Many ladies are intimidated by the thought of taking the RV out on their own. This is especially true if you have only gone RVing with your husband and the kids.
If your situation is anything like mine, as the wife and mom, I am responsible to pack everyone up and be sure that we have a meal plan before every trip. Once we arrive at the campsite, I am the one who gets the RV’s interior situated and starts the evening supper in the crockpot. Meanwhile, my husband goes outside to connect the RV to shore power, sewer and fresh water. Yes, everyone has a job and since our maiden RV voyage in 2014, we have perfected this process and I must say it goes off without a hitch…most times.
But, what is a girl to do when she decides to take the RV out solo or at least sans the husband and kids? What if I took the RV out with a couple of my girlfriends for the weekend? Am I able to do this without my trusty life partner? I have seen my husband hook up the RV many times and I am very comfortable driving it. So what do I really have to worry about? I can do this!
Now before you start thinking about hiking and all the awesome possibilities of the great outdoors, this was not what I had in mind at all for this getaway. You see, I have never been that outdoorsy type of gal. Don’t get me wrong! I love to go hiking and exploring with my boys, but this was a girls’ weekend. As such, we were looking forward to being pampered, relaxed, and dined.
Now since this was our first “Girls Trip” we were determined to stick to a few rules.
- No discussions about husbands, kids or work.
- No phone calls with the above parties. (Except for emergencies, of course)
- No morning wakeup alarms.
- No reservations, no time schedules to keep.
- HAVE FUN.
Okay, so the groundwork has been established let’s go!
The first thing on our list of MUST DO’s was to find a spa where we could enjoy a nice massage. As women we play so many different roles during the course of the day. We are a wife, mom, daughter, sister, confidant, therapist, nurse, cook and household CEO and that is before we ever step foot outside of the house. Therefore, it is vitally important to take some to rejuvenate oneself periodically. Heading to the spa for a full-body massage and foot reflexology was the best decision that we could have made for ourselves, as it set the tone for the remainder of the getaway.
The next item on the MUST DO list was to simply relax. Many ladies will agree that this is easier said than done. But remember the ground rules that were set in place prior to leaving on our Girls Getaway? In order to relax you have to be able to allow your loved ones to handle the day -to -day responsibilities at home. You have to be able to unplug and just be.
Here is where RVing makes its most influential impact. Being able to sit outside and just enjoy nature is so peaceful. The girls and I were able to just talk about things that were important to us as women and sometimes just be plain silly. It was our time.
Last, but certainly not least on our MUST DO list was to eat some good food. Being able to go out with the girls to a trendy food spot in the city that did not offer a kids menu, was priceless!
Our RV has given us so much more than we ever intially thought it would. This getaway would have cost us twice as much if we had to reserve hotel rooms, and we certainly would not have had the peaceful and homelike atmosphere that we enjoyed at the campsite. Yes, our RV has proved to be very instrumental in improving the quality of our vacations and ultimately the quality of our lives.
*Confession…As the day approached to begin this trip I was nervous and unsure of myself. I am so happy that I soldiered through my apprehensions, because it was so worth it. Not only am I more confident in my abilities to travel solo, I am so happy that I was able to share some much needed girl time with these incredible ladies.