RV travel with your spouse can be one of the best experiences of your life – or it can be, well, not so great. Traveling in close quarters with your spouse for extended periods of time is only going to be successful if you two are on the same page for most of the journey. While the occasional disagreement is bound to pop up, you want to keep the peace for the majority of your trip if you are going to have great memories to look back on for years to come.
In an effort to help you operate as a happy couple throughout your RV adventure, following are five tips for your consideration.
Tip #1 – Plan the Itinerary in Advance – and Together
Putting only one person in charge of planning the itinerary is a recipe for disaster once you head out on your vacation. Even if you have been married for many years, you still may not know exactly what things your spouse will find fun or interesting. If you plan an itinerary that includes a bunch of stops your spouse has no interest in seeing, the trip may become an ongoing battle. By working closely together to plan your activities and destinations, you stand a much better chance of both enjoying the journey.
Tip #2 – Plan Alone Time
This might be the most important part of the trip planning process. Even people in the strongest of relationships need alone time to relax, unwind, and recharge. It isn’t a sign of weakness to spend some time apart – in fact, it is usually a sign of strength. Plan some ‘me’ time into your vacation so both of you can do individual activities that you enjoy such as reading, fishing, going for a walk, etc.
Tip #3 – Keep the RV Clean
Modern RV’s are designed to be just as comfortable as home, but they will never be as big. When you are living in the close quarters of an RV for any period of time, cleanliness is an essential part of happiness. By keeping the RV free of clutter, you will feel like you have more space to move around, and you will have a better chance of not getting on each other’s nerves.
Tip #4 – Spend Time with Others
If you are staying in an RV park, walk around to various sites and introduce yourself to people. By making new friends along the way, you will have other people to talk to during your journey. It is hard to always think of new things to talk about when you and your spouse have been alone for some time. RV parks are a great place to make friends, and those friends could go a long way toward enhancing the enjoyment of your vacation.
Tip #5 – Be Nice
One of the best pieces of relationship advice that you can receive is simply to be nice to each other. While this should apply every day of the year, it is especially important when you are staying together in an RV. As long as you are considerate of one another throughout the trip, you should be able to have a wonderful vacation in your RV.