So tomorrow I turn 40. And I won’t lie – that feels like a big number to me. Don’t know why, but it does. Maybe it’s because I can actually remember when each of my parents turned 40. Or maybe it’s because I’m now officially more than twice the age of most of the students I see walking around our college town. I’m also old enough that I was already a teenager when National Lampoon’s Vacation was released in 1983. I actually don’t remember where I first saw it (certainly not in the theater, since I’m pretty sure the racy content would have made my mom forbid it – she was strict) but like everyone else I have always loved the movie in all its quotable and silly glory.
So when HomeAway.com contacted me and asked if I’d like to take part in their Great American Road Trip, I said yes. What is the Great American Road Trip you might ask? Well, it involves driving a reconstruction of the famous Griswold Family Truckster all over the United States, checking out various roadside attractions, and staying at different HomeAway rental properties along the way. In addition to the fun factor – I mean the Truckster! – this trip is a good fit because I often use online services like HomeAway and VRBO.com (which is now owned by HomeAway) to book vacation rentals when we travel. In fact we’ll be staying in a VRBO property in London this July.
I won’t actually be driving the car – HomeAway has hired some youngsters, aptly given the nickname “Truckies” to do that. (Learn more about them here and read about where they’ve been so far here. And yes, they are each about half my age. Not to keep harping on that or anything.) And in the tradition of the series of movies, the road trip has more of a rough outline than an exact agenda.
So at this point what I know for sure is that Tommy and I will be flying to Virginia Beach on my birthday and then making our way up to Washington, DC in the Truckster over the following several days. Where will we stop? I’m not sure, but when we do, there will be photo ops with the car, so stay tuned if you think you’d like to have your picture taken. I’ll be posting updates about our trip here and also on Twitter. And if you can’t make it to Virginia this week but would like to see the car in your neck of the woods this summer you can help decide the Truckster route. And check out this chance to win a $5000 family vacation.
So today I’m dreaming of moving into my 40s in a way that is completely unique, more than a little goofy, and hopefully designed to keep me young at heart. What about you? Please feel free to share your link below.
Photo courtesy of HomeAway.
Disclosure: Homeaway.com will be covering the costs of our trip – although I’m not sure yet exactly what they will be!