We use Texas Home Base to get our mail while on the road. The service has exceeded our expectations! We met Elaine and her team while we were in Witchita Falls and she would like to offer $5 towards your mail account if you sign-up and put Getaway Couple in the “Who referred you?” box.
Health Insurance is never more important than when you are adventuring around the US in your RV. Unfortunately, most insurance from the ACA exchanges does not cover non-emergencies outside your state. We reached out to Portia at US Health Advisors and she provided a plan that we can use in any state. Portia works with you the entire time so the experience is completely personalized. Don't forget to tell her Getaway Couple sent you.
You must have RV Insurance on the road! This is your home and if anything happens to it, you'd be in big trouble. Make sure to use a company that provides “full timer” insurance so you know you're covered in any situation. We use Foremost (a branch of Farmers) but any insurance that keeps you protected will do.
This is the first place we look when we are looking to buy supplies on the road. The two-day shipping of Amazon Prime allows you to get the things you need without leaving the RV. It comes with free access to Amazon Video (rival to Netflix) and Amazon Music (rival to iTunes/Spotify) which is just icing on the cake. We love it so much we partnered with Amazon to showcase our favorite gear!
There are some locations where it is inconvenient to get a package shipped or the campground simply won't allow it. Luckily, there is normally a Walmart near-by. We usually will only utilize the ship-to-store feature to get things delivered to the nearest store. It is a handy feature that keeps us from browsing the aisles and ending up with more items that we need.
Occasionally, we need something that is RV specific and we can't wait for the two-day shipping. Camping World fills that void. While we tend to not shop here, sometimes you need a 50-amp RV power extension cord TODAY because your cord won't reach the power pedestal. Yes, that really happened.
We work full-time on the road so good Internet access is a top priority. The Mobile Internet Resource Center was instrumental in making us feel comfortable that we'll have connectivity on the road. It hasn't failed us yet and should be a key item for any full-timer that still needs internet access 40+ hours a week.
Our WeBoost 4G-X is the main work-horse in our connectivity arsenal. The cell booster allows us to enjoy our time in more remote campsites and turn our spotty cell service into working cell service.
A WiFi ranger is a great way to pick up low WiFi in campgrounds. It's nice to still be able to work from the RV instead of having to move to a public location.
Jason listens to his audio books all the time. Taking a shower, washing dishes, folding laundry, driving, there is almost always an audio book playing. He currently has over 200 audiobooks in his library and “re-reads” them all the time.
Since we are driving all over the US, we decided to try out Sirius XM. It is SO much better than switching stations as you drive. We now have a subscription for the truck radio and we pay for the ability to access it via an app on our phone or computer so we can stream it in the RV. If you're spending a ton of time in the car you need to have XM Radio!
The final way we entertain ourselves while driving down the road is via podcasts. We use the Apple Podcasts app and subscribe to many different topics. We listen to ghost stories, news, business tips, and motivational podcasts. There's something for everyone!
Allstays is a great resource to find campgrounds, boondocking locations and even hotels. We use it to look at all of the campgrounds that belong to the different memberships we have in one location.
CoPilot is always on when we are towing our RV. This app helps avoid low bridges, roads with weight limits and anything else you might want to avoid while towing. Once you download the maps there is no need for data so you won't get stuck out in the middle of nowhere without service.
This app was created by Technomadia and helps us plan where to stay. We need good cell coverage for work and this app makes sure we are good to go.
This is our number one recommended campground membership. While the initial cost is higher than the others, the longtime savings far outshines any other membership. We do not recommend that you buy a new membership (except a zone pass if you want to test it out) but instead buy a resale. Check out our post about the different membership options for more information.
This is an amazing backup membership. Thousand Trails campgrounds are not everywhere (looking at you, central US) so you will need a backup membership or two. This membership pays for itself in only a night or two. The savings vary by campground but we have had some great discounts for one night or weekly stays.
We picked up a Good Sam membership card while in a Camping World. The campground savings is the same as Passport America but 5% is 5%. We also have used the card to get a discount on diesel fuel at Flying J. There are a ton of places that will give a Good Sams discount so the savings will add up if you use it frequently.
We stay at KOA's when we can't book anywhere else. The usually have availability and are a good fall-back option. We picked up a Value card during our first reservation and saved more money than the membership costs in the single week stay. KOA has a great system that will allow you to add it to your reservation and get the discount immediately. Do not buy this if you are not going to stay at KOAs though because there are no other benefits to this card.
We do not have a Harvest Hosts membership but it has been highly recommended by other RVers. You can only stay one night on the hosts' property which doesn't fit our travel style. If you are someone who moves frequently or who tends to stop in Walmart parking lots then this is a membership you should check out. Who doesn't want to spend the night next to a winery or brewery?
We do not have a membership to Boondockers Welcome yet but are planning to sign-up. We were too scared to boondock at the beginning of our adventure. This is great for those who want to be social AND save money. This membership gives you access to those around the US who have room on their property for your RV and are willing to let you stay for free. Some hosts even have hookups!
YouTube / Vlogging
DJI makes superior drones. If you are looking to get amazing aerial shots and don't want to spend hours learning how to fly a drone, go with DJI. The intelligent flight mode allows you to get cinematic shots without even trying! Bonus, the advanced sensors keep you from flying into walls. PS: Get the DJI insurance, its cheaper than a new drone if you fly yours into the ocean on Anguilla (yes, that happened).
Canon is our favorite camera brand. It is all personal preference but we have had a Canon since we started getting into photography. Our 80D is the workhorse of our operation along with a 10-18mm EF-S lens.
Camera gear is expensive. It is also tough and lasts forever if maintained properly. If you are not an expert, buying used gear online can be risky. KEH is a website that lists used gear in different conditions that have been checked out by their team of professionals and guarantee to be in the condition they list it at. No risk, all reward.
We use the Adobe CC Suite to edit our pictures and videos. If you're thinking about getting into Vlogging, you need to have these tools!
We recommend this course by Nomadic Matt to help you get started in the vlogging field. The teachers are Nadine (from Hey Nadine!) and Kristen (from Hopscotch the Globe) who are two of our favorite travel vloggers. There are great tips and tricks here given by people who have been doing this for years.
We're assuming you're vlogging because you'd eventually like to make money from it? Michelle from Making Sense of Cents created this course on affiliate marketing and has helped tons of people start making their first dollar. We'd highly recommend you invest in this course.
This web hosting provider is the best! Don't get fooled into using Bluehost or Hostgator. Siteground is easy to use and makes getting your website off the ground super simple.
This is an advanced level virtual private server. While Siteground is for the beginners, Digital Ocean is for those that want full control of their website.
This is where we purchase our domain names. It's super simple to use and as the name implies, cheap!
This is a great tool for email list management and is very user friendly. It makes it simple to collect email addresses and group emails according to your needs.
This is one of the best investments that we have made. It is one-part content calender, one-part social media manager. We plan all our blog posts and YouTube videos in this along with the social media posts. It will automatically post them for us on a set schedule! It also has ReQueue that allows you to set Evergreen content that it will automatically add to your schedule anywhere you have gaps in posts! See our post here!
This is another course offered by Nomadic Matt. If you want to learn about travel blogging why not learn from one of the masters. This is a great course to wrap your head around everything that blogging entails and how you can start today.
Selling on Amazon
Junglescout is a market research tool. We use it with Amazon to gain valuable product research insight. It provides product ideas, sales data and competitor information.
This tool uncovers the products and keywords that will make you money on Amazon. It helps find opportunities that may otherwise go unnoticed and cut product research time in half by providing data on which products are selling the best on Amazon.
This tool allows you to send automatic emails to your Amazon customers. It's a great tool to get repeat customers and build valuable relationships. You can also add your product to their vast marketplace with a coupon code to target customers who are more likely to leave a review.
This is an Amazon tool that manages your product advertisements for you. It simplifies the process of creating ads and saves us time to spend on other parts of our business. Ads are tremendously valuable when launching a new product to help get it higher in the search rankings.
TaxJar makes sales tax filing easier for online sellers and merchants. It connects to all of the places online you sell, prepares your state return forms and will even auto file for you!
Quickbooks has helped us keep all of our business finances in order. It's extremely user friendly and their support team is great. It makes payments a breeze and end of year taxes less painful.
We use Airbnb to stay in unique places all over the world. Most hosts are extremely friendly and want you to enjoy your time at their rental. It's a great way to instantly feel less like a tourist and more like a local in the cities you are exploring.
VBRO is a great alternative to Airbnb. The service is practically the same but sometimes you'll find cheaper prices or different options in the same location.
We use this website to book hotels and activities. It's a good one stop shop. The site is super easy to use and if you need to make any changes to your reservations, they are pretty accomodating.
Google Flights is a great way to see all of the flights available to your destination and their prices in a side by side comparison. They even have price alerts if you are waiting for a certain deal.
Skyscanner is another option we always find ourselves using for cost comparison. It's a great way to see the cheapest flght available and through what airline. They don't include Southwest so keep that in mind if your looking for domestic flights.
This flight search engine looks at smaller website that no other search engine does. It's a great resource to find cheaper flights and even has a calendar view so you can see different prices on different days.
We use this pet sitting website to find trusted people to watch Carmen. Now that we travel full time, we can't leave her with the same person. This app helps find people we trust and have been veried by others.
If you want to travel in an RV without purchasing it or rent yours out while you're not using it, this website is for you. It connects renters and rentees easily and includes insurance for both parties.
We love using Uber for exploring cities and catching a ride to the airport. It's gotten so big even smaller towns have it now, which is great! They're normally cheaper than a Taxi and it's great knowing you can always get a ride.