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  2. Bob Waldrop (reply)

    April 1, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    Why not stop at locally owned, independent eateries instead of local-economy-destroying dives like Cracker Barrel and Waffle House? I don’t see how a trip can be sustainable when you help bleed the local economy of significant resources, which is what happens when we patronize national franchise and chain restaurants. Also, a much more better sustainable way to travel is by bus. I recently took the bus roundtrip to Denver to see family and to speak at a conference of local food coops sponsored by the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union. It was relaxing, and I got waaay caught up on my reading. Bus travel, or train if it goes where you are going, is a much more earth friendly way to travel than by car. I don’t think that any cross country trip in an automobile can really be called ‘sustainable”.

    • green diva lisa (reply)

      April 1, 2012 at 6:52 pm

      You make some great points with which I agree. I usually do stop at local restaurants when possible, often there aren’t any around. And you are right about the virtues of traveling by bus or train. We were moving my daughter-in-law so we had a car full off things, plus a big dog, so a bus was not possible. Unfortunately many of the rural bus routes have been cancelled and the other traveling I do takes me to very remote locations. I should have been clearer about how to tread more lightly when you have to drive by car. I love taking buses and trains and highly recommend them as a great options when possible.

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  6. Frances (reply)

    August 24, 2015 at 1:12 pm

    Hi Lisa,
    Thanks for this article. I love your great tips! I’m imagining how useful they will be on my future road trips.
    My family are planning a road trip from NJ to Austin as well. But unlike you traveling alone (or with your daughter-in-law) we are a family of six with grandma and grandpa. So there are a total of 8 of us aged from 8 to 74! Do you mind giving me some advice? We love road trips. My kids are patient traveling in cars. Grandparents are in good health. How many days will be reasonable (or comfortable) for a round trip to and from? Will 10 days be too hastle? Do you book hotel rooms before you leave home, or you just find one at wherever you travel up to?
    Thank you very much!

  7. Green Diva Meg (reply)

    August 24, 2015 at 9:12 pm

    reply from GD Lisa: I am so glad you enjoyed my article about road tripping. Of course your trip with 8 people will be quite different from my trips by myself or with my daughter-in-law. If I recall correctly, it was about 28 hours of driving from NJ to Austin, so 10 days will be more than enough time depending on how long you stay there. If you are looking to be more leisurely, I would plan a few stops. One time when I traveled with my sister and our 4 kids, we made a deal that everyone got to pick one place that they really wanted to stop and everyone else had to go along gladly. My sister wanted to see Graceland and the youngest of our kids wanted to pan for gold. It made for a really fun trip.

    The one thing that I would do, is to make sure that you go through the Shenandoah Valley in the daylight, it is just beautiful.
    Another thing that might be fun is to let each generation pick a book on tape for the whole family to listen to together. I traveled many times on that route with my 2 young step children and we let them each have a dvd player with ear buds.

    I never book ahead because I never know what I might want to do on the way or how long I am up for driving each day. But with such a large group, you might want to plan a little ahead. Even if you look for something while on the road. You can look at http://www.hotels.com and check something out in the late afternoon. There is always a chance that there is some big event happening in a certain area that you might not know about ahead of time. So calling ahead will help you prepare a plan B. And don’t forget to have the grandparents use their senior citizen discounts for rooms and meals. I get at least 10% off hotel rooms with AAA.

    Oh and check out Barton Springs while you are in Austin.

    Whatever you choose, I hope you have a great trip.
    Happy Trails,
    Lisa

  8. luz (reply)

    September 6, 2015 at 7:02 pm

    Hi there!
    Planning a trip with my boyfriend to texas from nj. I however do not drive. Any pointers? He worries about traveling through the states and being racially profiled, how are the cops on the road? Where do you suggest stopping to sleep? We are planning on only stopping for sleep once.help!

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