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Summer Travel Ideas for those who don’t fly

June 6, 2016

There is a small population of us who don’t fly….I am in that group of people. I have always been afraid of flying even before September 11. I don’t know why I have such a fear of the sky….it’s a combination of people saying that it’s scary, never having the funds, me not wanting to die falling out of the sky, and just a fear of taking that leap and dealing with long lines at the airport. I like to carry a lot of bags when I travel so the cost…I don’t know. Plus, I like road trips to be able to stop in small towns and see the world…it’s beautiful. I know that planes are faster but I still prefer the roads. I also don’t need anyone saying well you can get killed on the roads too…….yes you can. You can be killed sitting in your house but I still prefer the wide open roads than the wide open sky. My friend and I argue all the time she says that I limit myself by not seeing the world but maybe the world isn’t on my bucket list to see. Hell I have barely seen Atlanta and I have lived here for over 10 years.

I love to travel don’t get me wrong I have been to most all of the states on the East Coast and a few in the middle and on the West Side. I also travel by train a lot too. So what do you do for summer travels if you don’t fly? Here are some ideas……

Take a week and travel in your own back yard – As I have said I have lived in Atlanta for over 10 years and I don’t even travel around here much. So many unique hidden spots around town that I don’t know about them until someone else mentions them. Towards the end of summer the kids and I will hop on Marta (the public transportation system here in Atlanta) and explore what it is to see downtown. I plan on making a week of it where we eat at various places in and around town and check out what it is that people love about Atlanta so much.

Make it a girls trip just for adults – So I loved when Oprah and Gayle traveled in the car. It was so fun to watch. I think doing a girls trip (no kids) would be great. Take a weekend, get in the car, and just go. No destination necessary. Just take a map and your phones and hit the open roads and go. It’s fun when you don’t really know the destination….but you learn so much on the journey. Check out some shopping places, go to new places to eat and just have a blast.

Don’t just visit Grandma…pick her up and take her somewhere – So most summers if you live away from your loved ones you visit them during the summer. Well this summer..pick the grandparents up and take them somewhere with you. My mom has passed but I made a suggestion to my friend to pick her mom up (who lives in Charlotte, NC) and take her to the water park or somewhere fun for the weekend. Don’t ask grandma just drop by the house tell her to hop in the car and drive. You may or may not get cussed out but hey….this will pay her back for dragging you around when you were little lol.

Take a train somewhere – I love Amtrak and I have been on there a lot. Why not take a train to New York City. You can do this with just you and your boo for a few days. Leave the kids with someone and hop on the train and go North! Make your marriage exciting by doing things out of the ordinary. Most people fly to destinations why not take the serene route and go by train.

Of course you can go on a cruise, go camping, rent an RV, go to your nearest beach etc. Don’t let having the fear of flight make you stay in your city. If money is tight explore your surroundings. All you need is gas and a cooler filled with food and drinks and you are good to go. You never know what you may find as you travel! Where will you be going this summer? Are you flying or making it a road trip?

summer travel ideas for those who don't fly

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    June 6, 2016 at 6:23 am

    I love road trips! I have a bit of fear flying too, but I do like the fact of getting to my destination faster.

    I need a trip without the kids. Go somewhere to relax and take care of myself.

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    June 6, 2016 at 10:58 am

    I remember that road trip that Oprah and Gayle took. It was so much fun to watch. I do fly at least once a year for vacations, but I also love a good road trip.

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    Amanda @ Adorkablii
    June 6, 2016 at 1:31 pm

    This is an awesome list! I am afraid to fly and think this would be goof for my family, though I get car sick… Haha. I do love the train though! That is always fun!! =D

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    Bren Pace
    June 6, 2016 at 1:44 pm

    Good post! I don’t travel anymore, period, because of my furkids, however if I did, I would be afraid of flying now. Too many incidents have been happening and I just feel my life is more valuable than that.

    Nothing like a good road trip to get ya where you’re going and I can take the furkids with me!


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    Terri Beavers
    June 6, 2016 at 4:24 pm

    These are all great travel ideas. I don’t like to fly but I usually end up doing it anyway due to back issues. I wish we had a train around here, I love riding on the tour trains and am sure it would be fun to travel that way as well.

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    Jenn @ EngineerMommy
    June 6, 2016 at 4:56 pm

    I don’t love to fly anywhere, especially with young kids. These are great ideas for those of us that still want to get out and take a vacation. We love road trips. Taking the train somewhere also sounds like a good idea.

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    Travel Blogger
    June 6, 2016 at 7:19 pm

    I love flying. I actually use it as me time to decompress and read a good book without interruption. That being said, I also love a good roadtrip and frequently travel from Michigan to Florida.

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    June 6, 2016 at 7:23 pm

    I have always wanted to take a train somewhere. These are really great ideas for summer travel. I will have to share this with my friends who are scared of flying.

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    Liz Mays
    June 6, 2016 at 8:01 pm

    These are awesome ideas. I do want to do some traveling for fun soon. Traveling by train could be a fun idea!

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    June 6, 2016 at 8:49 pm

    What a great list of travel ideas for people who don’t fly. I know there are many things that that people can do who can’t who are fearful of flying! You just added some extra ideas for me.

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    Noel Barnwell
    June 6, 2016 at 9:49 pm

    I love to fly, but I find that I’m so quick to hop on a plane that I forget of all the fun stuff my neighborhood area has to offer. Thanks for the reminder. Not only will this save money this summer, but I might find new favorite spots to hang out at!

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    April Mims
    June 6, 2016 at 11:57 pm

    I’m not a huge fan of road trips – I would definitely prefer to fly. There really are some beautiful parts of the country to see.

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    June 7, 2016 at 1:26 am

    I really enjoy flying but there are so many other fun ways to travel. Road trips and trains are great ways to see the country and have new adventures.

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    June 7, 2016 at 1:45 am

    I am completely in love with Amtrak! When you catch the fares early enough they are super affordable. Plus kids are half off!!

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    Franc Ramon
    June 7, 2016 at 6:35 am

    I think I would like a train ride to somewhere s a trip. It would be a unique retreat from the usual chores and would be a great adventure.

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    Michele D
    June 7, 2016 at 10:45 am

    I don’t mind flying but sometimes I like a change. It’s hard not to love road trips because it’s easier to see everything as you travel.

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    Robin Ruehrwein
    June 7, 2016 at 11:05 am

    These are some great suggestions. I would love to take a train somewhere one day.

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    June 7, 2016 at 8:14 pm

    I absolutely love this post. Though I love flying, I know it won’t be so easy once my newborn baby arrives next month. Luckily, I’m so close to Princeton, New York and Philadelphia that I think I can easily make fun vacations happen at these places.

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    Nikka Shae
    June 7, 2016 at 10:55 pm

    I love road trips and my family loves them too! We play word games and I Spy!!

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    Jasmine Watts
    June 8, 2016 at 3:44 pm

    These are great summer travel Ideas and I love road trips too! I do love the train though.

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    June 12, 2016 at 7:55 pm

    I will be taking a train to Paris this weekend not because I can’t fly but it’s just cheaper and convenient

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