There is no better time for a road trip than the summer. You can road trip on your own, with good friends or with your significant other. Whether you want to climb the Rockies, dip your toes in the Pacific Ocean, hang out in a small town bar, thrift shop in Brooklyn or visit every state in the country, a road trip will deliver.
Reasons to do a Road trip:
1. No particular destination
You can go as far or as near as your time, ability to sit in a car and gas money will take you. Maybe you want to see some natural beauty such as Oregon’s Crater Lake or the coast of Maine or the Rocky Mountains. Maybe you love cities and want to walk across the Brooklyn Bridge and eat Dim Sum in Chinatown.
Without a plane ticket fixing you to a schedule you can change your travel plans whenever you want. Maybe you met some cool people at the Seattle youth hostel and you want to go hiking with them to Mt. Hood. Or maybe you decided you want to go to obscure Civil War historical museums or follow the Laura Ingalls Wilder trail. Maybe you like quirky food and want to visit food museums such as the Avery Island pepper sauce museum or the mustard museum in Mt. Horeb. On a road trip, you can improvise.
3. The Selfie
How many more selfie’s can you take of yourself in your room, in your house and in your town. On your road trip you can use natural beauty or famous locations as your backdrop. Maybe the steps that Rocky ran up, the ice cream shop where Tony Soprano ate his last meal, the coffee shop where Hannah Horvath worked or the women’s bookstore in Portlandia.
When you were a teenager you talked for hours with your friends. It is hard to find that kind of time as an adult. On a road trip you will be made of time. Hours in the car. Hours sitting at cafes and bars in new cities. Hours walking on mountain trails. You will have time to share your hopes for your future and your disappointments in your past. You will have time to connect.
5. The Mother of All Playlists
By definition you will spend a great deal of time in the car during a road trip. Radio can keep you company for some of the time, but you will want some good playlists. Check out some travel music ideas via etramping here.
-First the radio. Commercial radio is mostly the same throughout the country. Check out some of the college radio stations or community radio stations to get a regional flavor. If you are an NPR fan you can find them in most places you will go.
-Second the playlist. You definitely want to have good driving tunes for your trip. Everyone has their own opinion of what is good music, so take some time before you leave to craft a few playlists. Here is what TimeOut thinks is good and what someone on BuzzFeed likes for a road trip. If you are newly in love here is a good playlist. If you are newly out of love here is a good playlist.