For once when I did a 30 Plus Teams Tour , there wasn’t a sporting event that I was going to see.
Instead, I went with my auntie to a funeral of her friend in Chesapeake, Virginia.
I had never been to this area of Virginia before, which is known as the Eastern Shore of Virginia.
Some of the cities here are Norfolk, Virginia Beach , Suffolk, Hampton, Portsmouth, Newport News and Chesapeake .
To get to many of these cities , you have to go through tunnels, a lot of them.
One of them, the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, is one of the longest bridges in the United States and takes an hour to go through.
We stayed at the Fairfield Inn by Marriott Hotel in Chesapeake , Virginia .
It’s a nice hotel but you definitely need a car to get around.
No restaurant is there but can’t beat those free breakfasts and the fact that every room has a microwave, coffeemaker and a refrigerator .
Here are some pictures of the hotel.
I recently took a trip down to Virginia with my auntie for the funeral of a close friend of hers .
I didn’t know the lady but as my auntie isn’t well, somebody had to go with her.
An uber took us down there, it was actually a car driven by my cousin’s boyftiend, who just happens to be an uber driver.
We started out at 8:30am and got to Chesapeake , Virginia at 4:30pm.
The part of Virginia that I know is closest to Washington DC, you know Richmond, Alexandria, Arlington.
We were going past these cities.
We were going to what’s known as the Eastern Shore of Virginia .
That’s cities like Virginia Beach , Norfolk, Portsmouth, Hampton and Chesapeake .
To get to these cities, you have to go through a lot of tunnels.
One of which is the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel, which has to be one of the longest tunnels in the United States .
It takes an hour to get through this tunnel, which starts above the Chesapeake Bay, goes underneath it, and back above it.
Just when you thought you were out of this tunnel and entering the city of Virginia Beach , that would be a nope .
You have to go through another section of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel, called the Thumble Shoals Channel Tunnel .
After you leave this tunnel, you’re in the really beautiful city of Virginia Beach .
I was stunned at the houses along the Chesapeake Bay and I thought how would I survive living in a beautiful house that is THAT CLOSE to the water.
As if going through those tunnels were fascinating enough, there was another tunnel to go through when we got to Norfolk, Virginia.
It was the Merimac- Monitor Bridge.
Norfolk, Virginia is known for their ship building not only in this century but during the time of the Civil War.
The bridge is a nod to the Civil War history of the area.
The Merimac and Monitor were two ships that did battle in the Civil War.
If I knew how to drive, one of the places I would drive to would be this area.
If you happen to go down to Virginia, go see Richmond the capital by all means.
But make it a point to visit the Eastern Shore of Virginia, you’ll be surprised how different it is from the cities in Virginia that are a little more familiar .
The area is a little more rural, and you’ll be able to go through all those tunnels .
The sports diva is going on another trip to begin the month of November and for once, there’s no sports involved.
I’m going to a family function down South.
You’ll just have to wait to see where.
In the meantime , these are some of the things that are in my suitcase for this weekend trip.
My trusty backpack that looks like it doesn’t fit much, but it does.
My grey hat from the Rainbow Shops here in New York City .
Because it’s cold here in the east, my scarf and coat from Rainbow shops and a thrift store.
My Kate Spade bag from Macy’s, my sneakers from my cousin and the black socks from Rainbow Shops .
All jewelry is from the Rainbow Shops and this hoodie is from a thrift store.
Black booties from a fashion catalog , Midnight Velvet
Since I’m travelling by car, I need my Hello Kitty blanket from the Hello Kitty store in NY . Don’t judge me guys.
My sweats from a store called Where Did I buy these from again?
Leggings and black sweater from Rainbow Shops and black dress from my auntie.
You’ve saved more than enough money for your trip.
You’ve even decided what dates you want to go.
You aren’t sure if your friends are going with you , the family is going with you or you’re going by yourself .
There’s one very important question to ask yourself though.
Just where are you going to go?
Are you going to stay in your own country or are you going to another country?
Are you going to visit a city that you’ve never heard of or your own city for a staycation?
Where are you going to go?
Have you ever been in this dilemma ?
You’re all dressed up with no place to go.
That’s not true, though .
You do have some place to go, but you just don’t know where.
If you have children or grandchildren , you just know that you have to go to some place with a theme park , no matter where it is or some family friendly location .
You’re traveling with the girls , but you don’t want some place like Miami , Los Angeles , Las Vegas or somewhere out of the country like Cabo, Punta Cana or Ibiza.
You and the guys are doing your own 30 Plus Teams Tour but you’re tired of going to the same cities to see your team play.
Or are you?
You get the idea.
How do you decide where you want to go?
Do you plan months in advance so you can make sure that your passport and visa papers are in order?
Do you wait until the last minute and just go?
Do you look at your bucket list and choose the country or city that has the most places that you want to see?
Is it a place that you saw on one of those travel shows and you know that you have to go there because “it sure looks nice in pictures, and everybody seems to want to visit . “?
Do you ask friends or family for recommendations ?
Of course, you look at all those travel brochures that you ordered to get some idea.
What do I do?
Since most of my travel is because I’m going to some baseball , basketball or hockey game , my decision on where to go is fairly easy .
I look at schedules and decide where I might want to go.
This usually works for me , but I’m not going to lie and tell you that this ALWAYS helps me to decide where my next trip is going to be .
It doesn’t more times than I care to remember .
What about you?
How do YOU decide where your next trip is going to be ?
Do you plan in advance or just wing it?
Let me know in the comments section and as usual , thanks for following my blog .