Escape the RV: 8 Ideas for Leaving the Comfort of your Motorhome

Don’t get us wrong: We love RVing. (I mean, this is RVshare, after all. RVs are kind of our thing.)

But even the very best things in life can get old after a while. For instance, just imagine what it would be like to eat nothing but ice cream for a week straight.

So whether you’re a full-timer or just a weekend travel warrior, if you’re feeling a little RVed out right now, don’t worry. It’s totally normal. And there are lots of alternative ways to travel that are well worth checking out (and will have you excited to get back to your trusty camper in an instant)!

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In fact, checking out new ways of seeing the world is a great way to fall back in love with the convenience and comfort of this unique travel style. So don’t throw away your Rand McNally Road Atlas or cancel your Passport America membership just yet! Instead, try out one of these unique transportation ideas to have a fun, novel vacation — and rekindle your passion for your motorhome or travel trailer.

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Alternative Travel Ideas

Here are some alternative methods of travel to re-inspire your wanderlust!

1. Take a cruise.


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Some travel trailers and motorhomes might be known as “land yachts,” but there’s nothing quite like the deep blue sea. Whether it’s a big, commercial cruise ship or a skiff, you owe it to yourself to get out there on the water at least once in your life, even if you consider yourself a total landlubber!

2. Come on, ride the train.

If you want to keep your feet planted firmly on the ground, but relish seeing the world in a way that doesn’t require your full attention (i.e., driving), a train is about the best mode of transportation we can think of. It’s also one of the best green transportation ideas for large groups, since it carries so many people with a relatively small fuel supply.

But the very best part about train travel is that you get to just sit back, relax, and enjoy the beautiful countryside rolling by outside the window. It does take a while to reach your destination, though, so maybe bring along some sudoku or crossword puzzle books!

3. Take a regular old road trip.

When you’re accustomed to RV camping, it can be easy to forget about how liberating it feels to get behind the wheel of a smaller, lighter vehicle, and not to worry about setting up and tearing down camp every time you’re ready for the next destination.

If it’s been a while since you’ve given your around-town car a longer journey, consider trying out an old school road trip — whether you stay in hotels along the way or go car camping. (Don’t forget your sleeping bags and tent!)

4. Take flight.

They don’t call it the miracle of human flight for nothing.

If you want to get to a faraway place in record time, there’s simply not substitute for air travel. Yes, it can be expensive, yes, delays are annoying, and yes, the TSA line can make you feel a little bit like you’re part of a herd of cattle… but there’s something to be said about traveling above the clouds at hundreds of miles per hour. (Plus, free soft drinks!)

Creative Transportation Ideas

While thes alternative transportation ideas might not get you across the country, sometimes, it’s about the smaller travels you take when you’ve arrived. Here are a few unique ideas to get you moving.

5. Use your feet.

If you’re really dedicated (and have a great pair of boots), everything is within walking distance. So go ahead and take on the longer loop next time you’re looking at a park’s hiking map… or even consider a long pedestrian journey, like the Appalachian trail. It’ll be challenging… but oh, so fulfilling.

6. Ride a bike.

Whether it’s just a loop around your neighborhood or a cross-country excursion, cycling is a great way to stay in shape while also seeing the world from ground level. Plus, a bike is relatively easy to fit into (or on) even the smallest motor vehicle — and super simple to take along if you are traveling by motorhome or RV!

7. See the world from way up high in a hot air balloon.

They say everything looks perfect from far away. Want to find out for yourself?

Try out a hot air balloon ride. It’s one unique mode of transportation you’re sure never to forget! Popular spots in the US for this fascinating type of travel include Albuquerque, New Mexico and Napa, California, but you might even be able to find a hot air balloon company in your area. Many cities also offer helicopter tours and other avian adventures!

8. Get under the sea in scuba gear.

Want to see what there is to see under the sea?

There’s no better way than to strap on a tank and mask and go down there yourself. Of course, it’s imperative that you get the proper training first from a reputable scuba certifying organization, such as NAUI, PADI, or SSI.

Cost Saving Ideas in Transportation

Many of these transportation ideas will not only help you fall back in love with RVing, but also help you save money. After all, RVs are great at a lot of things… but fuel efficiency isn’t one of them!

Taking a car-camping road trip or even heading to a new destination on your bicycle can save you a heap on gas as compared to taking the same trip in even a modest motorhome.

Of course, eventually, you’ll be ready to camp again, and when you do, the fuel tank will still need filling. That’s why we think one of the best transportation apps we’ve found is GasBuddy, which helps you find the cheapest fuel available every single time you need to head to the station.

So what are you waiting for? Get out there and find a new way to enjoy this beautiful world of ours. There’s so much to see and do — not feeling like RVing is no excuse not to get cracking!

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