JENNIE GARTH GOES RVING WITH THE MOM SQUAD

I recently went RV camping at Campland by the Bay in San Diego with The Mom Squad – a group of 10 moms and 20 or so kids who take a vacation together every year. They were camping novices, and thrilled to give it a try. It was a perfect example of what makes RVing such a fun, easy and affordable alternative to traditional vacationing. Can you imagine the effort, cost and sheer exhaustion of these moms and all their children packing everything they need, flying somewhere for a vacation, eating all their meals out and being stuck in cramped hotel rooms?

 

 

I gathered up my youngest daughter Fiona, two of my dogs, packed the fridge with delicious healthy food, and left when I was good and ready (no baggage check and late rush to the airport for me!).

 

 

I drove my Winnebago Sunstar down from Los Angeles, and the Mom Squad had beautiful RVs waiting for them. Many campgrounds have RVs on site available to rent and include electricity, water and cable TV connected and ready when you arrive. One of my favorite things about RVing is that you can bring anything you want from home – and these ladies did! Their main campsite was decked out with twinkling lights, banquet tables, coolers packed with their favorite foods (and cocktails of course), a huge fire pit and camping chairs for everyone.

 

 

Campgrounds are the neighborhoods of our youth where kids can just take off and play, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of scheduled activities to keep them busy too. We started our weekend adventure with a tie-dye class, learning all the different ways you can twist then dye your shirt into exotic designs. Then it was off to the sandcastle building contest with Fiona. Our castle had dragons guarding it and a queen searching for her king. Don’t worry, the dragons didn’t hurt anyone, this isn’t Game of Thrones. The beach was stunning and Fiona and I had a great time, even though we didn’t win.

 

 

As I sat with my daughter and dogs, I was able to truly relax in my RV, which has become a home away from home for me. I didn’t have to take time to set up a tent and camping gear, it was all right there for me in my motorhome. I was on vacation but still at home with all my favorite things, my own food, my own bed and my family – so comfortable in such a picturesque setting.

 

 

The RV allowed me to make easy, healthy and affordable meals instead of having to find a nearby (and undoubtedly expensive) restaurant. I could have my spoiled dogs Roxy and Pinky with me, which makes all the difference in the world when vacationing – they’re a nervous wreck when I leave them alone, and they hate flying! To those that say “I’d bring my dogs if I could but it’s just too hard, or too expensive” try an RV. Being able to bring my pets is one of my favorite things about traveling in an RV.

 

 

Listening to the waves ripple on the beach, building memories with my daughter and watching my new friends in the Mom Squad discover how their kids detach from technology and connect to nature really brought home how amazing it is to Go RVing.

 

 

SOLAR ECLIPSE 2017

Our RV trip planning can take so many different forms including national parks, experiencing the magic of Disney, a beach vacation or a simple weekend getaway. No matter the trip, we always try to work in a little bit of homeschooling education. We’re not always successful but you have to try, don’t you? When I first learned of the full solar eclipse, I knew I had to be there to see it in person. I knew this would be a different kind of trip, having grown up kind of a science geek, and wanting to be an astronaut.

 

This is as close as I get to be a real astronaut.

 

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Top 20 #ThingsRVersSay

To celebrate 20 years of Go RVing, we asked YOU to share your favorite #ThingsRVersSay. What’s your favorite “RVism”? Let us know by leaving a comment!


Happiness in a camper

 

RV there yet

 

 

 

Just want to go camping

 

 

 

At home wherever we roam

 

Slow down and turn here

 

this is how we roll

 

drive this by myself

 

CDL

 

best way to travel with family

 

don't unpack

 

Less is more

 

the journey is as important as the destination

 

no rush

 

miles and smiles

 

road trip

 

not all who wander are lost

 

no phones or tv

 

 

time to Go RVing

A BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO EARNING A REMOTE INCOME

There’s never been a better time to make a living while traveling the country full-time in an RV. Companies are hiring more remote positions now than ever. Nomads are making a full-time living by freelancing with websites like Fiverr, eLance or Upwork. Plus, there’s this whole group of people who are running their own respective businesses while traveling the country.

This creates an awesome opportunity for anyone who wants a meaningful career, but also loves the idea of skipping around national parks and working from anywhere with a Wi-Fi connection.

People like my wife Alyssa and I fit into this category.

 

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4 EXERCISES TO REVITALIZE AFTER A LONG DAY OF DRIVING

If you feel like you’re tapped out of energy and your brain is mush after a long drive, join the club. I’m most definitely a member of THAT club, albeit unwillingly.

 

“Must-somehow-get-out-of-this-chair…”

 

Post-drive drowsiness is a real thing RVers have to deal with. We can blame our human physiology. Sitting for long periods slows circulation, which our body misinterprets as us attempting to fall asleep. It tries to help…by making us sleepy. Even though it’s probably the last thing you feel like doing at the end of a drive, exercise is a great way to wake back up and get your body functioning as it should be.

 

Here are 4 fantastic energy-producing exercises to try after your next road trip. Each one counteracts the joint compression that occurs from the sitting position, and will give you a caffeine-like boost to make you more alert. You’ll be able to tackle those hook-ups, set up your camp, AND get the campfire going like a champ.

 

FORWARD-LUNGE KICKWALK:

Begin with your left leg lunged forwards and your hands behind your head. Smoothly shift your weight onto the left leg as you lift your right leg and kick it forward before placing it down in a right-leg forward lunge. Continue to repeat taking alternating lunge steps forward, and kicking your leg before setting it down. Do 12 steps. Do this exercise slowly.

 

TABLE PLANKED KNEE CRUNCHES:

Place your hands on the table top and step your feet away so that your body is planked diagonally. Lift your left knee and lower your head as if trying to get your knee and nose to meet. Draw your belly button back towards your spine and allow your spine to round. Then, extend your left leg back and up without touching it down and lift your head so that your face is slightly angled up to the sky. Do 12, and then repeat on your right side.

 

 

CLAPPING WALL PUSHUPS:

Place your hands slightly wider than shoulder-width and step your feet back as far as you feel comfortable so you’re in a diagonal plank. Spread your fingers and turn them slightly in. Perform a pushup making sure your hips stay aligned with the rest of your body, your elbows come out to the sides, and your heels rise off the ground. Next, forcefully push yourself away from the wall until you’re standing with control and clap once. Repeat 12 times.

 

SIDE-LUNGE JACKS:

Stand with good upright posture, feet together, arms straight out so you’re making a “T”. Lunge sideways to the right, and bring your left hand to your right leg (advanced, touch your ankle; beginner, don’t lunge as deeply, just touch your inner thigh). Make sure on the lunge, you turn your toe out at a diagonal and ensure your knee follows the same pathway as the toe.  You want your non-lunging leg to remain straight. Step your feet back together, and now repeat the move on the left side, so that you are alternating sides each lunge. Repeat the move 12 times (once to the right and once to the left equals one repetition).

 

 

THAT’s all there is to it! And really, you don’t have to wait until the drive’s over to do these exercises. Try them throughout your drive each time you stop! The more you move throughout a long day of driving, the less extreme the post-drive fatigue will be. And who wants to be tired when you’re on an RV adventure!!!

Happy and healthy travels, all!

 

Trainer Stef from The Fit RV