Grab a cup of coffee. Take a deep breath. Sit back and take some time to nourish your inner travel bug.
This month's Outdoor Living takes you on a trip of a lifetime with Bernie and Mar. It all started with a simple birthday wish that grew into an RV road trip that opened up hearts and minds, and brought out the best in both women.
With the Holiday season nearing, and it is all too easy to get caught up in material possessions. So how about taking a camping trip into the great outdoors to unplug your teenager? There's nothing like quality time around a campfire to reconnect with your kids.
Have a chuckle at Kevin Cyr's quirky RV contraptions. You won't find Santa shimmying down the chimney with these! Find out what inspired this New York artist to dream up the love child of an RV Camper and bicycle.
At the end of the day, the Holidays are about journeys - the ones you take on the road, and personal ones that help you grow. So gear down, take the local lane, and enjoy every second you get to spend outdoors. You deserve it!
Happy Holidays from your CampingRoadTrip.com team.
La Casita Bella
Travel opens up more than just our minds, it opens up our hearts, and the relationships you have on the road seem to take on a greater meaning. In June 2008 Bernie (32), a contractor, and Mar (48), a college professor, happily resigned their 9-5s, sold everything they had, bought an RV (named Bella), and began the trip of a lifetime.
Good road trip food
Heading off on an RV road trip, it's easy to fall into the burgers, barbeque chicken, chips, fast food cycle! However, with many diet related illnesses - such as heart disease - on the rise, many RVers are looking for better ways to stay heart healthy. There is no need to have a complete overhaul of your RV fridge. A few simple modifications to your meals will go a long way.
Come on baby, light my (eco friendly) fire!
You return to your campsite from a day of hiking as the daylight is dwindling, everybody is hungry and tired, and the temperature is dropping as night approaches. Being the wise outdoorsman (or woman) that you are, you know priority number one is to get a fire going. Here's how to build a roaring campfire that's perfect for cooking, and is a friend to the environment too.
How to boondock safely
Q: We are doing some serious cross country driving soon and may have to boondock for a night. My wife is a little worried as she has heard that it is not advisable for an older couple to do this. Any safety tips?
A: The boondocks used to be a place you didn't want to go - "don't go too far or you'll end up in the boondocks!" But boondocking is a way of RVing or camping that, when done sensibly, can be very safe regardless of your age. Just follow a few common sense safety tips to ensure your night out is not one you wish to forget...
Keeping toned on the road
Getting into your RV, doesn't mean hitting the brakes on your exercise routine. When on the road for long periods of time, it's easy to get out of the habit of exercising regularly. Fortunately, there's something you can do to ensure you keep your muscles toned and your heart healthy - get yourself a set of resistance bands.
Unplug your teenager
American teenagers today are glued to the television, internet, cell phones and video games. How do you encourage, entertain and engage technology-obsessed adolescents to leave behind creature comforts and look forward to a camping trip with pleasure, as opposed to horror?
Forget the express, take the local - RV South at a slower pace
This fall and winter thousands of RV snowbirds will take to the highways and freeways in their annual journey from the north to the warm climes of southern states, such as Florida. Their journey, which in some ways resembles the Iditarod - it's an arduous, multi-day expedition fraught with unending hours of travel, will test the physical stamina of the mightiest of RVers. Luckily, with a slight change of perspective, these RV snowbirds have the option to transform their trip from a burden into new, rewarding experiences. The key is to re-route the trip with an emphasis on new places, as opposed to efficiency. We show you where to go to get less highway and more byway!
When Art & RVs co-mingle
Artist Kevin Cyr has added a touch of whimsy to Recreational Vehicles, elevating them to a sculptural piece. He has pushed the boundaries of what traditional RVs should look like and has created two distinct, one-of-a-kind eco-friendly RVs - a Camper Bike that one rides like a bicycle, and a Camper Kart built atop a shopping cart.
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