Last month a gal pal contacted me about her annual trek down to Florida. During her travels last year she commented that I should consider joining her the next time she road-tripped down to FLA. I had noted, sure… we’ll see… I’ll think about it. It sounded like fun, but really, how could I possibly find the time?
Well, this year I found the time. Tomorrow I’m joining Didi and Dani and we are hitting the road; calling it the GalPal Road Trip of 2012. Oh, there were again plenty of excuses for not going, but this year I asked myself this question: Why Don’t More Women Take the Time to Road Trip? Each excuse, though grounded and certainly valid, fell flat. It was time to make the time.
Being my Virgo self, I did a little research and I discovered that there are some wonderful resources available to help plan out a gal pal road trip. Just a few include:
· Check out this website, Road Trip America: http://www.roadtripamerica.com/ If you’re a planner, like me, you’ll want to visit this site and check out all the resources it offers. The Map Wizard is especially helpful.
· There is a great series on public television entitled: Road Trip Nation, http://roadtripnation.com/ The shows speaks to the American fascination with exploring, traveling, and the freedom to just get up and go.
· You can garner some inspiration from the New York Times, which offers some nice road trip tips at: http://travel.nytimes.com/travel/guides/road-trips/overview.html
Tomorrow’s adventure has me thinking about all my gal pals and how I wish we were all hitting the road together more often. Here are a few thoughts as to Why More Women Should Take A Gal Pal Road Trip:
1. Disconnect. OK, in today’s gadget age we’ll have access to our smart phones and our GPS and I’m guessing we’ll be logging on to the Internet at night. But during the drive it will be nice to have a little bit of freedom from our electronic security blankets.
2. Leave the responsibilities behind. Say goodbye, just for a few days, to the husband, boyfriend, kids, dog, cat, house-cleaning, what’s-for-dinner responsibilities and focus on nothing but what’s on the radio and where’s our next bathroom stop.
3. Re-connect with your gal pals. This is, to me, the most important reason to take a road trip. Plenty of time to catch up on all things; important and silly.
4. No hassles, no lines, no security checkpoints. The grind at the airport can be soul-sucking (for a good laugh check out Channeling My Inner Jack from I Was In Love With A Short Man Once). I’m hoping to regain some of my humanity on the road.
5. Just making the time. We women famously put everyone’s needs ahead of our own. We deserve a break every once in awhile, don’t you think?
What would you add to this list; why would you take a gal pal road trip? Please leave your ideas in the comments section; I would love to know your thoughts.
Hope to perhaps see you on the road,