I’m Planning a Summer RV Trip, Will I Be Shamed?
I have a problem. This summer my family would love to take an RV vacation, but fear we’ll be shamed.
I’m not talking about an RV trip to Yellowstone, Yosemite or Zion. I’m thinking more along the lines of a rustic waterfront RV park between Tennessee and Michigan.
Somewhere my family can enjoy a little nature and a lot of downtime.
Here’s a the issue.
Supporting Small Campgrounds vs Supporting Health Efforts
As a full time RVer for the past five years, I’ve grown fond of all the mom & pop campgrounds across America. Sure, my family loves boondocking (also known as free camping). To be honest, a 50/50 split between the two is ideal.
With all that said, we want to support the RV campground industry.
We also want to be responsible humans and not spread a potentially lethal virus.
I think both are possible simultaneously, but I’m not sure it will be perceived that way.
On Facebook, my number one fear-of-shame inducer, commenters constantly shame anyone not staying inside their house.
Will this seep over to summer travel even as travel restrictions are lifted?
Staying Healthy Is a Real Concern
My family’s health is top priority. However, in our stationary situation, we’re still close to many extended family members in our day to day life.
I think once we begin traveling we’ll come into close contact with less people on a daily basis.
We have our masks, hand sanitizer and latex gloves (for pumping gas) in the truck and have made it a habit of using them.
Are our extra safety measures enough to keep us healthy?
Traveling Anonymously for Summer RV Trips
At Drivin’ & Vibin’ (between our YouTube channel, social media & website) we reach over 10,000,000 people every year. That’s a number I can’t even grasp.
However, it scares the crap out of when it comes to being judged (or even shamed).
We’d normally share our travels, host meet ups and love seeing the Vibe Tribe on the road. This year, though, I almost feel like traveling should be on the down low.
Obviously, we wouldn’t host meet ups or gatherings, but simply sharing our travels online seems distasteful.
What Are RV Campers Saying?
We asked our online community (on Facebook & Instagram) is they think summer RV travel is shameful.
The results were resounding.
Of the 500+ RV enthusiasts we surveyed, only 9% said RV camping this summer is shameful.
Many shared the sentiment that it is good for local economies. Others agreed that life must go on. A handful said it was too soon to tell.
Let us know what you think in the comment section.
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