Have you ever thought, “I would like to go to [fill in desired location here]”, but never found a way to get to that destination? It could be somewhere as close as a local landmark or as far as the opposite side of the world. Either way, this seems to be an all too common occurrence; people wishing that they could go somewhere, but not taking action on those wishes.

    “I don’t have the vacation days.”

    “We don’t have enough money.”

    “It would be hard with kids.”

    “I don’t know how to travel.”

    “Flights are too expensive.”

Does this sound familiar? Where excuses are plentiful, exploration is limited. Opportunities for adventures are just waiting to fall into your lap. You just need to look. Sure, it will take a little time, but with all of the tools that are available, you will soon be able to cross out your justifications and enjoy some sightseeing.

That’s where The Drive comes in. Let us show you how we have been able to explore near and far as inexpensively and strategically as possible. There are ways of squeezing your travel into your work schedule. Strategy to getting the best bang for your buck. Methods of how to bring your kids along.  Words of advice to make traveling in a new location easier. And tools to be used, because flights across the world aren’t always expensive.

This world we live in is filled with incredible things just waiting to be experienced. The Drive to Explore is here to help, and with a little navigation, you’ll soon be on your own excursion.

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Road Trip to Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Road Trip to Great Smoky Mountains National Park

One of our favorite things to explore are National Parks. When we move to a new location or start researching a trip, one of the first things we do is to check out what National Parks are nearby. Upon moving to Indiana, we knew we would be within driving distance (6.5 hours) to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Naturally, that was put on the top of our Explore List, and plans for a trip began.

After some research, we decided to stay in Gaitlinburg, Tennessee, as it is located mere miles from the entrance of the park. It is also filled with things to do and places to eat in the evening when the it gets dark. To top it off, some of our closest friends, Troy, Jocelyn, and their two kids, recently moved to South Carolina. Which made meeting them in Gaitlinburg a great middle ground (almost). We love sharing our adventures with friends, especially when one of their children is the same age as Rosalie.

This trip took place during Kyle’s Fall Break, which also allowed us to swing into South Carolina for a couple of days. Most of our time there was spent enjoying quality time with Troy and Jocelyn and their kids. However, having had a glimpse of the Carolinas, we can’t wait to go back and explore some more.

Exploration #5

Wondering what we did each day? Check out our exploration vlog with all of our adventures.

Come back soon! Next week we will be sharing our favorite tips for road tripping with a toddler! In the meantime, get out and explore!