While I have not had the joy of travelling in an RV with kids as an adult, I remember fondly my days back in Australia exploring the country in a small caravan with my parents and my brother as a kid. We would spend weeks – sometimes even months – travelling to and thru remote rural destinations.
I have fond memories of camping on some dusty campground, exploring and getting into all sorts of mild mischief. With the benefits of hindsight, I can see that we were not exactly living it up – these were cheap campgrounds – but that made no difference to me as a kid. I still had a great time.
Our little trailer was a popup. My brother and I were squeezed into a little place that I don’t think I could handle sleeping in alone now; I have simply grown too tall! My head was right by the hum of the refrigerator, which I thought at the time was rather cool.
These travels did spoil me somewhat. We had amenities such as a sink, a little stove, and the like. While not luxurious, it makes tent camping look rather primitive to me as an adult; and I think all my camping exploits since then have been shaped by the desire for at least those basic comforts.
We did not have a bathroom in our camper. I remember this distinctly, as in the middle of the night we had to go walking across the campground to make use of the facilities. This was rather terrifying for me as a young kid – I recall expecting some sort of monster to be out there waiting for me. I was also afraid I would tread on a snake or a spider – not unnatural fears for an Aussie kid!
I do not have kids myself, but if I did, I would definitely take them out on similar trips. I had so much fun, and learnt a lot more about the world than I would have simply sitting in front of the television. In today’s gadget oriented world children could really benefit from seeing more of the ‘real’ world.
Those early family trips fostered my great love of the outdoors, and a love of the ‘gypsy’ lifestyle that I wouldn’t trade for anything. I am confident I would never have fallen in love with the full-time RV’ing lifestyle without those early experiences. Thank you Mom and Dad!