U.S. Travel for Europeans
Going for Holiday in the United States
I have recently learned a great deal of things about traveling in a Cruise America camper van rental, and it is my goal to share my experiences with any European who has the desire to hire a campervan in the U.S.A.
Growing up as a Madrileño (someone from Madrid, Spain), I would always hear so many things about the United States, and what there is to see and do there. It had always been my dream to travel from state to state, seeing all of the things I’ve heard about throughout my life. I was initially going to fly to each destination and rent a car at each place, even though it would take all of my savings to do so. Instead, I was offered a suggestion by a friend, who saved me a great deal of money and made my trip so much more enjoyable than it would have been.
My amigo told me about the RV style of traveling, and how I could either buy one or rent (hire) one to do my traveling. In the U.S. they call it an RV rental (RV stands for recreational vehicle) or a motorhome. Here in Europe, they are known by various names as well. My friend from Germany would refer to it as a wohnmobile mieten. My Dutch girlfriend, however, refers to it as a camper huren. Anyway, when I heard of his adventures, I was sold on the idea of a renting an RV, and started looking on the Internet.
I was shocked at how many times I saw the name Cruise America, so I started there. I learned that I could get an RV hire from them to do my traveling in, and the cost was very reasonable. After I did a great deal of comparison shopping, it was Cruise America that I chose. They just seemed to know way more about motorhome traveling than did the others. Also, there are camper rental locations all over the United States and Canada, so I felt more comfortable knowing that they were never very far away. I was so glad I made that move. The trip was phenomenal, and I will be repeating it every other year if things go as planned.
I decided that since I learned so much on my first trip to the U.S., I’d start writing a blog to help out my fellow European travelers to inform them about things they may not have known regarding traveling in North America.
This month I want to concentrate on this travel tip:
Plan Well and Don’t be in a Big Hurry!
The Americans have a saying that goes: “Haste makes Waste,” or something to that effect. I understand what that means now. While I had a pretty good idea of everything I wanted to see and do, I was a little off on my timing, and I actually tried to see and do it all in the first trip! I knew basically where I wanted to go, and I knew where the attractions were, but I figured I’d make plans as I went. I had the time of my life, but looking back, I wish I would have planned a little better, figuring in travel times and camp locations. I think I missed out on things that I wouldn’t have if I had planned a little better. Needless to say, I didn’t get to all the places I wanted to … I would have been wiser to try for fewer destinations and stay in each one a longer period of time.
The United States is a very big country, and there is a surprisingly large number of places to camp. The Internet is a fabulous resource for RV travel information. I also found all kinds of interesting travel ideas on the Cruise America website. They provided me with a list of campgrounds, and they are full of great ideas of where to go and what to see. Oh, and while on the subject of Cruise America, I was astounded at the great condition of the rental motorhome I drove. They keep them in very good condition, and they are surprisingly easy to maneuver around the countryside. My girlfriend and I only needed the smaller one, but they come in a medium size and a large size, which holds up to 7 people.
I owe my friend a big “gracias,” as he saved me a great deal of money with his campervan suggestion. I didn’t need to buy airline tickets (except to get to America) and I had no need to find any hotels. We were even able to cook our food inside the motorhome, as each one has a full kitchen. This makes spending the holiday so much easier and stress-free.
I will be going into more depth about my experience and what I learned next month. For now, this is Jose Felipe Antonio saying “adios para ahora” (goodbye for now).