When I was a kid we traveled….a lot! Dad would go to AAA and get the Triptik. I picked up one for a trip to Florida many years ago. This was a map marked with the best route for the destination and fun stops along the way. Then came MapQuest and Google Maps. Now I have a smart phone to locate gas stations, restaurants, parks, museums and so on. With my GPS I rarely get lost anymore.
Another good resource is Chambers of Commerce that will let you download their information, or snail mail, if you must. I just found the ESVA Tourism website for Virginia’s Eastern Shore. They have a little suitcase icon to help with planning a trip. Great idea, so I don’t get lost while surfing.
I meant websurfing. 😉
Planning a trip itinerary can be fun, but the serendipity of finding a secret diner with the best burger is so joyful. It is always memorable to meet an interesting person, like the store manager I met last week. I asked him if he was ready for the busy holiday. He said he would not be at the store because he would be acting in a play at a dinner theatre. How cool is that!
I don’t want to lose the surprises in the planning. Was at a great eatery where the owners came and sat down to chat at our table. Got the secret to the delicous peach cobbler. (Just add bourbon, as needed) Now where was that place?
I can take the same route, do the same things, make the same stops, but the experience may be profoundly different if I make a new aquaintance.
Robert Frost’s poem The Road Less Traveled comes to mind as I reminsce on the places and people. Because for me it is always the people who make the places most special.
There was a prominenant Quaker who said:
- I expect to pass through this world but once. If, therefore, there be any kindness I can show, or any good thing I can do any fellow human being let me do it now. Let me not defer or neglect it, for I will not pass this way again.