Traveling Cheap in RVs and Vans Part 4

Finding Free or Cheap Places
Okay this is the real meat of traveling and there are lots of options.
The biggest the decision for you is what is going to work for you!

Free options are;
Walmart, Cracker Barrel, Truck Stops and various parking lots. There are APPs for your phone that can find free places to stay also. These APPs use your phones GPS and will locate places near you making it easier for you. The best website and APP is this app is used by most people that travel a lot.

Boondocking is a way to save lots of money traveling.
Also checkout BoonDockersWelcom website;
Boondocking & free camping USA   Free Camping, Boondocking and Public Lands
If you search Boondocking on FaceBook you’ll find even more.

BLM lands and Forest Management lands
When you’re driving around and you see a BLM office make sure you stop and get all the information you can get for the area you are going to. They usually can supply you maps of the area that are more detailed. Sometimes your phones GPS won’t work but the paper maps do! They will give you information on where to park and how long you can stay. The same goes for Forest Management areas.

Water Districts
Many State have water districts, land owned by the state that is off limits to most activities. Florida Water Districts links page Florida St. Johns River Water Management District Florida Suwanee River Water Management District Florida Northwest Water Management District Florida Southwest Water Management District Florida South Water Management District

State Parks These places are usually very expensive if your on a budget. Every state park we have stopped at in Georgia, Texas and Florida wasn’t cheap, usually around $25 a night. However they parks were really well kept and near a lake or ocean and the showers and bathrooms were great. That said it is still a lot of money for a night.  Florida State Parks info Georgia State Parks info Texas State Parks info     If you plan to use Texas State Campground purchase the     annual State Parks Pass about $75/yr  


Some small towns out west have free or nearly free campsite to stay at. Many are primitive sites but some offer various amenities.  You have to get onto the towns website to learn if they allow overnight parking. Plus you can find networks of like minded folks that have already forged away. So you see there are many options for you to choose from. Because everyone is different not all options work for everyone. My wife and I don’t like cities and we tend to navigate away from them. Out in the rest of the country there fewer people, easier living and lots to see and do.

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Rick Mercier rewrite 2/2020

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