On Friday morning Josh and I were texting back and forth, throwing around the possibility of going to Houston for the Super Bowl. Flights were wayyy too expensive and game tickets were wayyy too expensive, but on a whim, we decided that we should drive there and partake in all of the festivities, even if that meant not going to the BIG game. We had no plans for the weekend and since Josh is a huge Patriots fan and I’m always up for an adventure, we decided that this would be the perfect time to be spontaneous. My exact text to Josh was, “Are we really doing this?!”
Josh’s parents agreed to watch Teddy for the weekend, so after work we packed quickly and met Josh’s dad at a Steak N’ Shake right off of the highway. And then our adventure came to halt. Teddy is a runner. If he knows he’s not on a leash, he is GONE. While doing the exchange with Josh’s dad, Teddy’s leash came off of his collar and he got loose. We chased and chased him, hoping he wouldn’t get run over by a car. Finally, distracted by some German Shepherds in a fenced in yard, I was able to corner and tackle him. I was muddy and my leggings were ripped, but we were so happy to have him back in one piece.
On to Houston—we drove through the night and slept in our car. Not ideal, but we wanted to get there as soon as possible to have plenty of time to explore. On the way, I found an affordable AirBnB for us to stay in on Saturday and Sunday night. We explored Super Bowl village, went to a Patriots bar, ate Tex-Mex food and donuts, and overall had a great time.
Ready to go on a spontaneous trip? I have a couple of pieces of advice for you:
There’s always a target. This has been my motto since I started traveling for my previous job. As long as you have your ID and any other important documents/medications, just go. You can always buy the toothpaste/shampoo/face wash if you forget it at home. Since I ended up having to muster my inner line backer and tackle Teddy in some stranger’s backyard, thus ripping my leggings, a trip to Target was in order when we arrived in Houston.
Be okay with not having a plan. We kept saying “we should have brought this” or “we should have planned this” but I kept reminding myself, this is the whole point of a spontaneous trip. It’s not planned, you will forget things, and it will be ok. Do what you can with what you have. Or go to Target.
Prepare to be tired. Driving through the night was hard. I don’t think I’ll ever do that again. Since we barely got any sleep on Friday and walked around all day Saturday we were in bed by 8:00 p.m. Saturday night. Kind of lame, but we were well rested and ready to go at 8:00 a.m. Sunday morning.
Wear comfy shoes. Since we didn’t have much of a plan for the weekend, I opted for cute and comfy clothes and tennis shoes. I’m so glad I wore tennis shoes because we walked everywhere.
Try something new. While we were at the bar on Sunday night watching the game, we kept seeing people with platters of crawfish, potatoes, and corn. I was headed to get a burger from a food truck, but decided we should try crawfish instead. I’m glad I tried it, but crawfish are not for me. I think I’ll stick with the burger next time. Also, the bar had frozen, alcoholic iced teas that were AMAZING. Also, donuts. Donut shops are everywhere in Texas and I wasn’t mad about it.
If you’ve never taken a spontaneous trip, I suggest you do. Like this weekend. Spontaneity is the spice of life, right?!