Most of the great travel writers I’ve known — and I’ve known almost all of them — are constantly on the road. I’ve always joked that they are either running away from something or toward something, and I saw myself as different and maybe a little more grounded than my peers.

I was wrong.

Now that we’re out here on the open road, I know I’m just like them. Today, we have a relatively short drive from Alabama’s Gulf Coast to New Orleans. Yet I still can’t wait to get behind the wheel of my Honda Pilot and point it west. And my three kids, who are a lot like me, say they’re just as excited.

You know what I’m talking about? Maybe your home is on the road, too. Maybe you feel the same way I do, that life in the suburbs with a daily nine-to-five grind is not for you. If you’re like me, you much prefer the five-to-nine routine: up at 5 a.m. to write the day’s stories, working all day until you finally give up, exhausted and collapse into bed at 9 p.m.

It’s an uncertain life. I’m not even sure where we’ll be going after New Orleans. Perhaps Dallas for a few days? San Antonio? I don’t even have hotel reservations yet, but isn’t that what makes life on the road so exciting? The not knowing?

I feel very lucky to be the consumer advocate who got the travel specialty. I was always meant for this. My early years were spent traveling with my parents and when I was in graduate school, I interned at the Los Angeles Times, which sent me through Northern California as a roving journalist. This is what I do.

I hope you’ll follow our day-to-day adventures on my family travel blog, Away is Home and on my Facebook page.

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See you out there.

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