As RVing continues to be a trendy and safe method of travel, the hopes of starting a comeback by the cruise ship industry were dashed against the rocks this weekend as the Centers for Disease Control rated traveling on a cruise ship as a Level 4: Very High Level of COVID-19. The CDC website stating among other things;
“CDC recommends that all people avoid travel on cruise ships, including river cruises, worldwide, because the risk of COVID-19 on cruise ships is very high. It is especially important that people with an increased risk of severe illness avoid travel on cruise ships, including river cruises.”
Is Travel Safe?
Amidst warnings to avoid holiday travel and concerns about airports being flush with vacationers not heeding those warnings, the CDC rating for cruises is another sign that travel of any kind can be dangerous, if not deadly. It’s within that climate that RVing continues to flourish and is expected to do so in 2021 as well.
RVing in 2021
With RVing already on the rise before COVID, and an absolute explosion of activity throughout 2020, the RV Industry Association (RVIA) projects even higher RV sales for 2021, stating on their website;
Initial estimates for 2021 have a range of 494,400 to 519,900 units with a most likely outcome of 507,200 units, a 19.5 percent increase over 2020.
Why is RVing So Popular
RVing is popular for many reasons. Before COVID-19, modern electronics and connectivity afforded many the opportunity to work from the road. Well equipped RVs provided that like-home experience while “roughing it”. After the pandemic began, no other travel or vacation opportunity yielded the benefits that RVing does. With RVing, you have no airports to travel through and no questionable hotel beds or bathrooms to contend with. There are no cabs or shuttles to share with undiagnosed strangers. You can prepare your own meals in your own kitchen or campfire, and your bed is the same every evening. Essentially your entire living environment is under your control.
Travel America in an RV
It also happens that your living environment is on wheels. Not only can you work or home school on the road, you can see America in all its grandeur. RVing road trips that were impossible with the confines of a standard 1-week or 2-week vacation can now be explored as both work-at-home and road schooling strip away those time limitations. Families traditionally stuck in the snow during winter months can now head south. Traditional snowbird locations like Florida, Texas, and Arizona have space available since many Canadians are unable to travel south for the winter due to pandemic restrictions.
Get Ready for RVing in 2021
Since we can already expect RVing to grow in 2021, folks planning to do so themselves should start thinking about it now. Whether it’s planning a trip, buying an RV, or planning your bucket list trip, sooner rather than later is the name of the game. New RVers should be looking into planning and routing tools like RV LIFE Pro. Families hoping to see national parks and major attractions like Yellowstone or Mount Rushmore should start finding a campground and making reservations.
For a rundown of what’s hot and new for 2021, check out RVBs 2021 Top 10 RVs of the Year, complete with loads of Debut and Must See RVs.