FMCA News: Travel more in 2019
FMCA News: Travel more in 2019
The Mile Marker By FMCA
Dear RV Friend,
This year I'm going to…Eat healthier. Get more exercise. Spend more time with family. Visit bucket-list RV destinations. Finally take that cruise!
No matter your New Year’s resolutions (past or present), it's likely you have seen them fizzle out by spring. Self-improvement — whatever that means to you — is a commendable endeavor, but it takes work. 
Did you know? According to a study at the University College London, it takes an average of 66 days to create a habit — more than six weeks longer than the conventional wisdom of 21 days!
Forming positive habits takes discipline, persistence, and in many instances a support team. Lucky for you, FMCA has advice to pass along.
It’s nice to “start the year fresh," but it doesn’t have to be January when you begin to work on becoming a better you. Whether there is snow on the ground in the middle of winter, or a heat wave in the middle of July, the key is to clearly define your goals, make them realistic, and, perhaps most importantly, don’t get too down on yourself if you slip up. Follow these 10 simple steps to keep your New Year’s Resolution on track and you will be on your way!
Wishing you the best in 2019,
The FMCA Team
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Why We Love FMCA - Stoppin' Spots
Huge thank-you to Robert and Rita Landrum (F413023), FMCA Pinch Hit Drivers, for helping return our motorhome to storage...They graciously answered our request for help to drive our rig. FMCA members are the best!
Mike & Nancy Honkomp, F429915
A Helping Hand
FMCA members have access to the Stoppin' Spots Directory, a listing of members who offer assistance and hospitality, whether you’re in need of a Pinch Hit Driver, service center, or overnight stop. Learn more. 
How Do I?
10 Cold-Weather Essentials To Pack

Winter is here. Be prepared for a roadside emergency by keeping these 10 cold-weather supplies in your vehicle — car or RV. Click here to view our packing list. 
FMCA Adventure
RV Bookshelf 

Those dreaming of, or planning, a trip to Alaska in 2019 will want to pick up a copy of The Milepost. With more than 700 pages, this book is the quintessential guide to everything from traveling the Alaska Highway to cruising Alaska’s Inside Passage. Shop the FMCA Store to purchase at a discounted price. (Hurry! We have a limited supply of the 2018 edition remaining. Be sure to keep an eye out for the 2019 edition coming soon!)

If you want inspiration and to expand your knowledge about the RV lifestyle, check out the brand-new book from FMCA members Marc and Julie Bennett called Living The RV Life. FMCA receives a mention in the couple’s book, which is available in bookstores and online, as well as at Costco.

To record your travel plans and manage your upcoming travel schedule, consider The Complete RV Travel Planner from Bryan and Luann Street. The Streets are full-time RVers who provide tips and inspiration via their website Where the Streets Wander

Know of a great RV-related book or resource? Tell us about it and we might feature it in an upcoming issue of The Mile Marker. 

FMCA Clubhouse
Level Up Your Driving Skills
FMCA and the RV Driving School have teamed up to develop a pair of hands-on driving classes for new and inexperienced RV drivers — at discount pricing for FMCA members! All training is done using your own RV. Classes will run March 6-12 in Perry, GA. Learn more.
Winnebago Outlook Don't want to pay for RV repairs in 2018? Learn How Perry
The Early Bird Gets The Worm
Curious about FMCA conventions? Now is the time to sign up! FMCA will host its 99th convention, Peachy In Perry, March 13 through 16 in Perry, GA.  Early-bird pricing runs through Jan. 11. Register today to save! 
And mark your calendar: Registration for FMCA's 100th convention (Aug. 14-17 in Minot, ND) will open on Feb. 13.
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Campground Savings
Save on Campground Fees
KOA Value Kard

New FMCA members receive the gift of a one-year membership to the KOA Value Kard Rewards program. This gives you 10% off your daily registration rate at any of KOA's 500+ campgrounds in North America. In addition, you'll earn points that are redeemable toward dollars off future stays, and you'll have access to exclusive KOA member-only offers!
Start saving as an FMCA member. Learn more
Stretch Yourself
According to the AAA Foundation For Traffic Safety, Americans on average spend 50.6 minutes in a vehicle each day. And that’s not even counting RV trips. These stretching exercises from ATI Physical Therapy are designed to keep your muscles fresh during your travels. Plank, anyone?
FMCA 2019 Travel List 
Start planning your 2019 adventures! Here is a month-to-month list of FMCA events (and other fun activities). Click here for FMCA event details. 

Jan. 9-13
Western Area Rally in Indio, CA
Feb. 6-9
Southeast Area Rally in Lakeland, FL
March 13-16
Head to Perry, GA, for FMCA’s 99th International Convention & RV Expo. Hit some popular local spots while you’re there, such as the Museum of Aviation in Warner Robins and Massee Lane Gardens in Fort Valley. After the convention, make your way to Guntersville, AL, to learn how to up your RV business game at this entrepreneur summit (March 21-24).
June 5-8
Great Lakes Area Rally in Allegan, MI
June 6-9
Northwest Area Rally in Albany, OR
July 25-28
Make a trip to the FMCA Northeast Area Rally in Syracuse, NY. Driving through the Catskills Mountains is RV-friendly and beautiful to boot! Many local events and music festivals take place through July. Check out The Catskills website to find more.
Aug. 14-17
Celebrate FMCA’s 100th International Convention in Minot, ND! 
Sept. 18-21
South Central Area Rally in Shreveport, LA
Oct. 17-20
Rocky Mountain Area Rally in Tucson, AZ
Oct. 21-25
INTO (International) Area Rally in Myrtle Beach, SC
If your sense of adventure is more international this year, check out Lonely Planet’s 2019 list of top places to travel. We see a few domestic RV-friendly destinations on there, too.
Q.    Can I purchase RV internet service through FMCA?
A.    FMCA offers two mobile internet plans: one through Sprint, the other through Verizon. Each plan features a hotspot device, which allows you to connect to the internet anywhere — on your RV trips, on the go, or at home. FMCA has negotiated these special RV WiFi deals just for members. Learn more.
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RVer's Delight
Get Sweatin'
Music For Your Workouts

Many have fitness resolutions for the new year. Don't let a rainy day or unseasonably cold weather spoil your new exercise routine.

Exercise indoors thanks to Silver Sneakers, a free or low-cost fitness program for individuals age 65+. Enrollees obtain unlimited access to participating gyms and fitness centers in the Silver Sneakers network, which is estimated at more than 14,000 locations. 

Whether an outdoors or indoors workout, you need music! Power through your workouts with our New Year New You playlist

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