While many summer travel plans have been postponed or canceled because of the coronavirus, one form of travel might be a viable way to go: RVs, according to a recent report by Newsweek. As of May 19, bookings on RVshare, an RV peer-to-peer booking platform, were up 1,000% from early April. Yes, 1,000%.
The RV-sharing platform has been doing its part during the pandemic by teaming up with RVs 4 MDs to help provide RVs to front-line health workers.
The pandemic has affected travel enormously around the world. On April 7, the Transportation Security Administration recorded the lowest number of U.S. flyers screened in the agency’s history, when it dropped to below 100,000 – a 95% decrease from the same day in 2019. On May 20, the TSA screened 230,367 passengers, compared with 2,472,123 on the same day last year.
As the pandemic has halted most forms of travel, families are looking for safe ways to get out after months of home isolation. But for some people – about a million, to be exact – living out of an RV is the norm.
An RVshare survey found that 77% of respondents were looking to make travel plans within the next three months. Sixty-five percent of travelers said they want to be in and around nature, including locations like a national park (65%) or a lake (47%).
RVillage, the largest social media platform for RVs, offers a place for RVers (and aspiring RVers) to talk to one another. Whether you are considering purchasing an RV for an upcoming vacation, deciding to leave your conventional home behind or have been on the road for years, about 3,000 crowdsourced groups are available to field all RV-related questions and discussions, RVillage founder Curtis Coleman told Newsweek.
Now, with the pandemic, RV travelers and owners can use the platform to help plan their next move safely.
“People are talking to each other,” Coleman said. “What’s open, what is not open? What are best practices right now if you want to go with your family? Where to avoid? How does social distancing work in the RV?”