“Let’s look into renting an RV for a few weeks” … words I never thought I would hear my husband utter much less something I would agree to. As a travel advisor I am often traveling at least a few times a year to learn about different areas or for conferences and with Covid that has obviously come to a halt. The more time passed the more anxious I became to get back out there and fulfill my wanderlust, and this seemed like the best way to do that.
We wound up renting for a month which seemed a little daunting at the time but as it turns out can go by pretty quick when you are staying on the move. We decided California would be the best option because why not go thousands of miles away the first time trying out an RV?!
We mapped it all out ahead of time, made some reservations at RV parks and then came the fires. I am not a good fly by the seat of your pants person when it comes to travel but that is just what we had to do if we were going to continue with our plans to see California. It became a lot of playing it by ear but that is the best part of pulling your home behind you, it makes it super easy to change course at the drop of a hat.
We started in San Diego for a few nights to visit friends and enjoy the beach and then continued northward to Carmel for a few nights, on to Napa and then to Yosemite. The best part about pulling a trailer as opposed to renting an RV was it was a quick breakdown to unhook the car and then we could go and explore. I have to say I knew California was beautiful but until I actually went and spent some time, I didn’t understand just how beautiful and diverse the state actually is. The area around big sur and Carmel is absolutely stunning, I didn’t feel like pictures did it justice. We drove and hiked along the coast and then enjoyed some fabulous meals in Carmel after wandering the lovely town. Napa was gorgeous as well and quite the wine lover’s paradise, what I did not know was how much time you can spend going to the different areas and how each area specializes in different types of wine. Of course, San Diego was ideal with the gorgeous weather, beach life and this wonderful little area to roam and dine called little Italy.
Getting out and seeing more of the U.S. has been completely eye opening and showed me how much this country has to offer every one of us. I am the one always wanting to go out of the country to explore but now realize that does not always have to be the case. While renting an RV may not be the best option for you there are some wonderful properties, we partner with to get our clients the best perks and opportunities for upgrades. While I didn’t take the opportunity to visit any while I was there I know they have been fully vetted by our partner Signature Travel Network, so I wanted to be able to offer experiences that I was able to enjoy in the area and knew first hand what to expect.
I highly recommend taking the opportunity to get out and experience what this beautiful country has to offer. We felt extremely comfortable traveling during this time and took proper precautions for ourselves and others. This has been a trying year for everyone so if you can, don’t hesitate to throw off the bowlines, catch the trade winds in your sails … explore … dream … discover. Adventure is waiting and we are here to help you take the stress off planning to create lasting memories with your utmost safety in mind. Schedule a consultation and let’s see what would make your heart patter!