Why Road Trips Rock

I love  getting in my car and driving. It’s all about the open road, being behind the wheel, uncharted territory.

Here’re my 6 reasons to drive—instead of fly—to your next destination:

#1. You’re in the driver’s seat. Getting behind the wheel reminds me that I’m in control of my own life; I’m the one making the choices—both big and small. I’m living this one life and if I don’t like it, I’m the only one who can change course.

Road to Nowhere, photo by GoErinGo#2. Put life in the rear view mirror. Glancing in the rear view mirror, I see the miles unfolding behind me. That’s where I’ve been, but now’s the time to focus on where I’m going—literally and metaphorically. Sometimes staring through that windshield can give me great clarity on what’s to come.

#3. Run ‘em over! Ok, not really. But don’t like someone or something that’s currently in your path? Now’s the time to get rid of them. Time and space and distance can help me gain a new perspective on what and who benefits me most in life. The rest? Roadkill.

#4. Watch the countryside roll by. Savor this opportunity to see how big and vast and beautiful your country is. In addition, seeing the land in real time (vs. 30,000 feet from an airplane) helps ground me. And I need all the help I can get keeping my two feet (or at least 4 wheels) firmly planted on the ground.

#5. Give in to impulse! I mainly travel with a carry-on, so a lot of thought has to be given to what makes it into that one suitcase. A car trip? Throw it in the back—along with the beach chairs, cooler, and picnic blanket, because you’ll never really know where you’ll wind up. Spontaneity rules the day.

#6. Taste the freedom. There’s nothing better than a road atlas on my lap, a cup of coffee in my hand, and a full tank of gas. I can taste the adventure as I set off each morning. I swear my spirit is soaring just as high and fast as my ‘ole Prius can take me.

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This entry was posted on Friday, July 31st, 2015 and is filed under Travel Favorites.

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