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How to Have the Road Trip of a Lifetime

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No matter the time of year, I have the itch to travel and explore. That’s one of the reasons why America is a great country — because there are parts of the USA that are warm at any point in the year, making it a great year-round vacation destination.

How to Have the Road Trip of a Lifetime

Grab your friends and embark on your open road adventure!

If you’ve had your fill of theme parks, crowded beaches and endless brunches with dozens of cousins (oy vey!), why not channel your inner Jack Kerouac and plan a long cross-country road trip?

How to Have the Road Trip of a Lifetime

A road trip is an adventure you’ll remember for a lifetime

Perhaps you just read his famous novel, “On The Road” with your book club or you remember writing a book report on it years ago. Maybe you’re just ready for a different type of vacation — one where you can see the country, bring your dog, and meet people along the way.

How to Have the Road Trip of a Lifetime

A road trip is an easy and fun way to travel with your kids

Or maybe you just want to avoid the hassles of air travel — especially with kids. A road trip is the perfect alternative. You could even do a themed road trip and hit up the best surfing beaches in America, or the best caves.

How to Have the Road Trip of a Lifetime

A road trip is a great way to really get to know each other in a short period of time

If you’re wondering how your relationship with your boyfriend will stand up to real life, a road trip is the best on-demand relationship test. With all that time to talk, and all the situations you’ll experience together, you’ll learn how you two interact when situations are stressful. And hey — if he turns out to be a jerk, you can always drop him at the nearest bus stop and keep going!

How to Have the Road Trip of a Lifetime

Need some time to think? Go solo!

It’s also a great trip to take if you need to be alone and clear your head. Listening to music and watching the open road go by can be its own form of meditation and therapy. Either way, now’s the time to hit the road in a way that Kerouac would be proud. To do this, here’s a guide on how to do road trips the right way:

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A writer, artist and designer since she was young enough to put pencil to paper, Hilary spends most of her time in France, but still considers herself a New Yorker, and visits regularly. Hilary spent the past decade living in NYC and has traveled extensively around the world, looking for hot new topics, destinations, and brands to bring to Urbanette readers.

9 Comments

  1. Ashley Moore

    I really enjoy doing road trips with my mama. i love listening to old songs like aubrey-bread and wonderful tonight while looking outside of the window. i know that it’s really tiring when you’re driving for such a long period of time. Thank god i don’t know how to drive, haaha. but i really wanted to learn how to drive,just drive with my mama because i also want her to enjoy the view.

  2. Road trips are less about the destination than the journey. It’s cliché, I know. But if all you cared about was getting from Point A to Point B, you wouldn’t call it a road trip. You’d call it driving. A road trip is its own special category of travel. Enjoy each and every moment of it. And then avoid your tripmates for a few weeks when you get home. You’ll be sick of them by then.

  3. I love how you can go from point A to point B in America, and all you need is a car. I did travel with my then boyfriend-now ex once, and I found out how needy and unreliable he was. It was like traveling with a toddler. So I guess what I’m saying is that I totally agree with you. I didn’t ditch him though, I wanted him to see how patient I was with toddlers like him. And told him afterwards. Thanks for the article tips!

  4. Personally, I can’t imagine roughing it on a road trip. I need my 5-star hotels! (God, I must sound like such a snob…lol)

    • You can always plan your road trip out and stay at 5-star hotels along the way… 😉

  5. Gabrielle Williams

    Oh man, this brings back all sorts of pre-career, pre-marriage memories. I wish I had time to do a road trip now! They were so much fun, but I think to really to a proper road trip it takes a couple of weeks. Don’t you think?

  6. I took a road trip a few years ago and it was a lot of fun. I only wish I’d seen this in advance of my trip — it would’ve helped a lot!

  7. Courtney Watson

    I’ve always wanted to go on a road trip – thanks for making it clear why I should do it.. sooner rather than later!

    PS- I added the Happy Cow app to my phone just now. Really great app! ❤

    • I know! I love Happy Cow! I find out about great restaurants all around the world using it — even in really obscure towns. 🙂

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