Why a Family RV Vacation Provides More Than Just Fun!
Family vacations are a time for everyone to let the stress of day-to-day life go and make relaxation the top priority. A recent Disney Time survey found that family members thought vacation time was truly beneficial and 75% felt more relaxed. Stressing less is good for your mental health, physical health and building strong family bonds.
A vacation is about making time for each other and sharing experiences together. When you travel by RV togetherness is guaranteed for the maximum amount of time during the trip. But don’t worry about spending hours on the road. Today’s RVs are extremely comfortable and make the traditional American road trip much more convenient. Never traveled by RV before? Well, then you’re in for a pleasant surprise!
RVs Are an Affordable Way to Vacation
The first step for planning any family vacation is getting the budget figured out. In most situations you’re making an investment in the vacation alone. But when you have an RV that you’re using for travel and lodging you’re also investing in an asset you get to keep.
Financing a motorhome is actually more affordable than most people think. You can even get financing for used motorhomes just like a car for amounts as low as $7,500. Unlike paying for hotel rooms just to have somewhere to sleep, you’re paying off a recreational vehicle that you’ll have for vacations long down the road.
For a family of four an RV will lead to savings right from the start. Let’s imagine that your family is in Oceanside, CA and wants to take a trip to the Grand Canyon. Plane tickets around Spring Break are at least $275 each. Hotels in Grand Canyon Village are at least $100 a night. That would be a minimum of $1,800 just for travel and a week’s lodging. A Class C RV will get about 9 mpg, which means at $3 a gallon the travel cost would be $375. The Yavapai Trailer Village RV Park on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon is just $36 a night for a grand total of $252.
Everyone is Together Making Memories!
For busy families it can be difficult to get everyone at the table for a half hour dinner. Devices are also creating bigger divides even when everyone is in the same room.
The Disney survey mentioned above made another interesting observation. Being under the same roof didn’t always equate to “quality time” in the minds of more than half of the respondents. However, on vacation the sense of having “quality time” shot up to 82%.
In an RV the trip to the final destination is just as meaningful as the time you spend there. Research has shown that these kinds of experiential activities provide more valuable than tangible gifts, and they make us happier. When you travel by RV you’ll make just as many memories on the road as you will during stops.
Everyone Gets to See and Experience America!
Airplanes are convenient, but the scenery isn’t that great – especially if you aren’t in a window seat. From an RV you’ll get a front row seat to all of the natural beauty and characteristics of each city you pass through. This provides a better sense of connection to the places you visit. Parents can take turns driving and kids can take turns being the co-pilot as you navigate from one city to the next for an even greater appreciation of the places you see along the way.
In addition to seeing the sights of America you can stop at them if you want when you have an RV. You’re in complete control of your agenda. Spontaneous pit stops are perfectly fine and can end up being one of the most memorable parts of the trip. You can even plan ahead and let each family member choose a place or two to stop along the way. This will help get everyone involved and excited before you hit the road.
Family vacations are undeniably beneficial. Without all of the distractions and stress you can reconnect with one another, and an RV gives you even more opportunities to do just that. Plus, each trip will cost less so you can take more family vacations throughout the year!