What’s your travel style? Are you itinerary and schedule driven, needing to have every step mapped out in advance or are you content to arrive without a plan and let happenstance be your guide?
I’m a confirmed homebody. I’ve never been bitten by the travel bug the way others have, and one of my staff often makes fun of the fact that I don’t go anywhere when I’m on vacation. I don’t think I took my first plane ride until I was thirty!
Most of my travel has been related to work–I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve flown from Providence to Washington DC. The number of states I’ve visited, or lived in, can be counted on two hands. The majority of my travel has been restricted to the places it takes no longer than a day’s car ride to get to.
Regardless of the length of time in the car, I like to be ready. Prior to GPS being available to the directionally challenged, I always had a map in my car, more than one in fact. I usually had a big map of New England and then several state-specific, carefully folded and worn, glove box-sized sheets of paper. I like to know where I’m going and how I will get there planned out before the key goes in the ignition. Even now that my phone can act as my “trip tik”, I like to check out the route on google maps to get a bigger picture than my little phone allows.
I like to be the driver of the car. I feel like I have more control over when I can pull over at a rest area should I need the facilities. I can leave the music or “book on tape” selections to the co-pilot, if there is one, but the driving is all mine. You might think of this as being a bit of a control freak…I agree, and I’m okay with it.
Family, friends and co-workers all have been along on the ride. There have been meals at terrific diners tucked onto Main Street towns and traditional drive-through food to help pass the time. Traditional car songs and games, as well as ones made up by the passengers of the car provided for huge belly laughs and soda out someone’s nose. I’ve done long and short car trips, through snowstorms and sunny weather, sleet, rain and dark of night; and have made it through.
Today’s thank you goes out to all my travel companions; you put up with my need to control where we’re going, when we stop, what we eat and whether not a rousing rendition of “99 Bottles of Beer” would be sung in the car. I’ve enjoyed the trip(s) and am looking forward to more!