Airlines have made bad headlines in the last couple of years. United sparked a worldwide uproar after dragging a passenger off a flight, then shortly after, made the news again when a scorpion fell from the overhead bin and stung a traveler. More recently, there have been increasingly more emergency landings and faulty windows.
But things are different when you’re traveling in an RV. Of course, driving won’t get you there nearly as fast. But it will give you a more memorable experience in the long run. So the next time you’re planning a trip, consider hitting the road instead of catching a flight. These are just eight of the many reasons why you’ll be glad you did.
1. You can stop whenever you want.
It’s nice to get up and stretch your legs after sitting for a long time. On a plane you can walk back to use the restroom, but that’s about it. In an RV, on the other hand, you can stop as often as you’d like, get some fresh air, and even go hiking for awhile before hitting the road again.
2. In an RV, you don’t have to go through TSA or security.
Nobody likes passing through security. In a motorhome, you don’t have to deal with this step and even travel with bottles that are larger than travel size. Not to mention you’ll never be randomly selected for a pat-down.
3. You can save money on hotels (and sleep in your own bed).
Campgrounds & RV parks usually cost less than airport hotels (unless you’re looking for something more luxurious). Plus, in your RV, you’ll get to sleep in your own bed with the pillows and blankets that you’re comfortable with.
4. Your RV will never be overbooked.
Whether you’re driving, sitting shotgun, or just hanging out in the back, you’ll always have a spot in your rig, guaranteed.
5. The food’s better.
Airplane food is often mediocre at best. But regardless of what they offer, there’s actually science that explains why it tastes so bland. Studies have shown that your sense of taste isn’t the same at 30,000 feet in the air. Wine can also taste more acidic than if you drank the same type at ground level. In your RV, you get to fully taste everything you make, and you aren’t limited to a menu.
6. You’ll always know who you’re traveling with in an RV.
And if you have a pet, they can travel right by your side without having to be kept inside a carrier.
7. Your baggage won’t get lost.
All of your personal items are right there with you in an RV. Who likes waiting at baggage claim anyways?
8. You get to experience all of the amazing sights along the way.
There are places worthy of your bucket list from coast-to-coast. Flying across the country takes you over all of it, but in an RV, the whole trip is an adventure. The roadside attractions, local restaurants, famous landmarks, and beautiful scenery all combine for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. You may not remember much about a flight you took 10 years ago, but you’ll always have great memories from a road trip.