Comparing the Cost and Convenience of Traditional and RV Travel

August 17, 2017

Comparing the Cost and Convenience of Traditional and RV Travel

Whether you’re trekking across the country for a family reunion or planning your next vacation, you’ll need to figure out how to get to your destination.

RVing is a tried and true method of transportation that provides all the comforts of home. But how does it measure up to traditional types of travel like flying, taking the train, or driving a car and booking hotel rooms along the way?

Let’s review two of the key factors to consider as you map out your next excursion.


Some folks are intrigued by the idea of RVing, but are unsure about the costs associated with it. If you’re among the curious, you may be in for a surprise. RVing can be quite cost-efficient compared to driving your own car and staying in hotels. Even factoring in fuel, RV travelers pay less for both long and short distance trips than a third of travelers who choose to drive a car and book hotels.

And when it comes to finding a place to hunker down for the evening, private and public campsites under $50 a night are easy to find—you can even stay for free on some Bureau of Land Management (BLM) sites and other camping-approved public property if you find a spot where you’re comfortable.

Not only is it fun to cook fireside, it’s affordable too. If that’s not your cup of tea, some RVs are equipped with full kitchens, allowing you to bring what you like with you or stock up at the local grocery with frugality, specific camp-side meals and exact portions in mind.

As for keeping the gang entertained, RVing makes that easy to do on a budget too. At most campgrounds, activities are all around you: swimming in a lake, taking a long bike ride, exploring a forest, hiking a mountain or telling stories by the fire typically won’t cost you a thing and there’s no reservation required.

The biggest expense associated with RV travel is the initial purchase, making it a great investment for the long haul, especially with routine upkeep that can extend the life and usability of an RV. With relatively flexible financing options often available, RV travel presents you with the opportunity to create unforgettable moments on a budget.


RVers love being able to travel long distances with the flexibility to stop when and where they prefer without having to unpack and repack bags each time. Not only that, but RV travel offers the luxury of planning one day at a time, sleeping in your own bed and bringing along more of the comforts of your own home, including the family pet!

RV travel is also well-suited for those who enjoy taking their time on the road. Unlike traveling by car, airplane, or train, there’s no pressure to book a ticket or hotel room weeks in advance. And let’s be honest, who’s going to miss waiting in long lines, squeezing into tight quarters on a plane or train and being told what you can and can’t bring with you?

So, what does it all mean? An investment in an RV is a smart one for both long distance and shorter, more frequent travel. No matter how often you get the itch to get away, the right RV can help you scratch it.

Quickly find out which type of RV may be right for you with our Buyer’s Guide Tool.

Additional Resources

Traveling on Your Terms: Making the Switch From Traditional to RV Travel

With An RV, You Do Have Time to Travel

36 Reasons You May Fall in Love with RVing

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