Two Things That May Travel With You
By: Lois Requist
These two items won’t take up any luggage space, but they can become the elephants in the room: fear and loneliness.
While planning for an extensive, solo RV trip, I could hardly forget about these two. Everyone kept reminding me! I figured I better face them head on.
We’ve all seen the headlines: a woman disappears, never to be heard from again; a vehicle goes over a cliff with disastrous results. Crimes are reported every day. I think this distorts the potential danger. Of course, such things can occur, but I thought good planning could reduce the likeliness of such an occurrence.
I’d have a highly reliable vehicle, keep it fueled, and in good condition. I wouldn’t drive at night. Careful planning of the route was important, so I’d know where I was going. Rest stops or isolated areas weren’t places to dawdle.
Emergency road service, a cell phone, a laptop computer, and possibly a GPS (global positioning system) would help keep me safe, on my path, as well as allow me to stay in touch with friends and family.
I’ve lived alone for several years. That doesn’t bother me, but, being alone at home in familiar surroundings with friendly faces nearby isn’t the same as being alone thousands of miles from my comfort zone.
I’d be busy seeing and doing things, plus keeping up with laundry and grocery shopping, things that don’t go away on the road.
I planned to travel in good weather-Arizona and Florida in winter, for example. A campfire would make it easy to visit with other campers. I’d sit at the bar in restaurants where I might meet interesting people.
I invited occasional visits from friends and family. Fear and loneliness might still be with me, but I’d do my darndest to hold them at bay.