In just over a week I’ll be heading out for a cross-country road trip.
I’ve got it pretty much figured out.
- I joined AAA. (Just in case I get a flat tire or run out of gas, and for discounts on hotel stays.)
- I sorta made a list of things to bring. (Clothes, bathroom stuff, iPhone, computer)
- I’m thinking about making a play-list or two specifically for the trip. (Because you know how irritating it is to try to get radio stations to come in, right?)
- I’m kinda thinking about my route.
- Oh, and I called my credit card company to tell them that I would be traveling. (I thought this was especially smart. How many people think about doing this!?!?)
(I guess a lot of people think about calling their credit card company to inform them of travel plans. There was a “press 8 to notify us of upcoming travel plans” option on the auto-menu.)
I pressed 8.
The Auto-Menu: International or Domestic?
Me: Domestic <thinking it would be cool to use a fake British accent and say “International Baby” like Austin Powers>
The Auto-Menu: Which state will you be heading to first?
The Auto-Menu: Which state will you be heading to next? If this concludes your trip say, “done”.
Me: <runs over to the computer to pull up a map and try to plan my route>
Auto-Menu: One moment, please, while I get you a representative.
Me: *sigh* <thinking: Oh, good. There is no way to explain to a computer that I don’t have my exact route planned out yet.>
Credit Card Person: Hello. My name is Credit Card Person. How can I be of assistance?
Me: Oh, hi! I’m taking a trip in just over a week-ish and I wanted to let you know that I would be using my credit card. I tried to use the Auto-Menu, but I don’t really have my trip planned out yet – so I wasn’t sure how explain this to the Auto-Menu.
Credit Card Person: Okay. I can help you. Will you be traveling internationally or domestically? When are you leaving? When will you be back? What state will you be traveling to first?
Credit Card Person: And which state will you be at next?
Me: Um. You see, I don’t really know. I’m not sure of my route yet. <thinking: Didn’t I just say this?> I might just go south a whole bunch and then cut west. Or maybe I’ll cut west sooner then later. I’m bringing my iPhone so I kinda thought I’d just figure it out as I go.
Credit Card Person: So you don’t know which state you’ll be in after Iowa?
Me: Not really. I mean I could pull up a map right now and maybe guess?
Credit Card Person: Um…
Me: I know that I’m ending up in California, so pretty much I’ll be in the states between Minnesota and California.
Credit Card Person: Um…
Me: I’m kinda spontaneous¹.
Credit Card Person: You know what? Let’s just authorize your card for all fifty states?
Me: <probably using just a bit too much enthusiasm> OH, THAT WOULD BE GREAT!
Credit Card Person: <probably thinking: “I’m glad we record all our calls. This one is a keeper.”>
So, yeah, my trip is all planned. I know when I’m leaving. I know where I’m ending up. I’m bringing my iPhone and my credit card is authorized in all fifty states!
Do you have any road trip tips? Leave them here or blog about it and leave a link to your blog in the comments!