Outdoors: Where It’s At

From the shores of its Great Lake to its Appalachian foothills, every corner of Ohio is filled with unique attractions, events, and activities for families to enjoy.

Lake Erie offers countless ways to recreate, from fishing and boating, to island hopping and beach lounging. The Northeast region is noted for world-class museums, wineries, and the world’s largest Amish settlement.

Spread throughout the flat farmland of the northwest are several prominent historical sites, and a record-setting amusement park. Central Ohio is highlighted by the capitol city of Columbus, with its many shopping, dining, and entertainment venues.

The rugged terrain of the southeast is an outdoor lover’s paradise, noted for hiking, fishing, and hunting. The southwest is a well-known destination for bicyclists and antique hunters. More surprises can be found all along the banks of the Ohio River.

Whether you’re interested in exploring natural wonders or big-city cultural attractions, Ohio truly has something for everyone. For more information, visit Ohio.org.

 

January 22, 2021 / by / in
Camping Provides an Escape from Uncertainty

There has never been a better time to be a camper! To say that the last year has been challenging would be a huge understatement. Restrictions on entertainment options, interruptions in employment, and concerns over personal safety have had a major effect on our lives. But for many, camping has provided much-needed relief in otherwise troubling times. A survey of recent campers offered the following comments:

When outdoor recreation is deemed healthier than staying indoors, it’s hard to think of a better alternative than a camping vacation – whether it’s for all summer, a week, or just a weekend getaway. Families can safely bond around a campfire, go for a hike, or take a golf cart excursion around the park.

Many popular camping activities make it easy to maintain social distancing. Cornhole, swimming, and fishing are often listed as favorite campground activities in which all can participate while keeping a proper distance from others. Spread out your camp chairs and visit with neighbors. Go on a scavenger hunt or decorate your campsite in a holiday theme. An evening of bingo can even be played while sitting apart from others.

Not only is camping a healthier alternative to many other vacation options, but it’s more affordable as well. Studies show that camping is one of the least expensive vacations a family can take. In times of economic uncertainty, families can try camping for the first time with as little as a tent and a few basic sleeping and cooking supplies.

So when life around you gets a little crazy, remember there is still a safe and affordable vacation option that can help you get away from it all. Whether you’re an experienced seasonal camper or a novice looking for a new adventure, you’ll find over 140 members of the Ohio Campground Owners Association who are qualified and ready to serve you!

January 22, 2021 / by / in
Can Owning an RV Save Money?

A new study has found that RV vacations cost much less than other types of vacation travel, even when factoring in fuel prices and the cost of RV ownership. According to the study, commissioned by Go RVing and the RV Industry Association, there are cost savings of 21-64% for a four-person travel party, while a two-person travel party saves 8-53%, depending on factors such as the type of RV and type of vacation.

“The study reaffirms that RVs are a great way to save on family travel, and it’s equally important to remember that RV ownership provides benefits that go well beyond affordability,” said RV Industry Association president Frank Hugelmeyer. “To take an RV trip is to experience togetherness with family and friends, along with the flexibility to travel whenever and wherever you want.”

The study compared different methods of travel, including a folding camping trailer; a lightweight travel trailer; a compact motorhome; a type C motorhome; a type A motorhome; traveling in a personal car, staying at hotels/motels, and eating meals in a restaurant; traveling by airline, renting a car at the destination, staying at hotels/motels, and eating meals in restaurants; and traveling in a personal car or airline (as appropriate), staying at a rental house/condominium, and eating the majority of meals in the rental unit. The type A motorhome, typically the largest and most luxurious RV, was compared to travel options such as flying first class, renting a premium car, staying in upscale hotels/resorts, and eating meals in restaurants.

RV vacations show a clear family budget benefit over other forms of travel, regardless of the RV type. According to the CBRE analysis, a four-person travel party can expect to save (by unit type):

• Folding camping trailer: 50-64%
• Lightweight travel trailer: 31-50%
• Compact motorhome: 31-50%
• Type C motorhome: 21-43%
• Type A motorhome: 41%

A two-person travel party saved, according to the CBRE analysis:

• Folding camping trailer: 43-53%
• Lightweight travel trailer: 20-34%
• Compact motorhome: 20-34%
• Type C motorhome: 8-24%
• Type A motorhome: 19%

The study included analysis of how fluctuations in fuel prices could affect the economic advantages of RV travel.

“While fuel costs are a component of the overall vacation cost, they aren’t significant enough to materially affect the outcome of our analysis,” said Kannan Sankaran, managing director of CBRE’s Advisory Services, and lead researcher.

Research by Go RVing and the RV Industry Association shows that when fuel prices are higher, RVers save on fuel costs by driving fewer miles, taking trips closer to home, and staying longer in one destination.

Article provided by…Go RVing and the RV Industry Association

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