Why do you travel?



We recently received an email from Dave Laton, D.Min., who suggested a new topic of discussion for our newsletter: “Why we travel.” He wrote “in addition to traveling for the pleasure of seeing our great nation, my wife and I travel to small churches helping them with various projects. We spend a couple of weeks on site helping repair, build, clean up storm damage, teach bible classes, or other such activities.”

We agree that it would be interesting to hear why you travel with your RV. Do you like to camp to experience nature? Do you combine business with travel (i.e., traveling nurses, work camping)? Do you travel seasonally, following the sun, staying in RV parks or places familiar? Or do you simply love a good old-fashioned road trip, where you meander from place to place, exploring as you go?

Please leave your comments below and we’ll publish the results later.



50 Thoughts to “Why do you travel?”

  1. Rita Monat

    We hike, cycle, fish and sight see. Oh, yeah, we are full-time for 14 years and this is our life! We love it.

  2. Nick DiPietro

    I owned and operated trucks cross country for about 35 years and 3.5 million miles. We are now retired and friends were surprised that we are gone about 6 months over the course of a year . Cruising America with our 5 th wheel iWe do it because this is fun that was work ! Keep on truckin !

  3. Kom Dixon

    I’m a gypsy at heart and I grew up traveling. My father was in the army and would take a month for vacation time. We’d get in the car and just travel, mainly camping in Europe and the U.S. When I graduated high school, my husband and I saved our money and traveled full time in our VW van, traveling all of the U.S westcoast and Mexico. It was then I realized I wanted an RV- the RVs never got kicked out when boondocking! We’re not retired yet, but when we do we’ll probably become full time RVers. Right now it’s all about the road trip. And we did get our RV; the first one was a 1992 Jamboree, now we travel in a 2002 29ft. Safari Trek- a definite upgrade from that sweet VW van, and in case you’re wondering, we’ve never been kicked out of any boondocking spot.

  4. Denny wagaman

    What a redickolous question. It’s like why do you climb a mountain! Why do you stay home? Why do you smoke? Why do you whatever it is that you do! Who cares. It’s be because you want to.???? Just do whatever it is as long as it doesn’t hurt or creat problems for anyone else, is moral and lawful. ????

    1. Chuck Woodbury/RVtravel.com

      Denny, what a ridiculous response! For your information, people climb mountains for all sorts of reasons. People stay at home for all sorts of reasons. The question was good and inspired some intelligent, interesting responses. Yours, however, is not among them.

  5. Jeannine Demers

    We started with a pop-up camper in 1971 with a one-year old boy. We’ve traded up a few times, and now travel in a 39′ fifth-wheel that is perfect for our needs. Our son now has his own travel trailer.
    As Floridians, we love our monthly winter outings with friends in our state parks, and during the summer we volunteer at a Christian camp on the shores of Lake Erie.
    We never tire of the Blue Ridge Mountains, and have gone as far north as the Thousand Islands and a suburb of Montreal.
    This is a great nation, and I still dream of going west someday soon. We are truly blessed.

  6. Ron Twellman

    I’m writing this from our RV in Quesnel, BC on our way back from Alaska. I discovered my wanderlust in 1970 and traveled as a single guy sleeping in my Chevy Vega & Chevy Luv truck camper for a number of years,

    We’re now nearing 24 year of marriage & my first year of retirement – which made time available for this lengthy trip. We got the MH 10 years ago to take grandkids on vacations with us and are now down to the last two of four but there’s a great grandson who’ll be traveling with us soon.

    I’m happiest just looking at the world through the windshield & stopping when we see something interesting.

  7. Neil Wilkie

    We inherited our first tent trailer in 1975 (used tents before that) and have since had probably every type of trailer except a 5th wheel. We camped for years with kids in tow In Canada and the northern US. Once the kids were gone we broadened our horizons to most of Canada and about 28 states. We enjoy everything we see on the road, especially history related, museums etc. We like country mountains and lakes much more than cities although we do take in historic sites etc in cities.
    For a while now we have traveled in motorhomes towing a Tracker which is fun in the desert mountains etc. Since 2004 we have only missed snowbirding for 5-6 months in the south west US twice. We like Yuma where I enjoy the woodcarving at the senior’s center and my wife paints and knits.

    We just plain enjoy the life, the freedom and getting away from it all.

  8. Elaine Schuster

    We have had RVs for most of our married life, starting with a Class B in the 70s. We have done short trips mostly, and gotten to see remote places. We circumnavigated Lakes Superior, Michigan, and Huron. For Hubby, that means just directly getting on the road and around the Lake. For me, that involves staying here and there on the way. We crossed Lake Michigan on the Badger, we crossed Lake Huron on the Chi Cheemaun. We took our Moms to Alaska and traveled the Inside Passage on the Taku and back on the Highway. Hubby likes theme trips, like Nuclear sites, so we have seen Los Alamos and Oak Ridge. Telescopes were a great trip, The Very Large Array, McDonald Observatory, Kitt Peak and others. National Parks are also on the list, but so far we have mostly driven through them rather than stay there. Historic Highways are a favorite, we have done Rte. 66, US 12, US 24, US 2. Those are a favorite of Hub, because he can just keep driving. US 23 and US 27 are on our list, and US 50 for our 50th anniversary coming up. Maybe some day, we will get to full time, but meantime, keeping moving is a lot of fun, too.

  9. Gilbert Parker

    My wife and I retired to an RV and began to adjust and live in it full time. We joined a small caravan of Christian retires with RVs and have been traveling since last January to Christian Camps to do repair work and maintenance to help them with with summer ministry. As I write this we are in Salcha Alaska having worked in Florida, Mississippi, Texas, Colorado and Montana. We live in a very beautiful country and have learned that God’s kingdom is so much bigger than we ever imagined.

  10. John Snell

    Too much to see staying in an RV park for weeks on end. That’s one of the reasons we bought a trailer. Good way to visit friends and not feel you are imposing. By getting dental work done in Mexico we save a bundle which helps pay for our time away.

  11. Tom Gutzke

    My wife tent camped as a child with her parents and brothers since about 1951, I never camped. A 7-day trip to Florida by air cost us $1,500 in early 1981. Later that year we bought a used pop-up and went to Florida for a 17-day trip in 1982 with our now 3-year-old son. That trip cost us $1,500. It was a no-brainer. Now we have stayed in and seen things in the 49 states on the continent with our RV. The last state – Hawaii – we’ll see in November for our 50th wedding anniversary. We’ll still travel on the continent, seeing more of the wonderful things there are in this country – natural beauty, historical sites, museums, and the oddities across the country along with meeting friends we don’t know yet.

  12. Bob Staples

    We travel & live part time in our RV to see this wonderful creation that God has provided. Our beautiful national parks offer the opportunity to see mother nature’s best! My wife is retired and I am fortunate to have a work from home job. I work during the week from a full hookup RV Park and spend the weekend exploring a nearby national park. We get to do this about 7 months every year. We are currently spending the summer in Moab Utah and exploring the Arches, Capitol Reef & Canyonlands National Parks.

  13. Bill

    When I was young, I loved trains. Every Christmas we would go to my Grandparents home in Florida, travelling on one of the ACL or Seaboard streamliners in a bedroom, eating in the dining car, going to sleep in Virginia and waking up in Florida.

    When I grew up, passenger trains were gone except for Amtrak, but i thought it would be neat to outfit a bus like a train with a kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, and lounge. Lo and behold, my wife’s father had a motorhome. 33 years later we are on the road in my dream bus!

    We travel to craft shows and gift shows in the fall to make some extra money, winter in Florida, and spend at least part of the rest of the year travelling to visit relatives or see new places. I also work still as a forensic engineer, and the motorhome makes a mobile office and is way better than a hotel. We still have a sticks and bricks house but typically spend way more than half the year in the motorhome.

  14. Kat (researching Billlings, Diller, Hall, Stephenson, Carhart, Wells, Moore, Perry, and Smith)

    I love researching family history and my 2005 Rialta is central to my hobby since all of my ancestors lived east of the Missouri River, primarily in NY, PA, and CT, far from my home near Seattle. I park outside Archives, Libraries and cemeteries and spend days gathering and researching as much genealogical info and historical background as is available. I always make it a point to benefit the facility in some way – cleaning around graves, picking up litter, or organizing boxes of miscellaneous papers and files. One afternoon in Yates County NY, just as I was finishing up organizing a large box of papers, a young woman walked in and asked the librarian if she had any info on a Hall family who had lived there in the early 1800s – turned out she was an unknown cousin of mine! Serendipity! I have been in every state except Rhode Island and Alaska, so now my goal is to visit all the Civil War Battlefields (I have been at all the ones my great-grandfather had fought at) and all the National Parks before I park my RV. I have met many awesome people, including lots of distant relatives and have traveled to and through many gorgeous areas of the US. Good thing genealogy is never completed; I plan to continue this task for many more years.

  15. Quakersteve

    We live in a beautiful Mountains & Lakes wooded place, North Idaho, where summer weather is about perfect. But winters are long and hard. IO love riding my electric motorcycle, hiking the woods, walking the dogs. Being retired, we found a second summer each year by slowly traveling down the west coast, hanging out in Borrego Springs area in that huge QAnza borrego state park, then slow travel back north in spring. But one more thing… we do join committees and help out with efforts for war prevention, helping animal rescue organizations and more. But in travel time is mine, no vommittees, mo obligations, I can read or sleep or do nothing during that time.

    1. Mike Feldman

      1. See how beautiful our country is, We have met many Europeans who have said they come here for beauty, Go to Europe for history.
      2. Meet fellow rv’ers from all over the world and enjoy the comraderie.
      3.No time schedule. travel at your own pace, and never hear “The bus is leaving in 10 minutes.
      4.Breath the fresh air and hiking.

  16. Bill Kerr

    We travel to see the country and every two years go to a navy ship reunion somewhere. We live in southwest UT and the reunions are always near a navy base, or a former navy base. So we get the fun of the reunion and get to travel all over this wonderful country seeing interesting places and meeting interesting people.

  17. Jim & Deanne Fellows

    We have always liked traveling down the road and stopping whenever we wanted . My wife might say what was that, turn around I want to see that. Sometimes we just like the looks of an area and we’ll just find a place to camp and then investigate the area. Diners or small cafes are a great place to find out what is in the area. We really don’t do much camping just to camp. That’s just us.

  18. George

    We live in our RV full time and are celebrating 3 years on the road this 4th of July weekend. Weather is a major reason we travel. I searched for years looking for a place that had great weather all year long, that was not over crowded. Like Southern California along the coast. I never found a place that had it all and I came to the conclusion that the best way to follow the weather without owning 2 houses is in an RV. We spend our winters in Arizona and Travel North for the summers. You might call us Sun Birds.
    RVing has given us many fabulous friends and allowed us to see this great land we call the United States of America. We have found several ways to travel and make money doing so. If you are thinking about it, just give it a try. We love it and will continue to do it until we no longer can. There is nothing like it!

  19. Charlotte

    We were always told by some MMAPs workers if they knew how much fun it was they would not have waited until 65. Their advice -don’t. We set 55 for my husband – hit the road when he was 56 workamping around the country. Unfortunately, 3 years in he was diagnosed with Younger Onset Alzheimer’s Disease. We continued traveling with just me working for 4 years then I had to quit. We have been parked in the same RV park for 4 years now and my feet are itching so bad! They yearn to travel the country, yearn for a new adventure. When he dies I pray I am still able to continue on RVing.

    We traveled for the adventure. – meeting new people, seeing new things, exploring this vast country we live in. Even though we have been in all but 2 of the lower 48, there is still so much we have not seen. I still dream of Alaska. Even though our retirement dreams went out the door when Mr. Alzheimer came in, I still hope to be able to travel and explore when he is gone.

  20. Gene Bjerke

    I had a peripatetic childhood. Though we were not military, we moved more frequently than military families. For example, I went to 12 different schools (in different towns) in the first eight grades. So I guess being on the move has become part of my personality. During my working years I stayed mostly on one place (or a few places). But I always had a sailboat, and sailed as far as I could.

    Now I am far from the ocean, on a farm with my wife of seven years (and some other relatives). Luckily, she likes to travel. My most valued possession is my Roadtrek motorhome, and we get on the road whenever we can. I agree with the others that this is a beautiful land filled with interesting people, but beyond that, I am happiest when we are rolling down the road, wondering what’s over the next hill or beyond the next curve. We are rarely disappointed.

  21. Cheryl - NH

    I travel to explore and enjoy our beautiful country, as well as the beauty of Canada. And because I love road trips. And to help others – as I have when I have volunteered with Habitat for Humanity’s RV Care-a-Vanners group.

  22. Dan

    We travel for the fun of it. We’ve workamped, we see a lot of historical sites, we revisit places we went to 30 or 40 years ago, we go to new places.
    Last year we logged about 8,000 miles in the motorhome, not including the toad only miles.

  23. Edd

    To see beautiful places we’re never seen before. To make new friends. To get away from home for a while in the summer and winter. To engage in recreation activities.

  24. Mark Roussopoulos

    My Wife & I are full time. Love this Country and all it’s beautiful places.

  25. Dorri

    As retired military, we have been places others dream of and places I wouldn’t leave a dog! We have seen the East Coast US and the West Coast US (Navy, what else), but we have not had the chance to see the rest of our own back yard (USA)! So, we full time, we workamp and find the out of the way places we would not have thought of in a million years! We are finding out that despite all the negative news you hear day to day, we found people who are happy, love life and most of all love this country. No TV, No Phone…..and lovin’ it!

  26. Bob & Linda

    Not only fun and relaxing but educational. We enjoy all the early American history of the West and the Northwest, especially the Native American Indian culture and dwellings. We love the scenery of the mountains, lakes, and ranch lands.

  27. Tim & Karen

    Before retirement, vacations were to take in wonderful places: national & state parks, wilderness areas and other special spots, and to enjoy being outdoors, in nature. Retired, full-time in our class A, we STILL go there and do that – but now we volunteer at those places, frequently for whole seasons, to assist others and increase THEIR enjoyment. It’s our way to give back to those places and organizations that gave so much to us when WE were guests. We occasionally take paid positions to stretch our SS and in order to stay longer in a chosen location. And, of course, to expand our exploration of our chosen territory. We’ve volunteered for US Fish & Wildlife, several state park systems, three properties for The Nature Conservancy, and a number of other weird and wonderful jobs (and some weird but NOT so wonderful, but hey, it’s all grist, right?).

  28. Jack and Wanda

    It is pure fun. We go where we want, we see what we want (always something new, even in old places) and we stay as long as we want. We also travel to see our children and grandchildren. The US is a vast and wonderful place with beauty unmatched in the rest of the world. There is no better reason to travel in your RV, with your sheets, bathroom and kitchen (inside or outside) than to see the good old USA.

  29. John Koenig

    1: Because I can! (now retired)
    2: In my working years, vacations were usually carefully planned and often rushed, to get in as much as possible. Now, I can take my time, relax and enjoy more.
    3: There’s SOOOOOOOOOO much to see, do and explore across America. I hope to see and do as much as possible while I’m healthy enough to drive an RV. I’m amazed at how many people wish they could do what I’m doing (of course they can but, simply make excuses not to).
    4: So many RV rallies/events are available. The bigger ones are usually a good mix of RV education, socializing and free time to do as you please. The smaller ones are often for a specific interest (same type of RV, same hobbies etc). I can also choose the solitude of boondocking in some of the most beautiful places on earth.
    5: RVers are a lot like boaters and pilots. Many of the nicest people I’ve met have either RV, boating or aviation backgrounds (or all three).
    6: Traveling by RV means I get to sleep in my own bed, have my own bathroom and kitchen and, don’t have to pack and unpack at every stop essentially living out of a suitcase.
    These are just the first advantages that come to mind. There are many others!

  30. Marie and David

    We travel because we love a road trip and want to see as much of the country as we can while we’re still able to hike, bike and walk in the areas we visit. We want to have many fond memories of all of our incredible journeys to remember when we finally reach the point when we can no longer travel.

  31. Barb

    We hope to see as much of Canada and the USA as possible. We love to find new hiking trails and explore what nature has to offer.

  32. John Jamieson

    Well there’s not much prettier country than right out the door of my log cabin here in the woods of Northwest Montana, but I do like to get away whenever the local skunk decides to stay for a few days under my front porch…

  33. Gary Pratt

    my wife and my top 5 reasons we travel.
    1 Gods creation never ceases to amaze us and we want to see as much of it as we can.
    2 learning never stops and we learn something new everywhere we go.
    3 there is always something new around the next corner or over the next rise.
    4 we love our National Park system and want to visit as many of them as we can in our lifetime.
    5 it keeps us young at heart

  34. Dick and Sandy near Buffalo, NY

    Our motto and philosophy about why we travel is located on a sign in our motor home mid entrance. It reads “WE TRAVEL NOT TO ESCAPE LIFE, BUT FOR LIFE NOT TO ESCAPE US”.

  35. Ken Vallet-Sandre

    …because we just can’t shake the need to see what’s over the next rise.

  36. Diane

    We travel (camp) mostly because, initially, it was a way to get away from “electronic media”. We began when our kids were 10, 9 and 7 – 2/3 of them with Asperger’s. In their very concrete minds, camping was NO ELECTRONICS ALLOWED, so we got no arguments! Bliss!
    Now that they are much older, we continue to camp almost every weekend to get away from the hustle and bustle, and enjoy the White Mountains of our home state. The kids come 50% of the time (they now have jobs that limit availability). When we all get away, frequently meet up with cousins and make memories. When we venture further from home, we often do so with the camper simply to have our own bed and food.

  37. Chuck Turner

    I guess we are sun worshipers. Our life motto “Chasing 70” says it all. As far as seeing the sites – been there done that – and slept at least one night in 48 states. Now we winter in southern FL and summer in southern CO with limited sightseeing in between.

  38. Allan Colgan

    We travel because we want to say “I can’t believe we did that, rather then I wish we could have done that.”

  39. Jim and Shirley

    While a lot of our friends travel outside of the USA, my husband and I believe that we need to see the US. We have traveled from sea to sea, and up to Alaska. This is a beautiful and diverse country, and traveling slowly by RV is the best way to see it. We will continue until we can’t.

  40. Richard Brandt

    My wife and I travel from one bicycle trail to another preferable rails to trails. We like them level, paved and shady! RVing is the way to keep all of your `stuff’ in the same place wherever you go which is far better than packing/unpacking to change locations.

  41. David E. Brunk

    Life is a journey, it’s said, not a destination and it is in the journey, the pilgrimage if you will, that I find renewal, stimulation, inspiration and opportunity to look at life from different perspectives and come away refreshed and reborn.
    Jim Forman expresses it well in the following verse.

    Nobody Knows it But Me

    There’s a place that I travel,
    When I want to roam
    And nobody knows it but me.

    The roads don’t go there,
    And the signs stay home
    And nobody knows it but me.

    It’s far, far away and way, way afar,
    It’s over the moon and the sea,
    And wherever you are going,
    That’s wherever you are
    And nobody knows it but me.

    -Patrick O’Leary

  42. Jerry Collis

    We travel to see this great country of ours.
    After serving 22 years in the military (mostly overseas) then working and raising a family, we realized we never traveled within the continental US and Canada, other than to visit relatives, and see all of its wonders.
    We have traveled from Florida to New Foundland and recently followed the Lewis & Clark expedition from St. Lewis to Oregon. We are zig zagging our way across America.

  43. Steven M Jenkins

    We travel …
    1. To escape Florida’s hurricane season,
    2. To escape Florida’s long season of heat, humidity, bugs, etc,
    3. To experience other parts of the country, especially where the leaves turn into beautiful colors in autumn,
    4. To see what it is like to live in other parts of our country, including their special events, foods, etc,
    5. To capture photos and videos of beautiful things, and
    6. To break the monotony of life as usual.

  44. Robert Olson

    I have always loved seeing new places, And I have always loved working with Jesus Christ and building His Kingdom on earth. So when our denomination came out with A program for RVers we signed on. (There are several other programs ,ours is with RVMAPS and The Assemblies of God.) to go to work projects all over the USA. Now my wife and I can see this great country, and help at Churches , camps, Teen Challenges, etc. We have been around the country 2 time from east to west, and now travel mostly North to south an the east coast. close to 10 years now.
    We plan to do this till we no longer can. It’s wonderful to be able to fulfill a desire to help and get blessed along the way while meeting and work with others.

    Rob and Karen Olson
    Upstate NY

    1. Charlotte

      We always wanted to join one the Christian RV groups like you have. We couldn’t do it until my husband reached 62 – needed the income to live on, so we traveled workamping. Unfortunately he is sick so we were never able to do that.

  45. Susan

    I think we travel, just to take our time and to see as much of this great county as possible, I have travel all my life as much as i could, we are getting older now and have medical problems so we don’t get to go to far from home but still enjoy it very much.

  46. Tim Resch

    after the comments are in, group/classify them and do a poll
    I road trip in a Winnebago Travato called a touring van, camping in campgrounds or boondocking and often a new location every night.

  47. Steve Marshall

    My wife & I are Sojourners, which is a Church of Christ ministry. We also do work for Christian, schools, camps and children’s homes.

    We still work and stay in shape while helping others plus we get to see America.

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