I came across this subject on a television show about a month back and I just had to make a mental note of it, so I could include the topic on this site – why travel in an RV?
Granted, it sounds like a strange subject for me to cover, but it’s a fascinating health angle – apparently, traveling by RV may be one of the healthiest – and least stressful – ways to travel.
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The Road Trip
I’ll level with you here – I’m a tall guy and therefore I’m not the biggest fan of road trips or camping (tents are nowhere near big enough for my comfort needs!). But, the idea of taking a road trip is still romantic and exhilarating, even though I know I’m not going to be that comfortable during it!
I do love the idea of just jumping in a vehicle and setting off to discover the vast and varied landscapes my country has to offer.
Below are a few health reasons you may want to opt for the open road on your next vacation, instead of taking the more traditional germ magnet options…
1) Think About Your Immune System
We’d all agree that airplanes and airports are popular destinations for those of us looking to take a holiday, right?
Yep – a LOT of people go through these areas on an hourly basis. This is the reason so many airports, and the airplanes that land/depart from them, are riddled with germs.
A recent study by a popular insurance quotes website resulted in some shocking facts coming to light – airport check-in kiosks and water fountain buttons were way more ‘infested’ than any place you can find in your home (and that includes the bloody bathroom!).
It gets worse…
When you board the plane, you are then in danger of the disease-ridden fold-down tray table (yep – the one you eat off!!!). Apparently most of these trays are covered in eight times the amount of bacteria you’d find on the lavatory flush button.
Have I managed to put you off your food yet?
2) Control Your RV Diet
We’ve covered it in numerous articles on this site before – so it’s a FACT…
People who cook for themselves, end up with a healthier diet than those who opt to eat out (as I pointed out above – it’s a FACT!).
In an RV, equipped with a kitchen, you’re able to avoid the typical pitfalls of eating on the go.
I’ve done it myself on numerous occasions, especially going through the London systems as I try and get to Paddington Station…and home to Wales! 🙂
Fast food is everywhere, you’re starving and you have little time – what ya gonna do?
Bang up a Burger King or a slice of Pizza etc – it’s quick, it’s easy and most of the time…it don’t cost that much!
On a RV trip you are free to stop off at any grocers or farmer’s markets you want. Get back to your traveling base and whip up a healthy meal for the family.
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3) The Nature Boost
Recent studies show us that simply looking at, and being in nature, brings peace to the brain. Sure, it sounds a little ‘hippie’ and ‘new age’, but there is a lot of truth behind it.
Some experts have even gone as far as saying that nature, and the views it provides, can boost your mental health long-term and may even help protect against mental illness.
So get out on that open road and take in the beautiful natural landscapes that your country offers – it’s good for your mood, and good for your mental health!
4) Sleep Naturally
I don’t know about you, but I struggle BIG TIME to fall asleep on a long plane journey. Maybe it’s down to my height? Maybe I work myself up too much and I’m too bored?
No idea what it is really – but sleeping naturally comes hard to me (and many others) when I’m on a plane!
In 2014, Expedia released results of a report they had carried out on Airplane Etiquette – it was a kind of survey. They claim that after they asked 1,000 Americans about on-board behavior…just over 15% of them admitted to using ‘cheeky methods’ to get some shut eye on plane journeys.
Well, that’s my way of politely saying medication or alcohol.
I can level with this, as I’ve done it many times before in the past.
You’ll never have this problem on a RV journey – you can always sleep in a bed, and you can even take your own pillow along if you want to!
Simply pull over in a safe area, or even a cheap campsite, and get a good night’s sleep before you carry on with your adventure.
5) Remove The Package Holiday Stress
Finally booking a holiday gives you a great feeling…initially…
But when it comes to getting to your destination, and meeting certain deadlines, the stress starts to seep through.
These types of holidays give you zero control over your plans or pace – never a calming influence on your general mental health.
Take back control and be in charge of your own adventure for once – get up when you want, eat when you want, travel when you want…and control your own vacation for once!
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