04 Oct

RVFTA #162 Greetings from Albuquerque, New Mexico!

On this episode of the RV Family Travel Atlas podcast, we are talking about our magical trip to New Mexico, otherwise known as the Land of Enchantment. We packed as much as we could into our brief stay and wanted to share the highlights with you.


From the amazing weather to the national monuments, volcanoes, great food, and shopping, we enjoyed a whirlwind tour of the Albuquerque region. Our visit left us asking one question: how soon do we get to go back?

Listen to hear us chat about…

  • The 5 things we learned about RVers in New Mexico
  • Petroglyph National Monument
  • Regional hiking
  • FOOD!!!!

You can also check out a complete review of the Albuquerque Central KOA, where we stayed during our visit, over on the Campground of the Week podcast episode #101.

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26 Jan

RVFTA #126 The Gift of the RV Kitchen: Traveling with Special Dietary Needs

 

On this episode of the RV Family Travel Atlas podcast, The Gift of the RV Kitchen, we are talking about one of the most amazing parts of RV travel…carrying your kitchen with you on the road!

For some of us, this is merely a convenience that we have become attached to, but travelers with special dietary needs, a self-contained kitchen is the only thing that makes travel a viable option.

Addressing allergies or dietary restrictions while traveling in an RV can be an overwhelming and daunting process, but we don’t want anyone to feel like it’s an insurmountable obstacle. So we invited Jenn and Jerome Braga from Our1Chance.com to pass along their advice for living an adventurous life while still staying safe and healthy.

Segment One: Meet the Bragas

The Bragas life took a dramatic turn when their youngest daughter was diagnosed with severe allergies. Although they were scared and overwhelmed, they were also determined to live life to the fullest and learn how to manage this ‘gift’. After purchasing a travel trailer so they could still vacation as a family, Jenn and Jerome discovered that they loved the RV lifestyle. Now they spend months at a time on the road every year in their renovated fifth wheel.

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02 Jan

A New Year’s Wish for Strong and Adventurous Women

If you are like me and the rest of the world right now, your head is full of ways to make 2017 your best year ever. As much as people dismiss the power of New Year’s resolutions, I personally love the fresh start and the opportunity to think about goals for the upcoming year. 

However, it’s easy to fall into the work out/dieting/decluttering death spiral of the “New Year, New You” marketplace. So if you like setting goals, but also want to avoid the cycle of negativity and disappointment, I wanted to share this piece that I wrote last year for Camp Cabela’s…

Recently, as Cabela’s hosted their Ladies Day Out event, I started thinking about what it means to be an outdoor woman and mother. I immediately recalled a moment from this past summer, when I was hiking in Acadia National Park with Jeremy and the boys.

We had arrived at the trailhead to Bubble Rock Mountain early in the morning and climbed to the summit without much effort. We all had tons of energy and were excited to be back in one of our favorite national parks. We were also excited to be hiking with our new rescue dog, Maggie, as her enthusiasm kept the boys moving forward with few complaints.

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29 Dec

RVFTA #122 Top Travel Highlights of 2016

Episode #122: Top Travel Highlights of 2016

Special Announcement: Beginning January 6th, we will be hosting RVFTA Live, an interactive Facebook Live Chat on Friday afternoons, 3 pm ET. See you there!

On this episode of the RV Family Travel Atlas podcast, we are reflecting back on our travel highlights of 2016. We spent over 70 nights in the RV, enjoying beaches and mountains, national parks and bustling cities. It was incredibly difficult to narrow down our top picks.

But we managed.

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In the first segment, we talk about the highlights that we both included on our lists (Links lead to other podcast episodes and blog posts with more details about activities and experiences):

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15 Dec

RVFTA #120 Saying Goodbye to Our Jayco White Hawk Travel Trailer

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Podcast Episode #120:

Saying Goodbye to Our Jayco White Hawk Travel Trailer

Well, the day is finally here. After 5 years, dozens of epic adventures, and hundreds of camping nights, we are finally saying goodbye to our Jayco White Hawk SQB Travel Trailer and trading her in for another rig.

We had a fantastic experience with this trailer, and we are only trading it in because we are entering a new season of RVing with bigger boys and bigger toys.

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10 Nov

RVFTA #114 Holidays at the Campground

hol On this episode of RV Family Travel Atlas, we are gearing up for the season by talking about holidays at the campground. We spent last Thanksgiving in our RV and just can’t wait to do it again this year. Listen to hear why this might be a great option for your family.

And set a reminder for our next Go RVing Facebook Chat on November 17th at 4 pm Central Time all about RVing and the Holidays!!! We had so much fun doing a live Facebook event this past August and we can’t wait for round 2!

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If you want to read a bit more about our first foray into holiday camping, check out this post from last year. Stephanie wrote it after spending both Thanksgiving and Christmas away from home in 2015. It was definitely different…but it was also exhilarating!

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02 Sep

RVFTA #104 Road Trip Wrap Up, Part 2

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On this week’s podcast episode of RV Family Travel Atlas, we are wrapping up our entire summer of travel with the second part of our Road Trip Reflections. We took two major trips this summer, and learned lessons about ourselves, our children, and our traveling styles on each of the trips.

In cased you missed it, you can check out Episode #99: Road Trip Wrap Up, Part 1 here.

Summer Road Trip Wrap Up

For this week’s Road Trip Wrap Up, we separated our reflections into two different segments: one for Jeremy and one for Stephanie. Take a listen as we discuss forgotten items, reading resolutions, deeply wooded campsites, finding wifi, the messy French Press, and trying out new activities. We will also talk about television and sleeping in.

Fair warning: things get a little heated with the last topic of conversation…the dreaded bathroom argument of 2016.

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04 Aug

#NPS100: Yellowstone National Park with Kerri Cox

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On this episode of RV Family Travel Atlas, we are so excited to be joined by Kerri Cox of TravelswithBirdy.com.

Kerri and her family took Birdy (their Jayco travel trailer) on another epic road trip this summer, celebrating the National Park Service centennial. One of the trip’s highlights was Yellowstone National Park, where they were able to appreciate first hand why this place is basically on everyone’s bucket list.

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16 Jun

RVFTA #93 Packing up the RV: Creating Prepacked Kits for Easy Travel

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On this week’s episode of RV Family Travel Atlas, we are talking about some of the items we pack for our longer summer trips. From craft kits to rainy day bins to sports buckets, we will dish on our go-to rec items for RV travel. Listen to hear our dos and don’t for creating stocked kits before you hit the road on your family vacation.

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27 May

RVFTA #90: Road Trip Tips!

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19 May

RVFTA #89: Unplugging Teens and Tweens for RV Travel with Special Guest Kerri Cox


Unplugging Teens and Tweens for RV Travel

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05 May

RVFTA #87: Greetings from Charleston, South Carolina!

Greetings form Charleston South Carolina

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24 Mar

RVFTA #81: Spring Camping Resolutions 2016

Spring Camping Resolutions 2016

Happy Spring, everybody! Here in the Northeast everyone is opening up the RVs and celebrating the beginning of camping season. And at RVFTA, that means it’s also time for our Spring Camping Resolutions.

We started this tradition last year on Episode #27, and it was fun (and a little nerve-wracking) for us to go back and listen to our resolutions from the beginning of camping season in 2015. We scored ourselves on our progress and accomplishments in the first segment of this show.

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02 Mar

Trip Planning: 6 Research Tips for Your RV Vacations

We are in serious trip planning mode for the spring season here at RVFTA and if you are a longtime listener and reader, you know that our number one travel tip of all time is to talk to the locals and trust their recommendations.

But that doesn’t mean we don’t do our research ahead of time.

Our current operating method is to arrive at any new destination with an understanding of what it is known for and a list of possible activities that we might enjoy. We also have a loose schedule in our minds since we have discovered it is easy to miss out on great experiences just because you didn’t have a grasp on operating hours or tour times. Our actual itinerary on most trips ends up being a combination of planning and kismet. Finding the sweet spot between these two things is always a work in progress.

So what do we do in advance of any longer RV trip? I recommend using all the usual online tools, then venturing off the beaten path. Here is my general process.

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15 Feb

Are We a Travel Trailer Nation?

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After a two year infatuation with the possibility of motorhome ownership I find myself firmly back in the camp of travel trailer owners.   I still think that I will eventually find myself behind the wheel of a Class A or Class C, but I am fairly certain that day is decades away. So why the change of heart? Is it just an economic reality?  Does a motorhome simply not  fit into our current budget? Or is it a matter of taste? Do I actually like travel trailers better?

It’s actually a combination of both.

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06 Jan

Holidays in the RV: Reflections on a New Adventure

It is the Twelfth Day of Christmas, and I am ready to throw my Christmas tree out the window.

Don’t get me wrong…I really do think it’s the most wonderful time of the year. But by New Year’s Day, I’m always ready to sweep up the last of the needles and call it quits on the holiday season.

This year, the holidays looked quite a bit different for us. We traveled on both Thanksgiving and Christmas, spending one in the RV and one in a hotel. So of course I have some thoughts and opinions. You have come to expect that from me.

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When Max and Theo were three years old, we traveled south to visit family over the Christmas holiday break. To be frank, it was a nightmare. Instead of enjoying our own family traditions and relaxing, we ended up tired and stressed. The trip ended and we said, No more. From now on we celebrate holidays in our own home.

And we did. Until this year. If you listened to the Thanksgiving podcast episode of Girl Camper, you heard me talk about how we have struggled to answer the question of what holidays will look like now that our extended family has moved far away. We have slowly let go of what a holiday should look like, and have started asking ourselves what we want it to look like.

This year we decided to try camping on Thanksgiving. I honestly did not know how I would like it, but I’m going to cut right to the chase…it was marvelous. The next month, my mother in law offered to send us to Great Wolf Lodge for Christmas…and it was just as awesome.

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So I’ve been thinking: Why did I enjoy holidays away from home so much? Why were these holiday travel experiences different from ones in the past?

Holidays are supposed to be about spending time with loved ones, right? But so often we get caught up in the planning, preparations, events, cleaning, baking, and general running around, and we end up stressed and exhausted.

When we spent Thanksgiving in the RV, 100% of our focus was on spending time together with family and friends. I wasn’t worried about a clean house or making 5 different desserts from scratch. I actually experienced more sustained gratefulness over this Thanksgiving weekend than I ever can remember in the past. We were doing fun things together, enjoying the last of the beautiful fall weather, and gathering with friends who we don’t often see.

On Christmas, we spent the morning at our house, opening gifts and enjoying a holiday breakfast. By noon we were off to Great Wolf Lodge. Again, I didn’t know how I would feel about the experience and again, I ended up feeling an overwhelming freedom spending time with my family instead of worrying about all the holiday busyness that can be so distracting. We were in bathing suits going down watersides instead of sitting around the living room feeling over stuffed and overstimulated. We weren’t installing batteries and breaking down cardboard boxes. We were just having fun.

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Don’t get me wrong, everything wasn’t perfect. I think if we did it again, I might want to develop some roadworthy traditions because I’m sentimental and love that stuff. Next year on Thanksgiving, for example, I would definitely do a campground meal instead of eating out at restaurant.

I was worried that spending the holidays away from our home would leave me feeling unfettered and strange. Instead, I felt more rooted than ever. Because I was completely experiencing the most important part of the holiday season…time with family.

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Happy New Year, and we wish you joy.

~Stephanie

16 Dec

We Want to Hear Your 2015 RV Highlight!

What was your top RV highlight of 2015?

Our New Year’s episode of RV Family Travel Atlas is just around the corner, and we will be sharing our top RV and travel moments from the year: new experiences, favorite travel destinations, and the family moments that made it all worth it.

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We might also throw in a few of our least favorite moments from 2015…just for good cheer.

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It would be awesome to include some of our readers’ and listeners’ top RV moments of the past year also. We know many of you purchased your first rig, upgraded to more fancy digs, or took your campers farther than ever before in 2015. You saw new places and experienced moments that will be talked about for years to come.

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Tell us about it. Send us an email at rvfamilytravelatlas@gmail.com, use the contact form on our site, or just comment below!

Happy New Year and Happy Trails,

Stephanie + Jeremy

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03 Dec

RVFTA #65 Opting Outside in Washington DC

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On this week’s episode of RV Family Travel Atlas, we are heading back to Washington DC, one of our favorite urban RV destinations. The combination of outdoor activities and historical interest make this one of the most family friendly vacation spots on the East Coast.

imagesWe decided to join at least a million other Americans on Black Friday who skipped a day of shopping to #optoutside. Instead we chose to enjoy a different kind of mall…our National one.

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04 Sep

RVFTA #51: Fall Camping Rocks

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On this week’s episode of RV Family Travel Atlas, we are celebrating the arrival of fall camping season!

Many people get a little bit mopey over Labor Day weekend as they say goodbye to the summer season.

But here at RVFTA, we are focusing on the positive and talking about all the reasons we think the fall just might be our favorite time of the year to hitch up and head out. After writing an article for KOA’s The Greater Outdoors, we were inspired to create a whole segment on the topic. Please chime in and tell us why you love fall camping!

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Plus for our recommendation of the week, these teachers are giving you one last summer reading assignment and demanding that you head over to Travelswithbirdy.com and read Kerry Cox’s amazing series of posts on Yosemite National Park.

You might have heard our interview with Kerri on Episode #48: Dispatches from Glacier and Yosemite. She gave a great description of her first time at one of America’s most popular national parks. But in her blog posts, Kerri dives a little deeper and talks about the good, the bad and the sublime of her family’s grand trip out west. Put aside a bit of time to dive into some great travel writing this week.

You may be crying into your potato salad about the shortening of the summer days. But here at RVFTA, we are breaking out the sweaters and the dutch oven chili recipe. This is Episode #51: Fall Camping Rocks!

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We are delighted to have Go RVing as our RVFTA sponsor. Listen for a message from them in our show. To find your AWAY head over to GoRving.com.

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29 Aug

RVFTA #50: Naughty Behavior at the Campground

On this week’s episode of RV Family Travel Atlas, we are talking about the naughty behaviors that can sometimes pop up when traveling with kids.

Nobody’s perfect and when environment, schedules, daily activities, and food are different, things are bound to get a little out of hand.

We will explore some of the hotspots we have identified and small tweaks that can make a big difference. Four areas that many parents seem to struggle with are…

  • Car Rides
  • Activities
  • Bedtime
  • Sweet Treats

Plus, we are reviewing a campground in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont, Sugar Ridge RV Park, where we whittled away the last days of summer vacation. Listen to hear the skinny on our latest New England campground discovery.

And we are reviewing Season 2 of Big Time RV on the Travel Channel this week. RV shows have become a bit more mainstream and this is one of our recent favorites.

You may have perfect angels that fly through campground trips with an aura of sweetness and light. But here at RVFTA, we have enough material to dedicate a whole podcast to this topic. Thanks for listening to Episode #50: Naughty Behavior at the Campground!

We are delighted to have Go RVing as our RVFTA sponsor. Listen for a message from them just a bit later in our show. To find your AWAY head over to gorving.com/rvfta.

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