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Road trip across the South
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Why were you inspired to do this?

I had a week and a half break from my last year of school, and I knew it might be the last time I'd get to go do something like this. The freedom of the open road has always held a big draw for me, and there were so many places in the South I'd never explored or even heard of - like the ruins of the Windsor Plantation in Mississippi, shown here, which we stumbled across while traveling up the Great River Road.

What were 3 things you did to make this happen?

We needed to save up enough money for gas - it was just over $2 a gallon at that point, but we still needed to budget for at least two or three nights in motels and the rest we could sleep in the van.

Maps and guidebooks - and a lot of planning. Road Trip USA was a great resource - Lonely Planet guides are good too. We wanted to take Route 66 and back roads as much as possible and find antique shops and local diners. We had each road planned and sights to see along the way, but were flexible to explore if we saw something interesting.

An adventurous spirit and willingness to eat and sleep on the road!

How did you feel once you had accomplished this?

Nostalgic and filled with good memories, and a desire to do it again. As much as I loved road trips alone, traveling with Alex has it beat.

Additional notes and tips:

Don't be afraid to explore and try some weird foods or new places. Check out user reviews from sites like Yelp before you hit the road - if you're trying to save money, make reservations at hostels or save money by stopping between major cities. Look for town festivals - we found one quite by accident in Natchez, Mississippi.



1/9/2011 8:09:49 AM

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Why do you want to do this?

I had a week and a half break from my last year of school, and I knew it might be the last time I'd get to go do something like this. The freedom of the open road has always held a big draw for me, and there were so many place in the South I'd never explored.

What three things will you need to make this happen?

We needed to save up enough money for gas - it was just over $2 a gallon at that point, but we still needed to budget for at least two or three nights in motels and the rest we could sleep in the van.

Maps and guidebooks. Road Trip USA was a great resource - I've heard that Lonely Planet guides are good too. We want to take Route 66 and back roads as much as possible.

An adventurous spirit and willingness to eat and sleep on the road!

What is the biggest barrier to your achieving this?

Nostalgic and filled with good memories, and a desire to do it again. As much as I loved road trips alone, traveling with Alex has it beat.

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