Vacation, all I ever wanted…amirite?
Today I embark on another great adventure: Inspired Retreat by Amber Housley. Three nights and four days of refreshed growth. It is going to be amazing. I have some big plans in the works–including a product and design shop dropping in less than two weeks and an educational e-book that I hope to have to you by Quarter 2 of next year. These four days at this retreat will no doubt get me closer to those goals….just like how my Toyota will get me closer to this weekend. That’s right; I am roadtripping. If you know me, you know I believe the journey is just as critical as the destination, so I always like to make the most of that path. I have five favorite tips for road tripping:
- TRYING LOCAL/NEW COFFEE CHAINS
The last time I road tripped I found a lovely coffee chain called Biggby Coffee somewhere in Indiana, and it was awesome. We don’t have that in Minny, so it was a lovely treat. I can get Starbucks anywhere, so I use road trips as an excuse to trying brew something new.
- FIND THE LOCAL BREAKFAST DELICACY
Scrapple. Need I say more? I love learning where the locals eat their breakfast, and it is nice when road tripping because you’re not really restricted by time or distance; I am on my own schedule, so if I hear there is a must-try Eggs Benny, I can find it and get to it.
- BINGE A NEW PODCAST
I’m weird in the fact that I cannot be read to–audiobooks put me right to sleep. Podcasts, however, they psych me up. I have some of the best ideas when I travel because of them (tip: create a note in Notes that is just for podcast brainstorms that occur while listening. Pull over before typing, of course). This trip I am going to explore The Product Boss Podcast and see what nuggets and gems of information they have about selling physical items. I can’t wait to listen AND learn!
- TRY NEW HOTELS
Even if I am in the same city, I like to try different properties out when I return. My favorite brands are Kimpton and Hotel Indigo, and this go around I am going to experience Avid, which is another brand in the IHG Family. I love hotels (another way I am weird), so I like staying in new places to see what they are all about.
- TALKING TO STRANGERS
Yes, I buck the idea of stranger danger and I talk to people I don’t know. Nothing to dramatic–a server at the restaurant, the person filling up their car next to me, just those I encounter. I’m a journalist at heart; this is what I live for. I love getting to know people–even if it is just for a brief moment in time–because we are all threads in a bigger story. I (safely and with abundant caution) love it.
What are you favorite tips for road tripping?
Kayla Lee is a Minnesota-based wedding and elopement photographer. She provides services to elegant, authentic, sentimental couples who not only choose their own adventures, but also live them to the fullest! See more about the KLP Wedding Experience!