Know your options when planning a trip
Travelling Canada as your summer holiday is a big idea — the country is huge! If you want to see a lot of the country, a multi-day trip may be required. Looking for a weekend getaway? RVs also fit the bill, elevating the idea of camping to the next level.
More and more, people are taking the comforts of home with them, choosing to travel in an RV or outfit a van. This means you’ve got a place to sleep and eat, all on four wheels. The largest option is an RV, which is typically purpose-built. It may have its own cab or you might need to hitch to a vehicle. You can’t miss it on the highway, as RVs have a very distinctive shape and can be substantially larger than the average vehicle.
On a smaller scale, vans are a wide-ranging category, most are often converted work vans or delivery trucks (think of a Mercedes Sprinter). A popular do-it-yourself project, #VanLife creators build out all the comforts of home in a shell of a vehicle. Vans are merely a starting point, with many choosing to build out other vehicles like trucks, SUVs, and even sedans.
Whatever you choose, hauling your home down the highway extends the reach of your vacation. If there is great internet speed, you can even take your work from home set up on the road, too. Coronavirus has everyone craving change, with RV rental companies reporting a nearly 7-fold increase in bookings. Mobile homes also give people the option of space, allowing social distancing and summer to coexist.
Make the dream a reality
Trip planning comes with the option to either rent or buy a vehicle. RVs typically come fully kitted out, and can be quite the investment if you’re a first-timer — making renting an RV more realistic. Vans and other conversion options usually appeal to those interested in purchasing, and perhaps even doing the conversion work themselves. However, given the skyrocketing popularity of #VanLife on Instagram, there are conversion shops and rental options popping up across the country.
Selecting the right vehicle is up to you, your family, and the goals of your summer. Interested in a comfortable way to extend your day trips by a day or two? Check out a van. Looking for the long haul? Perhaps an RV with all the bells and whistles is the way to go for your next family road trip.
Stay safe in your (mobile) home
Introducing the activities of daily living to your vehicle is definitely an upgrade, but one that comes with a few extra safety considerations. Proper ventilation is key, especially when you’re cooking inside. When focusing on the kitchen, check that your water sources are clean, purifying where it seems suspect. If you’re planning a DIY van or upgrading an RV, consider heating and cooling options for the climate you’ll be exploring.