tips & tricks
what to bring
“Traveling is a brutality. It forces you to trust strangers and to lose sight of all that familiar comforts of home and friends. You are constantly off balance. Nothing is yours except the essential things. -air, sleep, dreams, the sea, the sky. -all things tending towards the eternal or what we imagine of it.”
– Cesare Pavese
It is hard enough to pack for 1 to 2 weeks but imagine outfitting your RV for two years or more. Choosing between what you want to bring and what you truly need to bring is a whole new experience. Don’t understand me wrong it’s ok to bring some fun stuff like games our favourite beach towels or your best beach attire. The fact is, the space in your RV is limited, and your focus is on mundane but essential basic comforts rather than holiday fun items. Drinking water systems, sewage systems, supplies, alternative power sources, food storage, tools, spare parts for the occasional breakdown on the side of the road, first aid and medication, useful clothing for all weather and some heat source no matter if you are in the tropics or the mountains. We included The LuvShk travel list for you to consider:
where to stay
“ If we meant to stay in one place we would have roots instead of feet ( wheels)“
– Rachel Wolchin
- Campgrounds– There is all kind of option for you to stay. Some are private, and some are State and Provincial parks. Cost wise they can be luxury with all the bells and whistle or plain with no services. Some you need to reserve a spot month or even years ahead and others are first to come first serve.
- Free Camping- We all know about Walmart. But did you know many malls will allow overnight camping as well? Also, casinos, Forestry sites, and Truckstops are great, and some even offer showers. Orchards, wineries, farms, small restaurants and small hotels with permission of the owners will let you stay for a small fee or sometimes free. Especially if you buy some wine or product, please always ask if it is ok and remember to pack in and out, show respect and never overstay your welcome.
- Boondocking– Is Dry Camping (parking anywhere without or minimal amenities).To do that you have to make sure that your rig is entirely off-grid ready and you have stocked food and water. If so you might see the most amazing views and experience true camping at its finest. Please leave your area better then you found it. As we move along, we will share some of those camping experiences with you
How to eat
“You cannot get an influence from the cuisine of a country if you don’t understand it. You’ve got to study it.”
– Chef Ferran Adria
Eating on the road is one of the best ways to immerse your self into the culture you are visiting. Go to the local Supermarket and if you lucky and an outdoors market happens to be there go and explore all the hassle and bustle. Check out the local food stand or food truck. Where there is a lineup, you know you found the locals favourite. If you crave a sitting down dinner, ask the locals where they would go. Cook for yourself and enjoy the local ingredients. Food will always tell you a story about the people. So go ahead and taste all the new flavours out there. We will share some of our favourite taste as they present them self.
What to see
“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.”
To see or not to see that is indeed the question. I know we all want to see that famous statue and climb the highest mountain. And yes this is part of travelling. But also keep an open mind and explore the unexpected treasures which are not in a guide book or travel brochures but our interactions with wildlife and people, a stunning view or just day on the market. All of those experiences will be part of how you feel when you see that monument or climbed that mountain. We will share our perspectives through our blog and try to explore some new experiences with you.