~ by Stacey Terry
So, have you at least gotten the suitcase out of the closet? I haven’t. Actually, I still have to do laundry before I go. It’s a lot of work to go on a trip isn’t it? But if I didn’t do my laundry, I’d have no clothes to wear. And if I didn’t have any clothes to wear, I think the family photo in front of the Christmas tree this year would probably break the ‘most number of comments’ record I’ve received on any of my Facebook photos.
So… unless one is fond of sharp coniferous pine-ies in the hiney, then there are just some things that need to be done beforehand. Which leads me to my tip for you today…
Holiday Travel Tip #2:
I make sure I know what tools I’ll have access to once I’m there, and what I may need to bring. My goal: make choices that do not allow for excuses.
If you’re sticking to green smoothies like me, then someway, somehow, you’re going to need a blender. As I see it, you have two options:
OPTION 1 – Call ahead to your destination and ask if your family or friends wouldn’t mind bringing an old blender up from the basement or making sure they can find the lid (I’ve learned the hard way that a blender lid can be the start of a great day or the initiative you needed to wash your kitchen cupboards, walls, canisters, light fixtures – you get the idea). If they don’t have one, then pack yours into the car.
OPTION 2 – Don’t call ahead. Just pack your blender. Once you arrive, leave the suitcases in the car initially and show up on that doorstep with just your trusty blender tucked under your arm. At no time in the exchange of greetings and other common pleasantries should you acknowledge that you have blender under your arm. Create an air of mystery. The loser is the one who acknowledges the blender first. Be the ‘winner’ in your family. 😉
Where there’s a will there’s a way… it all depends on your circumstances and your willingness to apply effort. Maybe the hotel you’re staying at has a restaurant; many times the cook or chef is willing to accommodate guests and would likely make a green smoothie for you if you asked. If you want to maintain control yourself, check to see if there’s a local second-hand store nearby where you can pick one up cheaply, and then you can leave it behind or donate it again when you go.
There’s no doubt about it, figuring out the blender situation is the “ay, there’s the rub” when it comes to being on the road. But people do make this work. In fact, I know there are even “tailgater” blenders out there that plug into your car’s cigarette lighter socket. But uh, it probably goes without saying, please blend and drive responsibly.
And with wisdomy pearls like that, I’m sure you’ll be back tomorrow to check out my last piece of advice for you before you head out for the holidays!