As someone who enjoys traveling to different countries and different cities within the United States, I would have never thought about rural areas as an ideal place to visit. I enjoy the city life - the obvious being able to take public transit and walkable places. As of late, I have noticed the trade offs of city life. But I'll get to this in a moment.
Who: Friends of mine and friends of friends
What: Traveling to Tennessee for a weekend
When: A weekend in June 2017
Where: Southeast Tennessee
How: Drove there
Why: Needed to get away for a moment
Starting with a quick pack after work I managed to forget rule number 1 for a weekend trip: always pack the night before!
We left on a Friday evening which meant I needed to shower and pack before leaving since I didn't pack previously. I say keep it basic in a single backpack:
Something to swim in
Change of clothes/under garments
The drive wasn't bad. Some traffic but we got there with no issue.
We ate and drank. Played Cards Against Humanity.
Next day we ate a nice breakfast, went for a hike, then chilled at the house.
Here is where I'd say I noticed the tradeoff of living in the city; I remember taking a nap and how hard I slept. In other words the sleep I got was incredible. Living in the city is a constant education of learning to sleep through noise while also recognizing pertinent threats nearby so a selective hearing if you will. Being in Rural Tennessee is a refreshing experience as I didn't have to sleep through loud neighbors, music, or cars driving by. But on the other hand, I enjoy having neighbors I can talk to, I like the fact there are so many people around relative to the suburbs, so I am learning to reconcile enjoying city life and knowing when to take a break.
A peculiar moment was a backseat passenger, we took a wrong turn and came across a family walking. Nothing too crazy happened. What was noteworthy was a relative nonchalance as their dogs ran straight towards our vehicle and they didn't call them back.
Otherwise it was a relaxing weekend and looking forward to a future trip.