Sure. I have considered remaining near home to have meals at home with the kids, but I know that might also lead to childcare expectations which would deter my writer’s retreat. In consideration of that, I’d prefer to use rewards for a train or car trip to Washington DC or New York. I like East coast cities, but I need to spend time writing rather than touring. I’m comfortable in large cities and getting around by subway or metro, so I could have little snippets of touring without losing chunks of the day.
I don’t know if there are any creator meetings going on over the summer that I could attend outside my immediate area. It would be nice to share the trip or a portion of.
I want to visit somewhere energetic and urban to ensure lots of options of dining and plenty of local parks. Those are both traits of DC and NYC that I’m already familiar with. I’ve had several projects from my day-job that send me there.
I’d like to visit Baltimore, Philadelphia, and Wilmington again. I haven’t been back for quite a while at each of those cities, and those are within reach using Amtrak. However, with only a week or less to spend away, I’m concerned I need to pick one city to get work done rather than spending time in transit. I already know I don’t get writing done on flights or trains, and I cannot write while driving. So, a road trip or rail journey is a poor choice to get the most of the retreat.