December 7, 2022
Travelers have different approaches to how they plan what they will do on their excursions, however long or short they may be. I used to be a “squeeze it all in” kind of traveler, but found myself both exhausted and broke.
When we set out into the RV life, we heard one of the biggest mistakes was living like you were on vacation and doing the same thing long term, often ending the journey early. We decided we weren’t going to be those people.
We usually try to plan only one or two major things, and we only plan one thing a day. This allows us time to explore and not feel rushed.
But, more importantly, we have a set checklist for every place we go for what we plan to do. Our go-to activities for every stop are:
- a geocache
- a local brewery
- a local restaurant
- a nature trail, gardens, zoo, or state or national park
With this list in mind, we research online, talk to locals we know in advance or meet on site about what they like to do or recommend. This also saves us money since many of these things can be free or inexpensive with a little research.
We have Zoo passes that get us access to AZA zoos across the country.
In Florida, we have a Bok Tower Gardens membership that has reciprocity with many others as well.
We are working on geocaching in every state. If you don’t know what geocaching is, check it out at geocaching.com and get in on the fun!
We also collect stickers or bar coasters for our wall at every brewery and get to taste so many local flavors. Plus they make a great display on our wall (we do have to put the place and date on them since we are starting to forget where they all were).
We are working on visiting every state park in our home state of Florida, and all the National Parks in the US, although they will take us awhile! We have met some amazing people along the way and discovered things we would never have known about.
What are your go-to’s when traveling? I’d love to hear. Comment below or find me on social media!
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