5 Florida Towns to visit in your RV!

5 Florida Towns to visit in your RV!

Looking for a tropical paradise with natural beauty abound? Imagine escaping to the beautiful Sunshine State. Take a look at these beautiful Florida towns to escape the cold.
Tallahassee is not just a beautiful city filled with many outdoor attractions but it is also the state’s capitol with many political landmarks. Visit one of the many different city and state parks in the area to see what makes Tallahassee one of the most biologically diverse regions in the United States. Also in the area you can see many antebellum plantations, with 71 plantations located between Tallahassee and Thomasville, GA. Located just 25 miles from the Gulf of Mexico, Tallahassee is also close to beaches and the tropical Florida setting that we all know and love.
If you are looking to spend some time in Tallahassee, take a look at Bayhead. They are an All Age community that is conveniently located on the west side of Tallahassee. We hope to see you soon!

If you are looking for a Florida city to hang out at the beach, then this is defiantly the city for you! Clearwater has many award winning beaches to choose from. Whether you are looking for a beach less traveled or a beach with many attractions beach side, Cleawater has a beach just for you.  Clearwater is more than just a beach town with attractions including the Aquarium, golf courses, and the Dalí Museum. Clearwater is also well known for its beautiful gulf fishing. There are many charter captains that can take you out and show you the ropes. If you prefer to stay on land, there are also many locations where you can fish on shore.
Want to visit Clearwater in your RV? Clearwater Travel Resort is for you. Clearwater Travel Resort is an All Age community that has everything you are looking for. Right on Gulf to Bay Boulevard, Clearwater Travel Resort is close to beaches and shops. We hope to see you at Clearwater Travel Resort.
Searching for the perfect Florida town that has the tranquility of the country but is close to the hustle and bustle of the big cities? Zephyrhills might just be the city for you! Zepherhills is a peaceful city located less than 30 miles from Tampa and around 70 miles from Orlando! If you want to take a day trip to either city, you are close enough to enjoy the attractions then retreat back to your country hideaway. Zephyrhills gives you the “Old Florida” small town feeling with a quaint downtown and many things to do in the area. Zephyrhills has beautiful city and state parks nearby so that you can explore all nature has to experience.
If you do swing by Zephyrhills, join us at Leisure Days RV Resort.
Are you looking for a town that offers beautiful architecture, minor league sports teams and theme parks nearby? Look no further than Lakeland, Florida. Lakeland has the beautiful architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright on display at Florida Southern College. Lakeland is also, as the name implies, home to many beautiful lakes. Whether you want a beautiful backdrop for a walk or to feed the beautiful swans of Lakeland, there are quite a few lakes to visit. If you are a sports fan, there are two minor league teams in Lakeland, including baseball and basketball. The Flying Tigers play on Publix Field, which is also home to the Detroit Tigers spring training. The Lakeland Magic are the developmental team for the Orlando Magic and play in the RP Funding Center. For those looking for a fun day out, look no further than Legoland in nearby Winter Haven. Legoland is a great theme park for both young and old.
Want to make Lakeland your Florida base? Take a look at Valencia Estates or Woodall’s Village.
Bradenton, Florida is a beautiful Gulf coast town where there is plenty of water and fun to go around! If you are looking to escape all the hustle and bustle or be right in the mix of everything, Bradenton has a taste of it all. Robertson Preserve can give you a glimpse into the beauty of nature or check out the downtown scene for many things to do.  Since Bradenton is on the west coast, any of the area beaches are a great place to take in a sunset.  The crown jewel of the area is Anna Maria Island, home of beautiful white sand beaches. Anna Maria Island is a small beach town that really give you that island vibe.
Do you want to park your RV near Bradenton? Take a look at these different resorts in the area.

10 Ways to Celebrate the Holidays in Your RV

1. DECORATE!
Whether you’re parked at an RV site or headed down the highway, consider decorating your RV. If you’re parked you can add lights to the outside, put up a small Christmas tree, stockings, signs and more! If you’re driving consider adding some decorations to the dash and putting a wreathe on the grill of your RV. It will all help add to the festivity of the season!

2. WHITE ELEPHANT GIFT EXCHANGE
Set up a white elephant gift exchange in your RV park. Everyone can bring a dish to share as they enjoy friends and fun! If you’ve never had a white elephant party before, you’re in for a real treat and lots of laughs. Have everyone bring a wrapped gift worth no more than $15 (or whatever limit you choose). Have all your guests pick numbers out of a hat, they will open gifts in that order. After the first person goes, subsequent people can choose to steal another person’s gift or unwrap a new one. The person who had their gift stolen gets to open another. Get ready for lots of fun!!!
3. VOLUNTEER 
If you can’t be with family for the holidays, why not spend them volunteering? Check with local shelters, soup kitchens and nonprofits to see how you can get involved. Giving to others will help get you in the holiday spirit and you never know what you’ll get back when you decide to give.

4. COOK HOLIDAY MEALS 
Cooking in your RV can be stressful, especially when you’re making big meals. For the holidays, think outside the box to create some of your favorite traditional meals. You can also consider hosting a potluck with your RV neighbors so each of you only has to make one dish!

5. GO TO THE BEACH
If you’re RV camping in Florida, do something crazy and spend the holiday at the beach. There will be less people and the weather will be perfect. With the average temperature in December right around 60 degrees, you can’t go wrong. Plus all your northern friends will get jealous when you’re relaxing at the beach and they are shoveling snow.

6. GIVE EXPERIENCES, NOT GIFTS 
If you’re tight on space in your RV, consider giving each other experiences instead of presents. Research the area you’re staying in and find fun things to do together. Maybe splurge on an outing you normally wouldn’t go on or eat at a fancy restaurant. Whatever you choose to do, just remember to make memories and take lots of pictures!

7. ATTEND LOCAL CHRISTMAS EVENTS
Enjoy the city you’re in by attending some local Christmas events. Many cities have events calendars that will let you know what’s happening on what day. In Florida, we love Christmas events because it helps get us in the spirit when the weather isn’t so cold.

8. ATTEND EVENTS IN YOUR RV PARK 
Most RV parks host events for the guests. Find out when the events are and get out to them. You’ll never regret spending time with neighbors, and you’ll have lots of fun doing it! If there aren’t any events, plan some yourself with friends!

9. USE TECHNOLOGY 
Far from family? Don’t forget to make technology work for you. Skype with friends and family, share photos through social media, call and text! Even just a few minutes will shorten the miles. If you’re a grandparent, ask your children to set up a phone in the living room and turn on Skype so you can watch your grandchildren open presents. Or schedule a time where all of your family can connect on Google Hangouts. Technology is as creative as you are.

10. ENJOY THE SIMPLE THINGS 
Christmas today is so easily characterized by shopping, stress and the insatiable need for more. Whether you’re seasoned at celebrating the holidays in your RV or this is your very first, relish in the simplicity of it all. You get to enjoy the season, the music, the food, the fun, the songs and the spirit, all without the stress. You get to sit back and remind yourself to be grateful for everything you do have, instead of remembering all the things you don’t.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS, FROM ALL OF US AT NEWBY FUN RESORTS!

7 Ideas for RV Camping With Kids

Are we there yet? What parent on a vacation hasn’t heard that phrase two million times? Before you start ripping out your hair, check out some of these ideas for a smoother RV camping trip with kids.

1. OFF ROADING

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What screams active lifestyle more than this sports utility stroller? The wheels are made for rougher terrains, like hiking paths and trails. If you love to hike, bring the baby along! These are a great camping solution for people with toddlers who still want to go exploring.

2. EYE SPY

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If your little camper is a little older you can help keep them entertained on the trail with this fun scavenger hunt idea. They can collect up all their treasures in a bag and get a prize for finding the most items. Don’t forget to bring along a snack for the trail, too. 

3. CRAWL SPACE

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No one likes stepping on rocks and stones in their tent, but for toddlers it could be even worse. Bring along some foam mats to put down on the tent floor so your toddler can crawl around safely. 

4. WALKING TACO

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This might actually be the single most amazing camping idea we’ve ever seen. First of all, taco salad is delicious, but this idea makes the taco salad portable! Plus, what kid won’t love eating out of a bag? And what parent won’t love not having to do dishes? It’s camping perfection at it’s finest. 

5. SOLAR S’MORES

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This is part science experiment, part camping and all delicious. On a hot day in Florida, these solar s’mores will cook up perfectly before you can even light a fire. It’s a tasty, safe alternative to having kids running around with flaming marshmallows on sticks. 

6. PEA POD

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Let’s be honest, you want one for yourself. This pea pod is the perfect place for your little one to take a nap. Whether you’re at the beach, picnicking or hanging out at the camp site, this will come in handy. You won’t have a cranky toddler on your hands and this is a shady safe place for them to nap their cares away. 

7. MASON JARS 

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Bring along some mason jars so you can send your children to collect little treasures. If you’re camping in Florida we don’t have any fireflies, but we have lots of other neat foliage, wildlife and artifacts to fill your child’s mason jar to the brim! 

Tips For a Fun & Safe RV Trip

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RV’s are storming the nation as the new way to travel. You get all the comforts of home with all the excitement of the road. But whether you’re traveling across the country, or just a few towns away, there are some tips and tricks to keep yourself safe on your next RV road trip.

1. PLAN YOUR PATH
Before you head out on your next adventure, plan your route. Pull up Google Maps and check out the toll roads, construction zones, and rest stops. You can save your route and check it the day you leave. Google Maps posts real-time updates to their routes, so you’ll know if there are traffic jams, or areas to avoid.

Plus, you can decide whether you want to take highways, or a more scenic route. Just in case, you should print your directions, along with your final destination’s address. Keep a map with you as well, after all, you’re better safe than sorry!

2. REMEMBER THE DOUGH
Bringing some extra money is great for fun and necessity. If you see an awesome diner you want to check out, stop and have lunch. Remember, depending on where you are cash may be necessary. If you travel a lot, it might be a good idea to consider using traveler’s checks or credit cards instead of debit cards.

Credit cards are easier to manage if fraudulent activity occurs. Plus if it’s lost or stolen, you’re not without money (especially if you have some extra cash on hand). Just keep in mind that you should always be cautious when traveling with large amounts of money.

3. DOCS & SOCKS
Whether you’re going across country or across the state, remember to bring along important documents. This can include a driver’s license, passports, insurance cards (health and auto), birth certificates, social security cards, and vehicle registrations. These documents are especially important if you’re crossing any borders.

Okay, maybe this is silly, but don’t forget your socks. No one wants to wear shoes without socks! That makes for smelly feet, and smelly feet are extra dangerous in an RV.

4. PLANNED  SPONTANEITY
Wait….what? It’s a good idea to research the different destinations and attractions along your route. Read reviews, check prices, look at their hours of operation. Nothing ruins a spotaneous trip to a museum like realizing it’s closed on Tuesday.

You don’t have to stop at every location, but make a quick “cheat sheet” of information about the different attractions along the way. That way the family can decide whether they want to see it as you get closer. Then you can also rule out that places that are too expensive or aren’t open on the days you’ll be in town. It’s called planned spontaneity (or at least it is now).

5. COMMON SENSE
Common sense is one of those things that’s actually not too common. Whatever you do, just make sure to put common sense first. But still remember to have fun! Be careful when stopping in parts of town that look unsafe. Don’t invite strangers into your RV and make sure to set ground rules, points of contact and emergency plans.

Whatever you do, and where ever the road takes you, make sure to have fun!

5 Tips for Renting an RV in Florida

Welcome to Florida, where endless summer gives us endless opportunities for RV camping. Sunny days and breezy nights create the perfect scene for your best camping memories yet. But wait! You don’t have an RV! Great news, there are many reputable RV rental services in Florida, but here’s what you need to know before signing on the dotted line. 

1 – KNOW YOUR OPTIONS 
Do your research so you get the best deal! 
Knowing all of your options is the best way to successfully rent an RV in Florida. Check out all the local RV rentals companies and see what’s available. 
Next, examine the types of RVs for rent.  For comfort, as well as safety, rent a motor home that is able to accommodate you and your traveling party.  For example, a group of six travelers should not try and squeeze into a motor home built for five.  Also examine features, such as number of electrical outlets, onboard television, movie players, and so forth.
2 –COMPARE RENTAL PRICES 
This might look nice, but is it worth the price? 
Once you’ve scouted your options, it’s time to compare prices. Be sure you take into account any additional costs like mileage, non-refundable fees, etc. You can also save money by additional features and ensuring you return the RV in great condition. 
3 – READ THE FINE PRINT 
It won’t be fun, but you’ll be better off when you read the fine print!
When renting an RV, you will be required to sign a contract.  This contract is similar to one that you would sign if you were renting a car.  With that being said, never assume that all rental contracts are the same.  Always fully read an RV rental contract, including the fine print.  Never sign anything that looks too suspicious.  When in doubt, ask to take the contract home and review it first.
In keeping with reading all fine print, it is important to know all RV rental rules and restrictions upfront.  Many times, these rules and restrictions are highlighted on a rental contract, but there is no harm in asking for additional information.  Be on the lookout for any rules that may limit the number of guests allowed on board, age requirements for children, and so froth.
4 – BE CAREFUL WITH YOUR RENTAL
It had this scratch before, right?
Being cautious is an important component of renting an RV.  If you are not careful, you may be financially responsible for any damage that occurs.  Many times, RV renters are inexperienced at driving rigs, so always  use extreme caution on the roads.  Some tips involve keeping all food and drinks properly covered or put up while on the road, don’t prepare foods while driving that can cause harmful stains, and so forth.  Also, if you have children, be sure to set some ground rules.
5 – RETURN YOUR RV RENTAL ON TIME

Better late than never won’t apply here! 

Returning your RV rental on time is important for keeping your rental costs low and affordable.  Late rentals may incur late fees.  These late fees, should they exist, should be outlined on the RV rental contract.  If you know you are running behind schedule and will be late, be sure to contact your RV rental company to inform them of your delay as soon as possible.
As a recap, RV renters are encouraged to examine all of their rental options, compare prices, thoroughly read through rental contracts, use caution, and return their RV rentals on time.  These steps, when properly implemented, can not only help to improve the overall quality of your next RV trip, but they can also help to keep the costs associated with that trip reasonable.

5 Ways RV Camping Changes You

The first time you set out on the open road in your RV, you have no idea what’s in store. An adventure unfolds before you, a lifestyle forms around you and suddenly you’re hooked. But RV camping isn’t just about having fun, it’s also about change and adaptation. Before you buy that RV, find out the 5 ways RV camping changes you.

1. YOU GET CLOSER TO PEOPLE

Sure, you’ll get closer to the people in your RV, geographically if nothing else. But we are talking big picture. When you travel across the country, you’ll meet people from all walks of life, from all backgrounds and from all places. What you’ll learn is that no matter how you may differ from someone in appearance, background or beliefs, we’re all human at the core and we’re all just doing the best we can. The RV lifestyle gets you closer to people.

2. YOU REALIZE TIME IS PRECIOUS







They say time flies when you’re having fun, and it’s the truth! Time slips past on RV vacations, and suddenly our laughter, joy and fun become fond memories. In our busy world it’s hard to slow down, but when you’re RV camping you can just stop for a moment and take life in. It’s then that you realize time is a precious.

3.YOUR LEARN WHAT’S REALLY IMPORTANT TO YOU











Have you ever thought about what you’d take from your house if you could only pack a suitcase? RV camping poses that kind of scenario. You don’t have much space to bring along everything you own, just everything you need. Without all those possessions weighing you down, you’re free to live uninhibited. When you have to strategically choose what you bring, you have a chance to learn what’s really important to you.

4. YOU FIND NEW WAYS TO DO THINGS













RV camping is a community. You’ll learn all kinds of things, whether it’s small like learning to make popcorn over the campfire, or whether it’s big, like learning how to fix your RV’s plumbing. Along your travels you’ll learn a little something from each person you meet. Soon you’ll have an entire repertoire of knowledge that came from people all over the country and the world.

5.  COOKING BECOMES AN ART 










In a house, you have plenty of place to store food. You can buy plenty of groceries, spices, dry goods and snacks. When you’re camping, you have to work with limited space, both for storage and for cooking. The end result? You learn to make amazing meals on campfires, with limited ingredients and using what you have on hand. It makes you more resourceful and the benefit is that you get delicious meals. Keep learning, friends! And keep making delicious art.

What have you learned on the road?