A trip to North America is a dream come true for anyone who loves nature and the big outdoors. And it was the beginning of the greatest journey I was about to experience with my wife. We had planned this trip for almost a year before we finally felt like we were ready. We thought we had covered every destination we planned to visit and listed every campground we planned to spend our nights in.
Last year we hired a campervan from Campervan Finder in New Zealand, which is the largest camper rental agency in not only NZ, but globally. They have a supplier list of 40+ companies with hundreds of campervans and motorhomes at their disposal, servicing Auckland, Christchurch, and Queenstown. This travel experience inspired us to not only write this blog post, but subsequently do more travelling and we ended up renting campers in Australia and the USA.
One of the hottest topics in adventure magazines these days is overlanding. You may have heard the term before from a friend of yours who happens to own a Jeep Wrangler or a Toyota 4Runner, and who often disappears for long weekends with a tent bolted on top of his vehicle.
The United States is full of outstanding natural and man-made lakes. These 10 lakes are stunningly beautiful and worth a visit, whether they are near your home or far away.
A guest post by Daniel of Destinationless Travel – Kakadu isn’t just about breathtaking landscapes; it’s also a great way to learn about Australia’s first settlers and traditional landowners. The Indigenous people of Australia have a history on the continent of around 40,000 years. Kakadu gives any visitor a chance to step back in time, to see how the Aboriginals lived off the land, and learn how special it all is to them.
A road trip offers a unique and memorable experience like no other. I have spent the past 14 months traveling in a campervan and can say with confidence this is my favorite to travel. Compared to a traditional vacation such as an airline flight to a sandy beach or cruise in the Bahamas; a great American road trip will leave you with a refreshing reflection of adventure.
Our next destination on our Summer Road Trip was the Columbia River Gorge in Oregon. We decided that the town of Hood River would make a great base for our adventures in the area, and it turned out to be a much better destination than we had originally hoped for, as we found vineyards, orchards, waterfalls, and amazing viewpoints around every turn.
The area west and south of Rapid City is home to several national and state parks as well as the famous and frequently photographed Mount Rushmore. While Mount Rushmore draws a huge number of visitors every year, visiting this area and skipping the rest of the region would be like swinging through Paris to see the Eiffel Tower and visiting nothing else. The park areas around Mount Rushmore include large tracts of land where Bison roam freely, one of the largest caves in the world, unique geological landscapes not found anywhere else in the world, and fun cultural and historical attractions.
Planning a weekend camping trip with a young child (or more than one) can be a real challenge, as we know. So when we set out to take a multiple-month road trip across the country, our tripathalas (the region of the brain devoted to travel) went into overdrive for several weeks. How can we possibly do this? We can’t just take a tent and some toys! We actually have to keep another human being alive!
This summer, we’re headed west on a road trip through the U.S. and Canada. As the founders of BudgetYourTrip.com, our true passion lies in travel, but it’s been awhile since we’ve been able to “get out there.” Beginning in June, for three months we’ll hit the road on a family camping trip visiting the big cities, national parks, and everything in between. And yes, we’re taking our 3-year-old daughter with us.