The year is coming to an end, and that always makes me think of what’s next. I already decided that I will be visiting Chile, Ethiopia, and Namibia in the early months of next year, but I am also considering what comes after that. Since I made the decision to stop travelling full-time, I’ve felt good about my decision – I’m physically and mentally better, have a social community, and a lot more stability in my life – but naturally I’ve had moments of wondering what I’m going to write about on this travel blog when I’m not travelling.
I then thought about what everyone else does who isn’t living a jet-setting life, dizzily hopping from one destination to the next, when they want to scratch that travel itch. That’s when it dawned on me; one of the most basic trips that is accessible to pretty much everyone and is a simple get-away with no plane or another country required – camping! Taking an epic camping trip is the perfect way to travel when you’re staying stationary. You explore the place you’re in, which I’ve already been doing, but really immerse yourself in the surroundings and try to see your local environment in a different way. Challenge accepted! Well, maybe.
Still Working Out the Logistics
Although it sounds like a wonderful plan to me to put into motion for 2017, I’m still working out the logistics. In my mind, there are two types of local camping: roughing it in a tent, or camping in style in an RV. They both have their advantages, but me being me and not always being the roughing-it type – though experience has told me that I can and I have – these are the advantages that I see of camping in an RV.
- You just find somewhere to rent RVs online and choose a model, location, and pickup date, and then your base camp goes with you wherever you go. You aren’t stuck in one place and don’t have to break and set-up camp over and over again.
- You always have a clean bathroom – clean to the point that you like it! – instead of having to use a questionable campsite bathroom.
- You have a kitchen! That means not having to cook everything over an open fire, where I would have a higher chance of burning things beyond the edible stage, or otherwise eating out at restaurants.
- You get the outdoor experience without the sleeping on the ground experience. And perhaps also less bugs.
- You have heat! Either to heat up the camper or nice hot water.
Of course, camping purists and real outdoorsmen would mock me and say that an RV isn’t really camping, but that’s just fine by me. That’s one of the other things I’m learning in my new phase of settled-down life; I no longer care what other people think or what people are “supposed” to do. There’s more than one way to camp like a champ, and in my mind camping in an RV is one of them. This obviously requires some talking-things-over with Dave first and putting an actual plan together. We’ll see how far this local travel idea goes in the end, but it’s nevertheless something I’m considering.