You heard me. Leave. Scram. Go.
Get in your car, and go. Drive. Pick a destination. 200 miles away or 20 miles away. The distance does not matter. Hell, the final destination does not matter. The journey is the true destination of a road trip.
Do not set a timeframe, do not set a milestone, just enjoy the open road. Do your best to take the road less traveled, or the road that you have not traveled before.
Grab a friend, grab the wife, heck, grab the dog. Pick a traveling buddy, point your car towards some open road and get going.
I really cannot recommend it enough.
- June 2006 – 2800 miles, 4 days, 3 friends and Interstate 40. Our first foray into road tripping. This was about the destination, though we got to see a ton of things along the way.
- July 2007 – 3700 miles, 9 days, 2 friends and a ton of open road. This time we took the long way, purposely going hundreds of miles out of the way to see the grandiose that is America
- October 2009 – 800 miles, 11 days, 3 friends and some amazing scenery. Purposely planning a few stops for a hockey game on the east coast as well as being “leafers” in New England. We spent days just aimlessly wandering and it was amazing.
- March 2011 – 3800 miles, 9 days, 2 friends, 1 dog and some epic adventures. Mardis Gras in 3 different states, one huge rainstorm, enormous world events and great friends across the country.
I have covered over 11,000 miles with my best friend since 2006 and it has been some of the best adventures I have ever taken. You learn things about each other and yourself. You get to see all that this country has to offer. You are not under a timetable, so if you want to re-route your road trip to see a National Park, a National Monument, or heck, even a car stuck in the ground, you can do it. There is freedom in a road trip. Freedom in the open road, freedom in the schedule. Freedom in the mindset.
Now, I understand that not all road trips can be open ended, but even given a few days, a road trip can provide a great source of entertainment, education and a lifetime of memories. In any part of the country there are a plethora of roadside attractions, hole-in-the-wall eateries, dive bars, beaches, forests, rivers, mountains and everything in between. Get away from your daily life. Get away from the computer, away from the desk job, away from all that is familiar. Explore the world around you.
The road awaits.
To pass along a link to one of the number of blogs out there that detail available road trips, here are 4 great road trips that are food-centric.
Day 4. Way 4. Hit the road. Roll down the windows. Feel the wind in your hair. Escape. Enjoy the freedom and experience our great country.
Are you a fan of road trips?
What have you experienced in your road trips?
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