Wednesday, 14 September 2011

How stressful is your holiday drive?

It’s September already!  Yes well I appreciate that it has been for several days now.  The Man and I have just returned from holiday – three weeks in Canada this summer.  It was the end of our summer and the start of the Canadian Fall and evident by the drop in temperature and a beautiful colour change in foliage from green to red.  It would have been lovely to stay and see more but time to return to the UK.

Our little rental car travelled a total of 2500 kilometres through the province of Ontario and thanks to Nellie the Navigator (the sat nav!) we managed to find family and places without too much stress and we were still on speaking terms when we got there!  I wonder if ‘still speaking’ is sold as a benefit of car navigation systems. Despite my initial reservations about using such a device, I do think Nellie helped a lot.  Like us, she did get a little frustrated when thrown off her planned route by unexpected road works -‘re-calculating! …re-calculating’ she cried in her Darlek like tone!  As former chief navigator, my role was somewhat redundant this year but I can live with that.  I was more than happy to follow the map anyway and enjoy the drive into new towns and places stress free.