This is hard to write. But I must.
I believe the RV Lifestyle has to be put on hold.
I've been spending a lot of time in journalist-mode on the coronavirus crisis this week and I feel I have to say that all the indications I am seeing point to continued and increasing travel restrictions for at least the next month or so. Probably even longer.
Rest areas along major interstates are being shut down to all but truckers.
Beaches up and down Florida are closed and spring breakers urged to leave.
In the Outer Banks of North Carolina they are actually planning checkpoints and refusing entry to some popular areas to visitors. Visitors are being told to home home in other parts of the country because they are overloading services. State park campgrounds, access to federal land, all travel, everywhere, is being discouraged.
There are many more examples. My point is… if you don't have to go somewhere, my sincere and heartfelt recommendation to you is to stay put or go back home.
There is a growing resentment starting to creep in towards outsiders, tourists and visitors in some communities.
If this crisis continues, I am convinced this will only get worse and RVers will be seen as health risks who are bringing in the virus and unnecessarily stressing an already overstressed food supply, as evidenced by the empty supermarket shelves in so many communities.
We're openly seeing that down here in Florida at our condo as our local government considers a beach closure.
Everything in me says this is not the best time for us to be off RVing and exploring.
Jennifer and I may cut our time here short and return to Michigan because of it.
I hope I am wrong. But I don't think I am and until this settles down – which it WILL – I urge you to think about postponing your travels over the next month or so. Then reevaluate. That is the smart thing to do.
Fulltimers, of course, have their own challenges but for them, I would urge them to find a safe place where they can get needed supplies and services and stay put and hunker down.
There's lots of uncertainty on that bumpy road ahead.
Be safe, Fellow Travelers. Hunker down.