road tripsPosted: August 19, 2011
The first thing that comes to mind when I think ‘road tripping’ is food. But, more importantly, I want to tell you why road trips are something that are special/enjoyable for the husband and I.
My husband was notoriously referred to as the gypsy by his family before I even knew him. Reason being, he was always on the road. I never really caught on to why they called him that, until I was always in the car next to him, gradually turning into a gypsy myself. And, like him, I totally enjoyed it.
If it weren’t for our love of traveling and road tripping, it might never have led us to multiple trips down to Florida – one of them happening to be our engagement.
They say, absence makes the heart grow fonder, and that is exactly what happened in the above situation. The husband had traveled down to Florida for the winter, so he could continue to improve his golf game, while I stayed back in Canada. Even though I made frequent trips down, the husband realized that he couldn’t be without me, and proposed! This is why Florida is one of our all-time favourite places to be!
We continued to make frequent trips down to Florida because it was the easiest decision for us to make to have not only gotten engaged there, but get married there as well!
This also meant lots of road tripping for friends and family, too! 🙂
Road tripping is not something we’ve only experienced on this continent, but in Australia, as well! We made the decision to travel there after our honeymoon, and it’s one of the best decisions we’ve ever made!
The hardest part about road tripping in Australia is adapting to driving on the wrong side of the car and the wrong side of the road.
But the true gypsies that we are had it in us to make it work 😉
Had we not decided to road trip halfway across the world, we would have never:
Met new friends.
Ride in new ways.
And, saw new creatures (no sharks thank goodness)!
And, we all know that road tripping in Australia would not be a complete road trip without having a camper van (or two) at some point.
Conveniently, this was actually the cheapest method that allowed us to travel up and down the east coast of Australia. The one above (our first camper van) was manageable, but our second one was a beast. The husband would have been scared enough to drive it in North America, but now put this beast on the other side of the road and give him the most narrow and curvy roads possible. It makes you appreciate us making it home safe and sound!
Our road tripping did not end after Australia. We came home for two weeks, then as quickly as we got off the road/plane, we were back on the road. This time, we were traveling out west.
This meant driving from Ontario to British Columbia – which is where we lived in the spring/summer/fall of 2010.
And after our less than a year stay there, we were driving back east, which takes us to now.
Road tripping was not only about the amazing places and things we got to see, but being each other’s best company. Had I done all these things with someone else (I know that doesn’t sound fitting for the getting engaged and married part, but still haha), it would not have been as amazing as it was. No amount of kilometers we put on our jeep or frequent gas fill-ups or flight costs could have made me change how we have lived together as a couple thus far. I’d actually do it all again, if I could, plus more!
And although I originally wanted to make this post today since the husband and I will be road tripping later this afternoon, it is nowhere near the magnitude of the road trips’ above. Nonetheless, it still makes you appreciate the time in the car you have with the someone you love. 🙂
And I’m always one step ahead, thinking about the next road trip we can take together. That cruise in December can’t come quick enough!