That’s what I imagine the sound was inside my body when I saw an Airbnb confirmation in my email this morning!
People often ask me how I decide where to go when I travel. Here’s how a super last-minute road trip to Tennessee developed in the past 24 hours and how it wasn’t my first choice.
I’ve been feeling anxious to get out of town to inspire some travel writing, and October in the Midwest is the BEST time to get out of the city and into nature!
Picture a cabin, fireplace, hot tub outside and jacuzzi inside. Um, yes please.
Add some candles, essential oils, great music and food, and it’s recipe for all things magical!
This is how we roll when headed to a cabin in the woods! We commit to ultimate relaxation mode, which is in turn where a lot of my creativity bubbles up from.
So to answer the question I get a lot, I base my travels around how I want to FEEL while I’m there.
I plan activities, like hiking and visiting a lake, because those things ground and inspire me, and get me feeling how I want to feel in my body.
Our place in Tennessee has all the makings of a wonderful weekend based on feeling alone. And let’s not forget how the Autumn colors will have me drooling and taking an insane amount of pictures!
Well, let’s not get ahead of ourselves.
Because it’s the best time of year to cozy up in a cabin and also be outdoors, that means you have to book well in advance. I totally get this, but my current life status is that I’m having to really take things as the come, week by week.
So, when my boyfriend and I decided yesterday, Sunday, to make our magical cabin dreams come true THIS coming weekend, I knew it was going to be a long shot. But I got myself into Planny Plannington mode and pulled out my master investigator skills.
I searched all of Indiana, Ohio, and parts of Kentucky and fell short. I got discouraged, but I refused to give up! I knew our place was out there.
Then, after feeling like I searched every site known to man, guess what happened?
I found a place in TENNESSEE!
And we scored every amenity we were looking for within our price range!
But wait, Tennessee wasn’t even on the radar for me, so how did that happen? Lemme tell you.
I’d wanted to stay within 3-4 hours driving, but clearly Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky weren’t cutting it. So I decided to broaden my search and let go of the travel control a little bit and sure enough, that sealed the deal!
Yes, the Airbnb I found is 5 hours away. But once I found it, that was it. I kinda just knew it was THE place.
So off to Smithville, TN we go on Friday for our magical cabin adventure! I’ll keep you posted on how it pans out.
Now I’m curious, do you consider yourself a spontaneous traveler or do you prefer to plan more in advance? Are there parts of traveling that you find yourself more flexible than others?
I’d LOVE to hear from you! Join in the discussion over on the FB page!
And check out similar posts, like What’s Your Travel Style?.