Let the Planning Begin
So, you have this idea. Nothing new to many, but new to me. Let’s travel all 48 States within a year (ish) and hopefully get to the hard 2 sometime next year. To dream this is easy, one simply must let their mind wander and voila, the idea is born. But like birthing a child, the idea is fun and great, then the realization comes hard after. I have stuff to buy, I have things to prepare for, and then the actual day will come….
I am a planner. I cannot help it, it is in my blood. I look at a scenario, a dream, a goal and think “How do I get there?” and plan everything from day one to day one hundred and one because it makes me feel safe. I wish I could just hit the road, drive wherever and whenever, but due to weather, timing, and people I am staying with, that’s just not possible with something as huge as this.
My team and I sat at a Panera yesterday with all sorts of maps to write on, reference, etc…and as I ate my delicious Chicken and Wild Rice soup with my Cobb Salad, I started to cry. They probably thought I had lost my mind, easy enough with something like this, but I just simply said “What if I can’t do this?”
Folks, I am not going to apologize for my soft soul- she’s been with me since day one. I am an Empath, and if you don’t know what that is, just google. I feel everything, and it is annoying. I am strong, but there are days when the tears don’t want to hold back and it just feels better to release them than pretend everything is fine. It’s funny what we hold onto in our heads….I had a former boss tell me that I was weak for crying. I haven’t worked there in 11 years and I can still hear her in my head. People will tell you that words don’t hurt, just blow it off and get thick skin…some of us can, some of us can’t.
So anyways I had a moment of disbelief in myself, it passed, but this is bigger than I have ever dreamed before and it’s exciting at the same time. Do you know how hard it is to plan a trip like this and TRY to avoid the snow? Yeah, I know, you can laugh. But this Wisconsin girl thinks it’s pretty to look at, but hence why I have been in FL for most of the last 10 years- cold and dark isn’t for me. It was like a war zone preparing for battle…charts all over the Restaurant table, every scenario we tried still had me ending up somewhere that wouldn’t work. And it’s not even about GETTING to a particular State, but then finding what I want to do there and how it works to seeing people and the route that it is or isn’t on.
And then during the last hour, the last clean map we had to draw on, we came up with a plan that I THINK is going to work. And so begins locking in people to stay with, to see, to meet. Finding a plethora of cheap hotels and then also campgrounds to stay even cheaper so I can stay at the NICE places in Vegas or New York City (Pretty sure this is where having Exclusive Travel Partners as my Travel Agents will be AMAZING!). Safety being priority one. I started a notebook for National Parks, places that are haunted, film and tv locations, famous graves and historical parts. State Capitals would be nice to see in each State, along with what makes THAT State special. I have a great eating and exercise plan started that I have already begun so that I am a good routine of keeping it as I travel on the road. Basically I want to leave my fun calories to meals with friends and new restaurants I have never tried. Sleeping will be the challenge…I will have aids to help but it’s never your bed at home, so I will have to just suck it up and do my best. It’s just part of the adventure, right? And then there will be the packing part, the prep my car for the long journey part, and also preparing my mind and soul part so that all of these wonderful pieces fit into this giant puzzle of a dream. Easy peasy lol.
I was asked yesterday “You are going by yourself?!?!” Can I ask yall something, why does that matter? Safety I get, but am I not capable of doing this? Have I not proven it with literally THREE other road trips I have done since 2017? Yes, I will probably cry again before I leave and on the road because that’s just who I am. It doesn’t make me weak, it makes me human. I would rather FEEL it and get it out and move on than bottle it up and let it fester for days until I pop like a champagne bottle with no one around to help me shove the cork back in. And I KNOW I have friends exactly like this that if we don’t let it out at the time it starts to bubble, we are a mess. That emotion comes from stress, sadness, and honestly the lies our minds tell us when honestly most of the time everything will turn out fine.
So that is why it is SO important to meet up with friendly faces along the way so the loneliness isn’t palpable. I can do many days at a time on my own, but it sure is nice to see a friend or two a long the way for a meal, a sleep over, or a moment of just girl talk. It’s funny, but I AM the person who wants to meet people a long the way…new people. Making friends as I go seems more exciting to my soul than the places my eyes will fall upon. Connecting with another soul is so satisfying to me, and I can’t WAIT to meet you on the road. Stay tuned for more prepping and planning…it is going to be a wild ride!
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