Time for a guest post from Gaby over at RVShare. RVShare is a great site that lets you rent out privately owned RV’s and see what all this fun is about. It also lets you rent the one you own out and make a little cash. Check out what Gaby suggest for keeping up your connections while RVing.
Traveling on the road in an RV, while an amazing experience, can be bittersweet. On one hand, you get to explore the world in a unique way; it makes traveling greater distances a lot easier than driving in a car and checking into a different hotel every night; you save hundreds, and you’re absolutely free to roam.
On the other hand, although it’s possible to gain many connections while on the road, it’s sometimes hard to keep them. Even harder is staying connected with your friends and family back home. How can you create more relationships with people you meet while traveling? How can you stay connected with them? And how can you make sure to keep your current friends and family close?
Establishing New Relationships
One of the greatest parts of traveling is meeting new people. Enjoying the most popular attractions and witnessing the most breathtaking sights are amazing in their own rights, but humans are social creatures. At the end of the day, we want to meet new people and experience new cultures.
The easiest way to meet those people, of course, is to be where they’re going to be. When you choose where you’re staying, try spending the night at one of the metropolitan areas. Go to local events and don’t be afraid to start conversations with locals.
When you’re deciding on exactly which park to camp in, try to choose a large one, with many sites. Or, choose one that tends to attract many tourists. People on vacation are usually in a great mood, so it can be a great opportunity to strike up a conversation when you’re participating in any of the activities that many parks provide. In fact, lots of parks actually make it a point to host activities that encourage camaraderie.
Greeting someone for the first time is the hardest part. If you’re warm and friendly, though, other warm and friendly people will naturally be attracted to you. Then once you hit it off, keep it going. Don’t be afraid to invite another couple over to your camp for drinks or for smores. If that’s too straightforward for you, see if they’re going to be at the next activity.
You don’t even need to wait until you’re on the road to start connecting with people. Rent a unit through RVshare, the world’s largest peer-to-peer RV rental marketplace. They have thousands of high-quality rigs for rent by the owner’s themselves.
When you rent, you’re going to have the opportunity to connect with the owner anyway to ask questions you may have and work out an agreement. Use it as an opportunity to connect with a like-minded family. The motorhome owners love traveling and RVing just as much as you, and they’ll likely be excited to share their amazing memories and stories with you!
Building the New Relationships
Starting a new relationship may take some courage, but building one takes work. While on your journey, you’re bound to meet many unique people. In fact, you’ll find that it’ll be pretty easy to lose track of all the cool people you’ll meet. So, there are a few things you should do to make sure to stay in contact.
- First of all, before leaving the park (or city), don’t forget to exchange contact information. If trading numbers feels weird, exchange emails or social media pages. Many frequent travelers love documenting their journeys and getting together on social media can be a really awesome way to improve both your feeds by tagging each other. Share pictures with each other that you may have taken individually. It’s a fun way to stay connected without getting in too deep.
- If you feel like you made friends enough, exchange numbers. Why not stay in contact during your trip? Or even after? The fun part about making friends while on the road is that you’ll automatically have some things in common (like camping and traveling via RV)!
- Go somewhere together! You’re both in RVs, so why not? How epic would it be to meet someone who’s doing the same thing you’re doing and then end up going to the next city or state together? This one may be a little unlikely, but it’s the most adventurous. At the very least, you can set up camp next to each other one day.
Keeping your Old Friends Close
Making new friends is one of the most fulfilling things we do as humans. But always remember the people who’ve been there since day one. The friends and family waiting for you back home. It may be a little frustrating to stay connected with people who aren’t physically with you, but they’re your loved ones and there’s always a way to make it happen.
The good news is that nowadays, tons of RV parks and campgrounds have cell reception and wifi. That’s perfect for you because it’s all that’s needed to keep a tight connection. Send friends a text while on the road just to let them know they’re on your mind. Send them a picture of the latest destination so they can feel like they’re right there with you.
Use video chatting to take a step further. With things like Facetime, you can literally give friends and family a tour of your rental unit and a tour where you’re staying. Speak to your friends in Florida while you’re in California. It may even feel like you’re not even gone! Make sure you keep time zones in mind of course. And don’t forget about one of the most efficient ways to stay in contact in a modern world. A good old fashion phone call can go a long way!
Getting to know new people while on the road is amazing. And keeping in contact with your current friends and family is just as fulfilling. By getting plenty of travel time and taking those few moments out of your day to catch up with those important to you, you’ll be on your way to a very successful satisfying life.