Love is in the air. At least that’s how I felt after reading the results of a recent RVtravel.com poll along with the wonderful comments. Ah, the joy of love! Our poll asked, “Did you marry your high school sweetheart?” The results were both surprising and heartwarming.
More than 2,000 RVers participated in the poll, and 61% of responders said they did not marry their high school sweetheart. However (here’s the interesting part), nearly a third of those polled answered, “Yes, and we are still together.” Wow! You must read the heartwarming comments for yourself.
The poll prompted a question: Can RVing help keep couples together? As you might imagine, there is no scientific research exclusively devoted to RVers and a marriage’s longevity. So, I’ll just put some of my thoughts out there in defense of the idea. Here are my reasons why I believe that RVing just might help folks stay together.
When you RV with your spouse (or perhaps your high school sweetheart spouse!), you work together toward shared goals. These shared goals can help you feel more connected to each other and more fulfilled in your relationship.
RVing is a unique and exciting experience. We explore new places, try new things, and create lasting memories together. The RV experience helps strengthen the bond between us. Even negative circumstances can provide memories that draw us closer as a couple. My husband and I look back and can laugh about most of our past RVing mishaps—because we endured them together!
RVing requires communication and cooperation. Together we navigate unfamiliar roads, set up and take down countless RV campsites, and make decisions about where to go and what to do. RVing has strengthened the communication between us. RVing helps us work together as a team.
Living in an RV (even occasionally) means simplifying our life together. Camping helps us focus on what’s really important in life—our relationship with one another. When we RV, we seem to have more time and energy to devote to our relationship and that helps our marriage thrive.
Of course, every couple is different. There is no iron-clad guarantee that RVing will ensure a long and happy marriage. However, I believe that the RVing experience does offer opportunities that can strengthen your relationship with your spouse, whether you married as high school sweethearts or not!
Do you think RVing can help keep couples together? Tell us why in the comments below.
Thank you, Gail! I had no high school sweetheart, or I might have married her. 😉 😎
I think that a couple can stay together and enjoy RVing only if both want the same experience. My father wanted to be a full time (mostly) RV traveler, but he gave it up for love of my mother who was really a home body. They had one long trip that took the a couple of months West to East, but after that it was west coast travel for two to three weeks.
RVing keep us together? I don’t think so. It started with infatuation, then “love”, whatever that is, and thru all of it respect for each other. Now we are one entity. Without her grocery shopping and cooking I would not be alive. Without me the garbage would not be taken out. And I guess my pension is what allows her to buy the groceries. We are our own circle of life. (After unwrapping the groceries the trash can is full again – my job never ends.)
😅 You’re so funny, Kelly (in addition to being philosophical, as evidenced in other comments). Now take out the trash, and keep that happy circle going. 😀 –Diane
Yep. Supper tonite will create the need for more grocery shopping on Monday which will create more trash. Oh shoot, thanks for the reminder, tomorrow is trash pick up day, I do need to set it out tonite. It’s the simple things in retirement that keep you going.
And the circle just keeps on turning… hopefully for a long time.🤞😄 –Diane
Fortunately, my wife and I went to high school in two different states or else we would never have even dated due to different social groups (cliques). Let’s just say we ran in “different circles.” When we met after high school where she worked in HR and I had a co-op scholarship (General Motors) and I “chased her for two years before she caught me!”. We were married at ages of 19 (her) and 20 (me). Fifty-six years later we are still very much in love and have been camping and RV’ing for over 50 years. We depend heavily on each other’s skillsets and the joys and adversities just seem to bond us rather than separate us.
I married the younger sister of my best friend in high school. We are celebrating 51 years together…and our 49th wedding anniversary this year. When we are not enjoying our 3 children and 5 grandkiddos (1 more on the way soon!)…we share the love of RV’ng in our 5th wheel toy hauler, riding 2 up on my Harley Road Glide Ultra touring bike…visiting everything from National parks to small rural towns where we can hit off-the-beaten-path antique shops and hidden gem restaurants. We are truly blessed…life is good.