Who’s ready for a road trip? It’s time to pack up the car and take off on an adventure. I love road trips!! Pick a destination, plan it out a little bit, stock up on the things you need and then take off down the highway. It can be a long haul over a couple of days or weeks, or it can be a couple of hours from home, it doesn’t matter. All that does matter is the fact that you are getting away.
A road trip can be a thought-out vacation, where you plan and plan and plan some more before you take off, or it can be spontaneous last-minute decision, either way, they are fabulous. I think road trips may be my favorite way to travel.
When we were growing up, we moved across the country a couple of times, and we packed up the car and drove the 3000 miles from the East Coast to California. Yes, it was tight quarters, yes, I probably annoyed my brother the whole time, yes, I almost got heat stroke in Needles, Arizona because it felt like the fires of hell the day we went through, but for a kid like me…around 8 years old, it was very cool. We stopped every night at a motel, so the trip took about 5 days. We got to eat in diners, and I remember quick cereal in the mornings and picnic lunches out of a cooler. We did this a total of 4 times, Pennsylvania to California to Maryland to California and finally back to Maryland. I don’t remember all the details; I am sure it was stressful, but I do remember having a good time.
Like I said, road trips can be long distances or short ones. My family also travelled by car on holidays. We would load up the car on Thanksgiving morning, drive the 2 hours to my aunt and uncle’s house, hang out, have dinner, hang out a little more, then it was back in the car for the drive home…all in holiday traffic. Yes, we got caught in traffic and yes, the wait at the toll booths was horrible…but it was totally worth it for my Aunt Ginny’s chocolate silk pie.
The best road trips, to me, are the spontaneous ones. Not a lot of thought goes into it before you head out. My friends and I would be sitting around hanging out in the wee hours and someone would get the idea to go to Ocean City, Maryland for the day. It was 3 hours from Baltimore, so it was go home, get your backpack and meet up again to get going so we could see the sun rise at the beach. We would have a great day of jumping waves and eating on the boardwalk and shopping in the typical souvenir shops before it was time to pack it up and drive back home again.
These days we plan days to drive around the island. We go eat breakfast somewhere, take a cruise, stop somewhere to swim and hang out, have lunch, and stop for some shave ice before we come home. It’s the same routine all the time, but there are so many different beaches and spots to hang out that the trip is different every time. I love just hopping the car and cruising around the island, even if we don’t stop for anything, the drive alone is enough.
I see pictures and read stories of people who have tricked out VW buses into little camper homes and they just live on the road. They have the type of jobs where they can work from anywhere and so they do. That would be a life I would like to check out. I once read a book where the main character got to check out all the possibilities of what her life could have been. If I ever had that opportunity, I would definitely try the little camper life…it would be an continuous road trip; sounds good to me.
It’s been a while since we piled into the car and took a day trip of fun in the sun, good food and shave ice…one needs to be planned soon. If you can, get out there on the road and explore. It doesn’t have to be far to enjoy; it could just be the next town over that you have never been to before. Just roll the windows down, put on some good tunes and get out there.
***Question for the comments…Do you like road trips? If yes, what was your favorite one? If not, why not?
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