In less than a day, we’ll be packing up our Honda Accord and heading out on to the highway for the first leg of our yearlong road trip.
We’re excited. And a little nervous.
As you know, we’ve been “beta” testing this concept for the last three months — seeing what works, what doesn’t and making tweaks to the plan. We’ve been up to Canada, Italy and Spain. (Hey, if musicians can test their act in Europe, why not us?)
Here’s what we’ve discovered:
Double-dip recessions can really put a dent in your plans. Nothing can foil your plans like a soft economy. I lost a client or two between the time we started this process and today, and we had to tighten our belts and scale back some of our plans because of it. But it hasn’t stopped us.
Pets rule! We had planned to leave in October and stay on the road of a year more or less nonstop. But when our catsitters fell through, we shifted our schedule so that we could stay closer to home until they found a permanent place.
New media is a tough sell. For all the talk about travel companies “getting” Web 2.0, only a few have actually stepped up to support this project. And we love them for it! But the fact remains that even some of the companies with forward-looking reputations still have some trouble wrapping their heads around the idea of an online project like this. We hope to change that.
So here’s what we’re doing: Tomorrow, we head down to the Nickelodeon Suites Resort in Orlando to participate in the grand opening of Legoland Florida the following day. We’re thrilled to get a first look at this new theme park, and will be sure to report back with lots of pictures, videos and up-to-the-minute tweets.
Our next destination will be St. Augustine, Fla., the oldest continuously inhabited city of European origin in North America. We need an Old World fix, and October is the perfect time to visit.
Beyond that? Well, we don’t want to give too much away. But I can tell you that the itinerary we originally posted is no longer up to date. We’ve decided to keep our plans to ourselves, for now.
I think you’ll be surprised where we’re headed.