Now that Memorial Day is behind us, so begins the summer travel season. And for many of us, road trips are a way to escape for a couple of days or longer in search of respite from the day to day work grind.
According to AAA, 36.1 million Americans were projected to travel 50 miles or more by car over the Memorial Day Weekend alone, up 1.5% from last year. That's a lot of pit stops.
As part of a couple who loves road trips, I have learned some valuable lessons that make the journey just as memorable as the destination. Here's what I learned:
2. Don't feel like you have to talk all the time. Share space and be confident in your quiet time to think, practice your selfies, meditate, wonder at what you see and play with naughty thoughts to make your stay-over that much more fun.
3. Plan ahead. Pack snacks. Pack water. Pack tissues. Pack medicine for a pop-up headache. Pack antacids. Pack a travel blanket and pillow. It's better to be prepared. I eat every 3-4 hours, but my husband could eat once or twice a day. To keep me from becoming "that girl" I pack a protein bar. Then, I'm good to go and a much happier co-pilot.
4. Be a diplomatic DJ. When making your play list, consider what both parties want to hear and play nice...take turns.
5. Do yourselves a favor, and if you don't have one already, get a dual port car charger.
6. Recognize that art is all around you. if you're in the passenger seat, be ready to snap a picture whenever the mood strikes you. Maybe there's an amazing cloud formation, or the approach of a striking bridge. You never know when inspiration will hit, and with the amazing photo editing filters available, you can let your inner artist free.
I love taking road trips with my husband. Whether it's to a coffee house and bakery across state lines or north of the border into Canada, exploring the northern coast of Spain, or venturing south into Portugal, road trips can be about the journey as much as they are about the destination.
Buckle up and enjoy the ride.
What are your favorite road trip tips?