Cruise Stories: Q&A with Gaby and Mario


Q: What are your names?

A: Hi, we are Gaby and Mario and we run the Instagram account called Journey and Learn.

Q: Where are you both from?

A: We currently reside in Texas.

Q: Where did you depart from?

A: We picked up at the Houston, Texas rental center.

Q: Which RV did you rent?

A: We went with your 25 ft Standard RV.


Q: Some people get creative and name their RV for their journey.  Did you happen to, and if so, what was his/her name?

A: Benny. Our 4-year-old daughter named our RV :) She said it reminded her of our destination Big Bend.

Q: From your pictures, it looks like you had a great time!  Where was your favorite place you traveled to?

A: Chisos Basin in Big Bend National Park. Texas is very flat, so it was so surprising and beautiful to see the striking mountains that were formed by massive volcanic activity.


Q: With all the great memories you created from this trip, what is your favorite?

A: We saw a black bear during one of our hikes, that was the first bear the kids have seen in the wild. And of course, Stargazing! Big Bend is ranked as one of the top stargazing destinations on earth! Over 2,000 stars are visible to the naked eye!

Q: Traveling by an RV has it's perks, we have to admit. What would you say was your favorite part traveling by RV?

A: Visiting many locations without having to pack and unpack at every destination. We saved money on hotels and it was so great not having to find bathrooms (especially while traveling with our 4-year-old and 2-year-old).


Q: Where was your favorite place you camped at, and why?

A: We boondocked at Nugent Mountain in Big Bend NP. We love getting off the beaten path and enjoying wildlife, especially when visiting National Parks. It was only $10 for the backcountry permit.

Q: What would you have liked to have known before heading out on your adventure?

A: Bring an auxiliary cable to plug your phones to listen to music. Don’t rely on Bluetooth.

Q: Do you have any tips for first-time renters?

A: Definitely don’t forget to bring gloves for draining your black/grey water tank! Also, make sure you pre-pack before getting the RV because it does take a little time to load it up if you are going on a longer trip.


A big thank you to Gaby and Mario for sharing their RV adventure through Big Bend National Park with us! If you are looking to take your own trip to Big Bend National Park, make sure you check out our RV Camping Guide to Big Bend National Park.

If you have your own Cruise Story and would love to share it with us, be sure to tag us on Instagram with the #BeThereNow!

See more inspiration from Gaby and Mario visit Journey and Learn on Instagram!