It’s beginning to cost a lot like Christmas

Mom and I took our annual Christmas shopping trip to Branson. We hit Tanger outlet mall, and The Landing, as well as a few other stand alone stores. Had lunch at Mellow Mushroom. We gave our feet a break and saw the movie Ticket to Paradise – which we thought was cute, but predictable. Stopped by Uranus Fudge Factory on the way back (funny to see – but everything in the store is overpriced – which makes it not funny enough to buy anything – except fudge.)

I always look forward to this trip. It’s always a good time, and mom generally gets 95% of her shopping finished within the first day on this trip. I’m more of a – let me see all the options – then I’ll pick some things. Here are some pics:

Travel Hot Takes

Do you agree?

When choosing your seat on the plane, do you prefer…

  • Window seat: 50.9%
  • Aisle: 48.9%
  • Middle: Less than 1%, but not zero. Who are you people???

You’re planning a short weekend getaway. Where are you staying?

  • Hotel: 60%
  • Airbnb: 40%

You and the crew are leaving the Drive Thru off I-80 with a bag of McChickens for lunch. Do you…

  • Eat while driving, which sometimes requires your copilot to feed you fries: 75%
  • Park and eat: 25%

You get handed the aux during a long road trip. What kind of audio are you putting on?

  • Curated playlist: 54%
  • Podcast: 20%
  • Audiobook: 12%
  • No aux needed—road trips are for the local radio stations: 10%
  • Nothing, I prefer silence: 4%

Do you use cruise control on the highway?

  • Sometimes: 47%
  • Always: 34%
  • Never: 19%

What’s your in-flight drink order?

  • Water: 28%
  • Ginger ale: 19%
  • Cocktail/beer/wine: 17%
  • Any other kind of soda: 15%
  • Coffee/tea: 10%
  • Juice: 8%
  • Other: 3%

We also asked readers what their go-to gas station snack + drink combos were. We didn’t anticipate crowning a “winning” answer to this question, but then someone responded with “a skewer of 7-Eleven meatballs and a huge Dr Pepper.” So they are the winner.

Read more HERE Thanks Paul