RVshare Renters Reveal Summer Travel Plans

Data and Insights

Summer is almost here which means RV season is almost here! Gain insights into what this travel season will look like for travelers based on a recent travel sentiment survey we conducted with active RVshare renters from the past 6 months. Renters reveal summer travel plans, sharing not only where they are going but also what continues to shape their decisions when it comes to travel. We cover three important themes in travel planning for this summer season: affordability, travel options (a comparison between flying and RVing) as well as overall travel sentiment. Let’s look closely at each area and get insight into renters’ summer travel plans.

Summer Travel Plans

Summer is synonymous with travel, and this year is no exception. According to our survey, 86% of respondents are gearing up for adventure and plan to travel this summer. However, with only 17% opting for international travel, it seems that many are staying closer to home. Local travel might not get the same buzz international travel gets, but that doesn’t mean no exciting adventures await close to home. It’s certainly the cost-effective option and the most flexible one too.

For those seeking a change of scenery, national parks emerge as the top choice for RV enthusiasts with 36% of travelers choosing them as their ideal RV trip destination. Closely followed destinations include the beach at 15% and the lake at 13%. Another 12% of travelers consider their ideal summer destination to be an RV resort or campground. Which is an easy way to unplug and go camping while having all the comforts of home.

About Holiday Weekends:

  • Less than 20% have plans to travel for Memorial Day, 4th of July, and Labor Day weekends, suggesting a preference for alternative travel times.


Budget considerations often dictate travel plans, and the trend for budget-friendly travel continues. According to our survey, prices play a significant role in decision-making, with 46% citing airline ticket prices and 36% mentioning hotel costs as key factors.

RV travel offers a cost-effective alternative with 55% of respondents drawn to its affordability. With the flexibility to control your itinerary and accommodations on wheels, RVing presents an enticing option for those looking to maximize their travel budget without sacrificing comfort or convenience.

Flying and RVing

While flying remains a popular choice for some travelers, the allure of RVing continues to grow.

  • 55% plan on taking an RV trip in the next 6 months, with 58% opting to drive the RV themselves, showcasing a growing interest in RV travel.
  • 55% are drawn to RV travel due to its convenience as a home on wheels, indicating a preference for the comfort and flexibility it offers.

The appeal of RV travel lies in its versatility, offering a home on wheels experience complete with all the amenities needed for a comfortable journey. Whether you’re exploring national parks, hitting the beach, or venturing off the beaten path, RVing provides the freedom to create your adventure while avoiding crowded airports, delayed flights, and the common headaches of air travel. To make their RV trip even easier, 23% plan on having their RV delivered to their campground or destination. Many owners on RVshare offer delivery, making the RV travel process as simple as showing up in your campground – no setup or tear down needed.

Learn more about RV delivery and why more and more travelers are choosing to travel this way.

Explore more of this topic with our price comparison study between Air and RV travel.

Overall Travel Sentiment

Travel isn’t just about reaching a destination; it’s about creating lasting memories and traditions. Our survey reveals that 55% of respondents have annual travel traditions, with 76% considering adding an RV trip with family and friends to their yearly itinerary.

Unique Celebrations & Tradition Trips:

  • Various milestones, such as retirement (66%), promotions (29%), and breakup/divorce trips (11%), are considered reasons for traveling, highlighting the significance of creating memorable experiences.
  • 55% currently have annual travel traditions, showcasing a strong sentiment towards maintaining travel traditions and creating lasting memories.

From celebrating milestones like retirement, bacherolette and promotions to unexpected events like breakup/divorce trips (yes, they’re a thing!), there’s no shortage of reasons to hit the road. Whether you’re traveling solo, with family, or with friends, each journey offers a chance to connect, explore, and embrace the spirit of adventure.

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