If you’ve ever been to a travel trade show, you’ve probably seen the freeloaders.
They prowl the floor in small packs, descending on the booths to claim everything that isn’t nailed down — pens, wrapped candy, four-color travel brochures.
Often, they walk by without saying “hi,” absorbing these giveaways with the efficiency of a shoplifter.
As far as ridiculous stories go, Nina Radkiewicz’ ranks right up there with the best of ’em. Or, depending on your perspective, the worst of ’em.
Greetings from Chattanooga, Tenn., our first stopover on our month-long road trip out to Oregon.
We spent yesterday packing, cleaning the house, and making this video (above) about how we pulled everything together. Aren narrates.
And today after we checked in at the Holiday Inn Express, Iden shared his road trip “rules.” We’re still laughing!
I hope you have as much fun watching these videos as we did making them.
Remember, you can always follow our family travel adventure at
Away is Home.
We’re a nation of drivers, no doubt about it.
Don’t believe me? During the first five months of the year, Americans flew
321 billion miles. They drove 1.1 trillion miles. (It’s not a perfect comparison, since these are calculated slightly differently, but you get the idea.)
Last holiday weekend,
less than eight percent of travelers flew to their destination. Almost 9 out of 10 drove.
You might not arrive at that conclusion from reading most travel blogs or magazines, but it’s true. For all the fretting we do about the indignities of flying, we sure don’t do very much of it.
All of which made me wonder: How far would you go to avoid a plane?