In the film Come September, Rock Hudson plays a wealthy businessman, who every year, heads off to his villa in Italy for September. He decides he can’t wait until September and arrives early, only to find that his assistant taking care of the Italian villa has turned it into a 5 star hotel when he isn’t in the country. You can imagine the hilarity. It is a Rock Hudson movie after all.
I have always loved this movie, mostly for its setting in Italy. What I didn’t realize is that old Rock was right. September is the perfect time to travel. For me, September is almost more of a January, a beginning of the year. Perhaps it is due to the school speed limit signs I am now starting to notice again, lighting up after three months of darkness. Most of my life so far has been spent in school, where August signaled the end of summer and September was the beginning. Luckily, I am no longer in school, but September still has the sentiment of beginning a new year. The weather starts to change. Routines are altered. Goals are set.
Like Rock Hudson’s character Robert Talbot, I can’t wait until September. After a relatively quiet summer, I am ready to head to my villa, my paradise somewhere on the road. At this point, I wouldn’t even mind if I had an assistant who turned my apartment into a hotel when I am away.
This quiet summer has stirred up a jealousy in me, one that comes while reading about some other traveler’s travels. Tickets were being purchased. Itineraries were planned down to the last minute. When you aren’t traveling, it can seem like everyone else is. But we only present the face we want people to see, the one we are proud of, not the areas we are struggling. I had enough of imitation, placing myself in someone’s shoes. You can only feel sorry for yourself so long before you realize, you don’t need a lot of money to have valuable travel experiences. If you want something, you have to accomplish it. Your jealousy or admiration cannot.
While I wouldn’t mind owning a villa in Italy I can frequent every September like Hudson’s character, I am anticipating September, the beginning of something I hope to be truly great. For me this is my January, the start of an adventure. I will be flying to the glamorous destination of….Tulsa, Oklahoma. A cheap flight from Denver to Tulsa has allowed me to meet up with a friend in Arkansas and head out to explore North and South Carolina.
I have been to both states before, but at a very young age. I remember bits and pieces here and there, but not with the clarity I would like. We will drive out for at least two weeks to explore this part of the United States, most likely departing on September 9th. The trip will go through Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina and possibly a little bit of Georgia. I will then return back to Denver and hopefully make a trip up to New York City for a few days. I am still in the planning stages, but I hope to have a detailed itinerary up once I do sort everything out. And like that, September will be filled with travel, a trend I hope to carry into October.
There they are, the “big” travel plans for September. I don’t know exactly where I am going and what I will be doing at this point, but I do know I can’t wait for September to come.
Do you have travel plans for September? Can you recommend any places I must see on my Southern US road trip?