I'm a 28 year old female, just left a very long, difficult relationship, and am contemplating a move to northern New England. I lived in Portland, Maine a while back, and absolutely loved it. I am considering that area, but also would like to check out Vermont and New Hampshire.
So, before I make any hasty decisions, I decided that I'd like to take a road trip through those areas just to check them out (and also figured some long alone time would be good for a bit of soul searching!)
I currently live in DC/Baltimore and would really like to avoid driving up to northern New England via the east coast. I have driven back and forth from Baltimore to Maine several times and I really cringe at the thought of driving through New York City, Boston, etc. I hate driving through really large cities as I often wind up confused and anxious. The other thing I would like to avoid are mountainous zones. I enjoy driving, but like to do it on flat surfaces! Mountain driving tends to make me a bit antsy (not so much the height, but something about all that wide open space, as strange as that sounds).
I have a lot of time to do this trip right now, so if it requires taking "out of the way" routes, then that really isn't a problem. Any recommendations for anything scenic or interesting as I make my way through Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine?
I have informed my family of my decision to take this trip and they're pretty upset about it. My mother is sure that I'm going to be abducted or killed. She knows that I have good common sense, but watches too much TV! Any suggestions for how to deal with the naysayers in my family? I have explained several times that I feel I HAVE to do this trip. I can't just move up there without knowing anything about these areas. Second, if I continue to live in this area and feel unhappy as I do, then I will keep wondering "what if?"
Anyway, thanks for listening, and for any recommendations! I really appreciate it. I'm very happy to have found this forum.