It’s the most wonderful time, of the year! Or is it? Christmas is always marketed as a time of cheer and jolly good times, but let’s get real. Anyone who has celebrated a traditional Christmas can probably agree that there is a lot of unnecessary stress that comes with it.
What if we told you that it doesn’t have to be that way?
Many people have recently started to discover the benefits of traveling during the holidays. Instead of waiting in long lines at the airport to travel for Christmas, we’re going to list several reasons why you should consider RV camping.
1. Detox from Social Media
When was the last time you didn’t check your email or social media accounts for a whole day? Being on social media for extended periods of time can have detrimental effects on your overall mental health and mood. In fact, Studies have proven that having downtime from technology can actually improve your short-term memory.
RV camping is the perfect time to host a social media detox. Without being constantly connected to your phone and computers, you may be surprised how much slower time will appear to pass by. After all, who doesn’t want their vacation to last longer?
2. No Extensive Meal Prepping Necessary
With the limited amount of space inside of an RV kitchen and fewer guests to cook for, you’ll surely be spending more time outdoors. If you had decided to stay home for the holidays, you would probably be in the kitchen for what seems like an endless number of hours anxiously questioning if you have made enough food for everyone to enjoy.
By going RV camping for the holidays, you can just plan to make your favorite dishes and leave the rest behind. If you are planning to make some traditional holiday dishes while RV camping, it’s a good idea to make a checklist for all the necessary cooking equipment you’ll need in order to make them. You should also check for any grocery stores near your designated campsite prior to departing.
3. Save Money
Even with the cost of fuel, there is no doubt that you will likely be saving money by choosing to go RV camping instead of staying home for the holidays. Although you may still choose to purchase loving gestures for your immediate family, by not being home for Christmas, you will likely cut costs of gifts, entertainment, and food preparations. If you have kids, this is also a great opportunity to teach them the value of appreciating the gift of experiences instead of materialistic things. In return, you’ll also get the peace of mind of not having to deal with how to react when you get another unfavorable gift from your mother-in-law.
You may also be surprised to find that many destinations offer lower prices since winter is typically not a high-demand travel season. It’s important to make sure that you plan ahead because there are several parks that will be closed during the holidays. Once you are able to find one that will be open during Christmas, you may even get lucky enough to have the entire camping site to yourselves! No matter how much money you end up spending on your RV camping trip, it will absolutely be worth every penny.
4. No Awkward Family Gatherings
The best part about RV camping is not having to worry about unexpected guests knocking on your door. If we’re being real with ourselves, we know that there comes a time where we don’t need to see every single member of our friends and family. After all, we just saw most of them just last month for Thanksgiving. Not being home for the holidays allows you to skip the family drama, and make more room for real holiday joy.
Although it’s not recommended to avoid every major family event, it’s totally acceptable to escape the social pressures of going places and seeing things that you don’t necessarily want to do once in a while. You also get the guilty pleasure of being to use the pass of, “Oh darn, I would love to, but we’ll actually be out of town that week.”
5. Spending More Quality Time with Immediate Family
It is surprisingly easy to dismiss quality time with your family in the mix of all the hustle and bustle of the holidays. Even outside of the holidays, we’re so connected to our technology devices, sometimes we can miss opportunities knocking on our door.
Sitting around a campfire on a cool winter night, while disconnected from technology is a great way to reconnect with the family and engage in quality conversations that may have been getting continually pushed aside.
6. Be One with Nature
The outdoors is mother nature’s all organic therapy. What is not to love about leaving the noisy city, for several days of fresh air, beautiful views and a chance to reconnect with nature? Studies have shown evidence that connecting with nature can heighten your overall happiness and well-being.
Although winter time might not be the most popular time of year to go RV camping, it certainly has its benefits. For starters, colder climates usually mean fewer bugs. Spending time outdoors is always much more exciting when you’re not dodging armies of mosquitos at the same time. It’s also much easier to go on longer hiking excursions when you aren’t at risk of becoming dehydrated from the hot summer days.
During the winter months, days are shorter and nights are longer. While you are RV camping away from the city lights, you’ll likely encounter a beautiful display of stars as you’ve never seen before. Depending on where in the world you are RV camping, you might even be able to see a full moon.
There is just something about stargazing that humbly reminds us about how relatively small we are to the world.
If you want to take your stargazing to the next level, download the Google Sky Maps app, which will show you a detailed augmented reality overlay of everything you are currently looking at. You may find be surprised that bright start that caught your eye, is actually a planet!
8. Choose Your Own Weather
In the event that you are not fond of the current weather situation in your area, you have the mobile power to change it. Are you sick and tired of bundling up inside multiple layers and shoveling snow off the driveway each morning? Consider taking the RV to a camping site in Florida where the climate is sure to be warm!
In fact, there is even a city in Florida called Christmas, which has become quite a popular RV destination. On the contrary, if you are a southern native in search of a white Christmas, you can just pack up the RV and head north!
9. Creating Lifelong Memories
Let’s be honest, if you were to stay home for the holidays, you’d probably just be reliving the same exact day that you celebrated last year, just another year older. While traditional Christmas parties can seem almost identical each year, no two camping trips are ever created equal.
The possibilities of creating new memories while RV camping is endless. Instead of being inside a house filled with people, you get to explore new landscapes, cultures, meet other new campers, and make lasting memories.
This is also a great time to teach your family members a new outdoor skill such as the best ways to start a campfire, fishing, and other survival skills. You and your family will both remember this time for the rest of your lives and creating lifelong memories to be passed down to the next generation, doesn’t get much better than that!
10. Escaping the Retail Madness
While people are camped out in front of Best Buy and Walmart parking lots, waiting in long lines for returns, and fighting over the best deals, you are among scenic views learning how to live with as little material items as possible. You are not looking to add more unnecessary clutter to your space. In fact, you may even be trying to figure out how you can downsize your inventory. As an RV camper, you have a deep understanding and appreciation for the meaning of “less is more.”
By avoiding the retail madness, you are choosing not to support major corporations who are requiring their employees to be away from their families for extended hours during the holidays at usually unfair wages. Each year retail stores are opening earlier and earlier to make more of a profit off overrated holiday sale hype. If everyone stopped supporting these major corporations who are doing this, thousands of people could be able to finally enjoy the holidays with their loved ones.
11. Avoiding Excessive TSA Lines
Flying over the holidays is undoubtedly the worst time to be in an airport. While thousands of people are being herded like cattle through metal detectors, it’s just you in control on the open road! You will never be crammed into a seat uncomfortably close to a stranger as your struggle to figure out which part of the armrest belongs to you.
The best part? If you’re sick of driving or being on the road, you can just take a break and park. You may end up even discovering a new adventure unexpectedly. The only break you get from flying is having by having a layover. A layover is just a really fancy word for major inconvenience of getting to your final destination.
12. Making New Friends
Let’s face it, as adults making new friends can be somewhat difficult. Chances are if you have neighbors while RV camping, they are probably trying to escape the Christmas rat race just like you! While camping is a great time to enjoy solitude, it can also be a great opportunity to make new friends.
The good news is, you already have camping in common with them. Introduce yourself, strike up a conversation, and offer some holiday beers. You may just end up making a camping buddy for life.
13. No Schedules to Adhere To
There is no need to plan what time you will be going to your in-law’s house. The only schedule you have to follow, while RV camping is the one that you make for yourself on your own time. You get the complete freedom to enjoy sleep in as late as you want and going to bed as early as you need.
Asides from the park rules and regulations, no one will be there to tell you what you can and can’t do, allowing you to customize your experience to whatever fits your needs at that time.
14. Get the Upper Hand on Exercise
Have you heard of the saying, “Summer bodies are made in winter”? While everyone else is eating themselves into food comas, you have the upper hand on gaining that summer dream body. Not only will you likely be eating less, but you will also be burning more calories by hiking, biking, and having more space to explore. We challenge you to track your steps and compare it with a family member who is staying home for the holidays.
15. A Clean Slate for the New Year
Let’s be honest, is there a better way to end the year than by crossing an RV camping destination off your bucket list? If you are choosing a destination such as Disney World, you will even get to experience it in the best possible way. Short lines, cool weather, and fully decorated in holiday lights and activities. If you need inspiration for your RV camping bucket list try adding some of these RV winter destinations.
It might be hard to imagine skipping the traditional Christmas routine that you have gotten so accustomed to celebrating each year. However, trying something new can be an exhilarating experience and is undoubtedly one of the best ways to ensure that you are living your best life. Although you are opting out of the stress of staying home for the holidays, you are still capable of participating in your favorite Christmas moments, such as decorating your RV.
In the event that you feel like you missed out, just plan to have guests over when you return.
About the Author
Kristen Moore is a freelance digital marketer with a degree in Communications and a passion for connecting audiences through creative storytelling.
When Kristen is not working as a digital nomad, you will likely find her spending time outdoors and volunteering with animals.