I would like to thank Jesse Clark for contributing this article! Check out her information at the end of the article.
If you are feeling cooped-up and need to get out and about, you are not alone! By now, most of us are tired of the pandemic limitations, yet also wish to keep ourselves and our loved ones safe and healthy. Thankfully, there are ways to take a vacation in these challenging times while maintaining your budget — it just takes additional planning.
Staying in hotels may feel risky right now because of potential COVID-19 exposure. An RV, on the other hand, offers additional protection that can keep you and your family safe, which Let’s Go Road Trippin can attest to. Here’s what you need to plan a budget-friendly and safe adventure at this time.
Traveling is great. Not everyone does it, but I feel everyone should. Getting outside your own bubble is good for the soul. Some people are content with staying in their own country. People in the US are notorious for not leaving the US. I encourage ALL people to travel to other countries. It will open your mind. With all that said, you might want to have some tips for traveling international, which is why I put this list together.
Traveling to Thailand and other countries has taught me a few things about international travel. But, I also asked my fellow professional travelers to give me more tips about it. I had to narrow down the long list to ONLY 9!
9) Pack light
Since I bring a lot of camera gear, I am not so great at this. Many of my colleagues live by this rule, and they are traveling all over the place. I have only been separated by my luggage one time, and luckily it was when I returned home. That would not have happened if I just traveled light. Traveling with just carry-on luggage makes it easier to keep moving. I am still figuring out how I can bring most of my camera gear and still pack light. I guess not packing clothes is an option.
My wife, her sister, brother-in-law, and I were sitting having a light lunch at this little place with one of the best views of Pattaya, Thailand. I was looking around, enjoying just being there, looking at the view, and then I noticed something I have seen too many times. Do you see any problems in this picture?
A year ago, I had no idea what 2018 really had in store for me. Boy, it had plans that I couldn’t possibly have foreseen. I knew my marriage was not doing well, and it progressed to me moving out in the early Spring, followed up by a divorce as soon as possible. It was quick and painless, mostly.
But, what I didn’t see coming was everything else.
I have a small apartment. No couch, two chairs, a computer desk, and a bed. A pretty bare place, but I like to stay home. I don’t even have a TV. What do I do when I am home? I sit at the computer, edit videos, post videos, use social media to let people know about the videos, then, I go down the social media black hole.
Of course, I also watch Netflix and Amazon Prime. I am pretty normal in most aspects. I have been known to not leave my apartment for days. That is NOT good for me, or anyone else!!
I recently watched a video about traveling to Thailand. Click here to see the video. In it, he talks about getting your house in order. And he doesn’t mean paying your bills and making sure the door is locked. He is talking about having your head straight. I occasionally experienced people who were not ready for travel when I was a tour manager.
I do this all for you, the viewer, the fan, the reader, the one who comments, the haters, the ones who don’t comment.
I have been working hard on Let’s Go Road Trippin. From a complete overhaul of the website, to creating better videos. I want to give you inspiration to help you out. To maybe show you something you didn’t know existed.But, WHY do I do this?
Lets go road trippin. What does that actually mean? For me being tied to a 9 to 5, it means being able to drop the work world and embrace the unknown. Sometimes we can just pick a destination and if we observe something that looks fun to explore, we do it. And so can you! Or better yet stop for gas or a healthy lunch i.e. burger and fries, and ask someone what is there to do around here, or what is going on this weekend? You will be amazed what you will find.
Although I haven’t done any in-depth research on why these exist, I have a pretty good guess. Of course, if you disagree, I am sure you will tell me in the comments below.
My theory is simple. When the highway system was being created, and roads like Route 66 allowed people to travel longer distances, small businesses wanted to get those passerby’s attention. And to do that, they figured they could break the monotony of driving by putting up some strange statue or sculpture to get people to stop and take a picture, and perhaps spend a little time at their place of business.
I am sure it worked in some cases, and I would love to know the overall success rate of them.
I have traveled in every state in the US, except Hawaii, almost all of the provinces and territories of Canada, been to China, and Thailand. But, where is my favorite place to go? How can I possibly pick one out of all of those places!?!
I love to explore everywhere I go. I enjoy finding the weird, the strange, the odd wherever I go. The odder the better. Seeing those sites like “The largest ball of Twine”, or “tallest Paul Bunyan Sculpture” is fun to me. Places where most people don’t go see because they think it is stupid, or insignificant. Continue reading “My Favorite Place to Travel”→