We never let things like a limited budget, very little free time away from our businesses, and failing knees get in the way of having fun. It has been more than twenty years since I took a week-long vacation with no work involved. I can’t even imagine taking three weeks off to travel to a foreign country.
Mr. Mickey is the best travel partner ever! We plan for many things that we would like to do over the weekend. We discuss what we would enjoy, make reservations where needed, and then do some of the things we planned until we get tired. It isn’t fun to explore when your knees are hurting and you are too tired to enjoy what you are doing, so we know when to stop and take a rest.
Our travels are not usually more than a three-hour drive from our homes. We do research using TripAdvisor and Google to find out about things we would both enjoy. Mr. Mickey subscribes to many magazines such as “Our State” and other publications about things to do in Western North Carolina, Virginia, and East Tennessee.
We enjoy having an occasional glass of wine with dinner, so a trip to visit some of the vineyards and wineries in the Yadkin Valley was something we wholeheartedly agreed on. Rather than picking up the same old bottle of red table wine at the grocery store, we decided it would be fun to visit the vineyards, attend a tasting and learn about the families that started the vineyards and the grapes. Each time we enjoy a bottle of that wine, we will savor the wine as well as the memories that go along with the experiences shared when we purchased it.
When we go on weekend trips, each of us takes only mix and match separates, which can be worn in more than one way so that we don’t have to lug around a ton of clothes we may not even need.
On our travel day, I wore ankle jeans and a white tank top (old from Chico’s) with a white linen moto-style jacket, also old from Stein Mart. The scarf is old by Vince Camuto. The bag is old from Saks Off 5th. The shoes are from last year by Jessica Simpson. The necklace is by French Kande.