10 Reasons To Stay in an RV Park vs. a Hotel While on Vacation

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Planning your next vacation can be difficult, especially when taking into consideration accommodations for children. Hotel prices add up quickly and can add stress to what should be a relaxing vacation. Here are just a few great reasons to choose an RV park instead of a hotel on your next family vacation.

  1. When Traveling, You Can Park for Free

When you’re on your way to your vacation destination, you don’t want to have to hassle with hooking up your RV just for a few hours of sleep on the road. The good news is that you can park for free at certain places like Walmart and Cracker Barrel. The best practice is to call ahead and ask if the location allows RVs to stay overnight to make sure. Otherwise, you could get a knock on your door in the middle of the night and have to move on.

  1. You Don’t Have to Spend Money on Eating Out

Besides hotel costs, the second biggest money saver when vacationing in an RV is the ability to save a lot on dining out. Not only that, but cooking your own food either in the RV’s kitchen or on a BBQ or open fire guarantees you have more options to eat healthily. Plus, you shouldn’t need to spend much more than you normally do one stocking the fridge with all the kid’s favorites. Apart from classic campsite goodies, you can ensure everyone eats a balanced diet and save yourself from buying expensive restaurant fare.

  1. RV Parks Often Have Great Amenities — and Views

RV parks often have terrific amenities, beyond a swimming pool, that you won’t find at a hotel. For example, some parks have lakes or docks for fishing and boating. Many RV campgrounds even have mini-golf, playgrounds, hiking trails, group events and activities for all ages, as well as other forms of entertainment for the whole family. And if you stay in a place that’s known for tourism, you’re likely to find some very nice RV resorts. For example, there are RV Parks in Lake George, NY that offer beautiful lake and mountain views, and offer resort-style amenities for the whole family. 

  1. You Don’t Have to Rent a Car

Depending on where you plan on going and where you have set up camp, you probably won’t have to rent a car to get around. Your bed for the night conveniently has wheels to take you where you want to go. Planning a day trip has never been easier, just fill up on gas and get going. No need for early rising, dealing with rental car prices or time constraints. And if you’re pulling a camper, all you have to do is unhook it at the campsite so you can go places in your vehicle. 

  1. You Can Meet New People

When staying in hotels, there are almost no opportunities to meet new people. RV campgrounds are full of diverse groups of people from all walks of life, usually eager to share time, space and stories with newcomers. Don’t be afraid to branch out and meet your neighbors or other families participating in camp activities.

  1. There’s Room to Play

In hotels, you run the risk of young children being cooped up. However, while staying at various campsites there is usually plenty of room for kids to run around and explore right by your site. Parents can sit and relax while kids ride bikes or play sports nearby.

  1. You Can Invite Guests 

If you want to bring along friends or extend an invitation to other family members, an RV vacation is a perfect chance to add more people without going way over budget on extra hotel rooms. Sometimes buddy campsites allow two families to camp right next to each other and create their own common camp and play area between campers. With this option, everyone has their own space and double the room to socialize.

  1. You Can Bring Your Pets Along

If you have pets, there’s no reason to leave them at home while you vacation. By taking your pets along, you can save money on a sitter or boarding and give your furry friends a chance to experience new things. Most campgrounds are pet-friendly and have dog parks and walking trails available, so you can share the memories with every member of the family. 

  1. You Can Bring Along the Comforts of Home

If you are staying in an RV there’s no need to pack and unpack, you’ll know where everything is without searching through suitcases. Things will be just how you like them because you will be in control. Plus, you don’t have to risk having to sleep uncomfortable hotel bedding. Instead, you can rely on getting a good night’s sleep in your own bed.

  1. You’ll Have the Option of Unplugging 

An RV vacation can free you and your family from the burden of technology if you so choose. Take the family on adventures they won’t forget, build memories and take in the peace and beauty nature has to offer. Soaking up Vitamin D, breathing fresh oxygen and immersing yourself in nature can help boost your mood and relieve stress. You also can give your brain a chance to recover from the constant information overload of daily life. 

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