As we near the end of February, most families are either planning their summer vacations or have already planned them.  But there are those fringe parents that know the general direction they are heading and the only planning involved is ensuring there is enough money in the bank for the length of the trip.  I am one of these people, and I have 12 kids.  I simply have a broad idea of when I want to leave and where I want to go.

RV Vacation in Colorado.

Traveling the Continental Divide in Colorado. Photo Credit: Susie Kellogg, Unstoppable TravelingMom.

The funniest thing I hear when people become aware of the fact that I’m a momma to 12 is, “You must be so organized.” I laugh because I’m profoundly NOT organized. I forget everything from dentist appointments to the tooth fairy.

And my attention span? Virtually non-existent, so to sit down and plan out a vacation for more than 30 minutes is nearly impossible. Plus I love spontaneity, surprise and freedom from expectations.

So when we discovered RV’ing, it was legitimately my travel hack. There was nowhere I couldn’t go with minimal planning … the entire continent was suddenly there waiting for me!

RV Vacation in Virginia Beach

The beautiful Virginia Beach Sunset! Photo Credit: Kady Kellogg

One thing I’ve learned is that there is not a person alive who wouldn’t benefit from and enjoy an RV vacation!. Not sure? Read on for my 10 reasons EVERYONE should take an RV trip this summer!

Just Go

This is one of the biggest perks of RV’ing.  You can legit wake up one morning and decide you want to head to the beach for the weekend, the mountains, the city, the country, wherever and actually just go … like that afternoon.

No planning, no booking flights or lodging, no worrying about where to eat and trying to fit everything into your budget.  Just throw some clothes, empty your fridge and cabinets into the RV and grab the kids — destination anywhere.

RV Vacation in North Carolina.

Feeling no need to clean up – total escape. Photo Credit: Susie Kellogg, Unstoppable TravelingMom

Escape

RV’ing is total freedom from your everyday life.  It’s freedom from planning every activity and micro-managing everyone’s schedules. It’s a real escape from work, from school, from your everyday life of schedules and appointments.

Traveling via RV gives you a chance to retrieve that fun loving, carefree girl that’s lurking behind the responsible, organized one. Take this opportunity to show your kids who you are with your hair down, in a totally stress free environment!

Quality Time

RV Vacation in the Rocky Mountains.

Dirt Biking in the Rocky Mountains is a great family adventure. Photo Credit: Susie Kellogg, Unstoppable TravelingMom

RV’ing gives your family time to slow down and connect with each other!   I can’t tell you how happy and thankful I feel that we started this crazy and amazing adventure before our oldest took off on a journey of her own.  That was time we will never forget.  Bonds were forged between siblings that will never be broken and the wild things we did together … it brought us all much closer.

I mean, let’s be honest, parenting is a tough job, especially if your kids have hit the older teenage years.  Taking the time now to focus on your family is a gift that will continue to give for ever.  Traveling in an RV makes time slow down, if even just slightly.  RV travel gives you the gift of time … is there anything else in the world that can say that??

Stress Free

RV Vacation Rafting

Even dads get a little bit of a break during a rafting trip made possible by our RV! Photo Credit: Susie Kellogg, Unstoppable TravelingMom

In a true RV trip, there are no stressors, and best of all, no schedules, no hurried rush to catch a plane or even a reservation at a restaurant.  Shoot, in an RV trip, no one has to do anything or be anywhere, it’s like a great dream.

How many times have you come home from vacation claiming you need a vacation from that vacation?  It really shouldn’t be that way, and with RV’ing it doesn’t have to be.  You decide when to wake up, when to drive, when and where to stop and for how long, when to eat, when to nap, when to go to bed.  You can really just wing it if you want.

Get Back to Nature

RV Vacation to Canyonlands National Park.

Captivated by the scenery in Canyonlands National Park. Photo Credit: Susie Kellogg, Unstoppable TravelingMom

In this digital age a lot of families have a hard time enticing their kids to go outside, let alone enjoy it.  Traveling via an RV and camping, whether in a campground or out in the wild, gives you and your kids the best of both worlds.  You can enjoy the outdoors during the day hiking, biking, rafting, whatever, but in an RV you always get to come home to all the creature comforts. of your actual home!!

No More Fast Food

Unlike the typical road trip or flight, fast food is a thing of the past when you travel in an RV because you have your own kitchen, complete with all the amenities. This means you can maintain your healthy eating habits and save money by eating at “home”.

I absolutely cannot live without my Vitamix Blender and my True Induction Burner  Since we started RV’ing our vacations are infused with healthy fare and energy boosting snacks.  Bring your juicer, your waffle maker, you food processor, your grandma’s lasagna recipe and rest easy knowing your kids are eating well despite being on vacation!

Visit Friends and Family

RV Vacation visiting family.

Such a great perk of RV’ing is being able to visit family! Photo Credit: Susie Kellogg, Unstoppable TravelingMom

Instead of flying over the states of your bff’s and/or loved ones, why not pull right up to their doors and give them a hug instead?  Kick back over a glass of wine and catch up on years past.

With RV travel, anything is possible, you are the captain of your trip.  You can stop in and visit and then retire to your RV after dinner.

Travel is Fun

I think most parents are in total agreement that the actual travel part of any family vacation is sheer torture.  Most vacations are all about the destination and both parents and kids just want to get to where they are going, right?

In an RV that notion is turned on it’s head as RV travel is about the journey. You can be as flexible as you wish and stop at every interesting landmark, park, and river or you can decide you love a place so much that you want to stay longer.

Even if you still just want to get to your destination and don’t care about stopping anywhere, the travel part is still great because the kids can stretch out, watch a movie, play on their tablets, Skype with friends or whatever … the options are endless and “Are we there yet” is minimally spoken!

8 Reasons To Take an RV Vacation