Daily Prompt: The Happy Wanderer
by Krista on March 19, 2014
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?
Travelling is not just what I do, it is part of who I am. Born in California, I’ve lived in seven other states plus Germany. Mostly I travel by car, usually alone and largely the only pre-planning I’ll do is have a destination is mind.
Don’t get me wrong…I love maps and I really love having a smart phone with Google Maps on it! So far, I’ve avoid having an actual GPS in my car, partly because I feel like it’s the lazy-man’s way of figuring where you are and how to get somewhere. What really amuses me is to see so many cars on my way to work with a GPS on their dash. In my experience, very few commuters take alternate routes and they do it 4-5 times a week, back and forth, to their jobs.
Sure, it sometimes comes in handy when there’s a road closure, big backup or other non-routine obstacle to avoid. But that’s the exception not the rule. Perhaps these people are just used to having it there or maybe it’s a form of safety blanket, but I suspect that they actually refer to it instead of navigating by the signposts that are both obvious and plentiful in our nation’s capitol.
There was a time, when gas was cheaper and I had fewer things on my proverbial plate (like writing blogs), when I would jump in my car early on a Saturday morning and drive to one of the beaches on the Delaware-Maryland shoreline. I’d spend the day enjoying whatever caught my fancy…if was warm, I’d put on a bathing suit and spend the day at the beach. If wasn’t bathing suit weather, I’d drive around Rehobath or Ocean City, stop for seafood and take pictures.
I used to fly a lot, enough to be a Southwest frequent flyer garnering more than a couple free trips. Now, I’m planning a trip to a family wedding in Arizona with my mom and youngest sister…and that does require advanced planning and coordinating mutual schedules. Luckily, there are many Baltimore flights direct to Phoenix every day and managed to find a good airfare. This may well be one of the most intensive…plan-wise…travel arrangements of my life! Oh, for the freedom to travel at my leisure without plans…that would be heavenly!