Planning your honeymoon and hoping for the adventurous and unusual, as well as the affordable? Honeymooning by RV could fill the bill and allow you to create a unique and memorable journey.
Not convinced it’s for you? Answer these questions to learn whether an RV honeymoon suits your style:
- Do you enjoy spending time in nature? RV camping in beautiful, natural settings can feed your need to be outdoors while providing a romantic setting for your honeymoon.
- Does the open road appeal to your sense of adventure? Honeymooners who hate the idea of long flights, airport lines and their special trip spent in the confines of a resort will love the freedom of driving, stopping and discovering on their own schedule.
- Do you enjoy sharing adventure sports as a couple? More than ever, adventure-seeking couples are opting to camp in places where trail running, canyoneering, mountain biking and other physical challenges can be shared—so why not start your marriage right by doing so on your honeymoon?
- Do you hope to stay within budget while enjoying the perfect honeymoon? RV camping can be economical, even if you don’t own a motorhome or travel trailer. RV rentals allow many more couples to travel in RV comfort, and the cost to rent a campsite is usually much less than a hotel room.
If you’ve answered yes to any one of the questions above, you’re a prime candidate for enjoying an epic honeymoon by RV.
But where to go and what to do once you’re there? Glad you asked—here are some helpful tips for planning the perfect RV honeymoon.
Choose Your Destinations and Activities for an RV Honeymoon
As you begin to do your research, you’ll probably be amazed at the places you can honeymoon in an RV. For some couples, the beach is the only place to spend their first trip after the wedding.
Camping at the beach in an RV is easy, as ocean-side RV resorts and campgrounds abound along America’s eastern, western and southern shores.
But what if you’d like to honeymoon along a mountain stream, near big city attractions, or in several state parks on a chosen route? It’s all up to you … you’ll find RV campgrounds everywhere, from deep within a national forest to right next door to casinos, shopping and restaurants.
Another idea that’s gaining popularity among a whole new generation of campers is to choose a historic roadway, such as Route 66, A1A Scenic and Historic Coastal Byway in Florida or California Highway 49 and follow it from beginning to end.
Decide together what you’d like to do while honeymoon camping. Will you stay close to the campground with day trips to explore natural wonders, local culture, and historic sites? Maybe you plan to hike or bike the surrounding countryside or go whitewater rafting down a wild and scenic river.
Whatever your interests, plan ahead and make reservations early with campgrounds, outfitters and tours to ensure the best experience on your RV honeymoon.
Choosing the Right Rig for an RV Honeymoon
If you already own an RV, that’s awesome. All that’s left to do is pick your honeymoon destination and start packing.
If you aren’t an RV owner, however, you’ve still got a lot of options for finding a honeymoon cottage on wheels.
Check with local RV rental agencies about the models they rent and select the date and time for pickup that makes the most sense in your wedding schedule. Choosing the right RV for your honeymoon getaway can be confusing, but by asking questions and doing a little research ahead of time, you can pick your RV based on how much room you’ll need, how much you’d like to spend and what options you’d like to have on board.
Let’s stop here and recognize the luxury of today’s recreational vehicles. From appliance-rich kitchens to built-in electronics, comfortable beds and baths and features like power brakes and steering, RVs are built to make life comfortable and convenient on the road.
Most rental agencies offer in-depth instruction on how to operate an RV safely and also how to setup at the campground. After that, it’s a matter of picking up the RV, packing the clothes and supplies that suit your planned activities and hitting the road.
Another possibility is to fly to an airport near your honeymoon camping destination if you’d like less time on the road and more time actually camping and pick up the RV there. You can also look for campgrounds with on-site RV rental units, all setup and ready to go. Again, RV travel and camping are all about flexibility. Choose what works best for your honeymoon plans.
It’s beginning to make sense, isn’t it, traveling in RV comfort and convenience on your honeymoon? What better way to start a life together, with a trip that’s custom designed to fit your interests, budget and sense of adventure? Who knows—your first trip as a married couple could be the beginning of a travel tradition!
Joe Laing is the Marketing Director for El Monte RV, a nationwide RV rental company. Joe has been on the road working within the travel industry for over 20 years and greatly enjoys exploring the outdoors. He is also actively involved in numerous campground associations, including RVIA's Go RV'ing committee, as well as travel industry associations.