• MsTrish

Spring has Sprung and now Sunny Summer days are here, and we are slowly coming out of quarantine. Some of us! By now you have binged watched as much as you care to watch in the comfort of your home. You have completed or ready to pause the projects you started in and outside of your home and car. There are no summer festivals, and entertainment is very scarce. Safety is our main priority and concern. If you are a Traveler, like yours truly, you are trying not to go insane from the constant daydreaming of your next adventure. Yes, you are probably like me, ready to gas up and go! No airline ticket required. Sadly, it appears that corona might have us back in, shutting down before too long. I am Praying that does not happen.

What if you could take a quick road trip?? Somewhere not too far away. A change of scenery, where you could still Safely practice social distancing. Yes, A Road Trip! It could be with your family, a friend, or even a Solo getaway.



I highlighted a few things from a post I read and added some of my own nuggets to help you in the event you get the urge to venture away for a day or two. Here’s some of my, Know Before You Go.


The article is from:


https://traveler.marriott.com/road-trips/your-ultimate-guide-stress-free-road-trip-planner/


A successful road trip is far more than simply cramming friends or family into your car. If you want to have a memorable road trip without going stir crazy, there are a few more how-tos, travel hacks, and general best practices for staying safe and healthy.


1. Plan your route…but leave wiggle room.

Save yourself (and whoever else is with you) a lot of time, headaches, and nightmare-ish arguments if you plan the route (and alternatives) beforehand.


The responsibility to plan the route more than likely falls on one person. If that’s you, make sure to clearly communicate your plans with everyone else so they know what to expect and can bring up concerns and/or input early on (preferably before you’re all stuck in a small space together).

More importantly, leave room for exploration, fun, relaxation and metaphorical bumps along the road.


Planning Sites: 🗓

  • TripAdvisor – A community-driven website that is chock full of information on places to eat, see, and stay, as well as things to do anywhere.

  • RoadTrippers – This helps you find the best spots to stop for sightseeing and rest along the way.

  • Road Trip Planner – An easy-to-use site that takes a lot of the extra work out of researching. You’ll get recommendations based on five categories: food, games, apps, music, and safety.

  • This is the one I use the most... TripIt —TripIt can organize your travel plans no matter where you book. Simply forward your confirmation emails to plans@tripit.com and in a matter of seconds, TripIt will create a master itinerary for every trip.

2. Set a budget range. 💵

The expenses in a road trip can add up really quickly. The big elephant in the room is the cost of gas.⛽️ When you start setting up the budget, it should be built around the approximate cost of fuel across your entire trip. In fact, it’s better if you overestimate the cost per gallon a bit. An app like GasBuddy will be instrumental.


3. Consider a rental car. 🚘


A road trip can place a lot of stress and mileage on a car, which can depreciate its value. If you care about your personal vehicle, consider renting or car sharing.


Whether you choose a rental car or drive your own vehicle, always clean the inside of your car down regularly with the wipes, making sure to do the steering wheel, cup holders, seatbelts, door handles, and gear shifts. When you do stop to get gas, after touching pumps make sure to clean your hands with an alcohol-based sanitizer.


4. Pack smart. 🧳


Now that we don’t have any Packing limits, from flying or other transportation,

we tend to get overzealous with packing since we can just “shove it all in the car.” The smarter thing would be to avoid packing your car to the brim with things you probably don’t need.


In addition to must-have clothes, shoes and undergarments, bring essentials like snacks, bottled water, medications and products to keep hands and surfaces sanitized like disinfecting wipes, alcohol-based hand sanitizers, disposable gloves and plastic bags.


To save space, try stacking several plastic organizing drawers in the trunk for your clothes rather than suitcases; or stick to malleable duffel bags. Smaller suitcases or packing cubes. Combine Boys and Girls Toiletries Bag. Only one person will probably be able to go in the bathroom at a time, so only one cube with your necessities is necessary. Keeping in mind to Sanitize after each use.


5. Rest stop savvy.


At various points in the trip, you’ll find yourself in need of a rest stop, whether to get gas⛽️, buy food 🥘, or use the restroom🚽. Wear a mask in public spaces 😷, and remember that when using public restrooms, good hygiene is key. Wash you hands with hot water and soap after using the bathroom, and avoid touching any surfaces like the faucet or door handle once you’ve cleaned your hands (use a paper towel if necessary). If there’s no soap in the bathroom, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

If you need to pump gas, try to wear disposable gloves 🧤 rather than touch the pump ⛽️ and use hand sanitizer after you are finished. Finally, pay for anything you purchase with a credit card to insure a no-contact experience 💳 .


6. Healthier road-trip friendly foods.


Pre-pack meals, snacks and drinks so that you can minimize the number of stops you make at public rest stops. Bring high-protein snacks like nuts, energy bars and cheese sticks — they’ll keep you feeling full for longer.


Pro tip: It wouldn’t hurt to bring a cooler if you’ve got the room. There are even coolers/warmers that you can plug into the car.


7. Bring these road trip must-haves.

Do. Not. Forget:

  • Sanitation. Face masks, disinfecting wet wipes, alcohol-based hand sanitizer, disposable gloves and a roll of toilet paper and paper towels.

  • Chargers 🔌 The lifeblood of any (successful) trip. Have one for the car and a portable one to bring around with you.

  • Sunglasses and Eyeglasses. 😎 Have you ever tried staring into the sun while driving? Not good!

  • Ear candy. 🎶 Radio signals will go in and out, so have a variety of audiobooks, podcasts, and premade music playlists. Make sure that you have a phone adapter to plug into your car beforehand. Don’t forget your earphones. 🎧

  • Trash bag. A simple plastic bag will do, but you can cleverly MacGuyver a spill- and smell-proof trash container by lining a plastic cereal container with a plastic bag.

  • Emergency plans. Make sure you have resources you need for emergency roadside assistance, spare tires, and an emergency medical kit. What Roadside contact plan do you have? Contact number and membership info should be readily available. Just in case.

  • Please make sure you notify at least one person about your trip plans.


Planning and having these things will pay off in spades when you’re finally on the road. Once all is set, don’t forget to Click It, so no Ticket!! 💺


Have a Safe adventure!


Ms Trish


Remember: A change of latitude will help with your attitude.




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Updated: Nov 6


It does not matter what your Need is to get away; a Celebration, a mini or extended vacation, or just a need for a little special Selfcare. It can be many miles away, or within the city limits for a Staycation. Hotels and Resorts are trying to help you achieve that escape. You can't hide from Everything that is going on, but a Safe, mental break can do the Mind, Body, and Soul good. With the deals that many are offering, it is so worth it.


Let me help you out. I know you know about Milwaukee, The Cheese Head Capital and Brew City (I wrote about it, check it out “Discover Milwaukee”), but how about the Brewery District? Surrounding the well known FiServe Forum, the home of the Milwaukee Bucks, is the newest downtown neighborhood called the Brewery District. Inside this district, you are walking distance to and from the FiServ, Pabst Brewery, Restaurants and Hotels. I decided to take a look at the Brewery District for something other than cheering on Giannis and the Bucks crew.


StayCation at the Hyatt Place Milwaukee

800 W Juneau Ave.

https://www.hyatt.com/en-US/hotel/wisconsin/hyatt-place-milwaukee-downtown/mkezd


Some may think it's a bit Crazy to get a hotel in your city or state and may ask, why ”waste” that kind of time and money. Then there is Me!! How can you welcome or extend good hometown hospitality for your city IF you are unaware of what you have in your city? Who better to talk about Your house, than You?? And a personal experience is the best recommendation. You may need an Extra bed and breakfast spot for those relatives or friends that have extended their stay at your house. So, let's explore the new Hyatt Place Milwaukee. The hotel that in 2018, took up roots in downtown Milwaukee.

My SisterFriend and I made plans for a “Retreat with Me” weekend escape. The Hyatt Place was offering a good rate and this was a perfect opportunity to check out this somewhat new Downtown Milwaukee property. We arrived Friday afternoon. The Hyatt offers Valet Parking (for a fee) and there are other parking options around the hotel. Once inside the Beautiful Hotel, the Friendly front desk Representative greeted us Safely and Welcoming. As we proceeded to our rooms, we were both very pleased with our spacious, very clean, King Rooms.

I could write about all the Beautiful details that I was taking in at the hotel, but listen in for a better overview from Jay Young, the Operation Manager.


Thanks Jay!

There are two Real important amenities that I have to have or want when I book a hotel room. A Good, Comfortable bed and a Good, Working shower. I have other items on my checklist, but these two are vital to my stay and how satisfied I will be with my stay. The Hyatt Place checks off both, Bed and Shower was very nice. The feeling of some security is also good. A good piece of security was seeing that, without a hotel key, you should not have access to guest Floors or Rooms at this Hyatt. The electronic key is needed for the elevators.

Jay allows a peek inside their 6th Floor suites that nicely accommodates the smallest to the tallest guest.

Nice Suites!!

Due to the Corona, there was a nice grab and go breakfast setup, with a pleasant variety of hot and cold food and drink items. The staff kept things clean and stocked.

This Hyatt property did not have a pool, but we did take advantage of the nice workout area. We enjoyed dinner from a couple of nearby restaurants.


The Hyatt Place Milwaukee is not a large hotel, there’s 150 rooms to choose from.

It was a good size hotel with very comfortable size guest rooms. They have made things very easy and safe for check in and out. It was my first visit to this Hyatt and I highly recommend it. They get major points for their wonderful customer service from Everyone that we had contact with during our stay.


What an enjoyable Safe, StayCation!



Stay Safe and Be Blessed!

MsTrish

Travel Blogger and Visual Storyteller



  • MsTrish

When we said, at the beginning of the year....“This is going to be The Year, look out 2020!”... we did not have any of This in our thoughts and minds, on our calendar, or anywhere on our vision boards. What in the World is a Coronavirus Disease, aka COVID-19? The disease that is Literally All over the World! Yes, the year 2020 has been Very INTERESTING, for Everyone, Everywhere.  Corona hit us so surprisingly hard with a Social Dilemma when we had to figure out how to Social Distance. Churches, Schools, Sports, Travel, and Families All we’re affected by this unfortunate, unforeseen, and unforgettable Illness. Now, I don’t want to dampen your spirits, you could watch CNN for all the corona news. I want to hopefully Encourage you with ideas and hope as we continue to Cope through Corona. 


I wonder how many people, just this year, start using one or more of the different social media platforms to communicate or stay informed with someone or something. I would love to see those numbers. I have a couple apps that was already locked in on my phone and computer, but This year, I learned about others that had to be added. Many people still have not ventured over into this world, but honestly, I am so grateful for them all!! 

While chatting with my cousin, we were discussing how FaceTime, Zoom, Google Classroom and other Cyber ways that are available to help each other stay in touch without touching. That's if you really want or need to connect. Let me share a couple of personal experiences and hopefully, it will help with your alone time and thoughts. Take a trip or visit with me.


Hope School Virtual Field Trip



Parents and Grandparents were forced to quickly change or add to their occupation and their home, Teacher and Homeschool. Teachers and School Staff have been doing a great job keeping the Scholars on a reasonable, somewhat normal school routine. Classes, Chapel, and Teacher meetups all online, right from your student's makeshift desk area. Ready for an Adventure? We took a Safe, Fun Virtual field trip to the SAN DIEGO ZOO

https://zoo.sandiegozoo.org/were-here-together. DeMiko and I were so excited, we had never been to San Diego. We got dressed, packed our lunch, camera, and sunglasses then boarded the Zoom mobile with the teachers and the rest of the 2nd-grade class. Thanks to Zoom, a peer-to-peer communication platform, we were able to Livestream the San Diego Zoo. Livestream was better because everyone could Safely get close to view the wildlife animals explore, eat, and play together. The children really enjoyed our trip! 


Next, ”Alexa Drop in on Big Moma


This past Christmas I gifted my 96-year-old grandmother with an 

Amazon Echo Show 5 (a smart display with Alexa communication) – so we could stay connected with video calling. This device has to be in my top five or ten lists for best purchases. To visit my grandmother, 620 miles away, to see and talk to her, by making a simple Drop-In command, this is awesome. Coping through Corona by staying connected.



One more...Children Travel for Read-Along


My grandson has been reading on Monday’s and posting on three platforms, FaceBook, Instagram, and YouTube. You can find those Reading videos by searching, “MondayswithMiko”. We took that a little further by including children from Atlanta, Dallas, Memphis, and Milwaukee for a group read along. Dressed to Impress, with their individual personalities, they took a seat and buckled up before the camera. The collaboration of Eighteen Children, connecting through corona was awesome!! You can view this here: https://youtu.be/3Cj0GcUKXHk



I could go on and on with my personal experiences, I make good use of what is available to cope through corona. Schools, Churches, Doctors, Families and Friends are having Zoom gatherings, celebrating birthdays, weddings and many occasions they don’t want others to miss. 

I have no idea how long we will have to mask up, stay six feet apart, or virtually give our Sunday Worship Praise from the palm of our hands and comfort of our living rooms, but I hope you are encouraged to reach out, even if you

can’t get out. 


Check out some of your options for connecting with others.

The 10 Best Video Meeting Apps


Stay Safe and Healthy! 😷

MsTrish

Travel Blogger and Visual Storyteller o

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