Four activities that don’t require much activity at all
If you’re planning an RV trip, you probably want to get as much out of it as possible. If you’ll be using precious vacation days, you may be thinking about how far you can get while making sure you still have enough time to get back. And then of course there are the parks, entertainment spots, natural wonders, and other attractions you’ll want to schedule in. But even if your daily itineraries are chock full, there’s sure to be some downtime along the way. Plus, after a few hectic days, you and your travel companions may actually want to slow things down and take it easy. So what should you do to relax before embarking on your next adventure?
Ah, sleep. That precious resource most of us don’t get nearly enough of. During your trip, there are sure to be some very early days; perhaps there’s a spot that offers a breathtaking view of the sunrise, and you want to experience it. But you don’t have to get up at the crack of dawn or earlier every day. Why not sleep in at least once, and let the birds be your alarm clock? Whether you’ll be dozing in your RV or out under the stars in a campground, knowing you don’t have to get up at any certain time may help you sleep better. You’ll then have more energy to tackle your plans.
Take a nap
Maybe after a particularly restful night’s sleep, you won’t want to take a nap, but this could be the perfect midday activity after a busy morning. Instead of thinking about the next thing to see or place to go, put your planner away, find a comfy spot, take off your shoes, and just drift off. Relish the fact that you get the chance to sleep in the middle of the day.
If camping or staying at campsites will factor into your trip, nature will be all around you. But just because it’s there doesn’t mean you’ll take much notice of it. In many cases, people treat a campground like little more than a pit stop – a place to crash for the night before moving on. Instead, stop and (perhaps literally) smell the roses. Engage some of your other senses too. Listen to the bugs. See how many different birds you can spot. Try to entice a butterfly onto your hand. There are beautiful and interesting things all around us; we just have to take the time to notice them.
Read a book
If you’re like most people, you probably spend a good portion of your day reading. From emails to texts and Facebook updates, we read all the time. It can be argued, however, that none of this is real reading. When did you last sit down and enjoy an actual book? Whether it’s a new bestseller or one of your old favorites, be sure to pack a book with you and – most importantly – carve out some time to dig into it. You may just discover how much you miss reading, or it will spark a new interest.
Leave the excitement for the amusement park, the canyon hike, or any of the other things you have planned. During the intervals, try to kick back. After all, you don’t want to feel like you need a vacation after your vacation. You can check out some more travel tips on the RV Advisor blog.