Tuesday, November 28, 2023


The reasons why RVing keeps you young

Sixteenth-century Ponce de Leon searched for the Fountain of Youth. If only RVs had been invented back then! Why? Because I believe RVing can help keep you young! Read on to discover my reasoning.

Mental health

Brain stimuli. RV travel will almost certainly stimulate your brain as you see and experience new things. Think: local customs, foods, and points of interest. All of this can contribute to feelings of well-being and satisfaction with life, which are critical for a healthy state of mind. Learning keeps the brain sharp, and whether you’re investigating historical places or conversing around a campfire, your brain is actively engaged.

Challenges. Traveling in an RV can have challenges. No matter what happens, your brain must snap to attention. Planning for a trip, navigating along your route, and troubleshooting problems all require brain power. And challenging your brain is a good thing! Solving problems keep your brain flexible, may help you gain useful skills, and offers the chance to learn—which is a very good thing!

Physical health

Opportunities. RVing opens many possibilities for improving your physical health. While traveling you may not even realize how much physical activity you’re actually doing. Hiking, biking, kayaking, or simply walking in a new or different environment is fun! Because it’s enjoyable, you just may find yourself doing more than usual. Even the physical movement of setting up camp, hooking up the travel trailer, or walking to the campground laundry is helpful exercise. And physical exercise has been proven to prevent disease and slow the aging process.

Less stress. Traveling in your RV can help you find and enjoy the peace and quiet that seems so elusive these days. What’s less stressful than looking out your RV to see a quiet forest or calm lake waters? The reduced stress that often comes with RVing helps to lower blood pressure and gives travelers a real sense of peace. Both are helpful for staving off the negative effects of aging.

Fun and laughter. Traveling in an RV holds so much potential for fun! Enjoyment helps to lower heart rates and promotes emotional engagement. Getting to know new folks, sharing common adventures, and laughing together is good for the body and the soul.

Do you think RVing can keep you young? Share your thoughts in the comments below.


Gail Marsh
Gail Marsh
Gail Marsh is an avid RVer and occasional work camper. Retired from 30+ years in the field of education as an author and educator, she now enjoys sharing tips and tricks that make RVing easier and more enjoyable.



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Mark W (@guest_213473)
11 months ago

Yes, it’s everything you mentioned, BUT, be careful……it also means you’re out in the middle of nowhere with limited access to emergency health care, and if you have ever experienced a vehicle failure in a remote area….it can be very unsettling, and scary. When everything is going well it’s a fantastic experience.

Tom S (@guest_209671)
1 year ago


Rhonda (@guest_209603)
1 year ago

I agree! Life gets much simpler when RV’ing: there’s more time to read, draw and paint, play with my dog and enjoy the natural world around me.

Jeannie (@guest_209593)
1 year ago

RVing is wonderful for your mind body and soul. Very stress free. Can’t wait to go again.

chris (@guest_209616)
1 year ago
Reply to  Jeannie

Stress-free until you break down on the road, run into a snowstorm or have a leak you can’t find.

chris (@guest_209573)
1 year ago

It’s about my only hobby so without it I live a pretty mundane existence. I love that gushy feeling I get in the pit of my stomach when I think about the next place I’m going to be. Of course there are the scary times like driving through an unexpected snowstorm towing a gigantic 5th wheel!

BillyBogey (@guest_209566)
1 year ago


Seann Fox (@guest_209511)
1 year ago

They did have RVs back then they were called gypsy wagons

Larry (@guest_209626)
1 year ago
Reply to  Seann Fox

And “Prairie Schooners.”

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