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Old 08-31-2017, 09:38 AM   #1
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How do you decide what to do?

How do folks plan a trip? Weekend or Week?
Sometimes we feel we have missed stuff because we don't plan well.

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Old 08-31-2017, 10:04 AM   #2
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I just ask my wife.

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Old 08-31-2017, 10:17 AM   #3
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Kind of the same way I planned a sandwich... Combination of how much time and energy I have to put into it, what I want to get out of it, along with a dash of perhaps not having tried something before
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Old 08-31-2017, 10:36 AM   #4
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Don't plan it so carefully that you get stressed out or spend a lot of time. Trips are intended to be fun.

Just grab what you think you'll need and go. You can fill in the blanks, if needed, on the way, or if you realize you forgot something, put it on the list for next time. For us, shopping along the way is part of the fun. It might be an antique shop, a market for dinner stuff or a general store way out in the middle of nowhere. Liye is very likely to bring back several hundred photos and some beautiful rocks.

I think the best trips are the more spontaneous ones.

We recently went 1,500 miles on a last minute eclipse trip and forgot the maps. We only had a definite place to stay, in a friends driveway, for the first two nights and the rest we worked out while underway.

Once we were far enough north to be in Totality, we asked a local woman riding a bike where we might find a National Forest access road and found a beautiful spot to camp at 7,000' elevation a mile from anyone. We happened to notice the Nevada Northern Railroad Museum in Ely Nevada, on the way back, and stayed three nights. All spur of the moment and it turned out to be one of the best trips ever.

Be careful about making too many hard plans or reservations that will lock you into a schedule. It's more fun to stop where you want and stay an extra day or two if you want.

While out there you'll probably develop a list of things you wish you had, like a better coffee maker, another chair, a radio, better hiking boots, writing materials, a book, pliers, more propane, etc.
I only exaggerate enough to compensate for being taken with a grain of salt.
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Old 08-31-2017, 11:05 AM   #5
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I just saw this one last night and it seemed very relevant... Some good tips that aren't specific to California although as I said in my comment on the video, I don't typically look for motels
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Old 08-31-2017, 05:24 PM   #6
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Wow! Didn't expect such good comments. Now we know we are normal.

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Old 08-31-2017, 07:13 PM   #7
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Anymore, we plan ahead as our favorite campgrounds are booked anywhere from 60 days to six months in advance. Our trips tend to be longer so I shoot for driving days within our limit, and then make sure we have a few days every week in one spot (so we aren't moving every day).

Our next trip, on night one we are in Illinois, then three nights at the KS molded trailer rally, then two weeks at our favorite location in CO. Return trip will be one night in KS, one night in IL, then home again.

Our last long trip, we came straight home from KS, arrived home at midnight. The last hour was I-40 through the mountains, in the dark, after traveling all day. I won't do that again!

I find some of the video above to be not accurate for camping. There are a lot more hotels out there than campgrounds. And many places have not added camping in years, if not decades. I love to camp in National Parks for example. Many parks are setting all time attendance records. Yet I don't see an expansion in camping sites. As a results, places I could just drive in and snag a site are no more. I am forced to plan way ahead, or accept not getting a site where I want. Tent camping is somewhat easier to find, but still crowded.

Where we are staying in CO is at the city built campground in Golden. It was built ~ 25 years ago, and is the same small size it was then. Meanwhile, camping interest has grown a lot, putting pressure on getting a site and booking ahead. We booked our site 60 days in advance (the first day they are available), at 4AM our time, and already about half the sites were taken........ And this for a Sunday afternoon arrival.
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Old 08-31-2017, 07:41 PM   #8
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I just ask my wife.
Me Too , luckily she's never wrong which makes traveling much easier !
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Old 08-31-2017, 10:15 PM   #9
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How detailed your plan needs to be is most often dictated by how tight your arrival and departure schedule is.

A restricted travel budget can also involve more detailed planning for saving fuel cost by finding in advance the lowest fuel prices, the routes that are shorter or flatter. Then there is finding free or inexpensive places to stay and reasonable cost things to do. This means under those conditions it can really "pay" to do your homework in advance.

As to missing stuff, get a guide book or do your internet research on the area you want to go to. But never forget travel is also an opportunity to experience things that are not on your everyday adventure most favorite list. Try this.....use these keyword " things to do in ______ in that blank space fill in is the area(s) you will be in. Just for fun try it with some out of the way small town or geographic area you see on a road map, a place you have never been to before and maybe never even heard of
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Old 09-01-2017, 12:02 AM   #10
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Originally Posted by jgilliam1955 View Post
How do folks plan a trip? Weekend or Week?
Sometimes we feel we have missed stuff because we don't plan well.
Don't feel like the lone stranger, it's called the learning curve. The first rig we had was a cabover camper that we emptied out and stored in a public storage lot. On one early weekend trip we discovered no one had loaded any cooking pans. You know, cooking a meal in a stovetop coffee pot does work
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Old 09-01-2017, 10:03 AM   #11
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Throw darts at the map!
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Old 09-01-2017, 10:34 AM   #12
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I decide where I want to go and what I want to do when I get there. I figure out the best way to get there, how long it will take and if I want to do other things along the way. Then I determine what they plans will require, food, water, electricity, clothes, toys etc.
Always leave the option to change plans as you go. Some of our best trips have been the unplanned things we did.
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Old 09-01-2017, 10:45 AM   #13
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Trip Planning

The best advice I heard is:

When planning for a trip:
Make Two Lists, One is a list of all the CLOTHES you will need,
The other list is of all the MONEY you will need.

Then, take HALF the clothes, and TWICE the money, and you will have a good time!
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Old 09-01-2017, 10:51 AM   #14
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I look at the amount of time that I can be away from home. Then pick a destination and calculate how many miles/hours I want to drive each day. Finally, I investigate the area where I plan to camp each night and find something fun to see or do.

I use web sights such as Roadside America and Atlas Obscura to find quirky things. The Field Trip app is good for finding local historical sights. provides entertainment and hidden local gems of parks and hiking trails. I always have a handful of fun things to do at each stop along the way but I never obsess about doing them vs. filing them away for another visit. Loosey goosey. Sometimes it's more fun to park and sit with a book or just enjoy the weather.


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