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Things You Should Know Before Renting An RV

Fantasizing about going on vacation during a worldwide pandemic is either the last thing on your mind, or the only thing keeping you sane during this entire quarantine. However, it can still be fun to disengage from our current reality and think about what life will be like once all of this over, even if it’s just for a little while. 

Taking a trip in an RV has risen in popularity exponentially within the past decade, and now that we’re in the middle of a pandemic that requires you and your loved ones to distance yourself from the rest of the world, an RV road trip is actually one of the most realistic vacations you can go on in the middle of a pandemic; assuming you’ll be keeping to yourselves wherever you end up camping out. So if you’ve never owned an RV but are debating investing just to get out of this reality for a little, here are a few things you should know: 

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The biggest obstacle most people think about when it comes to getting an RV is the investment itself. But if you’re simply renting the vehicle, it’s really not as expensive as you would think. The cost of rental is dependent on how long you’re planning on using the RV for, where you’re going, the type of vehicle, and other extra costs like insurance and camping supplies. On average an RV rental can run about $150 a night, or around $1,000 for every five days. 

The other major cost is paying to park your RV, if you have a friend’s property or access to a free overnight parking lot depending on where you’re going, that’s obviously going to be your best bet. If you don’t have access to either of these options, RV overnight parking normally costs around $30-$50 a night depending on the area. 

“Pack thoughtfully, RV renters should speak to the RV owner about what they keep on board for their renters, such as linens and cookware. It’s important to have a tool kit and first-aid kit on hand, in case of emergencies. If you’re traveling with kids, don’t forget games, craft supplies, movies, kitchen supplies, and of course, sticks, graham crackers, marshmallows, and chocolate for making s’mores,” says Megan Buemi, senior manager of content marketing at RVshare

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When planning your trip, get the whole family involved in what you guys are looking to do. Plan out your route beforehand so that you’re prepared for how long your journey will be and where the most ideal places to stop, for either sleeping or bathroom breaks, will be.If you’re going to be staying at a lot for RV’s specifically, make sure to call ahead of time to reserve a spot if needed. 

If you’re making the decision to go on an RV road trip, you also need to consider things like if you’re going to be the one driving, where you’re going to pick it up, if you’re just going to tow it behind your regular car for the whole journey, etc. There’s a lot of specific factors that really have more to do with how you personally feel. 

Don’t drive an RV for the sake of adventure if you’re not actually confident in your ability to do so. Like any vehicle, once you get behind the wheel you’re responsible for the safety of everyone inside the RV as well as everyone else on the road. So be mindful, do your research, and talk to some experts before making any major decisions.

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Colin O’Brady Reflects On His Solo-Journey To Antarctica During Time Of Isolation

During his time in the below freezing environment, O’brady took on the elements and weeks of isolation as he embarked on a solo trek across the Earth’s southernmost continent.

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As Cost of Living Skyrockets, Tiny Houses Grow in Popularity

As income inequality reaches historic levels, wages stagnate, and the cost of college and other expenditures increases, people are forced to become creative to determine how to live while still being able to save money and maintain disposable income. One such solution is found in the idea of “tiny houses,” which generally encompass fewer than 400 square feet, cost as little as $600 per month, and often can be towed to new locations. The downsides of such a living environment are obvious, but for a certain type of person, living in a tiny house can be a great way to save money while embarking on a unique and exciting lifestyle.

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Living in a tiny house is akin to living in a trailer or RV, though tiny houses are generally more aesthetically pleasing. Most tiny houses are no wider than eight and a half feet, as this is the maximum width allowable on roads in the U.S. The philosophy of living that drives interest in tiny homes is one of minimalism, as these residences promote a simple lifestyle with few personal possessions while promoting freedom by making it easier to travel and move to new places. What’s more, the tiny house lifestyle is ideal for the environmentally-conscious, as living in a tiny house minimizes electricity and oil usage while also reducing the amount of material necessary to build and maintain the house.

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However, there are a number of clear drawbacks to living in a tiny house, not the least of which is a lack of space. Oftentimes, tiny homes have bathrooms that are so small that the toilet is placed immediately next to the shower, and space restrictions mean that lofts and closest can be so small that you have to crawl to enter and leave them. Additionally, zoning regulations often restrict or prohibit living in tiny houses, depending on the jurisdiction. Tiny houses can also prove to be problematic for neighbors, who may consider them an eyesore and may worry that communities of tiny homes can devolve into shantytowns, lowering property values in the neighborhood.

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Still, none of these drawbacks have discouraged proponents of the tiny house movement, which is continuing to grow and now encompasses roughly 10,000 members in the United States alone. While the experience of life in a tiny home is far from ideal for most people, the movement has the potential to address some of the major problems facing modern American life, including the rise in homelessness over time and the damaging environmental impact of life in a large residence. While this lifestyle is certainly not for everyone, those looking for more fun, unique, and adventurous experiences may want to consider the possibilities offered by life in a tiny home.

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The Reviews for Nintendo’s Quirky “Ring Fit Adventure” Are In

Ring Fit Adventure is the type of video game only Nintendo could make. While many developers have tried their hands at the often-unsuccessful genre of “exergaming,” Nintendo’s latest take on the concept represents a breath of fresh air, as the title amusingly combines the worlds of fitness and role-playing games by asking players to perform yoga poses and strength training exercises to defeat enemies and progress through a colorful and creative game world. The game works by combining the Nintendo Switch’s unique hardware offerings with custom fitness peripherals, as the title asks the player to connect one of the console’s controllers to a flexible ring device and to strap the other controller to his or her leg in order to track their physical movements. Reviewers have confirmed that this configuration provides for a challenging, if comical, workout, and mostly agree that Ring Fit Adventure succeeds in the difficult pursuit of making exercise fun.

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This is not Nintendo’s first foray into the world of exergaming. The company previously debuted the fairly popular Wii Fit, which included a so-called “Balance Board,” a sophisticated and expensive scale which tracks the player’s center-of-weight, used in combination with the motion-sensing Wii Remote. The title was a moderate success, but suffered from a general lack of structure, as while it included a number of activities for the player to engage in, it was devoid of character and personality. Ring Fit Adventure seeks to address this criticism, as while its basic and cartoonish story mode likely appeals more to children than adults, it nevertheless provides players with the motivation to return to the game as their avatar levels up and progresses towards the goal of defeating the title’s antagonist.

Dana Wollman, writing for Engadget, enjoyed her time with the game, and while she was not particularly interested its simplistic and childish story and characters, she thought that it was more than capable of providing motivation to those looking to incorporate fitness into their lives, particularly for children, teenagers, and families. While she notes that the game is not entirely necessary for working out, she points out that this is true of nearly all fitness accessories, as their value is not in the workout they provide but in the motivation they offer to their customers. The Verge’s Andrew Webster was even more laudatory, as he praised the game for changing his mindset about exercising, as for the first time he felt guilty when he had to pass on his daily workout. Additionally, he praised the game for being easy to fit into your life, due to its flexible yet consistent structure, though he believed the game’s heart rate measurements were likely inaccurate.

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Dami Lee, also writing for The Verge, thought the title was so fun that it works as a standalone party game, as each of Ring Fit Adventure’s twelve minigames provide an amusing and competitive experience. And Stephen Totilo, writing for Kotaku, went so far as to call the game “ingenious,” praising its success in combining a thoroughly-conceived exercise regimen with traditional role-playing-game elements, to the point where he didn’t even realize how effectively the game targeted various muscle groups, as it felt more to him like levelling up his character’s stats as in any other RPG. Though Totilo was skeptical that the game would be effective for anyone looking to build a significant amount of muscle, he considered the product a more effective motivational tool, in all of its charming weirdness, than any other he had tried.

For those who are looking for an effective and fun motivational tool for introducing basic workouts into their lives, and aren’t too afraid of looking a little bit ridiculous in the process, Ring Fit Adventure releases today, October 18, exclusively on the Nintendo Switch.

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How to Travel for Cheap

Many of us yearn for adventure – to see the world, explore new places, and immerse ourselves in different cultures. Unfortunately, it’s commonly believed that doing so requires an enormous financial investment, which we are unwilling or unable to make. However, being smart about how and where you spend your money can help you make your dreams of travelling come true. Here are some suggestions to help you save money on your next trip.