Planning Trips – A few tips!

Coming up with how to plan our trips was one of the most time-consuming things we had to learn when we started camping. After spending several years traveling with our Casita, I've come up with a pretty good system using a set of free tools and websites.
The key goals in settling on my approach were:
  • Identify the route we want to take (we take mostly old highways and backroads when we can)
  • Estimate the actual time (not just the ideal time calculated by most GPS programs) I think each travel segment will take and develop a schedule
  • Discover places to stay, find reviews and see photos
  • Compile an estimate of the cost for the trip
  • Add notes attached to locations on the route map
  • Share the travel map and our schedule with others
I've recently updated the section of the tinyTowable website that explains my approach. It discusses the websites and tools that I've settled on, and how I use them. Please check it out to see if you can pick up a new idea or two to simplify your planning.
- Denny

Save yourself some money

When on the road, we often find ourselves looking for an affordable overnight place to stop. A lot of people have suggested Walmart parking lots, but we are pretty set on having at least water and electric hookups. Passport America has been a pretty good solution quite often. They offer a 50% discount on probably 2,000 places in North America. You can read more about them in the website planning section.

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