MAKING MEMORIES (AND SAVING THEM)

We’ve all seen it on social media…the “humble brag,” scenery almost too beautiful for real life, and photos so perfect that they must have been staged. Just because some people pair their adventurous lifestyle with social media doesn’t mean it’s for everyone. However, the process of documenting your RV escapes can be both a fun and rewarding endeavor no matter what you do with it. With a little preparation and planning, you can preserve your adventures to look back on and create something to share with family and friends who might be interested in taking a peek at your life on the road.

 

Phone taking a picture of a stunning waterfall with greenery

 

Before you start your adventures, or if you’re already adventuring, we found that asking yourself a few questions will help you document your experiences in a more organized way that will yield better results.

 

Why do you want to document your adventures?

 

Portrait of woman in hiking gear with canteen

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GET OUTSIDE AND PLAY

When Sandy Newkirk was growing up as an only child in the New Jersey suburbs, her mother never had to yell at her to “get outside and play.” Her favorite place to be was outside. Whether she was gardening with her mother, playing alone in the backyard or riding her bike with her best friend Francine, she never wanted to come inside unless she absolutely had to. She was on an adventure in her mind the whole time.

 

 

She was traveling her neighborhood and exploring all the things an eight year old can explore in their boundary-filled worlds, but inside she knew that someday she would cut loose and practically “live outside.” In the meantime she had Francine and a very creative imagination. When the weather was too bad to be outside they did all the things that girls growing up in the 1970s did. They had Barbie campers, which they played with on the living room floor using the TV as their “drive in” theatre. The two girls did all the craft fads of their era: woven pot holders on the metal looms, sewing doll clothes and finger knitting but they preferred the outdoors to all other forms of play.

 

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EIGHT PHOTOGRAPHIC TECHNIQUES TO MAKE YOUR FAMILY AND TRAVEL PICTURES STAND OUT

One of our newest bloggers, Jerome Braga with Our One Chance is a professional photographer currently snowbirding and blogging throughout the country with his family in their 2014 Evergreen Bay Hill Fifth Wheel RV. As a professional photographer, he knows how to take the perfect picture to preserve your family’s adventures. Check out his eight tips to make the most out of every shot.

 

  1. Stop taking selfies! No, not really, but ultimately there is some truth in it. For the most part, selfies and groupies are only good for some instant, geo-tagged, social gratification. Hey, look at me! I’m Here! (Insert 25 likes)

 

Disney World, FL

 

In the photo above, we are visiting the “Happiest Place on Earth!” Can’t you tell? When you look back on your trip, you are not going to remember a whole lot about the experience from that particular photograph. After all, it is only of your face. So my suggestion is to BACK UP and move away from the camera! Make use of the world’s original free selfie stick, and ask someone to take your photo for you. I asked a nice lady to be my selfie stick and take the photo below with our camera.

 

 

 Disney World, FL

{Important note… please return the favor by asking if you can take a picture for that person as well}

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A CHRISTMAS EVE REFLECTION

 

 

This time of year I find myself slowing down and getting lost in my thoughts. Memories of the past year flicker through my mind like the lights on the tree.

I see…

 

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WE HAVE THE KIDS AND THE RV, NOW WHAT?

Remember that moment? The moment when you bought your RV. You could almost smell the campfire and taste those s’mores. Chances are you visited websites collecting camping recipes or check out pictures inspiring you to fix up your RV home to make it your own. But now, it’s go time. Everyone is ready to turn those ideas into reality.

 

Campfire at First Beach

 

My number one tip for family RVing is planning. I don’t mean you have to arrange for every detail of your trip, but having your options mapped out or thought through is a good way to avoid hearing the exasperated, “I’m BORED.”

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