11 Ways RVing Beats Flying

You never look back on your RV trip and say “oh yeah I remember when we were stuck waiting to take off for three and a half hours.”

Everyone should experience traveling the country in an RV. There is no other way of travel that compares. You can enjoy the scenic wonders of nature without compromising on comfort no matter where you travel.

If you love RVing, you’ve probably found yourself aboard a commercial jet at one time or another, thinking to yourself, “I sure wish I was 30,000 feet below, cruising down the highway in my coach.”

Driving north on US 89 near Page, Arizona © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

And you’re not alone. Millions of people, including your friends at RVing with Rex, would choose the freedom of the open road over a cramped airplane any day.

Nevertheless, there are those out there who feel that traveling the “friendly” skies is the way to go. For those folks, we’ve compiled a list of reasons why hitting the road almost always beats taking flight.

Camping at River RV Park in Bakersfield, California © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

1. When you’re up in the sky, you miss the journey

One of the best things about over-the-road travel is the time spent on the way to your destination. The road trip games, bonding with family and friends—not to mention the sights and sounds you encounter driving across the United States and Canada.

I’ve posted numerous articles about our travels and the amazing destinations we’ve discovered and toured including Arches National Park, Cajun Country, Alabama Gulf Coast, California Gold Country, Grand Canyon, and Bourbon Country.

Visiting new places and experiencing new adventures are one of the great things about the RV lifestyle. From the fields of green and gorgeous mountain ranges to the soaring skylines and unforgettable landmarks, it doesn’t get any better than life on the highway.

Driving the Blue Ridge Parkway © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

2. Riding in a coach is better than flying coach

Up in the air, you’re forced to spend hours on end confined to a narrow seat in a cramped space. Turbulence is a nightmare that is often unavoidable, and if you aren’t lucky enough to land a window seat, the only scenery involves the people sitting just inches away.

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A motorhome or trailer, on the other hand, is a roomy, plush oasis where everyone rides first class. You choose the movie, and can even take a nap in your bed.

Driving Newfound Gap Road through Great Smoky Mountains National Park © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

3. On the ground, you’re in control

When you board a flight, you’re no longer the leader of the ship. You’re told when you can get up and walk around and snacks are limited to a bag of peanuts and a can of soda—if you’re lucky. Should you need assistance, you have to rely on a flight attendant who is likely exhausted, jetlagged, and irritated from dealing with rude passengers.

With an RV, however, you’re the captain, in charge of everything from the speedometer to what’s playing on the radio.

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4. With an RV, you can bring it all

Sure, flying will get you there, but you’ll be leaving a whole lot behind. Save for some luggage and a small carry-on bag, you won’t be bringing much with you on a plane other than a few essentials and some travel-size toiletries.

Get there in an RV, and you and yours will arrive with all of your gear, including your entire wardrobe, camping, and recreation supplies—and even your pets.

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5. 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 a while before hitting the road again.

Dining at La Posta in Historic Mesilla, New Mexico © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

6. The food is better

Airplane food is mediocre at best. Regardless of what they offer, there’s a 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.

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In your RV, you get to fully taste everything you make, and you aren’t limited to a menu.

Motorhomes at Mount Rushmore National Memorial © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

7. 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.

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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.

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9. You can save money on hotels (and sleep in your own bed)

Campgrounds and RV parks cost less than hotels. Plus, in your RV, you’ll get to sleep in your own bed with the pillows and blankets that you’re comfortable with and won’t have to worry about pests like bed bugs.

Camping along Utah Scenic Byway 24 © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

10. RVing just plain costs less

In many cases, traveling by RV adds up to a less expensive family vacation.

According to a PFK comparison study, a family of four can save 25-59 percent on vacation expenses traveling by recreational vehicle, while couples can save 11-46 percent, even after fuel and ownership costs are considered.

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The same study also found that vacationing in an RV was 45 percent less expensive than an upscale vacation, taking into account both airfare and hotel accommodations.

Along the road to Mount St. Helens in Washington © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

11. No worry about cancellations

Consumers got a taste of what the summer air travel season could look like over the Independence Day weekend when thousands of canceled flights left passengers stranded and luggage piled up at airports across the globe. Aviation consultant Kit Darby told CBS News that a lack of pilots will continue to disrupt flights worldwide through the summer travel season and probably beyond. That’s because many pilots have retired during the pandemic, and it can take years to train qualified replacements. 

Worth Pondering…

No matter where we go in our motorhome, that sense of independence is satisfying. We have our own facilities, from comfortable bed to a fridge full of our favorite foods. We set the thermostat the way we like it and go to bed and get up in our usual routine.

8 Reasons This Summer Is the Best Time to Try RVing

It’s summertime and the RVing is easy

There has never been a better summer than this one to get out into the great outdoors. We’ve all had a challenging few months. Nature is a tonic and we need it now more than ever. Traveling by RV, even if just a few hours from home to a state or national park, forest preserve, or RV park, may be the safest form of travel and the safest type of overnight stay.

Camping at Lost Dutchman State Park, Arizona © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Millions of people enjoy RV travel in the summer. The weather can be ideal for being outdoors and the days are longer meaning more time for outdoor activities. Yes, there are mosquitoes and other bugs to contend with but there are also birds to watch, animals to spot, horseback riding, and campfires for cooking and enjoying the evening.

1. RVs Provide the Ultimate Travel Freedom

Traveling along Newfound Gap Road in Great Smoky Mountains National Park © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Traveling in an RV gives you the ultimate freedom in traveling. You get in and you go. There are no airport security checks or crowds to navigate. Everything you need fits in the RV which is the biggest suitcase you will ever have. It’s all on board: clothes, food, kitchen, recreation gear, lounge, and the all-important restroom.

2. Summer RVing Is Better Than Your Backyard

Camping in Badlands National Park, South Dakota © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Get away from the noise, the city light, and the traffic, and enjoy some wide-open spaces. Campgrounds at national, state, and local parks are designed for outdoor recreation. You can experience nature up close and personal in all its beauty when you open your RV door. Tranquility is abundant.

Fishing at Parker Canyon Lake, Arizona © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Take your backyard fun with you. Many people bring their kayaks, bicycles, and other fun toys. Or you can often rent boats and bikes at or near your campground. Hiking and fishing are top activities for RVers in the summer.

3. Enjoy a Community of People

Camping at Eagle Landing RV Park, Auburn, Alabama © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

You will make friends and enjoy some great quality time with fellow campers. RVers generally are interested in enjoying their time camping. They open their campfire circle to new friends and enjoy a beverage or picnic with neighbors.

Lakeside RV Park, Livingston, Louisiana © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

This summer, many campgrounds are practicing contactless site management (meaning you won’t have to go into the campsite office to check in). Social distancing is being practiced. Know the rules in the destination you choose to visit and honor the campground requests. We all want to and can be safe as we enjoy RV camping.

4. RVing Makes for a Great Getaway

Frog City RV Park, Duson, Louisiana © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

RVing is the ultimate road trip experience. You can go anywhere and stay as long as you like exploring and experiencing new places.  RVing affords a flexible itinerary and you will never be without a place to sleep.

Distant Drum RV Resort, Camp Verde, Arizona © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

RVs come in all shapes and sizes and how and where you plan to travel is the best determiner of which type of RV to use. The larger motorhomes can tow a car behind giving you the ultimate living experience as well as driving flexibility once you reach your destination. Smaller RVs are nimble and can get you into and out of interesting vistas. Think about your preferred road trip experience to make your RV selection.

5. Everyone Gets To Go On the RV Trip

Camping with the family pet at Hilltop RV Park, Fort Stockton, Texas © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

One of the best features of RVing is that you can bring your pet. Most parks and campgrounds allow pets. There are restrictions on breeds in some cases, plus leash and pooper scooper rules and sometimes vaccination documentation is required. But RVs enable everyone in your household to vacation together.

6. Enjoying the Outdoors

Enjoying the outdoors along La Sal Mountains Scenic Loop near Moab, Utah © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

While RVs offer air conditioning, you will spend most of daylight hours outdoors. Be sure to stay hydrated and keep sunscreen and a wide-brimmed hat (I recommend a Tilley) nearby. Bug repellent is a must. Bring quality outdoor footwear. Socks and shoes as well as long pants are your best protection in the woods from insect bites, poison ivy, scratches from bush and tree branches, and uneven surfaces.

7. Lots of Daylight and Starry Nights

Port Aransas, Texas © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

The long days of summer offer bonus time for having fun outdoors. You will have ample access to a miraculous view of the night sky. If you are camping in the woods you may see hundreds of fireflies blinking and twinkling. It’s as if the fairies are just beyond your reach as you see their lights flash.

Sunset at Usery Mountain Regional Park, Mesa, Arizona © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Nighttime also brings night sounds. Coyotes are commonly heard at night. If you are lucky, you’ll hear owls calling to each other. At twilight, you might hear elks bugling. Nighttime is a show all its own when you RV.

8. This Summer’s Bonus Reason

Gila Bend KOA, Arizona © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Exceptionally low fuel prices make this the summer for an extended road trip. RVs obviously get less mileage than the family car and the bigger the RV, the lower the mileage. The big coaches use diesel fuel which is more costly but the lower prices help offset the increased expense.

The open road is calling you this summer. Answer the call in an RV.

Worth Pondering…

The attraction of recreational vehicle travel is to see the country, visit new places, meet interesting people, and experience the freedom of the open road.

Living the RV Dream

Why RVing is the freedom lifestyle

Tony Bennett left his heart in San Francisco and as RVers we also get to fall in love with attractive destinations and off-beat attractions. No matter where you love to roam, the U.S. and Canada have many spectacular road trips and terrific destinations.

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The attraction of recreational vehicle travel is to see the country, visit new places, meet interesting people, and experience the freedom of the open road. As we explore North America by RV, natural beauty abounds when least expected, and surprises wait at every turn of the road. Each journey we take represents a passage, whether it’s an adventure to a new province or state, a day trip to a new attraction, or an outing with friends!

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You may have found yourself aboard a commercial jet at one time or another and thinking to yourself, “I sure wish I was 30,000 feet below cruising down the highway in an RV.”

There’s a lot of country out there—big, beautiful, so much to see and explore. And when you fly to your destination, you’re missing most of it—the landscapes, the views, the quirky roadside attractions. You lose the chance to experience all the special little stops that exist along the roads and byways.

Raccoon State Recreation Area, Indiana © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Everyone should experience traveling the country in an RV. There is no other way of travel that compares. You can enjoy the scenic wonders of nature without compromising on comfort no matter where you travel.

Living the dream of traveling throughout North America in an RV with freedom as the key word every day—freedom to travel, freedom to stop, freedom to enjoy life, and freedom to meet new and old friends. Freedom to do what we wish to do, when we wish to do it!

Historic Georgetown, Kentucky © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

In addition to the freedom, spontaneity, and unrestricted pleasure I am able to photograph and write about our travels and the wonderful views and sights that we encounter and to share these experiences with others via a blog.

Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Freedom—this word holds different and perhaps quite disparate definitions for each person. What freedom means to me may be called lack of security or instability for another person.

Opportunities to explore new places or revisit favorite spots are experiences that we accept as challenging and rewarding. For others freedom may be very frightening, startling, and absolutely scary.

Historic Mesilla, New Mexico © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Non-RVers are often puzzled at our lifestyle and seemingly lack of security. My responses to their queries are much the same each time. My security is found in my freedom and in the spontaneity to move about the country when and where we prefer.

Freedom and independence are descriptive terms for the lifestyle of those who choose to travel without restraint and with no restrictions. We each make our own choices of where to go and what to do.

Lancaster County, Pennsylvania © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Freedom may require a great effort for many people, ample compromise, and significant life adjustments, but the resulting lifestyle makes the effort worthwhile.

Incidentally, the Freedom approach can be accomplished using virtually any type of RV from tent camper, old travel trailer or motorhome to a million dollar Prevost.

Vista del Sol RV Resort, Bullhead City, Arizona © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

The attitude is in the heart and mind. After all, isn’t dreaming about places totally new to us—and seeing old favorites in a new light—why we travel in the first place?

Ansel Adams once said, “Sometimes I do get to places when God’s ready to have somebody click the shutter.”

Murphys, California © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Remember to bring your camera.


Worth Pondering…

Enjoy your journey—RV living is the freedom lifestyle.