A few posts ago I tried to convince you to do a roadtrip instead of getting on an airplane. I will soon be going on a roadtrip that is sixty years in the making, so I decided to refresh my knowledge on this subject. To me, preparation is the road to success.
This post will give us some of the “how-to’s” of having a successful roadtrip. Many of these ideas came from a book by Jonathan Simos entitled “How To Road Trip America”. For this post which will be in 500 words or less, I will try to summarize a hundred pages of his book. I encourage you to get a copy if you are really interested in the details of roadtripping.
- Always take a break every two hours or so to give your legs a stretch. – I, at least in my younger years, was a guy to drove for hours as time. But, after I was married my wife insisted on frequent breaks. Now that I am a senior I plan on seriously keeping this rule.
- Don’t drive over eight hours or 500 miles at a time. – This is important to making a safe trip.
- When you want to turn around, turn around. – I don’t know how many times I have seen an interesting possibility for stopping just as I was passing. I gotta get it in my brain that it’s ok to turn around.
- Notice everything about the area you are in – immerse yourself in where you are. Roadtripping is meant to broaden your horizons and expand your understanding.
- When you stop to stretch your legs, also spend some time on what is up ahead – I’m talking about the Internet, of course. A good way to do that is to google “Tourism near me”.
- Don’t be afraid to take an exit just to check out something – Remember that is what it’s all about. Take the time to explore a road sign of a local interest. Or maybe just search for a small-town place to have lunch or check out a historic site.
- When you get the chance, roadtrip by yourself – That is what I will soon be doing, in spades. I have done a lot of solo-roadtripping, but never to the level of this trip. I can tell you that going by yourself is a chance to relax, to think deeply and broadly, and to even sing out load while driving, as there is no one to be bothered by your off-key melodies. 🤪 You will not only get to know yourself more deeply, you will be able to do things outside your comfort zone without having to convince a companion.
- Especially when you solo-roadtrip, remember the Break Rule – This will keep you safe. Don’t overlook this. In fact, I am going to set a two-hour alarm on y Apple Watch to remind me to do this.
Next time I will be giving you suggestions on planning your adventure, without over-planning it. 🥴 (500 words. I made it.)