Everyone these days seems to be going on road trips, book tours, or just visiting other parts of the country. It looks like I’ve got the memo too, but my reasons are a bit more conventional – I’m going on vacation 🙂
I’ve mentioned before that I actually have a normal 9-5 job. As part of that, I’ve got a few days of vacation left that I need to use before they expire in February, so I’m going on vacation to someplace warm. Specifically, I’ll be escaping the Indiana cold and going on a road trip down through Texas to visit some friends and spending a few days at South Padre Island.
When I travel, I usually like to keep my trips as open ended as possible. I plan a leave and return date but keep everything else as flexible as possible. This lets me take advantage of opportunities that might come up that I didn’t plan on before hand.
With that in mind, I do have a rough outline of the trip. Here’s what it looks like:
Indianapolis –> Chicago –> Dallas –> Austin –> San Antonio –> South Padre Island –> San Antonio –> Austin –> Chicago –> Indianapolis
As I said, it’s a rough outline. At some point I’ll be in each of those cities, but depending on who we see and what there is to do in each town, we may spend more or less time in each location [I’ve been told Dinosaur World in Texas is a must see].
I’ll be arriving back in Indy on Monday, the 17th, and as soon as I get back, I’ll be heading to Canada immediately to see a client so I’ll be driving up to the Great White North too. This means that I’ll be driving down to the south tip of Texas and then back up to Toronto, Canada in less than 14 days. One of the things on the impossible list is to do a cross-country road trip. Most people typically think of a cross-country trip as a, well, trip across the country, from one coast to the other, horizontally. The horizontal trip is definitely still on my list, but this border to border trip is turning into a vertical version the trip, with a few extra detours thrown in for fun.
Video Postcard Project
Not everyone gets the chance to travel as much as I do, so when I get the chance, I like to include other people in my trips as much as possible. Back in September when I went to London, I did a video postcard project where I shot a personal video postcard for readers who commented or left me a message. You can see some of the video postcards over here –> Video Postcards From London.
People enjoyed the postcards so much that I’m going to try it again. The site has grown a lot since September, but I had a lot of fun last time, so I’m going to give it another shot. Here’s the deal: leave me a comment or shoot me a message letting me know you want one and if you have a preference of where you want me to shoot it in between Chicago & Texas. I can’t guarantee I’ll be able to shoot videos and comply with all location requests, but I’ll do my best to try.
No, Texas isn’t as worldly-renown as London and it’s not as exotic as someplace like Thailand, but I’m looking forward to getting to some warmer weather and seeing some old friends and maybe even meet up with some readers and fellow bloggers. I’ve done a lot longer trips and a lot of trips to more exotic locales, but I always enjoy taking mini road trips and when I get the chance, I take them. I’m also looking forward to shooting some postcards for those of you that are interested, comment away.
If you’re in the Texas area or somewhere in between Chicago & Texas, let me know. I’m always looking to meetup with different people, especially BIT readers. Also, if you have any unexpected or awesome opportunities I should know about along the route in the next 2 weeks, get in touch with me on twitter – @joelrunyon.[Photo Credit]