One of the fun (and challenging) things about Rving is the constantly changing location. At least with national chains, shopping and the occasional eating out can be easier. Predictable, but easy.
But when we stay for a longer spell, we get to discover the local life. We love putting money into the local economy when we can, and try to shop and eat where the locals do.
Yes, we know the small-town grocer might cost a little more and not have the same selection of some well-known chains. But we can usually find what we need, and sometimes we actually save because we didn’t drive an hour or to the nearest chain store. And there’s usually better customer service, too.
So, we find ourselves doing a mix with groceries and supplies…local stores, chain stores, and yes, online.
Eating out for us is quite the splurge. When we do, we chat up the locals to get their recommendations. It’s worked every time. By talking to the locals, we have found some gems. Some go on our growing "look forward to trying" list, others we look forward to going to again.
Local folks are how we found out the best places to watch towboats on the Intracoastal Waterway, that the ferry was free, the local Mardi Gras Parade, a community oyster feed (we missed that), to check out Beaumont and more.
While we appreciate what luxury RV resorts offer in activities and socialization, we love getting to know what the locals think and do.
So if you’re new to this thing called Rving, or just wondering how to find stuff, start by asking the cashier at the local grocery store, stop by the Chamber of Commerce, etc… You’ll be glad you did!