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1. Posted by gypsyluv (Budding Member 15 posts) 6y

hey guys,
im leaving Nova Scotia in May, and heading out west to Calgary, then to B.C. i hope to get into the states around late june early july, then down the west coast to calfornia and then new mexico, then across through texas to florida, then back up the east coast back into the maritimes. if anyone is around ill be happy to help you along your way. ive no fixed agenda, and can make plans up in a flash .love meeting other travellers and usually have cold beers in the fridge. ill keep my travels posted so you can easily find out where i am. cheers. brian

2. Posted by jambo101 (Respected Member 414 posts) 6y

Sounds like a great blog to follow..

3. Posted by Rhombus (Travel Guru 64 posts) 6y

Gypsy. I'm a vanner and a boarder too. Let me know if you want any good boarding/travel locations when you get down to the US. National parks usually have great runs, than nobody does, cept me of course.

Have a great trip.

I dig the van.

4. Posted by gypsyluv (Budding Member 15 posts) 6y

Rhommmbuss!!!
i will do man, its even hard to say if they`ll let me in america or not. but if they do, ill be in touch. thanks , its well appreciated

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6. Posted by DaveinMD (Respected Member 198 posts) 6y

I think a lot of us have thought about doing this sort of thing, good for you. Are you able to simply pull over at any point and spend the night or are you limited to a campground and the fees attached? Something tells me it's not possible to simply set up a Habachi and cook dinner in a Walmart parking lot.

[ Edit: Edited on 04-Feb-2010, at 03:22 by DaveinMD ]

7. Posted by gypsyluv (Budding Member 15 posts) 6y

to be honest dave. im not really bothered by it. i know that walmart allows overnight camping, im not sure how many consecutive nights i can stay but im sure that everyone will be different. some might be cool with me, some might not. im gonna find out exactly how they are. i plan to spend a lot of nights outside of the city. to be honest, most people are excited to see a van like that and want me to stay. as long as i dont get piss loaded drunk and stay up all night singing/shouting along to the moody blues. which i have never, NEVER done. swear to god ;)

8. Posted by Rhombus (Travel Guru 64 posts) 6y

I've got a lot of experience with Walmarts. Most times you'll see a section for all the RVs that have setups. Just pull up near them. If nobody is around, park in their most distant lot. It's been my experience that they don't really care. Check out Couchsurfing.com, you can prolly find people who won't mind if you set up in their driveway for a night. National forests, state forests offer a lot of options, get some good maps. A lot of small towns have camping setups for a lot cheaper than state parks.

You can make this trip as cheap as you want to. I know a guy who travels all winter for 5 months and spent money on camping fees twice.

A bit of advice that may bother some people:
When you pull into a campground and If nobody is around to pay, get the pay envelope filled out and put it on your dash. If you don't see anybody by the time you leave you've stayed for free! If someone comes around, just say you forgot and pay your fees. Arrive late, leave early.

You can't do it everytime, so choose wisely. I prolly shouldn't be telling you this, but we vanners got to stick together.

9. Posted by DaveinMD (Respected Member 198 posts) 6y

I am absolutely shocked that Walmart allows camping in their parking lots. I'm even more stunned that folks will let you stay in their driveways. Am I safe to assume that you have some sort of port-o-potty?

10. Posted by wanderer84 (Budding Member 21 posts) 6y

happen to be coming to southern Ontario at all?