7 Motorhome Mantras to Live By
Veteran motorhomers know that there are a few solid truths to live by when you’re on the road - read on for a taste of their motorhoming wisdom.
It’s no exaggeration to say that motorhoming is a way of life. And it doesn’t matter whether you’re a weekend warrior who takes advantage of the odd three day weekend to trip off to a nearby holiday spot or a motorhome veteran who spends months at a time on the road, there are some things about the art of motorhoming that remain unassailable truths. These maxims have been tried and tested over the course of many years and many, many journeys - they are the axioms that every motorhome holidaymaker should know.
1. Bring less
This is something that most people learn fairly early on. You only have to go on one or two motorhome vacations during which you try to bring along all the conveniences of home before you realise the folly of your ways. That’s not to say that motorhome holidays can’t be indulgent or luxurious - but you’ll quickly discover that this has far more to do with the experiences along the way than the material possessions you bring with you.
2. Slow down
Although this could be taken literally (road safety is always important) it really refers to a way of life. One of the chief pleasures of motorhome travel is stopping along the way to enjoy the view, to do a little exploring or even to stay the night in a particularly beautiful place. A motorhome gives you unique freedoms when travelling, so don’t just rush from one destination to the next - take the time to discover a few hidden gems along the way.
3. Be prepared
Sure, the Boy Scouts may have come up with this one first, but it’s also essential for motorhome journeys. In order to make sure that you have the best time possible, it’s always a good idea to put a bit of thought and time into your prep. Whether that means pre-making meals for storage and quick heating later, or just ensuring that you have a well stocked first aid kit handy, a little bit of effort spent in preparation can save you a load of hassle down the line.
4. Embrace change
One of the things you can count on when taking a motorhome holiday is that not everything will go to plan. No matter how meticulously you plan your itinerary or sort out your packing list, there will always be some unpredictable factor that puts the cat amongst the pigeons. But you know what? It doesn’t matter. A motorhome gives you the flexibility to roll with the punches and adapt your plan on the fly - often, it’s times like these when the best vacation memories are made.
5. Think outside the box
Don’t be afraid to get creative when it comes to figuring out how to get the most out of your motorhome holiday. One of the things about travelling in a motorhome is that you have limited room to work with. Rather than letting that cramp your style, figure out ways to make the most of the space that you do have. Or, if you’re a little unsure where to start, you can always steal a few pointers from those who’ve travelled like this many times before. Check out these motorhome life hacks to kickstart your creativity.
6. Try new things
It’s easy to get stuck in the same old routine when it comes to holidays, but if you’re setting out on a motorhome adventure this is the perfect opportunity to break away from tradition and try things you’ve never experienced before. Go somewhere you’ve never been, do something you’ve always been too scared to do, try new foods, meet new people… you’ll soon find that motorhome holidays lend themselves perfectly to embracing the unfamiliar.
7. Look around you
This is good advice for any kind of road trip, but it’s particularly apt for motorhome journeys as there’s always the chance you’ll find an amazing place to stay completely by accident. It is far too easy to become absorbed in your own thoughts and plans, and completely miss the scenic wonders that you’re passing by. Don’t let this happen to you - there’s so much to see when you’re on the road, especially when visiting somewhere new. A little mindfulness will go a long way toward ensuring that your trip is a truly special one.