Two years ago my husband Petar and I decided to finally fulfill one of our dreams and go on a road trip through Newfoundland. Up to then we had often travelled through Canada, but somehow never made it to the island on the East Coast. This time, however, we decided to spend ten days on “The Rock”, how the Newfies lovingly call their homeland. And it was an excellent decision.
Growing up in the prairies of Central Canada, my family was no stranger to the road trip. Living in the middle of nowhere meant we had to pack a lunch to drive just about anywhere. That’s probably why when Micki and I had the chance to spend a few months in Spain and Portugal with our two kids that we chose to rent a car and go on a road trip rather than taking the train or hopping on a plane.
Road trips. For many travelers they are the ultimate reason to go abroad, but even if you are traveling full-time there are always plenty of opportunities in the area where you live where you can enjoy some of the off the beaten path sites, all from the comfort of your chosen ride.
When we began our travels in 2010, we hit the road not knowing where our adventures would take us and if we would find pet friendly accommodations and activities in the cities we would visit. Selling our home, buying an RV, and traveling the country has certainly shown us that there are a plethora of opportunities for those who travel with their pets. We’ve been so many terrific, pet friendly places … but the one that consistently pops back up for us is Austin, Texas. Without a doubt, Austin is the most pet friendly city we’ve visited, and that’s what keeps us coming back each year for a two-month winter hibernation.
I’m not going to lie: I HATE driving my car. Whether it’s around the corner to the store or hours of driving to a fun destination, I just really, really don’t like driving. So, for me, the perfect road trip involves me not having to drive.