The World At Your Doorstep Part 2: Why Go Touring in a Motorhome?

Posted by Dave & Kay Corby on 14 May 2010 | 0 Comments

They seem to be everywhere; you can hardly miss seeing them – these houses on wheels. A part of you wonders about the people inside: What are they doing in there? Where are they going? Why have they chosen such a seemingly awkward means of travel?

And why do millions of apparently normal people go cross country – or half-way around the world – to go touring in a self-contained home on wheels? What is it that leads some to load up a bunch of stuff and take off to see the world while others are content to simply stay home?

While there are variations on the theme beyond counting, answers generally bounce around the central notion that to millions motorhome touring means freedom. They find more convenience and greater comfort when they travel in RV, motorhome, caravan or with a trailer. They are in more control than with other forms of travel. Everything wanted is right there with them. There is no need to drag suitcases in and out of the car – continuously packing and unpacking. They sleep in the same bed every night and can get their own meals and snacks anytime.

Our central point is this: The only way to really discover what motorhome touring is all about is to try it.  We have all met those who, without ever having experienced it, are positive they would not like traveling in a motorhome. Such people bring to mind those who know without question that they do not like, for example, Ethiopian food . . . without ever having tried it.

Let’s take a look at a couple of common reasons for renting a motorhome:

Widening Experiences – Many travel to see new places and to do things they’ve never done before. That they have never traveled by RV is reason enough to try it.

These are the same sorts of people who, drawing on the example above, would eat in an Ethiopian restaurant simply because they have no idea what Ethiopian food tastes like. The purpose of the restaurant experience is to try something they’ve never tried before. For many, the objective of the motorhome experience is to try something they’ve never done before. They may or may not like the food. They may or may not like motorhome touring. However, when the objective is simply to try something new, the likelihood of an unsatisfactory experience is almost nonexistent.

Widening Horizons – Self-contained touring is arguably the best mode of travel when visiting foreign countries. Travel by motorhome and you become part of the community you are visiting.

By way of example, rental RVing is an outstanding way for Europeans to tour North America. It places them one-on-one with North Americans and provides an opportunity to not only see a place, but to know a people.

We suggest that if you are the sort of person who finds appeal in the notion of going where you want, when you want and of doing so with all the comforts and conveniences of home, motorhome touring is an experience it would make sense for you to try.

We can’t tell you how you will be impacted by your first travels in a motorhome, but we can tell you how to find out – and that is the point of The World at Your Doorstep. We hope you’ll stop by again!


Avoid allowing your holiday to become a “contest” where the whole thing becomes about getting as big a unit as you can find and traveling as far and fast as possible. Motorhome touring vacations are perhaps best experienced at a moderate pace and are most enjoyable in a motorhome scaled to your needs.

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