As we do our trip routing, sometimes we are detailed about which routes we will take, and other times we just put together a rough idea and go at a leisurely pace.
Typically, we get more precise when we plan to travel a long distance and/or have to be in certain places at certain times.
An example in trip routing:
When we made a major trip westward (New York to Oregon, June to October), we did have some time bound commitments, so our planning for this journey consisted of doing the following:
- We selected some campgrounds for part of the journey, in addition to boondocking. We targeted some of our Thousand Trails preserves, since we have paid membership fees in return for free stays.
- Then we looked at other 50% off discount parks such as Passport and Happy Campers, state parks and so on.
- Given the cost of fuel, we sought parks convenient
to our chosen route.
- Our advance planning gave us a general sense of where we would easily find Wal-Mart’s, rest stops, etc. We wanted to make some boondocking stops as we proceeded westward.
- After matching things up, we settled on a final route and made reservations where we could. And marked the calendar
to make further reservations later on, since some parks only allow
reservations within a specified window (60 days in advance, etc.)
We ended up going through Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa (maybe cutting across to Wisconsin or Minnesota). For this leg of the journey, we stayed about 2-6 days in each state.
We then spent a fair amount of time in South Dakota, and then traveled up to the North Dakota to Roosevelt National Park and Medora,
ND. Then we cut across Montana (with a great visit to Glacier National Park), through Idaho and Washington (another 4-5 day stay) and down into Oregon. And we ended this journey with a few weeks on the Oregon coast, an RV rally and some RV service.
When we made this trip, we didn’t have every detail nailed down – nor did we want to. But given the summer season in some popular
areas, we wanted to be able to count on some stops to just kick back and relax.
And after Oregon, we used the same sort of process to plan our travel southward into California. This time, we had greater flexibility, since we didn’t have as many prearranged commitments.
In general we find ourselves using a balance of pre-planning and just hitting the road when the spirit moves us.
Here are some trip routing resources to help plan your trip (or get someone to do it for you!):
Watch It Made in the U.S.A: A Visitor’s Guide to the Companies That Make Your Favorite Products What a great book full of interesting stops to make while on the road!
The Next Exit: A guide to help you know “what’s where” as you travel the highways.
More Trip Routing Resources to plan your trip:
Lots of directories for regional trips or travel throughout North
America, Road Atlas, The Next Exit, casino guides, owner’s handbooks,
cookbooks and more.