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Road Trip – do you love them or not?

Road Trip – do you love them or not?

When you go on a road trip are you a planner or do you just go and see when you finish?

When we set off on a road trip we like to have a bit of an idea where we are headed and when we want to arrive but we don’t like too much planning.

Over the years we have explored much of Australia by car. As we travel from Brisbane to Sydney several time a year we like to explore different routes. There is the main highway which is the more direct and of course the quickest. Once you have driven it a few times it becomes a bit boring. As they have improved to road over the years and by passed many of the smaller towns there are not many places to stop and have a coffee or just a walk round.

road trip

So more often than not we start off on the main highway and take many of the different tourist routes along the way. This way we see many of the smaller places and also find some very interesting a diverse places to have a coffee or lunch. We also find many different places to stay overnight.

Sometimes we take a completely different highway and travel further. I think over the years we have driven on every road between Brisbane and Sydney.

Last time we were heading off my sister asked where we were staying the night. My answer was, not sure. She then asked how long we would drive before we stopped again my answer was, not sure. As a person who likes to plan every detail she couldn’t understand our carefree attitude.

Over the years we have taken many road trips. We have rarely booked any accommodation in advance and we have never had a problem. We have stayed in some very interesting places. Some we have gone back to many time and some were a once only!

Ron and Sue

Airbnb our first experience.

Airbnb our first experience.

While booking everything for our trip to Salt Lake City for our company convention we decided to look at Airbnb. We had heard lots of good reports about Airbnb. As baby boomers this was a totally new concept for us.

In the past we had always just booked into a nearby hotel. We looked at the local hotels and prices, including a discount for booking through our company. After talking to friends we decided to take a look at Airbnb.

As we like to stay at places off the beaten track and a little different we found lots of quirky places on the website. We didn’t like the idea of share accommodation therefore we opted to search for an entire home. Most of these offered a condo, basement or small unit. One caught our attention, it was a standalone building that was a barber shop in a previous live.

Airbnb

Further research on Google Maps showed that it was a comfortable walk from our convention and downtown Salt Lake City. The price was also about 70% cheaper than all the hotels available.

Our Hosts.

While we were sorting out our last minute details, we contacted our host and were advised where to find the key. About an hour after arriving we ventured out to find some dinner. As we stepped outside a car pulled up and it was our host. She stopped and as well as chatting for a few minute she told us where there were a couple of good places to eat.

The next day our host’s husband called in to introduce himself and ask if there was anything we needed, he also left us his mobile number.  We couldn’t have asked for better hosts for our first experience with Airbnb. They were available if we needed anything and left us to ourselves.

Next time we travel we will definitely be looking at Airbnb for our accommodation.

Ron and Sue

Niagara Falls – Adventure Seeking Baby Boomers.

 

Niagara Falls – Adventure Seeking Baby Boomers.

Recently we were in Canada visiting our son and family and went to Niagara Falls for the day. This was not our first time visiting the falls. It is such a beautiful and amazing place it is worth visiting several times.

Niagara Falls

We decided it was time to do something different and go zip lining. Wild Play Niagara opened this new attraction a few months ago. At first we thought let’s just do it, then after seeing how high it was we had second thought for a moment or two.  Our 10 year old Grandson was also a bit nervous but excited at the same time. (more…)

Ron and Sue