Three Tips for Ditching the Plan on Your Next Vacation

Vacations are supposed to be about relaxing, having fun, and spending time with family. But, there’s an epidemic among travelers in the United States—over planning.

In the excitement of wanting to see every last thing that a particular area has to offer, many people plan every minute of their day, leaving little room for adventure, exploration, and surprises.

Although it is a good idea to plan out a few things that you really want to do (after all, that’s why you decided to vacation in a particular area in the first place), your vacation will make you feel like you need another vacation just to recuperate.

Instead, ditch the traditional plan and take back your vacation with these tips.

Skip the Hotels

It is true that having a hotel can make your trip more comfortable in the evening, but the fact is, booking your stay requires you to plan. You may have to plan weeks or months ahead in order to find a hotel with an available room in some areas. You probably won’t be spending much time in your hotel room anyway.

You’ll always have a place to stay if you check out Outdoorsy and rent an RV instead.

Another benefit of renting an RV is that you aren’t confined to a single area. If you feel like driving a few hours to the next town, you don’t have to worry about getting in your car and driving back to the hotel that night. An RV allows you to go with the flow, experiencing everything an area has to offer without the need for an itinerary.

Become a Local

There’s nothing wrong with taking in the sights on vacation, but living like a tourist can be expensive. Instead, live like a local:

  • Skip the restaurant and wait in line to get lunch at a food truck
  • Visit small mom and pop shops and neighborhood farmer’s markets
  • In big cities, take mass transit
  • Check out local events

Make a Pitstop for Roadside Attractions

Do you know where to find the world’s biggest beagle? How about the Hobo Museum? If you’re sticking to a schedule, you will never find out.

Roadside attractions were extremely popular decades ago, but today’s traveler rarely has time for such sites. Don’t be one of those travelers!

By planning a vacation that really isn’t planned at all, you can check out some of America’s roadside attractions. Of course, you can plan to visit a few, but if you’re hitting the road in an RV, we bet you’ll come across a few on your travels you can check out on a whim.

Don’t think you’ll miss out on everything an area has to offer by ditching the vacation plan. If you give it a try, you’ll find the exact opposite to be true. By avoiding a plan that has every minute of your day scheduled to a T, you can discover hidden gems, meet locals, and even kick up your feet and relax a little!