As 2017 is upon us, the glaring question is, or should be, what will you discover in this new year that we have been awarded? Will you start a new hobby or perfect an old one? Perhaps you want to travel and discover new and exciting places and develop new friendships? The possibilities are endless!
We live in the digital age… but, it’s time to step from behind the screen and discover all that this beautiful land we live in, has to offer. I used to think (before I met Denise) that, only the rich could afford to travel. I was so wrong… you can travel on a budget. There is so much to see and it can be seen on a budget!
Traveling on a budget? You can discover America one tank at a time. Share a drive with the ones you love. Grab a map and plan a road trip! The pictures above were taken this year at the Carolina Balloon Fest, on our first ever, true “road trip!” Pick a few places that you have always wanted to visit, plot your routes to avoid the highways and byways, get away from the hustle and bustle. Stay with family and friends along the way. Find a new campground or bed and breakfast.
Don’t be afraid to stop along the way… When Denise and I travel long distances by car, we plan to drive only about 4-5 hours each day, leaving plenty of time to make a few stops along the way. The breaks make the ride more than just bearable, but exciting, waiting to see the so many treasures to be discovered along the way. The photos below were taken at a small antique shop in Stowe, VT. The little shop was full of antiques, collectibles, and handmade crafts. They had quite the eclectic collection and the best part… the browsing was free!
The little shop was not our destination… It was part of a day of discovering. We found an old wooden bridge that day, as well as Ben & Jerry’s (free tour, by the way), the Cold Hollow Cider Mill (with free samples), The Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe VT (from the Sound of Music) and viewed so many other beautiful sites, all in one day! And, the cost was a tank or two of gas! (As a side note…the mountains can be hard on the miles per gallon ratio… so be sure to figure that into your budget!)
As a hobby photographer, this is difficult for me to say… Our cell phones are a product of the digital age we live in and have come leaps and bounds, since my first “brick” phone in the 90’s. That being said, the cameras on our phones do actually take some awesome photos! Please, do not forget that you have it in your pocket or purse! Take lots of photos!
Let me share with you the most important thing I have discovered… where ever you go, whatever you see, share it with others! Don’t be afraid to stop and smell the roses, to share a smile with a stranger, a meal with friends and build memories together that will last a lifetime, along the way!