Baby Boomers Hit The Road In Their RVs

By: Jody Smith

Back in the 1960's and 70's baby boomers were taking to the road in droves. Now that they're nearing or well past the age of 50, they're taking to the road again, this time in RVs. RV stands for recreation vehicle and the love affair between boomers and RVs seems to have been inevitable, and only a matter of time. An article on About.com reported that as of 2001, the baby boomer population is leading the sales for RVs.

A recreation vehicle is a traveling home, for short- or long-term living. Some have a motor and can be driven, while others attach behind your car. Some RVs are motor homes, some are camper trucks, others are travel trailers. Some can do some towing of their own, allowing you to bring your boat, snowmobile or ATV along on your trip with you.

Depending on how much you spend, your recreational vehicle may come equipped with kitchen, built-in furniture, and bathroom. If you're so inclined, you can enjoy satellite TV, and even a fireplace can be a part of your RV.

Independence comes from being able to plan -- and revise at the drop of a hat -- your own route with or without travel companion, and taking detours whenever it suits you. And when you've had enough of that, you can always pull in to an RV campground. These campgrounds are full of like-minded RV aficionados.

RV campgrounds are also liable to be full of stores, snack bars, swimming pools, and various types of entertainment for its residents. More upscale campgrounds might also have spas, golf courses and tennis courts. If you like things more economical and in a more natural setting, you can find campgrounds that provide canoing, fishing, hiking and other outdoor pursuits.

You can start your day in your RV making what you want for breakfast when you want it, sitting in your own little kitchen. You can enjoy your newspaper in your own living room, and then step outside to greet the other campers.

One of the first objections to an RV that may come to mind is the fuel cost. But when other factors are taken into consideration, heading out in an RV may well be cheaper than traveling by airplane, or taking a cruise. And you have far more options as to where and when you want to go, and what you want to do when you get there, as well as how long you want to stay.

Jody Smith is a freelance writer for EmpowHER.com.

Sources:

Why is RV Travel So Popular with Baby Boomers?

http://seniorliving.about.com/od/travelsmart/a/rvtravelgrowth.htm

What Is An RV? Let's Get A Better Look At Them

http://www.travel-trailer-rvcamping.com/whatisanrv.html

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