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Road Trips: You Gotta Love ‘em!

Posted by Admin On June - 4 - 2013

Soap Box Rants

A WEEKLY Column to CopyLine Magazine

 

By Pamela Bratcher-McMillan

President, Chair & CEO, of PETAL et al. 

Do you ever feel like you’re in a rut and tired of doing the same things over and over again? You know, you get up and go to work…you work…and you head back home again. And it seems that a short time later, you‘re headed back to work again.

 Are you bored and feel that a weekend road trip can clear your mind and renew your outlook on life? Would it do wonders to have a little weekend excitement? Do you want to take a trip now but feel you can’t afford it?

If you don’t own a car or have a friend or family member with a car to accompany you, how about renting a car? You can rent a car for a lot less than you think. There are some car rental places with weekend specials that include unlimited miles. You don’t want to go that far away, so you’ll want to use as much time as you can to enjoy the trip.

Here’s the best way to start: When I think about taking a break and doing something special for me or with family, I do a search on the web for events taking place in a neighboring state or the Midwest.  For example, let’s say I found an event in Indianapolis that had more than 100 guitars on display that were owned by famous rock musicians. Being that I love guitars, I had to check it out! It was only $10.00. My friend wanted to check out the Star Wars event “Science Meets Imagination.” It was only $19.50, and there was plenty to do.

My next effort was to focus on locating a hotel in Indianapolis within an hour of the events I would be attending. Of course, the closer, the better; so I’ll either pay a visit to Expedia.com or Orbitz.com website, and do a search of hotels by putting the address of the event I am attending as a starting point or an address I have determined on Google maps is in the center of both events.

After locating a hotel with a good price, good ratings (not just stars, but what customers had to say), and amenities, including Wi-Fi (If they don’t have free internet access and free parking, it’s a deal killer for me and my family), a fridge in the room, some nearby restaurants and a gym. I prefer to walk to the restaurant or store, so if they’re nearby I consider that a plus.

When you get to your chosen place of retreat, you should take it all in – the sites, and how people there (location) act and move around. Remember, you’re in a different place. Note the clear evening skies, the nearby lakes, how it smells, how the food tastes. Experience everything as if it were something new to you, because it is. You are away from home. Try to avoid those places you can eat at when you’re home. Look for different restaurants and stores that are not in your home area to check them out.

Check out the museums and zoos. If you want to save more, do a search on the Internet for free events going on during your stay there, and make sure to put an itinerary together. Remember, it’s possible that you can save more by taking a bus or train, buying your own groceries, and avoiding restaurants altogether. Without a car though, you won’t have the convenience of event hopping and stopping at roadside stores and restaurants or pulling over just for fun to take a closer look at something you saw while you were driving down the street.

But most of all enjoy your trip and stay safe. And don’t forget the camera. If there are no pictures, did it really happen?

Pamela Bratcher-McMillan is a technology Expert and President, Chair & CEO, of PETAL et al.

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