I’m a huge fan of road trips. I’ve road tripped in Australia, Norway, France, Germany, the United States and so many more countries. One thing I’ve learned throughout the years is that it is not that much about where you travel but how and with whom you travel.
I’ve written an article a few years ago about how to prepare a road trip, this one is about why everybody should road trip and why it is so important to travel with the right people!
5 Reasons why you should road trip
1. Total flexibility
One of the most obvious reasons why you should travel by car is that you are 100 per cent more flexible. No timetables, no schedules, no nothing. You can do whatever you want and feel like doing. And even better, you don’t need to plan where you are going.
2. You can be more spontaneous
One of these two options will happen on your road trip:
1. You are driving and one of your passengers reads a sign or sees something in the distance and desperately wants to check it out!
2. You meet fellow travellers who tell you of awesome places that you didn’t plan on visiting!
What now? Be spontaneous and take this detour. Remember you have total flexibility and no schedule to follow. Maybe you won’t sleep in the town you were thinking of crashing tonight. But who cares? It’s not like somebody was waiting for you there. Instead of driving east you are now driving south!
3. Listening to awesome road trip music
Know all these scenes from movies where people listen to fun music and dance and sing while driving and seem to have a blast? When you are traveling with really good friends, who are as crazy as you and love the same music it is exactly like that. So pick the right people, select the right music and start that engine!!! Need inspiration? Subscribe to my Road Trip playlist on Spotify!
4. Catch up
Remember when you were a kid and had all the time in your life with your friends. Now, all grown up, you have to go to work and have many responsibilities during your day that you almost never have time to hang out with your friends? You wish you had a life like the guys from “How I Met Your Mother” and would meet them all the time but reality is that you get to see them once or twice a week. When is the last time you really had time for your friends and really caught up? Use a road trip to talk about everything that you also used to share when you were kids. Something got lost in the transition from teenagers to adults. Catch up!
5. The journey is the destination, a road trip is an adventure!
When going on road trips try to not plan. It’s about the road tripping experience. Try to avoid all the “Are we there yet?” It’s about all the fun breaks, the pranks, the landscapes, the chats… simply everything! Try to enjoy the trip and don’t worry about things that were in the past and that are waiting down the road. It’s about the moment! It’s about you! It’s about everything and nothing!