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Winter is Here
And that means camping season is over for most of us. Of course you might be among the lucky few that head south with your RV for the winter. If so, this may be your favorite camping time of the year. But for the rest of us, sun has set on our camping for a while, just like it has in the photo above. We've done whatever winterizing we do and now have our units tucked away until spring.
So do we just forget about camping for a while or is it still on our mind? If so, what can we do while we wait?
If we can't go camping, we'll still think about it!
If you're like us, this is the time of year you start planning your future camping adventures and travels. For me, this is a pretty lengthy process. I do a lot of research, come up with some ideas, then discuss them with Fay. As we zero in on places to consider, there's more research to pick the places to stay and the routes to travel. I've written a lot about these things in the past, so here's a few links that you might find interesting.
Where are you going to go?
You probably already know some places you'd like to go camping. But if you need new ideas, I've written a few articles about the places we've gone and enjoyed. Some are listed on the Destinations page here in my blog, and a few more on the Our Travels page.
Planning your route
Once you know where you are going to go, you need to decide how you are going to get there. Will you be in a hurry and want to take the fastest route you can? Or do you have the time to relax and try to make it a more peaceful journey?
Being retired, we generally have as much time as we need. I hate competing with all the trucks on the Interstate, especially since I'm usually driving slower than they are when I'm towing our small travel trailer. I talk about it in my article titled Enjoy Your Drive and Avoid the Highways.
But how do you actually choose the route? I use a few different free online tools that help me plan and also document the entire trip. The whole process I use is covered in Planning Your Route.
Finding places to stay when you are camping
Finally, you need to find places to stay, unless the campground itself is your main destination. Even if it is, you may need places along the way.
You might be someone that is okay staying in a Walmart parking lot overnight, but it's not going to be a big part of planning a camping trip. We've actually never stayed at Walmart, although we have stayed at a couple of RV resorts that weren't much better than the big parking lot in the photo above.
Check out my article on Finding Places to Stay. It will give you an overview of how we go about it.
So where are you going to go?
I know we'll make at least one trip up to Michigan, possibly one to New England, and I've been thinking about visiting Washington D.C. Of course, I suspect we'll also do some shorter trips to Alabama, Georgia and the Carolinas. Where are you going to go?
Did I get you motivated to start thinking about it? Hopefully some of my articles that I mentioned above will give you ideas and help you get it figured out and organized. As always, drop me a note if you have any questions. -Denny
Denny JohnsonAfter having spent most of our adult life in Orlando, my wife Fay and I moved to Knoxville, TN in 2020. We are loving the change of seasons and being near the mountains. Plus, this part of the country is loaded with great places to camp.
We camped years ago with a pop-up camper, but got serious about it when we purchased our Casita in 2014. There was a lot to learn as we started traveling with it, and a lot of conflicting opinions on line. That's when I decided that creating a website would be a good retirement project. I started tinyTowable.com to share things we've learned along the way that have worked well for us in hopes that the information would be of help to others.