WHY IMPROMPTU TRIPS ARE GOOD FOR YOU



Planning trips is great, you've got your list, your itinerary, you know what you want to see. Heaven knows this girl is a trip planner. However, there is something about a last minute impromptu, fly by the seat of your pants, trip that is amazing, needed in this crazy life and super therapeutic even if it does only last 24 hours, lol
Mr. Nine and I had an Anni last Monday so on Sunday morning, we said "Let's Go To Chicago!" Let me tell ya, there is something so freeing about NOT having a plan, a de-stressor of wondrous proportions! We are certainly lucky that Chicago is only a couple hours away! And we lucked out on the most glorious weather  You know I despise wind and believe it or not, the windy city was not even windy, just a cool breeze coming off the water.


It got be thinking of some of reasons why impromptu, last minute trips are so important. So, along with our little 24 hour away Chicago recap, are some reasons why you should do it, whether as a couple, with the family or even alone. 


No think "Packing!" 
Yes to this, when I am anticipating a trip, I literally overthink my packing for weeks! Heading out last minute, means grab and outfit or two and go. No time to think "but what shoes?"

You will however, see more of this outfit on Wednesday, just wait til you see the sleeves!!


No Reservations, No Problem
Just gimmie some peanut butter M&M's at a road stop on the way. No need for fancy smancy dinners, the Shake Shack worked just fine. Walked right in and whoa, for this SS newbie, I was blown away...those fries, the vanilla malt...such deliciousness. And think about this, easy dinners mean a little mula saved. 



Room Service for our Anniversary Morning breakfast, YES!! We sat across the desk from each other in the room and enjoyed one of our favorite morning treats!

One of the reason we were dying to get back to Chicago was to go to Italy and get my beloved Slice Oil, Moscato and his favorite Revolotion Brewery Beer, so we had lunch there too. MMM calzone, fresh mozeralla board, oh it was so good!!
They sat us in a window where the sun was beating down but I didn't even care, moscato in hand, lol!

You're Super Chill
No itinerary means go with the flow, no rush, just living life mentality. We would just stop and sit or hang out on the hotel rooftop and just take in the city.



Yep, still suck at selfies!!



Look at us waiting for our car, bellman said "it's gonna be awhile" and we were like "no problem! We're in no hurry!"
Hop in the car and GO!! No Hurries, No Worries!!


And do you believe we were impromptu again this past Saturday to Chicago and went to the U2 concert? More on that on Friday! For home bodies, we're crazy like that lately, lol!!

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60 comments:

  1. How cute is that slumber party tent? I want one! Have a great week Claire xx
    www.vanityandmestyle.com

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  2. You guys are too cute!! I think impromptu trips are so much fun - we don't get to do them that often since we dont own a car - we plan things a little more, but sometimes we wake up and just rent a zipcar and go!! Having the weather cooperate is always nice!! U2? How amazing that you saw them in concert!! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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  3. Yes to impromptu trips! I hope to do a little more of that this Summer. My very favorite city is Chicago and I lived close enough I'd go there alot!!!!Seeing that glass of Moscato in your hand is making me want one now and it's not even 7am, lol! I'm dying to see your outfit on Wednesday. I already want that necklace and I LOVE green! Have a Marvelous Monday gorgeous!
    xo,
    Kellyann

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  4. Ahhhh I miss just getting in the car and going. I haven't done that in a good eleven years (if you catch on...since I got married.) One day I hope to change that!!! You look so pretty and Mr. Nine is rocking that chill factor! Love you sweets, have a good week!!!

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  5. My husband and I used to do that ALL The TIME before kids... so two years ago on our anniversary I said I'm not planning anything and let's just see what happens. It was such a good thing we hadn't planned anything. We had hoped to get to the white mountains and the day we left it was pouring rain with rain in the forecast for the next three days. We headed to the Pocono mountains instead and had a fabulous time... even if it did take 4 stops to find a hotel with a vacancy!

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  6. Ah! So much fun! I am a planner too, but there is something really nice about having that weight lifted. Plus then there are no expectations and anything that happens is great. What a fun trip, I am glad you guys enjoyed it!

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  7. I totally agree that sometimes it's just good for the soul to pick up and go! A few months ago Steven and I randomly decided to book a hotel in Charlotte the day following a wedding in North Carolina and we had just the best time! Happy Monday!!

    Rosy Outlook

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  8. How fun to just pick up and go!!! We've done that with our kids a few times and it always turns out to be a blast! We really need to get down and venture to our city, I've been wanting to try Shake Shack!!

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  9. What an awesome time! Ben and I travel a good bit but one of my most favorite trips was an impromptu trips to Nashville for a Garth Brooks concert....3 days before CHRISTMAS! It was AWESOME!

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  10. I don't think we've ever been that spontaneous! How fun! Sounds like you had an awesome time!

    Jill
    Doused In Pink

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  11. We are rarely spontaneous like that---just call us planners!! But what a fabulous time!!
    Jodie
    www.jtouchofstyle.com

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  12. I think I love impromptu more than planned trips! One of our favorites was in Duluth, after my sisters wedding. We decided to drive north along the shore and called no less that 30 hotels/B&B's and found nothing. We finally found a hotel after driving an hour and a half. It was the BEST trip!!

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  13. I suffer from Wanderlust ;) so I am always down for an impromptu trip! Plus, the spontaneity is good for my very planned-out heart.

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  14. I agree with you, I love impromptu trips too- i think it's the whole no agenda thing that is appealing to me.

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  15. I've never been to Chicago but it is on my list... My A type personality is far from spontaneous but I should really learn to loosen up :)

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  16. I'm all about impromptu trips! They are so fun! The biggest one I've taken was a few years ago before I got married. My best friend and I randomly found a great deal on a flight to DC and bought them and flew there without any plans whatsoever! It was so fun! My husband is such a planner so I'll probably never be able to take such a spontaneous, plan-free trip ever again, but it was a perfect girls' trip! You and your husband are the cutest!
    Sarah at MeetTheShaneyfelts

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  17. How fun! Hoping Robert and I can have more of these kinds of trips once our kids are older. Did you go to the Rolling Stones exhibit? They're still on my bucket list!

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  18. What a fun trip! Impromptu trips are the best :) I would love to visit Chicago one of these days. I can't wait to see that green dress :)

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  19. You two are too cute! I love it! Yes impromptu trips are the best! We used to do that all the time before kids, a house and all that jazz, but one day we'll get back to it. Until then I'll live vicariously through you!

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  20. It sounds like you had such a wonderful time! We don't do many impromptu trips now that we have a little one and doggies to arrange care for, but I'm sure one of these days it will get easier to get away again!

    By Lauren M

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  21. Oh what fun!! Glad you and Mr. Nine had a wonderful impromptu trip to Chicago. Love me some shake shack!! Love your outfits!! You totally hit it out of the park with them.

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  22. You are my idol! We really need to take a page from you two and do something like this. Looks like a glorious weekend and nice sleeve tease there lady. Can't wait to see a little more😉 You of course looked absolutely darling all weekend, but I'd expect no less! Have a wonderful week!!!XOXO

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  23. I need to live life more like that.I am SUCH a planner & a worrier - I think I'd have a heart attack doing an impromptu trip... or me & the hubs would end up not talking for a month ;) haha

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  24. I totally agree with impromptu trips and I miss them so much now that Baby Girls is here and TWELVE! Before she entered our lives, Wayne and would come home from work and say, "Let's go!" and that's all I needed to hear! Miss those days! They don't happen nearly as often as they use to! Looks like y'all had a wonderful impromptu weekend! Love you, Girl!

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  25. Aren't those the best times?! When you have no where to be but exactly where you are. It's a little tougher for us with the little guys but we try not to put too much stress on any of our getaways (you never know when one of the kids needs a break). I'm glad that you had a wonderful anniversary. Cheers to many many more.

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  26. Love that you guys got to take an impromptu trip to Chicago! It looks like you had a great time. It is a little harder to just go without any planning right now with baby, but hopefully we will get the chance to do it again in a few years! All of your food pictures are making me very hungry!

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  27. How much fun and what a great trip! I love seeing your travels and love that you do so much as a couple. Impromptu trips are a lot of fun and tend to feel more relaxed for me because I don't have time to worry about what we missed. And if we did miss something then we put it on our list for next time! Looking forward to seeing more of your dress this week! Beautifully Candid

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  28. I love impromptu trips! We have just been taking little day trips, but a change of scenery does wonders!

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  29. Love impromptu trips and I cannot believe that you were in my city! HOW FUN! One of these days we need to get together! Love you!
    Happy Monday, babe!
    xoxo, Vanessa
    www.WhatWouldVWear.com

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  30. So fun! Impromptu ones are the best for sure, especially to see things in your own neck of the woods! I love Chicago and y'all look so cute exploring it! And U2?! Awesome!

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  31. Yes! I am so for impromptu trips! We did a cruise last minute one time and it was such fun! Also, my husband LOVES Shake Shack so he'll appreciate hearing that you liked it so much! :)

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  32. Love this post! Impromptu trips definitely have less stress with them in that you literally have no time to worry about all the little details. I always tend to overpack anyways so I'm all about quick packing trips! :) Glad you all had a fun time!

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  33. Yes, yes, yes! To all of this, Andrea! Impromptu anything is a great idea. So glad you and Mr. Nine have been enjoying yourselves!
    xo, Lily
    Beauty With Lily

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  34. Impromptu trips are awesome, and Chicago is on my summer bucket list :)

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  35. What a fun way to spend your anniversary! I totally agree -- no planning trips are the best (even though I'm a total planner, too!). With no plans or places to be, it really lets you enjoy the moment. Happy Monday!

    xo, Rachel
    A Blonde's Moment

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  36. Well this just sounds and looks like so much fun. Good for you all!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

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  37. Impromptu trips are the best! My husband and I decided to drive to Virginia one day (before we had kids). We left at 8pm and stopped at a hotel in sothern NJ when we got tired, then drove the rest of the way the following day. It's so fun to just "wing it" every once in a while!

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  38. You are so lucky to live a few hours from Chicago. I agree with the no stress packing - much easier! My one and only Shake Shack visit was to that exact one.

    Lisa
    Daily Style Finds

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  39. You're so right! Planning for a trip can be exciting yet you overthink the itinerary and over pack just because you never know...An impromptu trip sounds like a lovely getaway with your Mr. No stressing ahead of time but it does help returning to a known city you already know what you're in for except maybe the weather. Love Chicago and so happy to hear the weather treated you well!

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  40. I need to take your advice and do some impromptu travel. We have Austin, San Anton, Dallas, and New Orleans just a few hours away. I love all your stripes, and it looks like y'all had a great time!

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  41. That sounds wonderfull! I love trips like that! Just relaxing, eating enjoying! And did you go to U2?? They are in the Netherlands too this Summer, a vriend is going to see them in Berlin!

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  42. We always book our vacations like two weeks in advance, but I like the idea of just deciding to go the same day, so fun!! I'm terrible at anticipating trips, so I'm all about that last minute thing!

    Brooke
    Pumps and Push-Ups

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  43. Yes! I love a little spontaneity! (I'm not very good at it, lol, but I try!) So glad you got away for a bit, doll!

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

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  44. Yes! I love random trips! :D My husband and I are about to take a short little three day two night trip! Also, love that red stripped dress! SO cute!

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  45. You had perfect weather for your impromptu trip! Sometimes it's nice to do something without overthinking it. Kind of freeing... Enjoy your day...beautiful weather here in Indy. xoxo

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  46. Chicago is the best this time of year! So happy to live in Chicago!

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  47. My husband and I used to love going to Chicago just for the day and taking the Metra in. It's fun to wander around the city! If you ever make it to Milwaukee for a trip, let me know!

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  48. You look like you had a FABULOUS time! I love getting away for a few days with hubby. In fact, it's our 19th anniversary soon so we might just do that too :)
    In that last photo, you look like Britney Spears!!! ;)
    Love Suzy xxx
    www.suzyturner.com

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  49. Welcome to my city!! Looks like you had an incredible time! And that green striped top is GORGEOUS! Without a doubt, I'm with ya that impromptu trips are good for you :)

    www.rdsobsessions.com

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  50. What a fun post! I live in Chicago and LOVE playing tourist, lol! Great pic's.
    I'm visiting from Wine'd Down Wednesday ~ nice to meet you!
    ~ Megin of VMG206

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  51. What a fun time, my friend! I wish we did more impromptu trips, but we take the pups loads of places, and you have to call ahead :-) LOVE your green top, perfect color on you, gorgeous! Looks like you had such fun!
    jess xx
    www.elegantlydressedandstylish.com

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  52. I've never been on an impromptu trip but it looks like a nice way to relax!

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  53. Those impromptu trips sound like fun! :)

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  54. Oh my goodness, girl! I LOVE this post!! Happy belated Anni to you two, by the way! What a fun way to celebrate!! I loved every bit of your reasoning behind why impromptu trips are good for you! All great points, girl! Glad you got away from it all with your fave guy and lived in the moment! *hugs*

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  55. Thanks for this....I think i get way too serious sometimes even for weekend getaways and want to pull out all the stops and do all the things and eat everywhere. I need to learn to chill. Looks like a fun time with your man.

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  56. Sometimes the best trips are the last minute ones! Looks like you had a blast - and your outfits are so cute!
    Shelley

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  57. We have three boys too :) Our youngest is 21 months. We use to get in a car and just drive. Hopefully one day we will be able to do that again.

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  58. This makes me want to go back to Chicago so badly!

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  59. I am glad you loved visiting our fair city. You must have really picked the perfect time, the winds have picked back up but it is 90's here this week.

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