Why it’s a great idea and where you may want to go on your trip
If you’re in the middle of wedding planning, you’re probably swamped with details related to catering, flowers, guest lists, and a thousand other things. For what many people consider to be the greatest day of their lives, weddings can be extremely stressful. Even when you’ve got everything ironed out for the big day, you still have another big decision to make: Where should you go on your honeymoon? Surely you’ve thrown around some destination ideas, such as a Caribbean resort or a European excursion, but it might make more sense to stay a little closer to home. Traveling around the U.S. in an RV could make for a fabulous honeymoon and be a great start to your marriage.
So why take your honeymoon in an RV?
It’s more intimate
What do you want more than anything when you’re on your honeymoon? Probably for you and your new spouse to be able to spend time alone with one another. If you fly somewhere, you’ll immediately be dealing with lots of people, long lines, and crowded streets. When you do finally get to your hotel or wherever you’re staying, there’s a good chance you’ll be worn-out. But in an RV, it’s just the two of you. In fact, once you’re done driving for the day, you may not have to see anybody else until you want to. And if you decide to camp, a sleeping bag roomy enough for two and a roaring fire can be quite romantic.
You don’t have to be too far along in your wedding planning to know how expensive the whole shindig is going to be. But instead of adding to this already-big bill by booking expensive plane tickets and hotel rooms, you can save a lot of money by renting an RV. Plus, campground and park fees are usually very affordable, and with more money in your pocket, you can either extend your time on the road or pick up some great souvenirs along the way.
It gives you a chance to decompress
As we mentioned, the wedding-planning process and the wedding itself can be incredibly stressful. Once it’s all over, do you really want to immediately head to the airport and deal with the annoyance of flying? With an RV, you can hit the road right away. You get to sit back in comfy chairs, eat leftover wedding cake, and let the stress melt away.
So where should you go on your RV honeymoon?
The beauty of RV travel is that you can go anywhere the road takes you. If you’re a planner, you can chart a course and figure out where you’ll be spending your nights. If you’d prefer to wing it, you can do that too. And if you need some inspiration, here are four spots to think about visiting, depending on when you’ll be traveling. You may discover that you’ll have the most fun getting to them.
- Summer: Sierra Nevada. If you’re looking for an active honeymoon, the Sierra Nevada could be perfect. With tons of trails to hike, rocks to climb, and lakes to swim in, there’s no shortage of things to see and do in this mountain range. Plus, being in the high elevation means you won’t have to deal with intense heat.
- Fall: Acadia National Park. You can’t beat the Northeast for fall foliage, and if you’re honeymooning in the fall, Acadia National Park in Maine is the place to be for stunningly gorgeous views. Once October hits, in addition to mild temperatures, there’s also a big drop in the number of tourists who visit.
- Winter: Joshua Tree National Park. If you’re looking for an Instagrammable location, few can match the wonders of Joshua Tree National Park in Southern California. There you’ll find amazing rock formations, beautiful sunsets, and night skies that are so clear you’ll be able to see almost every star in the galaxy.
- Spring: the Southwest. Visiting the Grand Canyon in the spring is great for two reasons. First, it hasn’t gotten too hot yet. Second, generally it’s not too crowded that time of year. There are also other natural wonders in the area, including Lake Powell and Zion National Park in Utah.
An RV honeymoon might be unconventional, but it could also be the first great decision you make in your marriage. And if it sparks your interest in RV travel, you may want to think about becoming a member of the RV Advisor community.