Doubts about traveling full time in an RV with your kids? I know the feeling… Before we left, I had a lot of worries. But I can tell you this: there are five extremely good reasons to take your kids and just go!
Traveling full time in an RV: we are hooked
We traveled six months in our RV through Spain and Portugal with our 1yo. We went back to the Netherland when I was pregnant again, but we knew for sure: we would leave again as a family of four.
We are hooked about traveling full time in an RV with kids and here’s why!
An RV provides stability on the road
When we thought of traveling Europe, we couldn’t imagine going from AirBnB to AirBnB. I got exhausted by the idea! With a very curious and active baby in tow, I didn’t want to make every apartment babyproof before settling in. Also, we would probably get annoyed with the unpacking thing very fast. So a room where we had our belongings in a fixed place, which we only needed to make babyproof once, sounded like a great idea. And it was!
It was amazing to see how our baby could play freely in our RV. He knew exactly what he was allowed to do and touch, and although our RV was parked in different places, he had his bed in the same spot day in day out.
In this way, we provided recognition and familiarity to our baby.
RV full-timing is a flexible way of traveling
Don’t you like the campsite or the area? Tired of those noisy neighbors? Just pack your things and get going! We got very lucky with the campsites. We stayed on 25 different campings in six months, and only one was not so great. Of course, we left this one as soon as was possible! And when we truly enjoyed a campsite, for example, because we met very nice people, we just stayed longer.
And when we enjoyed a campsite, for example, because we met very friendly people, we just stayed longer.
Many affordable super campsites in Europe
In Europe, family camping is widespread. Particularly in countries like France and Spain, there are many beautiful campsites with children facilities. When you travel in the low season, you won’t even pay so much per night (approximately € 15 to € 17 per night, as you can see here in my overview of our monthly expenses). For this low fee, you get a swimming pool, playgrounds, sports area, a supermarket, and sometimes even free WiFi.
On a campsite in Spain, Andalucia, having lunch
You live more outdoors
When living in a house or staying in an apartment, you are probably inclined to stay indoors when it is a bit cold or cloudy. On a campsite, while living in an RV, you will go outside every single day, even when the weather is bad. We ate outside with 15 degrees. Of course, we prefer 20 and higher, but 15 was doable with an extra sweater and scarf. When I look back at the pictures of those six months, I see healthy faces with skin sun tanned. Also, being outside all days gives you lots of energy.
We ate outside with 15 degrees. Of course, we prefer 20 and higher, but 15 was doable with an extra sweater and scarf. When I look back at the pictures of those six months, I see healthy faces with skin sun tanned. Also, being outside all days gives you lots of energy.
And most importantly: you’re kids will love it! Playing outside is a great way to get rid of some energy. It makes them tired, but in a good way so they sleep well. And they learn so much from playing in nature.
It is orderly and structured
When we moved from 150 to 15 square meters, we had to minimize a lot. We were forced to really take a good look at what stuff we needed. In the end, we only took the essentials with us. Now we know that even this was too much! Minimalism is a process so we continue minimizing until we only have stuff we use and need.
Also, the things we took with us, were all well-organised in boxes. There was no room to make a mess. Once you leave things lying around, you will get annoyed almost immediately. And there is no way around it because of the limited space. Of course, you can minimalize and be well-organised in a house as well. But living on 15 square meters instead of 100+ forces you to keep it up.
Enough reasons to start traveling full time with an RV, right?! I hope this inspires you! If you have any doubts or questions, please feel free to leave a comment. I will gladly answer your questions.
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