Wednesday, January 22, 2014

A bit of brainstorming - Idea #1 for big trip of 2014

I had an idea for what to do with my holiday break next/this year...

Road trip! (*)

I have wanted, ever since moving to Boston, to go on a good long road trip. See parts of the country I haven't seen before and maybe visit friends I haven't seen in a while/family I haven't in a while, and places I've just always wanted to see.

So here is my initial idea... take 2 days off (December 22/23) to give me a few extra days to play with before Christmas Day.

Day 1 (Friday after work) - Fly or take the bus to Washington, DC. Visit overnight with my cousin John and maybe on Saturday get the chance to see friends who have moved down there.

Day 2 - Pick up rental car and head south to Raleigh, NC area (4.5 hours)... visit additional friends.

Day 3 (Sunday 12/21) - head down to Savannah, Georgia (4.5 hours). Spend a couple of days.

Day 5 (Tuesday 12/23) - Drive to North Port, FL (6 hours). Visit my parents through Christmas Day.

Day 8 (Friday 12/26) - Drive to New Orleans, LA (10.5 hours). Spend  a long weekend in New Orleans.

Day 12 (Tuesday 12/30) - Drive to Nashville, TN (7.5 hours). Visit friends for New Year's Eve.

Day 14 (Thursday 1/1) - Drive back to Washington DC (10 hours). Fly home.

Take off January 2 to give me a three day weekend to recover.

Quick estimation of potential costs:

Flight: $200
Rental Car: ~ $500
Gas: ~ $500 (3150 miles roughly of driving.)
Food: $300
Lodging: $500 (just for Savannah and New Orleans, unless I choose to try couch surfing - which I may well do... I could stay with friends and family in DC, Raleigh, North Port, and Nashville)

TOTAL: $2000

That is significantly less than other trips I have been on. My last trip over the holidays cost nearly that much just for the plane ticket. And costs are pure guesses. I tried to pretend plan this over Thanksgiving to give me estimated costs over a major holiday because none of the websites will let me plan into late December yet.

* Keep in mind, this is still me just brainstorming. I may do something else entirely. This is just idea #1.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Places visited in 2013

I didn't get to do any serious traveling last year, due to my broken leg and general brokenness. But I did get out with some friends from time to time and got to explore a few new places closer to home.

Back in July, my friend Kirsten and I drove down to Connecticut and visited Mystic Seaport. We explored and had a grand time. We ate very yummy seafood. And enjoyed the day tremendously.

In October, my friend Ellen and I drove up to Burlington Vermont. "Purpose" was to check out the changing leaves. But really it was to go on an adventure together. And it was marvelous.

In 2014 I am renewing my hopes of slightly more extended travel.

Goal #1 is trip to New Orleans. - Possibly around the Christmas/New Years holiday I'll have off. I think that could be a lovely time of year to visit.

Goal #2 is a weekend in Montreal. I wouldn't even need a long weekend to really enjoy a trip here. Bus ride wouldn't be too long (7.5 hours), and less than $100.