If you have known me for a while, you might be aware that I have travelled quite a bit.
My trip advisor travel thingy logs about 150 cities in 20 countries and I’m looking forward to adding even more to it this year.
Some of those trips have been business-related, some were family holidays in my childhood, some were me visiting friends, some were pre-booked vacations, some were a mix of all of it.
So far I’ve pre-booked whole trips where everything has been organized, or only a car rental and accomodation, or last year, going to New Zealand I’d pretty much must booked flights, rented campervans and drove from campground to campground with my coworker and friend.
It has always worked out pretty good.
The trip last year also illustrates how I do my holiday planning. In that case I booked about 5 months in advance, my coworker joined me maybe a month later. About 2 weeks before we left, we met up at his place, with laptop, maps, guide books and other stuff, staking the route we were going to take so we wouldn’t get caught in New Zealand, thinking:
Ok, what now?
This year’s main vacation #Roadtrip2014 is similar in style to my last big trip. I will fly to another company, get in a car and meet friends on the way.
It was born about two years ago, when I walked in on an IRC conversation.
“Olli is German, he can bring the beer.”
Turns out a roadtrip and party was being planned, from the New York area to northern Florida, were @wacie lives. We’d quickly decided to try for this. I’d fly to NYC, have a look around and then we’d gather a few people to drive down to Florida and enjoy ourselves.
Some issues with our NY state friend cancelled the whole trip and it was postponed indefinitely. Until, one day more than half a year ago, during a lunch break walk, I got an idea.
What if we’d just start the trip at the south end, visit people along the way and end it at the Niagara Falls? After talking it through with Stacie/wacie it was decided, we staked out an approximate route, fixed a few points along the trail and in October 2013 I booked the flights, rental car and a few hotel stays in the main destinations.
About 200 days before take-off the waiting game began.
We’d occasionally talk about the trip (mainly in terms of “I can’t believe we’re doing this”) but only recently, about 40 days before wheels-up we started refining our plans, deciding which road-side attractions we want to see, booking more hotels and a NYC tourist pass thing, applying for a tour of the White House, looking at sights of the cities we’d be staying in.
“I can’t believe it’s happening” changed.
Now it’s different.
I can’t wait.
If you want to know, the current plan is:
Starting in northern Florida we’ll follow I95 for a bit, stay in South of the Border then take to the coast and go via the North Carolina Outer Banks Byway, pass through Virginia Beach, have a look at Washington DC and Philadelphia. From Philly we’ll catch a train to NYC and spend a few days looking at all the Big Apple stuff. Then it’s just a short drive up north to a see a friend before we do the final leg of the trip to the Niagara Falls, so we can cross the Niagara River on food and have a muffin at Tim Horton’s in Hamilton, Canada.
So yeah, we’re looking at two countries, 11 states about 1500 miles by car and a hundred via train and one hell of a lot of fun.
I’ll keep you guys posted and hopefully bring back tons of pictures and blog posts.