While we would love to be those free wheeling kind of travelers who never make plans and simply go wherever the wind blows, in truth our reality doesn’t allow for that kind of spontaneity. We actually tried that method of travel during our first year, and while it worked most of the time, we quickly learned that there are some times when it pays to plan ahead. Holidays and school vacations in particular. Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, and New Year’s Eve are the big ones. Either you need to reserve a spot far in advance, or you need to find a place out in the boonies where the hordes of holiday vacationers wouldn’t dare go. We’ve gone both routes.
The second reason why we plan is because we work. I only do some casual travel writing that requires no schedule, but for the past two years Tim has had a real job, where he’s expected to work real hours (m-f 8-4). Which means in general we stay in one spot for at least a week and only travel on the weekends. We’ve found that this schedule works best if we have at least a loose plan. We make a few reservations at the popular spots that we know will fill up (or during holidays) and leave the rest of the weeks open so we can make changes as we see fit.
Over the last few weeks we’ve been busy planning our route through the spring and summer. We already had a general plan to leave the Keys near the end of February and head up the east coast with our final destination being Vermont (where we’re from) for the month of September. Along the way we have several planned meet-ups with family and friends, a day at Disney World, and a 4 day camping/music weekend at a Bluegrass Festival in Virginia. We’ve made a loose itinerary around those events and a few reservations for the places we plan to go after leaving the Keys, along with the always busy 4th of July week.
We have our route mostly planned out, but are still working on where to stay in many of the locations. Since we tend to get the best recommendations from other travelers, I thought it would be fun to share our plans and ask all of you for any advice on places to stay, things to see, foods to eat, etc. along the way. Of course, we’re also always up for meeting fellow travelers, so please let us know if we’ll be near you at any point. Thanks!
1/1 – 2/26 Florida Keys
2/22 – 2/27 Lake Worth, FL (R) John Prince CP (Stopping here to see some friends from VT who are visiting family in Boca Raton)
2/28 – 3/6 Orlando, FL (R) Bill Fredrick CP (We’re going to Disney World!!!)
3/7 – 3/14 St. Augustine, FL Anastasia SP (Full for that week right now, so we’re trying to get in on a cancellation. Any other ideas in the area?)
3/15 – 3/21 Jekyll Island, GA Jekyll Island CP ***update*** A FB reader told us to book Jekyll Island early. I checked & they were already full. Reserved a week at the nearby Blythe Island Regional Park instead.
3/22 – 3/28 Savannah, GA Skidway Island SP
3/29 – 4/4 Charleston, SC (Any ideas?)
4/5 – 4/11 Asheville, NC Lake Powhatan NF Campground
4/12 – 4/18 Charlotte, NC McDowell Nature Center Preserve (Stopping here so Tim can visit his work office in person for the first time. McDowell seems to be the only public park relatively close to the city)
4/19 – 4/25 My mom’s house near Jacksonville, NC
4/26 – 5/2 Outer Banks, NC Ocacoke CG (part of Hatteras National Seashore) or a private park, possibly Hatteras Sands CG. (The major drawback of the NS parks are no hot showers which means we might have to dump our gray tank mid-week. Something we always try to avoid)
5/3 – 5/9 Virginia Beach, VA First Landing SP
5/10 – 5/16 Shenandoah NP, VA Loft CG (A bit concerned about the cell service here. Anyone stayed here recently?)
5/17 – 5/20 Flintstone, MD Rocky Gap SP
5/21 – 5/24 Cumberland, MD (We’re planning to attend the 4 day DelFest Bluegrass Festival!)
5/25 – 6/6 Washington D.C. Greenbelt Park, MD (Seems like the best deal close to the city and public transportation. Anyone stayed here?)
6/7- 6/13 Delaware Cape Henlopen SP on the coast or Lums Pond SP to be closer to family in Newark, DE
6/14 – 6/27 Connecticut (family visit)
6/28 – 7/4 Gloucestar, MA (R) Cape Ann Campground
7/5 – 8/8 Southern NH into Maine (We have spent time in Maine, but never with the Airstream. Any campground suggestions are appreciated)
8/9 – 8/15 Lake Winnipesaukee NH (a family get together)
8/16 – 8/22 New Hampshire (another place we’re familiar with, but have never been to with the Airstream)
8/23 – end of September or later Vermont (staying with friends)