5 REASONS TO CAMP CLOSE TO HOME

We purchased our first RV seven years ago because we had a serious case of wanderlust and a set of brand new twin babies. An RV seemed like the most affordable and comfortable way to keep traveling, even with all the complexities that these little guys had brought into our lives.

 

That pop up camper purchase ended up being the perfect decision for us, and we have been able to travel more than we ever dreamed possible when we initially decided to test out the RV lifestyle. Over the years, we kept going farther away from home and spending more time on the road.

 

 

To be honest, it rarely occurred to us to camp where we live on the New Jersey shore. If we were going to plan a getaway, pack up the gear, and hitch up the RV, we thought the bigger the trip the better. It took us awhile to realize we were missing out on one of the best RV experiences there is – camping close to home.

 

Once we spent our first weekend at a campground about 30 miles away from our house, we were completely hooked. While big RV trips far from home are exciting and energizing, shorter RV trips close to home are relaxing and peaceful. And let’s face it…they are a lot easier to pull off for working parents with busy kids!

 

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RESERVING THE PERFECT CAMPSITE: 10 QUESTIONS TO ASK BEFORE BOOKING YOUR NEXT RV CRASH PAD

Most RVers put a ton of time into researching the best campgrounds for their family vacations and weekend getaways. They will pour over catalogues, read online reviews, post questions in forums, and binge listen to podcasts.

 

 

But when it comes time to reserve a campsite, these same research junkies just put in their travel dates and leave the actual campsite selection to an impersonal computer algorithm.

 

Not us.

 

We have stayed at hundreds of campgrounds around this country and can say one thing for certain: even the best campgrounds and RV parks have a couple mediocre (or just plain bad) sites. Even more importantly, there is no one-size-fits-all ideal. The best campsite for a family with small children might be a young couple’s worst nightmare.

 

 

The key to enjoying campground bliss lies in knowing the exact type of site you want, and then making the effort to reserve that spot. Here are ten questions we recommend asking before booking your next great adventure.

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THE WHITE MOUNTAINS OF NEW HAMPSHIRE: A PLAYGROUND FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY

Many RVers believe vacations fall into two categories: the ones you take with the kids (think Fort Wilderness) and the ones you take without the kids (think Napa Valley). Over the last six years, we learned that the best RV vacations offer the right balance of thrills and relaxation for everyone, and we love discovering destinations that kids, parents, and grandparents can all enjoy equally. The White Mountains of New Hampshire win the blue ribbon in this category.

 

 

Located at the northern end of the Appalachian range, the White Mountains host 48 peaks that rise over 4,000 feet, including Mount Washington, the highest peak in the Northeast. The rugged terrain, glacial formations, and rushing waterfalls have beckoned tourists since the early 1800s. Hundreds of years later the tourism industry is still booming, drawing us in with its promise of world-class hiking and kayaking.

 

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THE HEART OF VACATIONLAND: SUMMER IN MID-COAST MAINE

 

The license plates in Maine proudly declare that their state is Vacationland. After one RV trip along Maine’s rugged and beautiful coast, you might just fall in love and call it your Vacationland, too. Coastal Maine is one of those places that gets under your skin and then moves deeper into your soul. It’s a place to return to again and again, the perfect place to dream about on cold winter nights when your RV is covered with snow.

 

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