Road Trips, TRAVEL

New Year, New Series

TRAVEL BUG TALES: HEADING IN A NEW DIRECTION

A few weeks ago I realized my series on The Trip with No Name would soon draw to a close.  I also realized (thanks to building our new house) there was no room in the short term budget for travel.  I wondered what, if anything, I was going to blog about.  Of course I would continue to write about events and activities in the Metroplex, but travel is what started this blog. What was I going to do?

Bitten Early by the Travel Bug

I’m no johnnie-come-lately to traveling and I have the Polaroids to prove it.  Take that number with me standing in front of the Alamo.   I was barely out of single digits, but I already knew my way around a Trip-tik!

What?  You don’t know what a Trip-tik is!  And I was wondering what I was going to write about?

How about this number?  I'm styling at Monticello in a mini-coulotte dress.
How about this number? I’m styling at Monticello in a mini-coulotte dress.

Well, a Trip-tik was a customized hard copy map of your travel route produced by AAA.  GPS wasn’t even dreamed of back in those days – or cellphones or the internet or DVD players to entertain the kids for that matter.  And get this.  We didn’t have air conditioning in our cars either.

I’ve got to tell you that when I pull into a city or town at the end of a long day of travel, having the Expedia app remind me of my hotel reservations and GPS to guide me there is priceless.  However, some of my favorite travel memories are very low tech.  While many of my readers remember the days of folded maps, there’s a whole new generation that can’t imagine life without smartphones, much less travel.

Come Along for the Ride

Memory lane is well-documented!
Memory lane is well-documented!

My pre-blogging travel history is rich with wonderful adventures and places you should visit – if only they still existed! I’m going to wander down memory lane and raid my scrapbooks for travel tales. I hope you’ll come along for the ride.  Sometimes I’ll focus on the challenges of pre-digital travel and at other times we’ll relish the memory of boarding a plane without going through TSA screening.

Wherever we go and whatever we do, you’ll be with me –  so we’ll write joy into every journey.  If nothing else, we can laugh at my fashion obsession!