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  1. Default Traveling alone in a group maybe?

    I am not sure how to post it. I wonder how to join others while on a road trip in my own car. I have done many long solo road trips and often had tired of being lonely. Thought about it being nice if I was to find one or several others in their own cars heading the same way. Maybe see friendly people road tripping like me at the end of the day (same motels) or even stopping in the same places for meals, coffee breaks or touring a national park. People heading in the same direction but in their own cars.

    For example, I live in St. Louis, thinking of taking a road trip somewhere this winter (Florida, Southwest, etc). Thought it would nice if I knew of one or more road trippers planning a trip. I would generally follow along in my own car, took breaks together till our ways parted. Sort of like caravaning.

    I apologize if I am not clear. Don’t want to join an organized tour but follow along if I could.

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    I think if you search on-line there are groups that put solo travellers together but maybe just on a pre-planned itinerary. Stopping in small towns along the way and going to the local diner or bar is a good way to get chatting to people and supports the local economy. I understand what you want but just don't have a specific answer, sorry.

    Dave.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Southwest Dave View Post
    I think if you search on-line there are groups that put solo travellers together but maybe just on a pre-planned itinerary. Stopping in small towns along the way and going to the local diner or bar is a good way to get chatting to people and supports the local economy. I understand what you want but just don't have a specific answer, sorry.

    Dave.
    Thanks. I wish I knew how to search for those.

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    Default There are dozens of such "tours" for RV drivers...

    Quote Originally Posted by ZeeBabar View Post
    I am not sure how to post it. I wonder how to join others while on a road trip in my own car.
    I turns out that this is a BIG BUSINESS option for those in RV's. There are dozens of companies that offer this kind of thing for folks who want to drive their own RV's but want to have some social aspects of being with a larger group on the road.

    Here is an example of one of the more upscale of these kind of tours.

    TOUR PRICES:
    2 Guests in RV -$6,095.00
    1 Guests in RV -$4,495.00
    Add'l Guest $2,095.00

    Boondockers is a less expensive approach

    The biggest problem with the notion of boondocking while traveling in a car, is that it is illegal in most western states.

    This link has some other links to provide guidance to boondocking in a car or SUV.

    Here is another, less-expensive "touring option"

    I will ask some of our regulars who are living on the road right now, if they have ever heard of something like this for car road trippers.

    Mark

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    Default They do exist, but where?

    In 2019 I did 2 trips just like you describe. One just 5 days and one more than 6 weeks. Organised, but not regimented. Just knowing that you would meet up each night, checking up on each other, and lending a helping hand where needed. You can read about the trips here.

    It was in June of 2019, I saw a feature on local television about a group called Rolling Solo, referred to simply as Rollers! This is a group for women who do not have anyone to accompany them on trips or camping holidays. It was designed for members to have contacts with whom they would meet up at the end of each day, and have telephone contact at other times. Not necessarily to travel in a convoy, but just knowing you were not totally alone. A member who wants to visit a given place and have some company can place posts it on the website with all relevant details. Others can then express interest and get the information from that member.

    As well as that, each year there would be a meet up with members from all over the country in a place organised by the principal (owner of the website/collector off all cash), where a caravan park/campground was reserved for the exclusive use of members.

    I thoroughly enjoyed the short trip I did with them, followed by the 6 weeks trip we did. The key to all of it was to be flexible and tolerant, and make sure all members of a party have an input. It certainly helped me make a trip I may never have attempted on my own.

    Maybe you can find something similar in North America, or at a pinch start a group. I am not on social media, but if you are you may be able to find like minded souls on Facebook.

    Lifey

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