Road trips hold a special place in our hearts. They’re in our favorite TV shows, movies, and even books. My first road-trip was with my parents the summer before I entered High School.
We roamed all over the western United States visiting National Parks and exploring everything we could. We drove to the high Sierra Mountains and the low Death Valley dessert. In fact, the first time I drove a car was on this road trip. My dad pulled over on a lonely stretch of highway and let me take the wheel. The road was as straight as could be, but you couldn't tell by my driving. We went as far south as the Grand Canyon all the way up to the Grand Tetons and beyond.
Many of my clients are itching to travel, but not ready to commit to a trip abroad. This makes 2021 a great year for a road-trip. I took a short road trip a month or so ago. I picked up my car in California to drive it to our new home just outside of Dallas (after living in Puerto Vallarta for six months, we decided to find a home-base back in the US). We passed through Solvang to walk through town and collect a box full of pastries, made an unexpected stop at an Ostrich farm, and couldn't help taking videos as we travelled through varying landscape.
Not only does a road trip put you in control of the destinations and the sights, it gives you a chance to make memories together, both in your destination and en route that you’ll treasure for years to come.
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Whether you’re asking Siri for directions or going old school with a paper map, navigating on a road trip is part of the fun. It’s all about tracing your route, taking a detour to a roadside attraction (who doesn’t want to take a selfie with the world’s largest ball of yarn?), and stopping at a family-owned diner for the best (and maybe greasiest) breakfast you’ve ever had.
Building Your Playlists
Music connects us. It helps us convey our feelings and emotions to one another. It makes us want to dance. It turns us into karaoke singers behind the wheel. Before setting out on a road trip, build playlists for each other that tells a story about your relationship through song. Or perhaps you choose an audiobook or new podcast series to keep you guessing about what will happen next.
Capturing the Journey
Road trips offer the chance to travel safely and comfortably, especially in light of COVID-19. That also means there may not be other travelers to snap photos of you and your travel companions together. Practice using your camera or phone’s self-timer so that you can snap photos together at every destination along the way. Consider packing a selfie stick to capture your smiles in front of the scenery. These are a few of the best ways to make sure the memories of your adventure last for years to come!
Ready to plan your road trip adventure? I’m here to help you with hotel and excursion recommendations, destination knowledge, and everything you need to know about travel policies between states! Let’s plan this adventure together.
BBQ Road Trip Itinerary
I crowd sourced this itinerary with a bunch of my fellow Travel Advisors who live in each location. Check it out here!
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