Living on the road doesn't have to be lonely.
Look for Activity Calendars
During our time on the road, we stayed at a lot of RV parks and campgrounds in state or national parks. In previous travels, I have stayed at a number of hostels. One thing all these locations have in common was that they all have activity calendars. These activities are a great way to meet others who are traveling for a few days, a few weeks, or on the road full time.
From card games and book clubs to nature hikes, happy hours, and pot lucks, organized activities are a great for connecting with others. It might feel intimidating to go join a group of people who look like they’ve known each other for years, but chances are they just recently met. Even if they have known each other for years, never once did I meet a group of people who weren’t open to having me join their activity. And remember, age is just a number. Even if you’re 20 years older than the college students at the hostel or 30 years younger than the retirees at the RV park, dive in to an activity and you are bound to make some new friends.
Watch Social Media Tags
The final tip on this list is aimed at the more social media savvy. We were able to make some great new friends on our trip by watching hashtags and location tags on social media platforms, specifically Instagram. Before we started our RV adventure, I had started following the hashtags #RVLiving, #RVLife, and #FullTimers on Instagram to learn about other young couples and families who were already living the lifestyle. These tags not only helped us get tips for living on the road, but they also helped us find new places to go and people to meet.
One time this worked really well was when we were in Florida. To be social media safe, I had been posting our location a day after we left a location. When I started tagging Everglades National Park, I noticed that another couple I followed on Instagram was also tagging the park. I sent them a private message and found out that they were also tagging after they left, but were headed in the same direction we were. We kept in touch and about a week later we found out that not only were we at the same Florida State Park, but we were parked right next to each other. We spent an awesome night getting to know them and hearing how another couple in their 30s ended up living on the road. It was one of the best nights we had on the road, and we still keep in contact with these new friends.
If you are living on the road, make sure to use technology to see who else is in your area. While it won’t always work out logistically to meet up with others (the nomadic lifestyle does tend to indicate that people move frequently), the times that it does work to meet up can pull you through until the next time you make a new friend.
Living on the road can be isolating and lonely, but with a few proactive steps, you can make it social and fun. There were many times that I compared the friendships we made to my summer camp friends from childhood. Through social media, texts, and emails, you can maintain and strengthen the friendships you create while living on the road.
Until next time, I’m the Domestic CEO, helping you love your home.