So I'm brand new here and just getting a feel for the forum and thought I'd get everyone's input and opinions on this that cared to chime in. I'm thinking of a trip to SRQ in June/July/August this year for a week or so from MSN to hit the beaches in Siesta Key. I have about 150 hours of TT thus far, 20 or so has been instrument training. The airplane is a PA32-300 with 3 on board including myself. The trip would be conducted under VFR and would remain VFR, and while I will certainly not have my IFR rating by that timeframe, I anticipate having enough training by that point to comfortably get myself out of any unanticipated weather circumstances that may arise, although I'm looking for feedback on that assumption. The farthest cross county I've flown is into KGRI, which was excellent experience but all flatland flying. I've never crossed anything even resembling mountains, so getting across the appalachians is the biggest thing that sticks out to me about this trip. Looking for feedback here; things I should be aware of, what to do, what not to do, what to avoid, am I crazy...etc etc. Note to moderators: I'm new here, so if I didnt put this in the right forum category please feel free to move it.