Overlanding, I had not really heard of it, and it recently had been brought to my attention. There is a pretty good community of people who do it. There are many different styles of it, and it looks like a great way to go on a road trip!
I am still learning about it, and was asked to share a link on this site about it. I really like the whole concept, and would do it in a heartbeat! Unfortunately, I am busy on other projects to even do much of anything.
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”→
There are many ways to travel. Some people love to go on a group tour, and others can’t stand the thought of going on a trip with a bunch of strangers. Many people love the freedom that they have when they jump in their cars and head out on the open road. Others can’t stand the thought of driving in their own car, winging it, not really knowing what they are doing. There is no right or wrong way to travel, but here are the pros and cons to each.
For the sake of argument, we are going to compare road trips. Sure you can do both types of travel by flying to the destination, but for this blog I want to focus on Road Trips. Maybe I will do a separate blog article for flights.
Definitions of Group Travel and Solo Travel
First, let’s define things a little bit. When I say group travel, most people think old people on a bus with name tags hanging around their necks that scream tourist. Although that is the case a lot of the time, it is not always true. There are companies that cater to the younger generation that don’t use name tags. So, group travel is a group of people who don’t normally know each other and who individually signed up to go on a tour to some destination that follows an itinerary.
Solo travel is pretty much that, you and your family jump in a car and travel together to a destination and follow a loose itinerary, if you have an itinerary at all. Usually you just know you want to do a bunch of stuff and get there and do it on your own time. Some people probably have a hard lined itinerary… I don’t want to travel with them.