Why you should road trip alone

29 Dec
4,500 miles, 12 states, 3 weeks, 5 lakes, 70 hours in a car.

4,500 miles, 12 states, 3 weeks, 5 lakes, 70 hours in a car.

  1. Because you can. This is the most important reason.
  2. You want to go, but you don’t have a travel companion. No one has the money, or the time, or the desire to sit in a car with you for three weeks. Don’t let their limitations be yours. Go.
  3. A couple hours in a coffee shop with a book is far more exciting when that shop is somewhere you’ve never been before.
  4. I knew someone every place I went – it’s a great way to see old friends and meet their new friends. Plus they’re way likelier to be willing to host you if you don’t have some stranger in tow.
  5. You pick the music, you pick the volume. So, T Swift and 11.
  6. Stop when you want to. Stop when it’s beautiful. Stop when you desperately need a bathroom and some coffee. Stop when you’re in the middle of nowhere and you just want to soak it in. Stop at a gas station in nowhere, MT and buy as much junk food as you want to sustain yourself over the next five hours.
  7. Change the plan. Stay somewhere a little longer. Drive two hours out of the way to check out a cute small town or weird landmark.
  8. Talk to yourself, sing to yourself, yell at yourself, listen to an audiobook and yell at the main character. These things are much more acceptable when you’re alone in a car than alone in your apartment, for some reason.
  9. If there’s a problem with your car, you’ll solve it. I had to get a belt of some sort replaced in Kentucky. Luckily I didn’t break down in the middle of Idaho, but if I had, I would’ve figured it out. You can figure out a lot of things when you have to rely on yourself.
  10. Because if you’re lucky enough to have time to explore, there’s no excuse not to.

3 Responses to “Why you should road trip alone”

  1. rockerpult December 29, 2014 at 5:06 pm #

    Have you ever read “Travels with Charley” by John Steinbeck? It’s a great little book about road-tripping (with a dog).

    Sounds like you have the same idea. Have fun! Drive safe!

    • laurenkcampbell December 29, 2014 at 11:32 pm #

      I havent, I’ll put it on the list! This was actually a trip I took this summer while moving back from Minnesota, it was great!

  2. The Yolo Babes December 29, 2014 at 2:17 pm #

    Love this perspective! Enjoy your travels!

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