“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

Great Road Trips

Some road trips are memorable for the exciting cities or historical sites or gorgeous scenery you enjoy. Others are about the delicious local dishes you sample and the people you meet. And sometimes it’s all down to the company you keep. My most recent road trip included all of the above.

Our first stop was Savannah, which Jeanie and I had both always wanted to see. This city is such a southern lady, with her beautiful parks, graceful architecture and fantastic southern food. Charleston provided so much history with beautiful mansions and Fort Sumter and oh! more good food! Asheville has the Vanderbilts’ Biltmore Estate, where we spent almost an entire well-worth-it day rambling through the house and exploring the gardens.

I learned that Nashville is much more than the country music capital of the world. Yes, it has fun, crazy honkytonks, with people spilling out onto the sidewalks and music so loud you can hear it five doors away. But it turns out there’s so much more to Nashville than that – so much history and so many parks! I’ll have to go back just to experience everything I missed. But I did get a photo with Johnny Mercer’s statue!

We even stopped at Rock City! I remembered seeing barns with “See Rock City” painted on them when my family drove through on old Route 40 on our way to Texas every year. We never took time to stop then, but I did on this trip!

But what made this my best road trip ever was spending so much time with my best friend, Jeanie. We’ve been through a lot together and shared many travel experiences, some wondrous, some challenging, some funny, some touching, but all of them so much more enjoyable together. Sometimes we’ve done things I want to do that she really doesn’t, and sometimes it’s the opposite, but mostly our ideas are just sympatico.

There aren’t many people that I could be with 24/7 for two weeks, through good weather and bad, navigating unknown roads, and finding new destinations. But it was really easy with Jeanie. After over 40 years of friendship, good times and sad times, fourteen days in a car and a series of hotel rooms was easy. She drove and I navigated (Jeanie called me ‘Navigator Extraordinaire’ ha!), no cross words, no arguments.

So, how do you make a good road trip great? Pick the right travel partner!