Slice of Life: What Kind of Road Tripper Are You? 25 of 31
Today's inspiration comes from Bitsy Parks: Little Bits of Starlight. I stopped by her page yesterday and read a few slices. She had written one about taking road trips that particularly caught my attention. In the post Bitsy confides:
"We’re horrible at planning ahead. We arrive at destinations and find out that one child has no shoes packed. Or no shirts. We don’t think twice about reserving hotel rooms while on the road when we know our timing. We are often calling around a day or two ahead of leaving searching for dog boarding. And it's not uncommon for us to switch up routes midway through the trip. We aren't proud of this, in fact we're a little embarrassed by it."
I tried to comment, but for some reason this particular post would not allow me so I decided to write this slice instead. I hope you don't mind, Bitsy --- and thanks for the inspiration. Also, stop by and read her post - as well as her other posts - as they're delightful.
It seems to me there are three kinds of travelers:
- The Mapper: This person is an intense planner. They know where they are going, precisely when they will get there, and have scheduled every event for their time in the place. They stay on the road and they get things done. Need reservations two years in advance? They're on it. Need special passes? They have them. These road trippers are extremely organized and efficient. Maps and materials in hand, they have the car packed and ready well in advance of departure with everything that will be needed.
- The Chiller: This person prefers low maintenance planned trips. They tend to return to the same places often as they know what to expect. They like to land in a spot and just enjoy some rest and relaxation. Is there a special place to visit while they're there? They might take you up on that, but for the most part they're prepared to land and enjoy. They make reservations well in advance, but do not need to do a lot of mapping as spots are often familiar. They do spend time making sure they have all the items they'll need. When it's time to go, they're ready.
- The Explorer: This person takes a bit to decide upon their dates. They loosely choose locations and timeframes. They don't need to schedule every minute to have a good time. As a matter-of-fact, they prefer to get to a space and discover places once they are there. This traveler usually leaves a few extra days open in their calendar as they may return early, but they may also stay somewhere longer than planned. This person is often packing at the last minute, throwing suitcases in their trunk in haste, and hoping they have everything they might need.
It's March and I'm diving back into the March Slice of Life Challenge! Buckle in! This will be my 8th year joining the community (though I must confess to a two year break). Yep, some of the writing will be messy. Honestly, most of it will be messy. Thanks for stopping by. I'm excited to dive back into the madness. Thanks to Two Writing Teachers for hosting.