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Join Dan and Janice as they talk travel, dream big, and plot their next adventure in their 27' Airstream trailer, Evangeline. Back from 60 days on the road this summer with their 13-year-old, 3-year-old, and dog, they are ready to answer your questions, plan the next trip, and navigate through life's challenges. Traveling doesn't end when the trip does. It's a never-ending quest for freedom and fun. Listen weekly and come along for the ride!

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    Choosing a Campground

    Are you thinking about hitting the road, but aren't sure how to find a campground that's right for you?

    This week Janice and Dan answer questions about what to look for in a campground, the different types, and how to make the decision that's going to make the best camping experience possible for you and your family. Plus, they talk about some of their favorite spots both on big trips and small.

    From National Parks to Jellystone Park, join Janice and Dan for a look at what's out there and why it's right for you.

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    Anxious Driving

    Janice and Dan answer YOUR questions about anxious driving. They share their best tips for reducing anxiety while on the road, as well as strategies for motivating to take those drives in spite of fear and doubt!

    Buckle up, check your rearview, side mirrors, and backup camera, and let's do this!

    Thanks so much to our listeners who have written in. We love to hear from you!

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    The Cold Never Bothered Me Anyway

    Come along, with Dan, Janice, and family as they take Evangeline out for one last camping trip of the season!

    Told over the course of four days in Madison, Wisconsin, where the weather is literally freezing and there is a football game they didn't know about that brings a lot of cold weather campers to their campground. Wander the blustery streets of Madison with them, looking for adventure, and then retreat back to Evangeline, where thankfully, the heater is cranking.

    Will it snow? Will pipes freeze? Will Janice remember how to tow? Hop on in and find out.

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    Getting Your Rig (part two)

    Have you ever wondered what the differences are between Class A, Class B, and Class C RVs?

    Are you having trouble deciding where to start looking for a new trailer or motorhome?

    Have you considered going to an RV show for fun? No, really.

    In this episode of The Hitch, Janice and Dan discuss all of these things, as well as some of their favorite trailers and motorhomes they have run across while looking. Remember, it's always free and fun to look and it's never too early to start! So grab your notebook and let's go!

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    Getting Your Rig (part one)

    How did Dan and Janice get their trailer--what was their decision making process like and how did it all go? And, more importantly, how can YOU get your rig together so you can hit the road?

    On this episode of The Hitch, Dan and Janice answer YOUR questions about their setup and how to get started making a trailer & tow vehicle purchase.

    Looking for (and buying) a trailer is a big task so today's episode is the first of a two-parter! Tune in next week to hear more about trailer types, things they've looked at before, and other ways of getting on the road too.

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    Traveling With Kids

    Janice and Dan are so excited because people wrote to them and they have questions to answer!

    In this episode, they answer questions about traveling with kids: When should you leave? What should you bring? How do you handle the screaming? What about privacy?

    Listen and find out what they think are the best tips for surviving and thriving with kids on the road.

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    They're back! Join Janice and Dan back inside Evangeline. No, they're not back on the road, just dropping off some bedding after a month away from the trailer but they're here to catch you up on how they've been and also to give you BIG NEWS on the future of The Hitch! Because after a month away, they're ready to hitch back up.

    That's right: Janice and Dan may be off the road (for now), but they're back to give thoughts, stories, and advice to get YOU moving on your own adventures.

    So get in contact with your questions about road tripping, about advice for embarking on adventures, and for thoughts on how to pick up the pieces after life's challenges have gotten the best of you!

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    Day 61: Unhitched

    They’re home. Sad and exhausted and recorded in the basement of their home (which feels huge) Janice and Dan look back at the last day and ahead at what’s next.

    It’s been an amazing sixty-one days full of struggle and triumph and errands and just life. Thank you for joining Janice and Dan in the trailer, and keep following to find out what’s next.

    It’s goodbye, but only just for now.

    Because, as they say in this episode: the best parts of their life are lived on the road, so it won’t be long until they’re back out again.

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    Day 60: One More Night

    This is it, the last night in the trailer. Tonight Janice and Dan are joined in the trailer by their 13-year-old who looks back on the last eight weeks with them.

    It’s a bittersweet goodbye punctuated by teenage humor, but there’s a lot to reflect on. There are the places seen, the people met, and the many, many lessons learned on life in a trailer.

    So it's the end of the road. Tomorrow’s the drive home and then Evangeline gets put in storage—until the next road trip. Say your goodbyes.


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    Day 59: Live from the Mall of America

    With time running out, the crew makes a day of it at the mall! But not just any mall—join Janice and Dan under a roller coaster at the Mall of America, the largest, most overwhelming, mall you will ever know.

    Surrounded by all this excess, they start to think about how just last week they were in the middle of nowhere, where thrills were the stars at night and the stores were so small they didn’t have some basics. But now here they are!

    The three year old even gets in on the podcast today, joining in to talk about his favorite ride at the mall. Get an all-you-can-ride wristband and listen to The Hitch!

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