Our basic rules are that we want to travel no more than 350 - 400 miles each day when we head to a new place. We choose areas that we are interested in seeing. We don't want to only drive interstates; we like to get off and take roads that give us something to look at...but, this can have its perils when it comes to low bridges, construction, and sketchy neighborhoods.
Steve does the research on campgrounds, then we talk about them.
RVParkReveiws.com is his first stop.
Then, there are Google searches to see if anyone has had any issues with the place.
If a campground doesn't have a website, we dismiss it.
When we narrow down the search to a few possibilities, we check out the surrounding areas to see if they are places we'd feel safe. (Traveling the country brings a slew of dangers, but that's another post.)
Wiki has city and town stats, including salary level and crime.
Often, our choice is a place that is the hub of the places we want to visit, so that driving to sightsee or engage in museums, fairs, parks, etc, isn't a 5 hour project.
Once we make a choice, and hit the road, it's to the iPhones and some great apps that get us through the trip.
|What's coming up at the next several exits on the interstate; food, fuel, lodging, rest stops, rv & truck friendly?|
|What are the prices/ locations of fuel where I want to go?|
|Where is the next Travel America truck stop?|
|Where is the next Pilot truck stop?|
|Route planner, locations, check your points.|
|Where is the next Love's truck stop?|
|Trip Advisor: Locate hotels, things to do, and restaurants.|
|Keep a journal of the trip; get city guides for cities around the world.|
|Important while traveling...keeping up with the weather.|
|Radar, alerts, forecasts, etc.|
|Community-based traffic and navigation app; talk with others about traffic, gas prices, construction, and speed traps.|
|Use this when you head to D.C.|
|iTrans D.C. Metro|
|GO NOLA...New Orleans|
|History Here...find the historical places around you|
|Cop Radio: listen to local police radio|
|Police Scanner: listen to local police radio|
|See who is living nearby|