to Belize. The sun has gone down, and we have decided to hit the hot tub at Hwy 6 RV Resort. We arrive at the pool area, rid ourselves of flip flops and towels, and ease ourselves into the steaming water.
We are soon joined by a man with a quick smile, and we strike up a conversation. I decide I am warm enough and hop in the pool, and am there for only a few minutes before a lady, who seems to know the man in the hot tub, joins me. Before long, we're all friends, chatting about our travels, their fur babies, the beautiful Texas weather, Rod's work, and the pros and cons of living in a home on wheels. Before we disperse back to our homes, we exchange phone numbers.
RV DIY, Part 2
Marvin loves finding easy projects to save us money and generally improve our RVing experience. These three little projects have helped us not only save money but also conserve water and save our RV from water damage.
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