Last year, my husband and I went on a phenomenal two month long road trip vacation across the US for a total of 8,000+ miles! It was fun and interesting. We went from Arizona to New Orleans and drove up the Mississippi River historic route all the way to Lake Itasca, Minnesota where the mighty river begins. He would work for part of the day at he hotel, local library, restaurant or in the car. Then we would go sightseeing, rest, or travel.
The best part is we planned, before we left home, all the special places we wanted to visit and it was quite the adventure. If we went to a town where we didn’t have plans, we checked online to see what was happening in the town like an outdoor concert, or special community event We did have to reroute somewhere in Illinois to get off the path of a tornado. There were also detours traveling along the Mississippi River due to water on the road.
We stayed in lots of hotels and also rented a room on AirBnb if we were going to be in a town for a while. On one occasion, we rented a loft for a week, that we found on AirBnb. The room in the house and the loft were the nicest stays since it was more like home. If I were to take an extended working vacation in Portugal or perhaps Spain, I would want those types of accommodations. It’s a nice way to connect with the locals in new places. We also made a point to avoid chain restaurants to try something new or unique to the area.
There were some places in the northern part of the US where we didn’t have good cellphone service, GPS, nor internet. It’s definitely something to consider if planning to go on a road trip or somewhere there might not be service. Still, it was a wonderful trip. I loved calling my daughter back home on skype to catch up with her and my grand-daughters.
Connections with others, nature and landmarks are important to me no matter where I am working. Life is sweeter when it is spent with others, and maintaining a spirit of adventure, which brings openness and an awareness of the majestic beauty of our world. It also inspires new ideas for creating the life we want to live and the legacy we will leave to the future generations.
This blog post is in response to Natalie’s 10 Day Freedom Plan Blog Challenge Day 9