I get a lot of questions from folks wondering how I work when I'm traveling around the state. The honest answer is that it varies. A lot. Sometimes I camp, sometimes I stay in a hotel, sometimes I sleep in my car. In the car? Yes, it's a lot better than it sounds, especially when I'm working on a video or need to be at a certain spot super early. I don't mind, and I actually enjoy it. It helps to have a Honda Element, which is more like a mini camper than a car, though.
I guess I really just love being out there, working from the road and being in the moment, you know? It's a lot of fun, and I feel pretty fortunate to be able to make a living doing what I enjoy. One day I can be sleeping underneath a tarp somewhere, and the next I can be in a super fancy resort. That's pretty cool, but I think it sometimes freaks out the fancy resort folks a little.
So here's a little video clip to show you how I roll. Last week I was in Titusville for a meeting with the Florida Professional Paddlesports Association, and I set up basecamp at Manatee Hammock Campground, which is right on the Indian River Lagoon. Cool spot. My form of travel isn't luxurious (maybe I can get some luxury tips from Kara, VISIT FLORIDA's Entertainment and Luxury Insider at some point) but it works.
This is my heavy car camping setup. The tent can connect to my Honda, when I'm not too lazy to actually hook it up. I use an old army cot, mostly because I've had it forever. It weighs a ton, so maybe I'll replace it someday with something a little lighter. I use a big plastic storage container for a table (it stores the tent when not in use) and I have a little fan that runs off of a solar panel if it's too hot during the day.
How do you roll when you are traveling around Florida? Share your stories of road tripping with me on the VISIT FLORIDA Outdoors and Nature Facebook page.