It’s All About The Planning…

Travel requires good planning! When we decide where we’re headed Chuck researches the routes and driving times and plans the fuel and RV park stops.  Critical to our planning is checking what the weather looks like – both short and long term.  He looks at most destinations on the satellite view of Apple Maps ensuring there are no surprises (like we don’t fit).   I research the ‘fun stuff’ which usually determines our length of stay.  Our planning requires both an “A” and “B” plan with lots of flexibility, especially when weather is the concern.

But, for those that don’t like to plan there’s big business in others organizing RV vacation rallies and caravans and it’s a pretty competitive market. There is something for everyone and I call it the “all inclusive vacation” for RV’s!

An RV Rally is a “staycation”.  You drive to the pre-arranged destination, park for a few days and enjoy the planned activities.  You can visit NYC, New Orleans during Mardi Gras, Calgary for its Stampede, San Antonio during its Fiesta, the Kentucky Derby and more. Our 1st RV staycation was ringing in 2015 at the most amazing Annual Rose Parade Rally in Pasadena, CA.  If you haven’t already read about it, check it out below.

Everything’s Coming Up Roses [Part 1 of 4]

Most recently, we met up with 10 other coaches to take part in the five-day SOI Taste of Las Vegas Rally. 

EVERYTHING is arranged for you and you don’t have to do anything except pay the price and show up on the right day.  RV spots are confirmed and paid for. Itinerary is set, meals are planned, events are booked and tickets issued. Ground transportation is usually available.  Restaurants are pre-booked and reservations made. The organizers are able to take advantage of group discounts which go a long way to keeping the costs down.  Every detail is taken care of – and you make some forever friends!

Just some of our recent Taste of Las Vegas Rally activities included:

. Planet Hollywood VIP seating for Vegas, The Show – the story of Vegas Entertainment
. Hoover Dam Bridge walk & Power Plant Tour
. Lake Mead Boat Tour
. Free time to visit ‘Seven Mountains’ and Bonnie & Clyde exhibit at Whisky Pete’s Casino
. Tour the Mob Museum – a National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement
. Buffet Dinner at Main Street Station
. Fremont Street Laser Light Show
. Free time to ride the 550′ High Roller
. Delicious Dinner at Pampas Brazilian Grille Steakhouse
. Cirque de Soleil extravaganza of Mystere at Treasure Island

“Seven Mountains” – $3.5M Art Installation smack in the middle of no where.

This Rally was great value for the money and well organized.   The RV park was centrally located with easy access to the Strip, shopping and highways.  Even though ground transportation was provided Chuck preferred to drive his truck.   This worked out fine since there’s free self-parking everywhere.  Trying to do everything on your own schedule is NOT an option.  Dealing with groups of people requires a set schedule so there’s a lot of “hurry up and wait”.  We finally were on time the last 2 days!  More importantly, we reconnected with ‘old’ friends that we met at the 2015 Rose Parade Rally and made ‘new’ ones.

Sitting in La Quinta, California enjoying a margarita (March, 2017) –

Chuck: where are we going when we leave Ontario in November?
Jacquie: Holy Moly – we’re not even back in Canada yet!
Chuck: We need to start planning…  

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