Generally, we enjoy planning our travel. We have lots on our bucket list and definite ideas about how we want to spend our time. It's fun researching and making decisions that will leave us happy and fulfilled. On the caravan we often had no idea what we were doing or where we were going. We followed a turn by turn trip log that found us pulling into campgrounds we had not chosen. We trusted that the caravan company had chosen the best available. We radio'ed the wagon master and he talked us into each campsite. Often we would forget the names of the campground and never had contact with the folks who ran them in the front office. We had a wonderful time, but felt that it was something any brain dead person could do.
One of our fellow caravaners was new to the game. He had just sold his home and intended to buy a new one sooner or later. He had a nice new motor home that we easily would have bought for ourselves. He handled it capably and did not have any of the mechanical issues that can sometimes bedevil a new RV owner. He and his wife had opted to take only the first half of the maritime trip and we heard soon after they left, that they had decided to sell their motor home and stop RV'ing. One of their biggest reasons was that they hated having to figure out where to stay, what to do there and how far to travel.
Preparing for this stop had us feeling much the same way. We spent about two hours pouring over maps, routes, destinations and campgrounds trying to decide which way to go and where to stay. We didn't want to deviate too far from the general direction of home and wanted to stay in an affordable campground near something interesting to do. And yet we find ourselves paying hotel prices to stay in a KOA that is near the tollway, but nowhere near an exit from the tollway. KOA's are great for families. We are paying extra resort fees for a "build a pet" activity, giant bouncing pillow (like a trampoline), fire truck ride, ice cream social and mini golf tournament; we have no intention of doing any of these things. Because this KOA is 85 miles from the Big Apple, it calls itself New York City North, which probably gives it the moxie to charge even more per night. No one in their right mind would stay here to go see the Statue of Liberty.
So, why are we here? Because it was the best choice in this highly populated area. We'll do better on our next stop.