car luggage - Donald and Ray 

We get a lot of inquires as to how we travel, as in flying, drive a car or RV or what. We have been writing our national travel columns now for 18 years. Except for one time when we took Amtrak on a 2 week trip out to the West coast, we always drive an automobile. We travel rather “light”. NOT! as we always have clothing with us for any occasion including tuxedos, coat and tie, western gear, leather gear, bluejeans and sweaters, polo shirts, cabana outfits and swimwear for the beach, etc. Yes, we do take a lot with us as you can see by the below photo.

wigwam - Donald and rayWe of course always have our final destination planned out, but when traveling to either coast we have to plan where to stop along the way and we usually just play that by ear. Long time ago we have learned that there is always a room at motels along the way. When you are driving and get to a new State, be sure and stop in their ‘welcoming center’ as they have free motel/hotel coupon books where you can get for 25% to 50% off the regular rates.

We have stayed at Ramada Inns and Holiday Inns in some States for under $50.00 with those coupons! Most of the centers have free coffee and tea. On our way back from our California trip in December, we stayed in a WIGWAM!!! at the 1950’s Wigwam Motel in Holbrook, Arizona where each guest had their own Wigwam! and yes, it did have modern features inside.

Mel's Drive In - Donald and RayDining on the road is a challenge. We usually go with the local restaurants and check them out on line before we go to thru that town. Outside restaurants is one of our favorite places for breakfast or lunch.

Whether a chicken fried steak with mashed potatoes and gravy or a local Mexican restaurant, we always try to find new and interesting places to dine. For dinner, we prefer fine dining at restaurants where we have dined before.

Finally on the subject of dining, we always enjoy dining at places where we cannot dine in the city where we live, which mean, no chain restaurants!

Donald and RayAlways remember to have fun when traveling, meet new people and talk to everyone!

TRAVELING IN OUR FABULOUS GAY WORLD is written by Donald Pile and Ray Williams, Award-winning, Celebrity travel columnists who write for gay publications from coast to coast (And now legally married).

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