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Ways To Stay Connected On The Road

RVing -- MeetupWhen you hit the road as a full-time RVer, the shift can be a tad jarring. Your local friends, social calendar, routines — all gone in the blink of an eye. How do you maintain that oh-so-important sense of larger community when you’re always on the go? I don’t know about you, but didn’t choose this particular traveling existence so I could sit around in a lawn chair at an RV park all day. I want to get out there in the world, experiencing new things and meeting new people. I mean, I love snowbird bingo and coffee socials as much as anyone — but I need more out of life!

Not to fear — all those activities and organizations you enjoyed while parked in one spot may be a bit harder to locate as you move around, but they’re still there. With a little detective work, you’ll find opportunities to play on a sports team, serve meals at a soup kitchen, take a painting class, meditate, dance the night away, or attend a networking group — no matter where you land. Whether your goal is building your business, volunteering, self-discovery, exercise, education, or finding a creative outlet while you RV around the country — I’ve got ya covered!

RVing -- Teardrop IconArt Of All Kinds

 

  • Bailaqui — latin dance events and venues, everything from salsa to tango to zouk
  • Ballroom Dancers — searchable directory of teachers, studios, teams, competitions, and dance spots
  • Belly Dance Classes — don your hip scarf and shake that booty middle-eastern style
  • Community Choirs — everything you need to make a joyful noise with a local vocal ensemble
  • Concert Band And Orchestra — time to dust off your instrument and get your chops back in shape
  • Contra Dance Links — local callers that will help you allemande-promenade-swing-chain anywhere
  • Drum Circle World — find a drum circle in your area and join in the rhythmic celebration
  • International Art Guide — sign up for a local class or workshop in any medium
  • Folk Jam — the easy-peasy way to locate other musicians for an informal or public jam
  • Regional Theaters — a strangely organized but extremely comprehensive list of theater companies
  • Sculpture — international directory of al fresco artwork, sculpting classes, and other resources
  • Swing Plan It — swing dance and lindy hop events throughout the U.S.
  • Workshops And Conferences — writing/photography/art/music/dance/film learning experiences

RVing -- Hike IconFeeding Your Soul

 

  • Art Of Living — join in a weekly meditation practice or sign up for an extended mindfulness course
  • Body Mind Spirit Directory — search for all sorts of different healing practitioners
  • Meditation Finder — directory of meditation centers for every taste and style of practice
  • Natural Awakenings — searchable calendar of holistic and new agey (in a good way) activities
  • Retreat Finder — yoga, meditation, consciousness-raising, empowerment, and health-improvement
  • Society Of Friends — if you want to go to a service that doesn’t feel like Bible-beating, this is it
  • Spafinder — relax with a massage, facial, steambath, or other body treatment
  • Urban Prankster Network — the best way to feed your soul is by creating scenes wherever you travel
  • Yoga Finder — locate a yoga instructor or group class in just about any town you might visit

RVing -- Teardrop IconGet The Hell Outside

 

  • All Trails — info about more than 50,000 trails, complete with reviews and photos
  • Find A Park — the easiest way to choose a National Park by location or amenities
  • Fish And Wildlife Service — a listing of state offices and their attendant outdoor facilities
  • Hiker Central — route maps, lists of campgrounds, and more for the foot-driven wanderluster
  • Hot Spring Enthusiast — few things in this world are more calming than a good hot soak outdoors
  • MTB Project — thousands of ride suggestions for those who know what a single track is
  • National Speleological Society — connect with a local grotto and join an excursion underground
  • Paddling — launch sites, water trails, group trips, and instructional courses (both kayak and canoe)
  • Pedaling — find a path, a guided bike tour, or a cycling event anywhere you travel
  • Rock Climbing — grades, topo maps, photos, and suggested routes for every ability level
  • Swim Guide — scope out that beach before you put on your suit
  • Swimming Holes — pinpoint even the tiniest cooling-off spots when you need a good dunk
  • Trail Link — list of rails-to-trails converted train tracks that are now bike/walk/jog/skate routes
  • Trail Source — whatever kind of path you need (cycle, hike, horse, ski) they’ve got it fer ya here
  • Waterfalls — an interactive map of waterfall hikes throughout the U.S.

RVing -- Hike IconPlay Harder While You Relax

 

  • Active.com — locate a structured fitness program or sign up for a participatory sports experience
  • Camp Channel — screw the kids, these camps are for grown people who don’t act their age
  • Grown Up Camps — traditional and fantasy summer camps for the 21-and-over crowd
  • Golf Course Locator — whether you’re looking for a short course or are in it for the long game
  • Gym Finder — hunt up a convenient workout facility and get busy sweating
  • Indoor Climbing — list of indoor rock climbing gyms and simulated rock walls around the country
  • iSport — connects you to sports facilities and groups around the U.S.
  • Map My Fitness — plot your run/bike route, calculate total distance, and locate group events
  • Tennis Maps — get out your racket and hunt up a public or private tennis court in your area
  • Volksmarch — open walking club (meet friends and walk scenic trails at your own pace)

RVing -- Teardrop IconSupporting Local Businesses

 

RVing -- Hike IconMaking New Friends And Connections

 

  • American Towns — catch up on the local news and connect with your temporary neighbors
  • Birds Of A Feather — Escapees-sponsored special interest groups of every kind imaginable
  • Facebook — get to know folks from all over the world who share your interests
  • Like Mind — the quickest and easiest way to meet folks with a similar outlook on life
  • MeetUp — friends and activities (sports, business, culture, socializing) in any local area
  • NuRVers — where younger full-timers (who haven’t postponed travel until retirement) connect
  • Twitter Meetups — find other tweeps in your area with this handy hashtag

RVing -- Teardrop IconRV Rallies

 

  • Airforums — calendar of upcoming events of all kinds (some for the tin can set, some for all)
  • Cheap RV Living — rubber tramp rendezvous as an alternative to hyper-consumerized rallies
  • Escapade — annual convention for Escapees members
  • Escapees Chapters — each has its own regional rallies throughout the year
  • Family Motorcoach Association — for those who like to take a building on vacation with them
  • R&B Events — sponsors of Alumapalooza, Alumafiesta, Alumafandango, and Alumaflamingo
  • RV Clubs — maintains a massive list of all sorts of events for RVers
  • RV Dreams — gatherings filled with educational information, as well as camaraderie
  • Samborees — hook up (or “hook up,” depending on your preference) with other Good Sam members
  • Tin Can Tourists — a chance to commune with other vintage rig aficionados
  • The Rally — marketed as the greatest RV rally in the world

RVing -- Hike IconVolunteering Opportunities

 

  • American Red Cross — search for a blood drive or donation center at your next stop
  • Animal Charity Evaluators — a handy online guidebook for finding worthy furry and feathered causes
  • ASPCA — locate a no-kill shelter where your efforts benefits true animal welfare
  • Care-A-Vanners — Habitat For Humanity offshoot for RVers who can park at a build site to work
  • Center For Child Protection — give your time and energy to keep the next generation safe
  • Do Something — volunteering opportunities aimed specifically at those jaded, slacker teens
  • Feeding America — serve meals and donate groceries to the hungry, anywhere in the U.S.
  • Habitat For Humanity — sign up for a local build as you pass through town
  • Homeless Shelter Directory — as long as homelessness exists, these folks will need volunteers
  • Idealist — a global clearinghouse of non-profit and volunteering opportunities
  • Literacy — contribute to the reading revolution, working with adults or children
  • Kiva — lend your extra cash to entrepreneurs around the world, empowering them to rise of poverty
  • Modest Needs — instantly change the life of a low-income family by loaning them a business grant
  • Network For Good — helping abused children who can’t help themselves
  • NPS Volunteers — there are nearly 400 underfunded national parks in need of manual labor
  • United We Serve — official website for America’s volunteer corps (AmeriCorps, SeniorCorps, etc.)
  • Volunteer Match — a list of non-profit organizations along your route that could use your talents
  • Voly — a search engine for altruism and philanthropy
  • Wildlife Rehabilitation — from environmental clean-up to caring for injured critters

RVing -- Teardrop IconWorking While You Travel

 

  • Business Networking International — in-person closed-leads networking meetings
  • Backdoor Jobs — short term work adventures for those with itchy feet
  • Chambers Of Commerce — connect with local business leaders wherever you may land
  • Cool Works — cool temporary jobs in great places
  • Conference Calendar — find upcoming seminars relevant to your career and interests
  • Leads Club — build your business the old-fashioned face-to-face way as you travel
  • Le Tip — hosting a variety of networking events for entrepreneurs
  • Mobile Gear — tools and supplies that help you get your work done from anywhere
  • Mobile Work Exchange — online resource center for teleworkers
  • National Park Service — information about seasonal employment in national parks
  • Snagajob — searchable part-time and seasonal work database
  • Summerjobs — short-term work opportunities during the June/July/August
  • Workamper News — trade sweat equity for free campground space
  • Workamping Jobs — bringing employers and RVing workers together, for free
  • Workers On Wheels — link portal for employment, campground jobs, and RV businesses
  • WWOOF-USA — work on an organic farm in return for a free place to stay as you travel the U.S.
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    1. Susan says:

      What a list! Great job – that must have taken a lot of research. Thanks for mentioning my site in your tweet.

      Susan

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