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RV or Airplane: What’s the Best Way to Travel This Holiday Season?


A year ago, most of the country wasn’t familiar with the words unprecedented or social distance. Today, the two words seem to dominate news stories, social media feeds, and even friendly conversations. The year 2020 will be a year for the history books, and for some people, a year people might want to forget. While it might seem like the longest year-to-date, the year isn’t over yet, and 2020 still has time to redeem itself. Instead of waving your white flag and admitting defeat, why not surrender your fears and find ways to reclaim what’s left of the year? Revive your spirit, and give yourself something to look forward to; confidently plan your holiday travel, and find joy and a level of safety wherever your travels might take you.

Should You Travel This Holiday Season?

Planning holiday travel under the best of circumstances can be stressful. Meshing family expectations, work or school schedules, and travel logistics are already complicated enough, and when COVID-19 gets thrown into an already tricky equation, the solution might be far from simple. If you are up for challenges, and you are willing to be flexible, you might be able to have a 2020 holiday travel season worth remembering. Simplify your plans this holiday season by removing some of the complicated layers. For some people, simplicity starts with travel close to home and for others? Getting out of town is the only way to celebrate the season. Whether you travel near or far, deciding where to go is half of the battle.  

The Best Way to Travel This Holiday Season

If you’ve decided where you want to travel this holiday season, choosing how to get there should be your next step. Whatever you decide, trust your instincts. If 2020 has taught us anything, it’s taught us to expect the unexpected. The best way to travel this holiday season is to travel in a way that makes you and your family feel comfortable. Everyone’s comfort level is different, so to help you better weigh your options to decide if flying or RVing is the best way to get to your holiday travel destination, we’ve put together some of the pros and cons of flying vs. RVing to help make your decision a little easier.

Flying Pros

  • Airplanes help people get to where they need to go faster.
  • Several airlines have offered promotional travel savings through the end of the year, helping to cut the cost of air travel significantly.
  • Historically low flight prices make it easier for people to get to destinations they might not otherwise be able to visit.
  • Airlines have increased their sanitation process helping to combat the spread of some illnesses.
  • All-inclusive travel vacations appeal to people who want a stress-free vacation.
  • People who have limited vacation or travel days don’t have to exclude holiday travel since flying is faster than driving long distances.

Flying Cons

  • If you are a pet owner, you will have to pay for pet boarding while you’re away.
  • Airline bag restrictions might make it harder to travel with gifts.
  • Severe winter weather causes flight delays and cancellations, so the potential for costly trip disruptions increases. 
  • Even with increased travel safety measures, it becomes impossible to avoid people inside the airport at the baggage claim, security line, airport transportation areas, restaurants, public restrooms, and on sold-out flights.
  • Overnight accommodations, including hotels, vacation rentals, and people’s houses, require more contact with people outside of your immediate group. 

RVing Pros

  • RVs have more space, so you can potentially save money by taking your gifts with you instead of spending money shipping presents to your family and friends.
  • Self-contained RVs have restrooms onboard, so you won’t have to use public bathrooms en route to your destination. 
  • RV travel makes it easier to bring your pets along. 
  • RVs are little homes on wheels, so it’s possible to avoid restaurants, hotels, and public spaces for the entire trip.
  • Larger families can save money by renting an RV since you don’t have to pay per person to get to your destination.
  • RV travel makes it easy to control the cleanliness of your environment. You decide how you clean, what you clean, and who comes in and out of your rig.
  • It’s possible to social distance yourself from everyone if you choose a more remote RV destination.
  • RV travel makes last-minute plans or tip changes often more manageable.
  • People who work remotely or have kids enrolled in online schooling have more flexibility with time because it’s possible to schedule your traveling hours once the work and the school day is complete. 
  • If you don’t have a lot of spending money to pay for a campground, give moochdocking — dry camping in someone’s driveway — a try! Just make sure you mooch off of people you know!

RVing Cons

  • RVers have a higher probability of hitting inclement weather along their route.
  • RV parks — especially the popular locations — may have decreased availability during peak holiday seasons.
  • RV travel might add up to longer, more exhausting travel days.
  • Not all locations are RV friendly.
  • If you don’t have a vehicle to tow behind your larger Class A or Class C motorhome, you may have to rent a car once you arrive. 
  • If you decide to moochdock, you need to be mindful of your tanks. You don’t want to freeze or overfill your systems! 

Team Outdoorsy is here to help you along your journey. If you have questions or concerns about your upcoming RV rental, give us a call at 1-877-723-7232, send us an email, or start a chat. And for a continuously updated list of frequently asked COVID-19 questions relating to RV travel, visit our FAQ page.

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