Jun 202014
 

Most years, we take one large trip and one small. The Disney trip we just completed was this year’s “large trip.” Our previous Disney trip in 2013 was our “small trip.” We’re currently beginning to think about this year’s small trip, meeting with friends tomorrow to see about traveling together. It’s brought up some interesting thoughts.

We’re looking at a lot of different places. The main preference is that it be a driving trip within about eight hours travel time. But I got to thinking, what if we found some ridiculously cheap flight? Where might we go then? And the dumb thing is, if someone brought it up, I realized something.

I’d go right back to Disney World.

I realize that’s going to sound insane to a lot of people, probably including my wife. But the fact of the matter is, even when I’ve had a bad trip there… it’s still been good. And it’s not that other trips haven’t been good. It’s probably at least partly the comfort of the familiar. There are certain things I know I’ll experience there.

I know the food will be good. I know I’ll get to relax in some of my favorite rides and enjoy the sights. Also, each time we go, we get to relax a bit more, knowing we don’t have to see everything every time… because there’s a lot to do there, and it can get hectic.

But, it’s not going to happen again. Much as I dream of sitting down with our friends and someone asking “hey, how about going back to Disney?” it’s just an absurd prospect… and I do realize that.

So… where?

I tend to like a combination of scenery, promise of good food and drink, and and vague “something to do.” Museums, shows, shopping, wine tasting… “something” like that. The “something to do” part is essential for me. I can only spend so much time gazing at scenery, which is one of the reasons camping holds zero appeal for me.

Gina and I keep thinking north; our friends have preliminarily suggested south. We have a couple of months to figure things out, and if we can’t, it’s not like we’re not able to travel separately. But, we’ve traveled together a few times before, and it’s been enjoyable.

To the north, there’s wineries in Niagara on the Lake, or the Finger Lakes. Perhaps Montreal, or up to New England. South, there’s the frequent Williamsburg stop, the Raleigh-Durham area, Skyline Drive and the Appalachian Trail in Shenandoah, or DC and Baltimore. To the west, there’s… Cleveland?

Okay, so we’re probably not going west.

Lots of planning to do. And sometimes, that’s what I enjoy best.

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