How to Road Trip

It’s Not the Destination, It’s the Journey

Ok.  I’m a fan of this quote, but I also have a sneaking suspicion that this quote was penned by either:

  • Someone with no kids.
  • Someone with no job.

For the rest of us road trippers: one piece of advice on how to road trip is to have a general idea of where you’re going.    I’m all for exploration, but I’m also a fan of getting back home in time so I don’t lose my job and/or miss other commitments I may have made.  

Having a general destination and timeline serves the useful need of telling you when to turn your ass around and go home.   Heck, even the world’s greatest explorers had a general idea of where they were going and for how long – Columbus didn’t just say he was going to go sailing one day did he?   If you have no kids, no job, and are able to take tons of road trips – disregard above and invite me to join you. 

Music is your Road Trip Sound Track

Movies don’t have just one type of song for their whole sound track, and your road trip playlist shouldn’t either.     Setup some type of system to allow everybody to pick the music and veto the music.  Agree to it up front.

Listening to your father’s new interest in Icelandic music for 16 hours straight isn’t wise, but neither is 16 hours of Justin Beiber.    A little bit of this, a little bit of that, depending on the mood of the car makes a road trip sound track just right.

More on Music… Sing Alongs are Fun

Once in a while, and only when everyone is in the mood.   Which if this occurs, this may mean people are inebriated which is a bad, bad thing in a car.   Pull over and take the sing along to a karaoke bar.  

(if you are a good singer, a sing along is not the time to prove it to everyone else ok, Celine Dion?)

Where to Sleep

This is another one to get your whole party’s alignment to up front.    Don’t wait until the last minute to find out that half of the car was expecting to stay at the Four Seasons, and the other half wanted to camp in a ditch on the side of the road. 

In Summary

The best advice for How to Road Trip?  Make memories without trying.   Don’t over think it.   Let loose a little, experience something different from home or that you normally would do.   Just let your hair down and enjoy the result.    Who knows what might end up happening.

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