The RV Atlas Blog

Thoughts on camping, parenting, and travel.

17 Apr
Alligators, Architecture, and the Atlantic Ocean: Huntington Beach State Park

Alligators, Architecture, and the Atlantic Ocean: Huntington Beach State Park

I’m going to go ahead and admit something. I have never once in my life seen an alligator in the wild. I’m a little confused by this myself. I mean I’ve traveled quite a bit in my life, and a lot of that travel has been in natural environments with tons of wildlife. But somehow…no alligators. Well, check something off the bucket list that I didn’t even know was on there. The alligators are the first thing you get to experience when driving into Huntington Beach State Park, so I couldn’t help but stop on the... Read More
15 Apr
How We Roll When a Campground Rocks! (Myrtle Beach KOA)

How We Roll When a Campground Rocks! (Myrtle Beach KOA)

When we pulled into the Myrtle Beach KOA and saw families lounging by the pool and kids romping through the spray ground my son Max asked, “can we always come back here?”  Both of the boys were still buckled up in their car seats but they knew that this campground was going to be special–and they were so right. We had just pulled in, but it was quickly becoming apparent that we had discovered one of our new favorite places on planet earth.  We had also finally put the long, cold New Jersey winter somewhere far, far behind... Read More
14 Apr
Own the Road: 5 Reasons We Arrive with Happy Campers

Own the Road: 5 Reasons We Arrive with Happy Campers

Vacationing with kids is awesome. Getting to that vacation with everyone’s sanity and goodwill intact can be the really tricky part. The planning and packing and loading is enough to stop most people from venturing onto the open road with their children. And then there is the horror of hours upon hours of are we there yet variations in whine minor. Getting from point A to point B as a family is never an easy endeavor, but we do believe it is worth the effort. That’s why we have been doing it for the last four years. We kicked off... Read More
12 Apr
Guest Blog: The Campgrounds of New Zealand

Guest Blog: The Campgrounds of New Zealand

Here is the latest post from our guest bloggers John and Cathy, who recently returned from an epic RV adventure in New Zealand… * About a year ago we decided to celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary with a trip to New Zealand.   Since we have lived an RV lifestyle, both here and in Europe, for the past 30 years, we made the decision to rent a small motorhome and travel in New Zealand using commercial campgrounds.  We wanted to stay in commercial campgrounds and compare them to campgrounds here in America.  We stay a lot at KOA campgrounds... Read More
07 Apr
Guest Blog: The Thrill Seeking Kiwis of Auckland and Queenstown

Guest Blog: The Thrill Seeking Kiwis of Auckland and Queenstown

Here is the latest post from our guest bloggers John and Cathy, who recently returned from an epic RV adventure in New Zealand… * We were able to spend some time in two of New Zealand’s cities.  Auckland, the largest city, is situated on the North Island and is home to the major international airport where we landed.  The other city, Queenstown, is on the South Island. * The Kiwis are a thrill seeking and adventuresome people, so it is no surprise that bungee jumping, the practice of jumping off a high structure with a rubber band... Read More
06 Apr
Campground Sticker Shock? Unpacking the Value of a Cabin

Campground Sticker Shock? Unpacking the Value of a Cabin

Jeremy and I realized recently that a certain scenario keeps repeating itself. Friends of ours will express interest in coming along with us on a trip. If they are not interested in tent camping, we enthusiastically recommend cabins as a great way to experience a campground without the gear and prep that goes hand in hand with roughing it. Our friends love the idea until we go to make reservations. Then BAM! Sticker shock and retreat. It turns out that most people assume cabins will be significantly cheaper than a hotel room. The truth is,... Read More

Ten Reasons Why Your Family Should Start RVing.

Stephanie and I purchased our first RV four years ago and since then we have spent over 100 nights camping with our children.  The memories have been magical and the travel has transformed our lives in so many ways. Are you considering taking the plunge and purchasing your first RV?  Here are ten reasons why you should do so this spring. 1. Campgrounds are much cheaper than hotels.  Much.  Cheaper. 2. Campgrounds always have more family-friendly activities than hotels. 3.  You save oodles of money by making your own meals instead of eating... Read More

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