So, Valencia and I spent the last year planning a weekend get-away... yes, a YEAR. Per usual our schedules got in the way, so it took us months to simply set a date that worked for the both of our work schedules.
Well last week, we FINALLY made it happen, and it was by far our BEST decision!
We considered a ton of cities to visit. Most were big cities we've visited before, but wouldn't mind going back. In the end, we opted for a more charming destination -- Charleston, SC. It's one of our absolute favorite cities! We're obsessed with the cute little shops, cobblestone architecture and one-of-a-kind restaurants! Not to mention, we have a ton of friends there who we consider to be family.
Now, usually we fly everywhere we go. But, this time we decided to take a different approach and go on our first mini road trip! As the weekend drew closer, I found myself getting more and more excited to hang out in the city! Little did I know, the real treasure would come on the road getting there.
I'm not going to lie -- I am not a fan of long distance driving. Under normal circumstances, I would have hated being stuck in a car for hours with nothing to see, but pavement and trees. But this time was SO different.
We sang and listened to 90's R&B... we talked... we laughed and even teared up a few times. It was a real sister moment, y'all! Road trippin' gave us the opportunity to reconnect, make memories and bond. I realized that being "stuck", allowed us to break away from the world around us and just be.
Yes -- flying is great and often times convenient. But, this trip taught me that every now and then you have to let yourself escape. And, although life may offer a faster alternative, sometimes the slower route is exactly what we need.
The next time you find yourself rushing to get somewhere fast, remind yourself that there is rejuvenation in slowing down. Consider taking the long way home after a rough day at work -- or maybe walk to your neighborhood park instead of driving. Give yourself the permission to throw your schedule out of the window, and bask in the freedom of having NO itinerary! You'll be surprised what you've missed.