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The Best Vacation Ever A Trip To Nowhere

Updated on April 8, 2011

The Spur of the Moment Trip to Nowhere

Some of the best vacations ever, are a trip to nowhere. No plans, no high expectations, just a spur of the moment pack your overnight bag and go.
Whether it’s a one hour overnight trip to the beach for some lounging in the sun, or a ride through the mountains for days as the seasons change, and you spot your dream house on the mountain top. Trips to nowhere can leave memories that last a lifetime, and bring tranquility to the over stressed, over worked, and the never get a minutes peace mothers who need it the most.

It can’t be the quickest route to get there, or a reservation at your favorite hotel. It’s the back roads with the local diner for some fabulous home cooking, and the people you meet at the country store that make you feel like you’ve lived there for years. Then you find that quaint hotel where the family owners lend you their fishing poles to fish in the lake, or as the sun rises over the jetties at the beach.

You may even find a bed and breakfast that caters to your every need and can’t help but volunteer when it comes to help feed the chickens and gather fresh eggs for breakfast, or pick some fresh strawberries for shortcake at dinner.

After driving around to see the sights and local stores you find an area to drive or walk along the deserted beach where you feel like your on your own private island. Although home and the big city are just a hour or two away, you feel as if your in a different country or have gone back in time.

Maybe its to a wild life park in the Black Hills of South Dakota to watch the bears take a dip in the pond, or the wolf that runs him off standing his ground. Take a look at the videos of the different parks in South Dakota or the one below of Yellowstone with mama bear and her cubs there guaranteed to make you go " Awwwwwww".

If your campers it’s about finding that new spot maybe over near Sanibel Island or Texas off the coast where you can take your shoes of and go digging for clams with your toes. Don’t forget the butter you can warm up at the camp fire or just shuck-em and eat them raw (raw may not be the best idea). If you’ve got the kids or the grandchildren along introduce yourselves to your neighbors, (if you have any) and roast some marshmallows over the fire while you tell stories about your last trip. Then there is always the everglades and the swamp for some alligator wrestling and an air-boat ride.

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No Schedules or Cell Phones Allowed

It’s not about planning your day or keeping to a schedule. It’s about driving by somewhere you’ve never been, and you just have to turn around to find out what it’s all about.

Dining out is anything you want it to be from a dress up elegant dinner that you just have to have a new dress for, or just coming off the beach for some freshly made oyster stew or homemade peanut butter pie at Theo Thudpuckers.

It’s about some real quality family time to catch up and see what you’ve been missing out on, because lately everybody at the dinner table together at the same time, has become a thing of the past.

No cell phones, (except for emergencies) no calls from work, no distractions just the two of you, or you and the family to have those moments we surely need to take the time to make more of.

So what are you waiting for, tell the family to pack their bags and when they ask where your going tell them your starting a new family tradition, it’s called “A trip to nowhere”. If it’s a surprise for the one you can’t live without and lately haven’t had time to tell him/her, tell them it’s for some “Just us time.”

Have a safe and wonderful trip and don’t forget the camera.


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    • Charlu profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Florida

      Hi Perspycacious

      I love it and think surprises like that can't help but bring a family closer. There is a lot to be said for spontaneity, it's like SURPRISE and here we are.

      Thanks for your wonderful comment and memories. Oh yeah and unconventional is an understatement :) Your fan mail is noted, appreciated more than I can say, and definitely right on target.

    • Perspycacious profile image

      Demas W Jasper 

      6 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      "Where are we going, Dad?" "It's a Mystery Ride. Just wait and see."

      That was the typical start of many fun excursions my five children still recall with pleasure, and they do them with their children now.

    • Charlu profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Florida

      Hi Peggy I use to do a lot more of those trips when I didn't have as many critters Sounds like your picnic turned out to be a lot of fun. Thanks for taking the time to share your comments and votes. Talk to you soon.

    • Peggy W profile image

      Peggy Woods 

      6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      What a fun idea! Even on planned trips, sometimes the extra things explored along the way can make for the most fun and most memories.

      Years ago, after my husband and I were married and before we had our first dog, we took off in the car with a loaf of bread and some cheese. We had a picnic out in the country and kept driving. We ended up in Dallas for the night! Hadn't really planned to go that just happened. That was fun!

      Perhaps this hub of yours will give people ideas! Voted up and useful. :)

    • Charlu profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Florida

      Hi E.A. I know sometimes it's just great to have a spur of the moment idea that makes us go WOW and then of course the downside is the "Do I have to?" when it's time to go home to the routine Thanks for stopping by and your comment.

    • E. A. Wright profile image

      E. A. Wright 

      7 years ago from New York City

      It's amazing how fun aimless exploring can be. And the more this kind of trip feels like a real vacation, the more you know your everyday life is stuck in a routine.

    • Charlu profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Florida

      Thank you Jangaplanet I enjoyed reminiscing and writing it.

    • Jangaplanet profile image

      A James Di Rodi 

      7 years ago

      I absolutely enjoyed this article! Interesting thanks...

    • silverlungs profile image


      7 years ago

      Really enjoyed this one! :)

    • Charlu profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Florida

      Thanks Its funny when you think about it. I remember my favorite vacation as a child was when we were going to the west coast of Florida (an hour away) and ended up in Texas! It was a blast.

    • Scosgrove profile image


      7 years ago from Tampa, Florida

      You are so right it hurts.

      My favorite road trips are always the ones where I just go and see everything there is to see.

      Loved the article.


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