A cruise? Overrated.
A ski trip? Too cold.
If you’re thinking that you want your honeymoon to be less cliché and more creative, more “you,” you’re not alone. In fact, a recent SpareFoot survey found that almost 65 percent of respondents – and a whopping 70 percent of millennials – would be interested in an RV honeymoon.
If you think about it, it just makes sense: Hitting the open road with your honey on an adventure together is the ultimate in romance, not to mention the endless ‘gram-worthy moments you’ll be collecting.
If you’re considering an RV honeymoon, read on for the details on what will make it work.
1. You don’t have to be a pro.
Take it from Annabelle Needles, age 30, and her husband Christian Monticello, age 38, who were total novices when they decided to take an RV honeymoon. In fact, neither of them had driven or slept in one before their current trip.
But when they decided to take the plunge, they are people who jump in with both feet: In fact, they are currently on a year-long RV trip around the United States.
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What gave them the bug?
“It was something we always thought about doing ‘someday,’ but then we realized it was silly to wait for that mythical day,” Needles said. They decided to take advantage of the opportunity while they were young and before they started a family. In addition both have remote jobs, making it totally doable.
They sold off the bulk of their possessions, then packed the sentimental or irreplaceable items they’ll want in their future house in a storage unit in their home base of Denver.
Now, we’re not suggesting you have to sell everything you have and hit the road for an extended period of time to make an RV honeymoon successful, but it is pretty cool, right?
2. Plan early.
Of course, the length of your trip will help dictate how much planning is needed, but the sooner, the better, advises Needles, who started their planning about a year in advance. And, as with anything, the more popular the destination, the farther ahead you have to plan.
Florida, Arizona and Texas all get booked out a year in advance for winter months, as do popular national parks like the Grand Canyon, Yosemite and Yellowstone in the summer, Needles notes.
They wanted to focus on RV campgrounds, which are often set in natural surroundings, but the challenge is that not all of them take reservations, and you’re most likely going to want to choose a destination where you can make a reservation.
Try RoverPass.com to find sites where you can reserve in advance, for the peace of mind that comes with knowing where you’re going to park for the night after a long day of driving. Another option is to plan your trip to include visits to family and friends who might not have been able to make it the wedding.
3. Run the numbers.
An RV honeymoon sounds like it’s pretty cheap, but is it really? RV enthusiast Sondra Rochelle recommends you consider all the costs of an RV honeymoon, which will include:
- RV Rental: An RV will run you approximately $100 a day, cheaper than most hotel rooms.
- Gas: As an estimate, consider that gas costs about $3 a gallon and an RV averages about 10 miles a gallon. If your trip is 2,000 miles, say from Chicago to Los Angeles, that will run you about $600, certainly cheaper than two airline tickets.
- Camping Fees: You can refer to the site booking website, or Rochelle also recommends checking out the Good Sam Club guide to find great rates. And she notes that if you stay in one place for a while, you can get a discount on the total fees.
- If you’re buying an RV, chances are you will need to find a secure place to store it if you decide to keep it for another adventure. Prices range widely depending on whether you are parking on an open lot or in an enclosed structure.
4. Size matters.
First off, you’re going to have to drive the darn thing, so make sure you’ve had ample experience maneuvering it. But you also want it to be at least a little nimble. Remember that if you don’t have a tow-vehicle with you for excursions away from the RV, you’ll need to move your whole “house” every time you run out of milk (or champagne). The smaller the RV, the less hassle it is to get in and out of grocery store parking lots.
Needles suggests choosing one that’s 25 feet or less, which will make it easier to go to the store, run errands or do anything away from your campsite. It is just the two of you after all.
Bonus: Smaller RVs are also accepted in more campgrounds, especially the particularly scenic national park ones, due to length/weight limitations that many have.
5. Practice driving.
Of course, driving an RV can feel really awkward and intimidating at first, so take plenty of practice runs before you hit the open road. Even if you feel super comfortable, though, beware bridges and tunnels, which can be very nerve-wracking, cautions Needles.
6. Let someone else pay for it.
Just kidding (sort of). But you can use your registry as a way to fund some of the special events you’d love to try on your trip. Needles and Monticello registered with Zola.com, which offered options for food tours, couples massages and other experiences that their friends could gift. One that Needles is particularly looking forward to? A champagne boat cruise at sunset in the Florida Keys.
You can also set up different cash funds for people to contribute to, like tickets to a baseball game or a gas fund. Another option is an all-cash registry like “The Newlywed Fund” which is hosted at TheKnot.com.
And of course, you can add in the items that you need to make the RV honeymoon a little more comfortable, such as kitchen gadgets or camping gear.
7. Don’t spend all your money eating out.
One of the benefits of an RV is a ready-made kitchen so plan to cook some meals “at home.” Having a fridge and a small kitchen means you don’t have to blow all your money on restaurants, especially mediocre ones that you might find on the road.
“As much as we love experiencing the local cuisine of the places we visit, sometimes it’s just as nice to have a glass of wine and cook dinner together or be able to prepare a romantic breakfast in bed,” Needles says.
8. Conquer your fear – you won’t regret it.
“When we started this RV honeymoon, we had a lot of apprehension and mixed emotions,” says Needles, particularly fearing catastrophic tire blow-outs and those darn bridges.
“But we pushed past our fears, and once we got on the road, we found much of our apprehension came from the fear of the unknown,” she says, adding that the trip has gone extremely smoothly. “We have been having a fantastic time out on our RV honeymoon adventure. There really wasn’t anything to be afraid of, except, maybe bridges and tunnels—they’re jerks.”