How do you know an RV destination is a success with your family? We know a destination is a hit when we make reservations to return before we’ve even left. 

Over the Christmas break, our family spent time in the Fort Myers & Sanibel area in our RV. When it came time to go, no one was ready to leave, least of all me. I felt like we’d only skimmed the surface of all there is to see and do in this little piece of paradise.


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Editor’s Note: Together with her husband and young son, Monica Bennett seeks out non-stop RVing adventures and culinary discoveries in the Pacific Northwest.  Her travels on the road inspires her work as a photographer and writer for her blog, “Just 5 More Minutes,” where she shares her passion for cooking in her RV, demonstrates creative d.i.y. crafting projects and writes about mastering the art of RVing domesticity.  The RVing lifestyle is Monica’s escape from her 9-5 as a graphic designer in busy corporate America.   

From the East Coast to the West Coast and all across our land, there is no question that the holiday season is upon us.

The anticipation of holiday celebrations are enough to make children, both young and old giddy with excitement.  There are cakes to be baked, gifts to be wrapped, decorations to be hung and lights to be strung.  Traditions both old and new run strong this time of year.

One of our family traditions is adventuring with our trailer here in the Pacific Northwest, specifically to the San Juan Islands of Washington state.  We board the ferry, sit back and if we are lucky, have some pretty incredible wild life viewing opportunities.  If you ever come, make sure to bring your binoculars.  It’s an experience you wouldn’t want to miss.

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The spirit of the holiday season is all about the quality time spent together with our loved ones. And while these days it’s increasingly easy to forget this simple truth, there’s nothing quite like reminiscing about holidays past to remind one’s self about the traditions and memories a family shares.

With this in mind, we asked our Scenic Route contributors to share with us their favorite memories of RVing during the holidays with their families. Please join us in reflecting on the memories you’ve experienced and share your holiday favorites in the comments.

Jeffrey Eatley


Our RV has given us the chance of a lifetime. It has brought us together and made us a better family.  Each and every trip, big or small, has created memories that our kids will surely be telling their children, like when we went RVing to the beach for the first time and the first taste of the ocean water.  These are magical moments to me and having a camera to capture them means they will live on forever. We have only had our RV for two years but it has become a part of us. We bring “home” with us wherever we go.  I always thought we would have an RV when we retired and could spend time traveling. That would have been a mistake to miss all the time with our whole family, to miss moments that we can never get back, and to give our kids adventures to places they may never have seen. I hope to instill this love of adventure in them and their future families. If you have the chance to RV, take it and it just might change you forever. It has for us and for that I am truly grateful.

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November doesn’t tend to be the first month that comes to mind when considering RV vacation plans. But don’t let the chilly weather keep you cooped up inside. November is a time to remember to be grateful for what you have, for the ability to travel this great country of ours and pto expand our horizons.

People will be on the move for Thanksgiving. As families become more and more scattered, bringing everyone together can be difficult. But traveling to see family should not be a chore. Look at it as an opportunity. Turn Thanksgiving into an awesome family RV road trip! If you’re heading to New York, think about hitting the iconic Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. If you’ll be in New England, be sure to stop at Plymouth Plantation, home of the first Thanksgiving. Or if you’re in the DC area, see the President pardon a turkey, and enjoy the museums without the summer crowds.

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Editor’s note: Candace Derickx has been RVing now for 11 years with her outdoorsman husband and their three children. Candace’s life now revolves around when and where she can escape to next with her family. 

Our family has visited Walt Disney World in Orlando fifteen times, so it is possible to say we may have a slight addiction to the place. When you’ve been somewhere like Disney as often as we have, people consider you an expert, and, since being referred to as an expert is good for my ego, I happily share tips with friends and family planning their first visit. And time and time again – no matter who’s going or how long they’re staying – my number one recommendation is always a visit to Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground.

Fort Wilderness sits on 750 acres of in the heart of Walt Disney World and offers what no other Disney resort can— serenity. Yes, it is possible to find some calm and quiet while visiting a Disney park. It’s the reason I recommend it time and time again. While resort hotels are all quite lovely, they are still hotels. That means children running up and down halls, blaring television sets, and long line-ups for morning coffee at the continental breakfast in the lobby. After a full day maneuvering through crowded parks, I want peace, not more chaos.

Fort Wilderness gives it to me.

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