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mayo30

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Posted: 02/22/12 09:03pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have witnessed caravan travelling and talked to ones doing it.We know that you meet and mingle much more with the locals,learn much more about the area by doing it not in a caravan.We have seen many caravans pull into a camp ground ,get out the lawn chairs etc. make a circle and totally miss the opportunity of meeting others.We go and talk and see and do what we want for as long as we want,love to visit over the fire in the evenings,with the staff,etc.It is just not my style and I am more then capable of doing my own thing,if I would ever feel I needed to do it for safety I would not travel that area.

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Dick_B wrote:

You will save money but probably miss much of the reason for hooking up with the caravan in the first place. They know the territory better than anyone and have planned the caravan to be the most efficient use of time and miles.


This is 1 of the big misconceptions of caravaning.
Also on the caravans I went on if you got sick or broke down the caravan moved on. The tail gunner stayed behind for one day. If you were not well enough or repaired in that day the tailgunner left you and caught up with the caravan. The sick and broken down were left to thier own resources. Seen it happen 3 different times on two different caravans in Mexico.


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mitch5252 wrote:

Count me in! Leaving NW TN in mid-May - first solo trip as a new widow!

Fear or Excitement - don't know which is the strongest emotion.


I really admire you for taking off on your own! There are many solo folks on the road in RVs and you're sure to meet many new friends. Pick up some Sue Henry paperbacks - she writes about a single gal traveling alone in an RV. A couple are based in Alaska. Fun reads. I gathered up the whole series before the Alaskan trip, planning to read them while traveling. I returned to the lower 48 with all of the unread books! There's so much to see and do on the trip that I didn't have time to read!!! Have a great trip to everyone who is going this summer.


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lizzie wrote:

Good for you! We are going on our own too. About the middle of March we should get a headcount or "road call" to see how many Forum members will be going and some identifying characteristics (assuming you want to be identified). We plan to leave the first week of June from Western NC. lizzie


Count me in! Leaving NW TN in mid-May - first solo trip as a new widow!

Fear or Excitement - don't know which is the strongest emotion.


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Have fun on your trip THe scenery is great all the way up here, I hope to someday load up the family and go on vacation to the lower 48...

Gas has Jumped to $3.99 a gallon as of this morning in Anchorage. It was $3.82 Thursday afternoon. And last weekend it was $3.67. The prices are jumping fast up here. Tok and Glen Allen are usually .30-.40 cent higher than in Anchorage. Even Palmer and Wasilla are usually a few cents higher as well.

When the gas jumps down there it takes about a week or so for it to jump up here.


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lizzie wrote:

...We had this same situation with fuel costs when we went to Newfoundland in 2008. We just decided to eat less and keep going. Shrunk our waistlines and expanded our horizons...

Great philosophy! I'll have to remember that when I start trying to justify the cost of our next trip.

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A good choice indeed. A few have mentioned getting 'Milepost' and I wholeheartedly agree. I saw no mention of getting 'Toursaver' though.
I highly recommend looking into buying that as well. Huge savings if there are 2 of you and you plan on any excursions.

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ps Iditarod starts next weekend..

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I cannot imagine the cost of the liability insurance that these caravan companies must pay, especially if they are for-profit organizations. I operated a recreational activities company (hiking/canoeing) in Florida in the 1980's and the cost of insurance plus the anxiety of looking after paying customers was too much for me. I still lead trips, but only for non-profits where I can be covered as a volunteer and not paid. i think the caravans probably earn their money, but they are not for me just yet. lizzie

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PackerBacker wrote:

We have often thought of going on a caravan but they are simply pricing themselves out of the market; too rich for my blood!


X2. Noticed one for Atlantic Canada that costs at least double, probably more, than what we will spend on our own.

And for me, half the fun is planning and researching...and "discovering" on our own.

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