The idea of turning off our GPS or satellite mapping units while RVing might sound a little crazy in a day and age where we’ve become ultra-dependent on them.
But our friend, Jim, says doing that might just be a great way to create a more enriching travel experience.
“You talk about travelling the roads less travelled…” he said in a recent tip he sent in to the podcast. “My wife and I, when we go on our trips…when we’re about an hour or so from our destination, we’ll take our GPS and turn it off of highways so it will lead us into our destination via the back roads.”
Jim says they have found it to be fun, and that they’ve “seen a lot of interesting things leading up to our destinations.”
Mike and I agree that it sounds like an interesting way to travel the road less travelled!
Besides, we've found that our GPS unit – no matter which model we have (and we've tried them all, including smartphone apps) – are not always accurate. We currently have two in our 2017 Roadtrek CS Adventurous XL 4X4 – one is the standard Decker console-mounted GPS that came built in to our Mercedes Sprinter. But we also bought a standalone Garmin Nuvi unit, which is easier to program and has many more options, including lifetime free map updates.
And we have really come to like paper maps. We used to collect individual paper maps from each state and province we passed through. Now we use the Rand McNally Road Atlas book that has detailed maps for every state, Canada and Mexico. There's nothing like holding a map in your hands to give you true perspective of where you are. Plus those paper maps are filled with interesting little tidbits of info that often lead to serendipity discoveries along those blue highways and two-lanes that we prefer to drive.
So like caller Jim says… turn off your GPS. Explore and enjoy!
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