The Road to Happiness
Sometimes the road to a happy family is an actual road. And sometimes, nothing brings a family closer than taking them away. Away from the daily distractions that can get in our way. RVs can offer you and your family one extraordinary getaway after another. RVing is a way for stressed-out, overscheduled families to get in touch and stay in touch with each other. Nothing quite encourages communication and shared activity like an RV getaway.
Having an RV at the ready gives you the ability to reconnect with your family without the logistical hassles, whenever the opportunity presents itself. Nothing cements a school lesson better than living it by traveling to a historical site. You can foster a love of nature and protecting our natural resources. On a whim, you can hop in an RV and spend a relaxing weekend with your kids after a hectic week at work. You can bond with your mate. And you can make that connection with your teen.
Often referred to as "America's last small towns," family-friendly RV parks and campgrounds offer an escape like no other vacation. With fewer distractions, parents feel a stronger connection to their child, as well as a connection to their own childhoods. Campgrounds themselves, while filled with modern amenities, have a feel of the small-town communities where neighbors knew one another and children played outside all day, giggling, riding bikes, skipping rope and playing pickup games of ball, kick the can or any other made-up game. Today's campgrounds often offer arts-and-crafts classes, mini-golf, potato sack races and, as evening falls, games of flashlight tag – all designed to let kids be kids and give parents time to themselves or sharing with their "neighbors." Yet, the end of most days finds those families gathered around the all-important campfire, sharing stories, roasting marshmallows and, most importantly, making lifelong memories.
Together in an RV, family fun takes on a whole new meaning. While on the road, turn off the MP3 players, DVDs and handheld games and, instead, play favorite games to engage the mind and encourage interaction. Remember favorites like license plate challenge, I spy, the alphabet game? Step back in time and pass time playing old-time favorites that will seem new to your children. Need a wager to entice older children? How about playing for big stakes like who has to scavenge for firewood, who's in charge of walking to the camp store for ice or who has to set up the awning?
To add to Mom and Dad's joy, RV vacations cost less. The bottom line is that the typical RV vacation for a family of four is, on average, 27% to 61% less expensive than other types of vacations studied. Even factoring in RV ownership and today's fuel costs, the study by PKF reveals that RV family vacations tend to be significantly lower in price and have a lesser impact on the family budget.
Less stressful, less hassle, less expensive, but more enlightening, more bonding, more fun and more lifelong memories created…no wonder RV vacations are the road to family happiness.