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ROVA Eleven: February/March 2019

ROVA is a print and digital magazine about traveling the roads of North America: the insightful stories, the spectacular images, and the people who make up this vibrant, growing community.

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from the editor

Ionce did a quiz to find out what my autobiography should be called. I was sitting in an airport lounge, waiting for a flight, passing the time doing crappy quizzes online (don’t pretend you don’t do that). I finished this quiz (favorite color: green, favorite food: pizza—surely my autobiography should be called “Nothing extraordinary”?) and hit ‘Show results.’ The title of my life story? ‘Failure is trying to please everybody’. It hit me like a slap in the face—an illuminating moment delivered by Buzzfeed in an airport lounge while a child jumped up and down on the seat next to mine. Since then, I’ve been noticing when the choices that I make are geared towards the happiness of others, and when they are more for myself. And I’ve realized that, for me,…

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“rova in your words”

I loved reading your essay on overstimulation [ROVA Adventure 10]. I felt like we can all very much relate to this ever-present struggle. – Beckey B I just picked up your magazine for the first time and love it. Great layout and stories, and wonderful photography. Great to see such a beautiful print product out in the world. – Joerg M Thank you for featuring a couple of (slightly) older travelers in ROVA Adventure 10’s ‘Why the Road’ section! – Rita L Laura Hughes’ honest article about rebuilding her life after a breakup on the road [ROVA Adventure 10] was really refreshing. We rarely see the difficult side of this lifestyle, but Laura shows how difficulties sometimes actually lead to bigger and better things. – Simone R Loved Kate Oliver’s story about waiting for the real adventure to…

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rova recommends

The great outdoors on the big screen When done well, nature captured on film can be revelatory. The Nature Track Film Festival happens in March in Los Olivos, California, showcasing filmic love letters to the outdoors. Almost 50 films will be screened over three days, including a documentary that follows a Canadian star-chaser; another that examines the sport of Nordic skating; and one called We are the Rovers—featuring a nomadic bus family—that we’re stoked to see, for obvious reasons. naturetrackfilmfestival.org Road Food Don’t try to tell me that food doesn’t account for at least 73 percent of your travel planning. Food enhances travel in every way—it teaches you about culture and history, it keeps you well-fueled for long hikes and adventures, and it hits your brain’s pleasure center squarely, if you do it right.…

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why the road?

Kaya It’s always been about rock climbing for me. The van was a vessel for accessing these beautiful rock-climbing destinations in North America. There’s nothing like parking your home at the base of a crag and being able to wake up and do what you love first thing in the morning. Instagram: @OneChickTravels Pedro and Zolo The road is freedom. The road takes us to the empty waves, the scenic trails, the powdery slopes. The road takes us out of the routine and into the unknown. The road challenges our comfort zone and what we think we know. The road brings the world to right outside our door. Instagram: @roamingadventurers Margaux, Ash, Mar and Bruce We are adventure opportunists exploring in our converted Mercedes Sprinter campervan, Bruce. Our van allows us to haul all of our gear,…

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vanlife gatherings rv rallies reimagined for the new generation

Human beings have been coming together to celebrate the things we love for as long as we’ve been on earth. And the group of societal misfits and go-getting travelpreneurs that choose the road life is a growing community bonded by a zest for life and a love of the road, so it makes sense that those of us who are part of it choose to bring our rigs together to socialize and meet others. Gatherings of people living on the road certainly aren’t a new phenomenon.RV rallies have been going on for the better part of the last century. In fact, 2019 marks the 100-year anniversary of the first US-based vehicle camping club, the Tin Can Tourists, which was apparently named after these travelers’ main means of sustenance: heated food from…

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connected to nature

We road-trippers love nature; it’s why we escape the cities, putting rubber to road in search of our own little section of paradise. But there’s also no denying that, as a society, we have become reliant on technology, and expect a certain level of comfort and connection wherever we are in the world. And for all but a few holdouts, technology has become an almost inescapable part of our nature-seeking lives. While this may give rise to a fear that we are losing contact with the essence of the outdoor experience, that’s not necessarily the case. We talked to Jim Hess, vice president of the RV division at ASA Electronics, who takes a different view. “‘Disconnected’ doesn’t mean ‘no technology’,” Jim says. “People want to be able to enjoy the great outdoors,…