Cramped spaces, traffic, and even the occasional bout of road rage, why would anyone want to go on a road trip? Well, despite some of the obvious drawbacks, a good road trip offers a unique perspective on traveling that you just can’t replicate any other way. Here are just a few of the reasons your next vacation should be spent on the road.
Life Is a Journey
The great American writer Ralph Waldo Emerson once said ‘Life is a journey, not a destination’. The best road trips are flexible. They don’t get hung up on timetables, schedules, or sometimes even an end destination. Enjoy the scenery, or make a stop at an out-of-sight tourist destination. You’ll see places that you would have never noticed if you were simply spending all day lounging around the hotel pool. Just check out what this famous YouTuber did this past summer.
Remember That Song
Have you ever heard someone say ‘that was the soundtrack of my summer’? Road trips are all about music. Whether it’s listening to the radio to that song you love to hate, or bringing along your own homemade playlists. We all have certain songs that define specific parts of our lives. Singing all the lyrics to your favorite cheesy pop songs or playing air guitar to your favorite classic rock tunes with your best friends could be one of yours.
Learning New Things
Look, there will be problems along the way. You can try to prepare yourself with the right equipment. In the end, though, tires will need to be changed, the AC will stop working on the first day, and that backup generator you bought will go on the fritz. These kinds of situations test your limits and allow you to learn new things about yourself. You might be surprised at what you’re capable of by the end of it.
At the end of the day, road trips are about creating memories. The older we get, the more commitments we have. Spending all day with your best friends again, just like you use to do when you were younger, will mean that you have a chance to rediscover those old memories while also creating new ones. Despite the inevitable arguments that will happen, the whole journey will bring all of you together and strengthen your bond in the long-run.
Do you have any great road trip memories? Let us know all about them in the comments below.