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The Ultimate Guide to a Cross Country Road Trip

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Crossing New Zealand is one thing. Going on a Road Trip in Australia is something else, but going on a trip through the United States of America is the ultimate adventure of adventures. It spans a continent, features deep canyons and tall peaks, deserts, and massive forests. Some of the world’s most famous cities, like New York City, San Francisco, LA, Las Vegas, all call the United States of America home, and the best way to enjoy all that it has to offer is on the road. 

The Best Way to Get Across the Country 

You have options when it comes to a road trip. Some want to feel the road as one and opt for a motorcycle. Others check out a car and drive from destination to destination. The best way, however, is with an RV rental

RV Options 

Large RVs can fit up to seven people and are perfect for big group road trips. They have air conditioning, a working bathroom, a gas-powered kitchen that includes a fridge and microwave, and can even pull additional weight behind them. 

Standard RVs are perfect for an average-sized family of five or less. They feature all the great amenities of the large RV, just with a smaller design.  

Compact RVs are perfect for small families or couples who want just a little bit more space than the truck camper. They are fully equipped with a working bathroom and kitchen and are great for both winter and summer road trips. 

Truck Camper RVs are great for those who have never driven large RVs before or other similar trucks. They are much easier to drive and can even come with a working bathroom, though their cooking capabilities are more limited. 

Packing for Long Haul Road Trips 

The next important step for your RV road trip is to prepare is what you are going to pack with you. 

Tips for an Efficient Road Trip Suitcase 

Good road trips are a few weeks at least, meaning that it isn’t feasible to bring enough clothes to wear once per day. The clothes you bring will, therefore, need to be hard-wearing and okay to wear again without being ironed or even being washed. The RV camps you stay in should have laundry facilities, but it’s best to choose items that can go a few wears without washing, just in case. 

This means choosing natural fabrics that wick away moisture. Jeans, for example, can be worn again and again without needing to be washed. Linen and wool are also great at keeping you dry, and wool is even hypoallergenic. 

The point is, they can be worn more than once, and chosen correctly can be worn in different ways throughout your trip. 

Tips for Stocking Up on Food 

Most RVs will come with a fridge and a microwave, but not all of them will come with a gas cooker. Even then, you are still down an oven, and it is important to plan your meals around that. 

If you have a cooker, stocking up on dry goods like pasta, rice, and other grains is a good idea. If you don’t, then there are options in stores, like microwavable rice. With a microwave, ready meals are, of course, always an option, though your ability to store them will be limited. 

Protein snacks, oatmeal, soups (which can be microwaved instead of cooked), and cereal are all a great set of basics to have with you. Try to stock up emergency provisions to ensure you always have something during your trip, and then as you travel to towns or pass by stores you can stock up more special meals. This way you’ll have food even if the weather takes a turn and pours down rain. 

Tips for Stocking Up on Toiletries 

You will have a shower and toilet in your RV, but that doesn’t mean you should just use any and all toiletries. Toilet paper, for example, can clog up septic tanks very easily. You will want to invest in a brand that is designed specifically to be used with RVs so that you can keep your toilet working for longer. 

Similarly, you won’t want to use toiletries that produce a lot of waste. You cannot throw it in the toilet and RVs have limited space to store garbage until you find a proper disposal unit. By using zero-waste products and reusable products you keep your RV spacious and clean. 

Tips for Planning Your Trip 

To help you plan a perfect trip, try implementing these top two tips: 

Choose a Region to Explore 

The United States of America is a big place and it would take months to explore the whole thing, even years. There is also a lot of farm space that doesn’t contain a lot of interest for a traveller. That’s why it is a good idea to explore a region. This could be the east coast, west coast, the south – whatever you pick, stick to that region and do it fully. 

You’ll have an excuse to go back and make the most out of your one trip. 

Stick to One or Two Big Things Per Day 

In order to see all the big-ticket items you will need to plan something, however. A good way to do this is to stick to either one or two big-ticket items per day, and then to give yourself three or four days at the end. These days can be used as break days whenever you want. 

As you are in an RV, you have more freedom in terms of your schedule. Unless you are travelling during the high season you should be able to find an RV camp along the way that has space for you for the night, and for a great price. 

Staying Safe on Your Road Trip 

Staying safe is very important. You will want to ensure that you are covered either by your own credit card or by travel insurance for emergencies and damages. You will also want to have roadside assistance and to prepare in advance, so you know safety tips when camping, on the road, and for all the activities you plan on doing. 

Cole is one half of New Zealand's leading adventure travel blogging couple who have been wearing out their jandals around the world since 2009. He loves any adventure activities and anything to do with the water whether it is Surfing, Diving, Swimming, Snorkeling or just lounging nearby on the beach. You can follow Cole on Google+. Or consider following us via RSS Feed, Twitter, Facebook and subscribe to our Newsletter.

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Time To Start Travelling Again – Soon!

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Fellow travelers, most of you must be feeling that old wanderlust very strongly right now! I’m pretty sure most of us are ready to go out and explore like we did before. The good news is that it looks like we are nearing that point.

Most major airlines and destinations are at the very least starting to open up and book non-humanitarian flights (check sites like SkyScanner & CheapOAir), with departure dates ranging from two weeks to three months’ time, depending on, depending on the destination.

So the question remains: where should you go first? Here are some of Four Jandals’ thoughts on the subject:

Montreal, Quebec, Canada

We’ve already been to Montreal many times before, as that link can surely show you. We really want to go back and enjoy the life in that vibrant city. Here’s a few reasons why:

-International flights will be available in a few weeks.

-Everything except for combat sports, amusement parks (La Ronde closed, too bad), and major events is now open.

-Cuisine, cuisine, and more cuisine. Bagels, smoked meat, poutine, mmmmmmm.

-Montreal for all it’s panache is surprisingly cheap if you know how to avoid the tourist traps.

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Why Punta Cana? Great all-inclusives. This option is really good for people who just want to kick back and relax and not necessarily even move that much, which is something maybe we all want at one time or another.

Several days of beaches, buffets, luxury accomodations and absolutely no schedule. And nobody else does it quite like they do it in Punta Cana!

Mexico City, Mexico

Mexico City gets a lot of tourism, but for some reason it’s always been greatly overlooked as tourist destination, all the same. This is a shame, because this city has a whole lot to offer.

First off, it’s a world-class culinary destination. You can get food from all over Mexico and all over the world here, from chapulines on the street corner to tacos to seafood Veracruz style to asados to Michelin star restaurants, Mexico City will never fail to disappoint a foodie!

Besides this, together with NYC and London, Mexico City features some of the world’s best and most prestigious museums. One could literally spend months on end here and still not see everything the museums have to offer.

Add to this great live music and nightlife in general, and a generally great climate (it’s rarely below 10 degrees or above 30 degrees centigrade over there), and most importantly, seriously awesome people. Everybody should check this city out at least once.

 

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G​ive yourself a Florida writer’s retreat

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While folks are still trying to social distance, many freelancers could use a getaway. The same gig in the same house with no coffee shops available to go to? It gets old after awhile.

A​ writer’s retreat might be in order for you. While holed away in a resort, you can get your freelancing organized on Top Content, order from hidden gem local restaurants, relax, enjoy, and get those creative juices flowing.

Florida may not be your top destination this summer. But if you’re looking for a new place to write all alone? Then severalFlorida destinations are a good bet, especially the less obvious ones.

S​tuart

North of Palm Beach County you’ll find calm, peaceful Martin County. Stuart is the largest city in Martin County. The small city boasts both great beaches and diminishing numbers of corona cases, and so it’s an ideal place to get away from it all right now. Because it’s on the water, Stuart is best known for its fresh seafood. Some restaurants are open for dining. Better yet, you can get fresh, local seafood delivered directly to your resort door.

I​slamorada

I​f you’re up for an oceanside drive to inspire your thoughts, make Islamorada the end of your journey. The Florida Keys are a writer’s paradise, even during the hot summer months. Less crowded than Key West and a lot closer, Islamorada Is everything you’re looking for in the Keys, only you can have it all to yourself. Almost every resort in town is directly on the beach, and yours for relatively cheap. Fresh seafood is plentiful, as is beautiful scenery. On your way down, stop at the Florida Keys Wild Bird Center.

A​popka

Immediately northwest of Orlando, Apopka features a ton of natural beauty and wifi enabled campgrounds. There are many RV and resort parks nearby, including Lost Lake RV Park and Magnolia Park, a campground featuring butterflies & peacocks. While trying to gain inspiration, you can stroll around hugeLake Apopka. Because it isso close to Orlando, Apopka has the shopping and amenities of a larger city. Once you’re there, though, you’ll feel like you’re way out in the country.

M​icanopy

Just outside of Gainesville and close to Cross Creek, the famed home of Florida writing legend Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, you’ll find Micanopy. Named after a title given to Alachua Seminole leaders, this town is a well-preserved slice of old Florida. One great place to stay is the Herlong Mansion, currently running a reopening deal.

S​ebastian

W​ith wifi-enabled camping grounds, coastal views, and quiet summers, Sebastian is a prime place to visit. The town motto is “Friendly People and Six Old Grouches,” but the six old grouches probably went back up north for the summer. Hotel rates are low, and between Sebastian and neighbor Vero Beach, you can fulfill whatever food or shopping needs you might have. One optionis the Sportsman’s Lodge, a weekly and extended stay property that boasts especially low rates between May & December. Call ahead if you’re looking to book a stay.

A​ change of pace can be great for the writer’s imagination. Hopefully, you can find it in Florida this summer.

 

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The Best Cities for New Opportunities

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Even in this time, one service that will still remain essential is moving. While relocating to a whole new area might not be at the forefront of many people’s minds right now, there are lots of wonderful places ready to welcome you to a whole new lifestyle. Although lots of people are staying put this summer, moving is one of the safest adventures right now.

If you’re looking to start a new business in your new location, be sure to check out the New American Bancard company at https://www.northamericanbancard.com/ for help getting off the ground. The post-pandemic economy will be a place that a lot of people are looking to start over, so get moving now.

Sarasota, FL

With calm beaches, great culture, and a slower pace of life, Sarasota is a destination for more than just vacationing. Outstanding restaurants and the picturesque gulf waters are anchored by low cost of living and lots of available housing. Schools are great and performing arts thrive in Sarasota, and living close to The Ringling Museum is pretty great, too. If you need great local movers when you arrive, be sure to call Great Local Movers, who will be happy to welcome you to the jewel of west Florida.

Franklin, TN

Want Music City Magic without the Music City cost of rent? 30 minutes south of Nashville, you’ll find your answer. While costs in Tennessee are rising, Franklin remains an affordable option for many singles & families. Close to the Smokey Mountains for nature lovers, Franklin also boasts the historic Mockingbird Theater, a local gem.

Provo, UT

A booming tech sector and growing cultural scene helps boost Provo’s reputation as “the Austin of the Mountain West.” With low cost of living, an exciting music scene, and enormous job growth, you might want to get in on the goods of Provo now, while costs are still low. Proximity to the benefits of Salt Lake City and the stunning beauty of Zion National Park are also terrific reasons to head west.

Lancaster, PA

Close to Amish Country, Philadelphia, and dubbed the new Brooklyn, Lancaster is a great place to move to. It has outstanding restaurants, incredible shopping, and is a rising star on the East Coast. Lancaster offers a lower cost of living with reasonable access to the biggest cities on the Eastern Seaboard. It is a great place to relocate for both young professionals and for families.

Boise, ID

If you’re looking to leave behind urban life without leaving behind culture and opportunities, Boise is for you. Idaho’s largest city experienced growth three times that of the national average in the last decade. Boise is only looking up from there. The natural beauty of the city is boosted by a nearby central Idaho dark sky preserve.

Think of a big move like a very big vacation. Take the plunge, and you might thank yourself once the world has returned to normal.

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