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!
PLEASE NOTE THIS DOC IS A WORK IN PROGRESS SO CHECK BACK.

Free options are;
Walmart, 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 https://freecampsites.net this app is used by most
people that travel a lot.

Boondocking is a way to save lots of money traveling.
https://boondocking.org/
https://www.boondockerswelcome.com/
FaceBook also;
BOONDOCKING & FREE CAMPSITES!    https://www.facebook.com/groups/1915543818765263/about/
Boondocking & free camping USA        https://www.facebook.com/groups/124433330976510/
Free Camping, Boondocking and Public Lands   https://www.facebook.com/groups/freecampsites/
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

 
Towns!

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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