Prompt: 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?
As I sit here writing this post I am at Myrtle Beach, South Carolina on what appears to be a rainy day, so thought I’d take a few minutes as I have my tea.
We have pretty well always ‘mapped out’ most details in advance. Maybe it’s because most of our travelling has been done either during the time we did so with children, and so really needed to be sure of where we would be staying and if the accommodations would be suitable. The other times we have traveled we still make plans, because sometimes there are conventions or activities that are happening at the place we are travelling to, that affects the choice or availability of places to stay.
While we usually plan how many miles we are going to try and drive each day, we don’t book the hotel there, in case we aren’t able to make it that far. This particular trip however, we planned to stop at a certain city but when we got there, there was not a room to be had because of two different things going on there. One was a cheer-leading contest and also Nascar (car racing) was there. So while we intending on stopping for the day at around 6-6:30 pm; we ended up driving until 8 pm or so. Needless to say we were tired, hungry and a bit cranky. We stopped for gas at a station and we were all exhausted especially my husband and my sister, as they were doing the driving. We had to take two cars because of course all the paraphernalia that seems to go with one as we get older. While the cars were being filled, I said a little prayer and asked God for a place to spend the night.
When we looked around, there was a small hotel nearby, so we thought we would check ‘just in case’; and lo and behold there were rooms available. While it was not in the best condition, it did have a clean bed and a restaurant attached to it. There was no dissent among us that we would be staying the night there, after all the thing we needed first and foremost was some place to lie down and just sleep.
The next morning we were on our way, and thankful for the night’s rest.