On and off, we have considered buying a home in an over-55 community, perhaps in Florida. Tim says, “no way,that’s like throwing in the towel”, and “let’s wait a few years”. We have spoken to people who are retired and currently living in such communities. One of the men we spoke to, we’ll cal him “Martin Scorsese” (a doppelgänger, of course), said “Be sure that you buy into a community that is newly built, or under construction.” The reason? He said that, in his experience, people who live in this type of community have, for the most part, not yet made friends and are not yet already connected. Like any place else, it’s hard to break into an established circle – clique, if you will.
Campgrounds tend to be the same way. Sure, there is campground etiquette to consider. But if you pull into a campground knowing no one, chances are you’ll leave knowing no one. Many people travel in groups, caravans, with friends and with family. They basically don’t need to speak to you, they already have a group. But if you are lucky to be sited beside or near other campers traveling without a posse, it is more likely you’ll make new friends.
As for me, I love talking to new people on the road – having a few drinks, telling stories, and having a few good laughs. As a newbie, I can tell you that the people camping alone next to you would probably love to join in with your group.
Just a thought – if you are in an established group, and see a camper alone, ask if they would like to join in. I’m pretty sure you earn karma points for that kind of thing. If they prefer to be alone, they’ll say so. But maybe, just maybe they were hoping for that very invitation. Besides, isn’t it nice to just be kind?