Along the journey
...My wife isn’t a huge outdoors type lol sleeping with snakes isn’t her thing.
I’ve managed to enjoy a fair amount of flying, sailing, and overland adventures. So far, besides North America, I’ve toured Australia, Asia, and Europe, mostly driving Toyota Land Cruisers.
Like most, I started with weekend trips in my youth in a cheap truck and sleeping bag. After dealing with hoodlums grabbing things from the truck bed and nasty weather, I built a used cargo van into a moto-hauler. It served me well for race weekends, hunting and fishing. My advice is to start by figuring out what your dream is and chase it.
Some want to see and experience the world, others want to rock crawl.
After you figure out your goal, plan for it first, then gear up for a successful adventure. Besides your budget, keep your partner’s comfort level in mind when gearing up.Regarding family camping, I was told at one point in my life that the only member of the family I should plan to take hunting, fishing, or camping was the dog...
If your wife isn’t really into the outdoors it’s unlikely she’s going to enjoy primitive camping, rooftop tent or not. You can always start by just plotting a course in your daily driver from one Airbnb to the next to see places on your bucket list and save the overland style camping for you and your friends that enjoy it.
My quiver is currently full of overland vehicles. I’m the original owner of my expedition ready FJ80 Toyota Land Cruiser, a nearly restored 2004 Suburban 4x4, and most recently a 2020 Sprinter Van that I’m building into a toy, tool and vintage Airstream hauler. I also have a sport touring bike that’s made the round trip between Texas to Canada a few times. After the Sprinter is built, I’ll likely decide what stays and what goes.
As much as I love camping and seeing other parts of the country, as a recent empty nester, I purchased a seasonal glacier lake campground to base out of in the summer months. The campsites are rented annually and in some cases by the same families for generations.
Seeing and experiencing everything on the bucket list is important but when it comes time to enjoying the free time you have each week, especially if you’re a city dweller, a permanent cabin or campsite within a couple of hours from home at a favorite location makes for a really nice lifestyle and family memories.