The positive effects of travel on the human psyche are well documented. From the obvious effect of stress relief and rest, to the reliable increase in creativity. So how can we optimize our travel to benefit the most? The answer in simple; novelty. By maximizing the amount of novel experiences we encounter when we travel, we maximize the positive effects that trip provides. And how can you do that? Take an RV trip!
I admit, I am not a huge fan of driving, but I LOVE being a passenger. And an RV is definitely a comfortable way to travel across the roads to your next destination.
There are places I am writing down to take an RV trip to. How about you? What places are on your wish list?
Mixing It Up: Take An RV Trip On Your Next Family Vacation
Turbo-Charge Your Family Trip
The most effective way to increase novel experiences is to change location. Even when we travel, we tend to move to a new location and stay there. However, by remaining on the move during your trip you can really turn up the experience.
It’s likely this reason that so many families make a regular RV trip a tradition. The number of common unique experiences increases exponentially when you have a multi-stop itinerary with little to no familiar locations. These experiences tend to create deeper bonds in a family and are a huge tool in a parent’s tool belt.
Ditch The Beach
In fairness, laying on a beach and forgetting the stresses of life for a while is great. However, the benefit that comes with a “busy” trip simply can’t be ignored. This is especially the case in the developing minds of children. For example, mice have been shown to have improved information retention when introduced to novel experiences.
Creative thinking skills in humans have also been shown to improve after novel experiences. The reason for this is likely to due with survival. An organism in a new environment is more likely to survive if their cognitive abilities can be “turned up” in a new environment. Travel is a sort of hack to take advantage of this ancient neural-circuity.
How to Hit the Road
Obviously, staying on the road too much is going to get old. The trick here is to move around enough to make each stop feel new. That needs to be balanced with moving again before the stop feels familiar. For this reason, it’s good to pick a place that varies significantly without having to do a ton of driving. A perfect place for this kind of trip is Colorado.
A Blueprint for Novelty: The Colorado RV Loop
As an example of this kind of trip, we’ll use Denver, Colorado as our starting place. Here, you can fly in to Denver International Airport and catch an Uber to the rental RV you have booked. Once loaded up, hit I-70 west into the formidable Rocky Mountains.
An hour into your drive, you can stop at the historical gold and silver mining camp of Georgetown, Colorado. Here, you can take a scenic train ride to the Lebanon Silver Mine. After donning your hard hat, you and the family will be escorted thousands of feet straight into a mountain.
You can stand in places where men tragically lost their lives in days past or marvel at the various cavernous veins. The entire stop will take up an afternoon before you saddle back up and head to your next stop. In Colorado you can find 14,000 ft. peaks to hike up, caves to explore, history to learn about, rafting adventures, hot springs, zip-line tours, and some of the best beer you’ve ever tasted.
Whether you use our example or head somewhere else for your RV trip is obviously up to you. However, the benefits of this kind of travel can’t be refuted. While rest and relaxation certainly have their merits, they should not be the only motivations for travel.
Are you ready to plan a RV trip with your family?
*A big thanks to B&B RV for sharing this non-sponsored guest post. I hope you take the time to visit their site to plan your next great adventure!