I really enjoy meeting new people. To me, strangers are just friends I haven’t met yet.
These days, a few of the ways I connect with new friends on the road include introductions made by current friends; coffee/lunch/dinner/etc. with a Facebook friend or fellow attendee of an online e-course I haven’t met in person; striking up conversations with people in common locations, like when I’m buying new boots; or meeting with a blogger that I follow online, or someone who follows my own blog. Any place where there are people is any place where a new friend might be!
All of this is to say that I love love love to meet new people! So I was really excited when a new way to meet up with people, both new friends and those I might have already made along the way, popped up in my email inbox a couple of days ago.
One of the blogs I’ve followed for some time is written by Chris and Cherie over at Technomadia. I like their blog: it’s very informative, with articles about technology on the road, the business they operate while traveling, as well as what life is like for them in their big ol’ converted vintage bus with their kitty, Kiki. Well, this week, they rolled out a new project called RVillage, and I love it! It’s an easy way to find people who are doing the same thing I am, in the same area I’m doing it in.
RVillage is a way to get connected with others – in the same RV park you’re staying in, or a nearby campground, or in the general area where you’re boondocking. It’s a way to start a group that other people who have similar interests can join up with you. You can schedule an event that might be as simple making s’mores over your campfire or a day hike in a canyon nearby, or a little more complex like a weekend get-together. It’s free to sign up online, and people are already getting connected with each other.
RVillage is still in beta, which means it’s like a building that might need a few finishing touches put on it but is still ready for occupancy. There are well over 1,400 members so far (oops! make that over 1,500!), which means to me that a lot of us really do want to connect while we’re out there on the road. And yes, RVillage apps for our smartphones are being developed as we speak! For app fans like me, ok, app addicts like me, I’m lovin’ the app idea. Oh yes, they even have a Facebook page!
The team putting this all together will continue to tweak and update, build and review, and I know it’ll be awesome, whatever they come up with – because the beta version rocks! If you’re an RVer, whether you have a van, a big trailer, a converted bus, or whatever, who’d like to connect, meet up, party with, hang out with others, check it out. It’s free, and the more of us who build this village, the better it’ll be. Check out the groups, join a few, plan an event, and make some new friends. (I’ve already joined the Vegan Rvers group – I’m heading back over there in a minute to see when the potluck is happening…)
See you in the Village!
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If you’re not an RVer and don’t plan on being one, this is probably not the venue for you – there are other places to connect with traveling seniors, international travelers, boomers on a budget, armchair retirees, or people who write about travel without actually going anywhere. Just Google it… there are places out there for all of us. That’s what’s so cool about the internet, isn’t it? There is indeed a place for each one of us… then again, maybe joining RVillage will get you so excited about life on the road in an RV that you actually get up off your couch, go buy an RV, and head out on that blue line on the map! If that’s the case, meet me at the crossroads for coffee! I’ll buy the first round!