As you all probably know by now, the husband and I went on a little road trip this past weekend to visit my very pregnant friend whom I haven’t seen in years. It was a pretty chill weekend as she can’t move very much due to her load but I did learn a few things that I’ve decided to share with you all today.
- All gas stations are not created equal
The hunt for a toothbrush had never been so tough until this weekend. Normally, when we go on a trip we take our electric toothbrush and spare toothbrush heads. Our toothbrush has been on the fritz lately and I think it’s dying after so many years of service. I figured we could take our toothpaste and just buy a pack of toothbrushes at the first gas station we stopped at. Wrong! Unlike the many gas stations in Ohio, the one’s in PA don’t care toothbrushes or toothpaste or any hygiene related products in general. I was seriously baffled and we ended up getting a pack from a pharmacy eventually.
- Service plazas are better than rest stops
There is a distinct difference! I didn’t know that before. A rest stop has janky bathrooms and vending machines. A service plaza has all kinds of food options and huge fancy bathrooms! I think all rest stops should be converted to service plazas just to make any and all road trips more pleasant.
- Cash only doesn’t really mean cash only
We are huge fans of not taking the super scenic route when it comes to getting to our destination quickly. That means we are on the turnpike for as long as we can be paying at each toll road. I usually take out enough cash to cover the tolls both ways. Pennsylvania, we found out, has ridiculous toll prices. We pulled up to one with this huge yellow sign that said “CASH ONLY” and was ready to pay only to find out I did not have enough cash on me and the husband didn’t have any cash on me. I freaked for about 10 seconds until the lady was like “do you have a card?” Well, well, well! Toll road signs lie! They will except plastic just so you know and aren’t like me freaking out and trying to see if there’s an ATM embedded in the mountain somewhere.
- Human babies in the womb freak me out
I got to touch my friend’s 9 months pregnant belly and, guys, aliens exist. I felt it’s (she doesn’t know the gender so it’s an it) head moving around in there and it got the hiccups and it was extremely weird and my husband and I just had huge “woah” faces on. It’s really cool but really freaking freaky.
- Third party bookings can overcharge you
This is real! I booked our hotel through Hotels.com because once you buy a certain number of nights, you get one free and they always talk about how they have the lowest prices. I’m not saying it’s always not true but in this case lowest prices were a lie. I prepaid to get locked in at the price even though you have the option to pay later. When we got to the hotel, I asked for a receipt to make sure the numbers matched up only to discover I had been overcharged! Hotels.com quoted me $70/night but the actual hotel only charged $50/night. I called customer service so fast! If it was a couple dollars difference I wouldn’t have made a fuss but that’s a $20 difference. Luckily they were great about it refunded me the difference. For the future, booking through third party is great but I would still call the hotel or go to their website and double check the prices for your booking dates to see if they match.
- Reviews are always harsh and
The reviews for our hotel were pretty decent but I feel like some people were just flat out rude. Our stay was pretty comfortable and the staff was pretty friendly for the price we paid. There were a few things we wished could be better but we were int a 5 star Caesar’s Palace (and even those people still find something to complain about) but for the price we paid, it was a great stay. Look for the honest reviews when you’re looking at them, not the negative nancies who are being negative for the sake of being mean.
- David’s Tea is the new Teavana
We went to this giant mall called King of Prussia and stumbled upon David’s Tea in there because my husband loooves loose leaf tea. We ended up buying all the oolong flavors including one called Lemon Pound Cake and let me tell you, it smells exactly like it’s title! We also got this one called Hot Chocolate which is a pu’erh tea (blacker than black tea) with literal chunks of milk and dark chocolate in it. I’m excited to drink these!
There you have it. My takeaways this trip. In about a month and a half, there will be another trip but this time we’re taking a plane instead of driving. Have you experienced any takeaways from a recent trip that you’d like to share? Let me know in the comments below!