Road Tripping with the Divas, Pt. 2: Caregiver Road Trip to see Beyoncé
It’s almost summertime, and it’s the perfect time to see some new places. Now, I know the first thing you’re going to say is, “Aren’t you a caregiver?” Yep, and I love to travel . So, this year I’m not letting the grass grow under my feet. I’m taking every opportunity to pack up the ladies and hit the road.
We just came back from Ft. Lauderdale for mom’s birthday in early April, and I wasn’t about to let the month end without going to see Beyoncé’ in Tampa. Who wants to miss a “Queen B” show? Tracey and I weren’t about to let that happen. So, it was time to strategize the best way to get there affordably with mom.
I would love to say we’re able to easily leave her with family. But, the closest family we have is in Ft. Lauderdale. Actually, I’ve never left my mom with anyone else. Let’s just say I’ve been a bit apprehensive about leaving her with other people. It’s not that I don’t trust they’ll take care of her. I just worry that she can be a bit feisty, and will damage her friendships. Have you ever had that fear?
My mom is blind, but it hasn’t dulled her senses or attitude . So, I really struggle with letting her be around others for extended periods of time. We’ve gotten used to her. But, everyone else may not be that patient. Plus, this year I’m making the point to lead with love in all of our interactions. It’s really made the difference. She’s gotten used to it, and has been a lot easier to deal with. So, that made it easy for us to take this quick trip to Tampa for the Beyoncé concert.
We were able to find a great affordable hotel using Hotwire.com. I goggled the closest streets to the stadium, and then I let the website do all the work. The website was able to find me a great four-star hotel near the stadium, and I got to prepay for the stay. So, that ensured all I need to focus on was the concert. Since Tampa’s so close to Orlando, I drove over in my car. So, that just required the standard oil-change and inspection to make sure I was road ready.
We also made sure to pack my mom’s favorite snacks and water. I wanted to make sure she had all of the comforts of home, even though it was a 24-hour trip. Consistency is key when you’re a caregiver. So, those extra touches just make things easier. We also made sure mom had a good dinner and everything she needed before we left for the show. This helped put our minds at ease. Can we say “winning”?
The concert was excellent, Beyoncé’ slayed it. Mom was also waiting up for us when we got back. She wanted to hear all of the details of the concert, and also felt better resting when we were there. It was a great trip, and I feel blessed that we were able to do some new things. Being a caregiver is tough, but it doesn’t have to be the end of fun. Find ways to make it work for you. If you have any other tips, please share.
Until our next adventure, talk to you soon!