“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.”

Road Trip!!

There’s different kinds of road trips. Sometimes you’re driving to a single destination and it’s simply a means to get there. Or you just want to go anywhere, so you jump in the car and hit the road, making it up as you go along. The third sort is when you plan a route to visit several interesting destinations along the way.

My next travel adventure is the third kind of road trip. A road trip’s a great way to experience a particular part of the USA. Jeanie and I did New England two years ago and this time it’s going to be the South East. A road trip isn’t always cheap, but when you want to hit several destinations in a particular region, I think it’s the way to go. It takes some planning though, if you don’t want to run the risk of sleeping in your car. Been there, done that, and no thank you.

You need a realistic idea of how far you want to drive each day. I’ve also found it helps to plan some appealing stops along the way. Otherwise, you end up just driving non-stop or else you waste valuable road time trying to figure things out. Finally, you determine what roads will link it all together.

We’ll be gone fourteen days and spend two to four hours on the road each driving day. We’ll spend two nights in each destination city. That gives us the time to tour Savannah in Georgia, Charleston in South Carolina, Asheville in North Carolina, and Nashville and Chattanooga in Tennessee.

Now that our route and timetable are set, there’s still plenty to do before we set out – packing and provisions being at the top of the list. I’ll let you know how it all works out when we get back.