What makes a perfect road trip?

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Road trips are one of my favorite things in the world. I just love driving for hours, alone with music with the love of my life, Jessica. I love rolling down the windows and feeling the winds and breeze of that certain place, wherever we may be. Most of all, I love singing on the top of my lungs when the music is blaring, and the road my music video. Then, there’s that wind-down time when I must rest my voice, roll up the window, lower the music, and then munch on snacks we bought at a local grocery or convenience store. Driving is just my preferred type of traveling. I feel like I’m in control of everything (except for drunk drivers on the road) but nevertheless, I’m the boss of myself. Here are a few things that make the perfect road trip:

What makes road trips the best way to travel for me?

Like I said, I feel like I’m in control. Not that I’m a control freak (although some say I am) but I feel free when I can ultimately make a sudden and spontaneous right turn.I can even make a U-turn! I can even do some drifting on the highway! I’m in control, folks. (I’m kidding about the drifting part; the 1999 Corolla couldn’t do that)

What makes our perfect road trip?

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There are a few things that make a perfect road trip: a car that I can fit into comfortably; music that we love; tasty and affordable snacks; a good podcast or audiobook; and most importantly, the opportunity to be free. A great road trip also involve all passengers sharing a bond and love for the road.

The Car

Since I have an old 1999 Toyota Corolla, we have to rent a car most of the time. They’re usually not expensive but with the price of gas, we definitely have to plan ahead. The car can be a compact or an average sized sedan. As long as the seats are comfortable and that my bottom is safe and secure, I’ll go for that car.

We also like bringing a small blanket and a couple of pillows. Jessica loves reclining the chair a tiny bit and propping her head up with a comfortable and fluffy pillow.

The Music

I love alternative rock, classic rock, American standard pop, jazz, and even today’s hits. I am not that strict with the playlist but I love singing too so the music must be something I know. If you rode with us, you would hear these bands:

  • U2
  • Aerosmith
  • The Killers
  • Coldplay
  • Bruce Springsteen
  • The Eagles
  • The Beatles
  • Led Zeppelin
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Sammy Davis Jr.
  • Adele
  • Whitney Houston
  • Oasis

Of course there are many more but I love singing to those songs so those are the bands I usually listen to. I prefer to use Spotify Premium on my phone and then connect it to the car via Bluetooth. Before going on road trips, I would try to set up a playlist.

I also have a great library of songs on my phone just in case mobile Internet does not work.

Tasty Snacks

We make sure that we have something salty, savory, and sweet snacks. We usually bring potato chips and chocolates with us. Water and Diet Coke is a must but we also love bringing Gatorade. In long stretches, we stop for coffee somewhere along the road.

A Podcast or Audiobook

When my throat begins to hurt from singing, Jessica would usually take a nap or watch something on her phone. I would then play a podcast or an audiobook for myself. I love learning and keeping up with new things. Also, I love listening to a good book. I also like listening to stand-up comedy. It’s not unusual to see me laugh or giggle like a junior high student in the car.

Being Free

I love the very idea of Freedom. I believe in it religiously. Road trips without an agenda give me that kind of rush. I can pull into a seaside town; or a street lined with trees; or drive up a hill to get a great view of the city; or get lost in a downtown area.

I love being able to budget my time and allocate them to certain places. This is really the best part of road trips–being able to see and appreciate the beauty of everything. Time becomes secondary.

Jessica with Elephant Seals

Jessica posing with the Elephant Seals (above). Driving down from Monterey, we saw Elephant Seals and decided to pull in. We didn’t plan for it at all!

That’s what makes a perfect road trip for me

There are many ways to enjoy a road trip. You might have different taste in music or you might not even want to listen to music at all. I suggest that you go on a few road trips. It’s quite liberating when there is no agenda and just a destination. So find your perfect road trip! Hit the road and enjoy the view!

Do you like road trips too? When was the last time you went on one? Have you had the perfect road trip yet? What makes your perfect road trip? Leave us a comment below. We’d love to hear it!

  • lottie


    As a family we usually take a road trip a year (skipping 2005 and 2014) and my favorite part is almost always the music! My dad burns a cd (“road tunes 20xx”) dating back to 2004. It’s so great to pull out the cd and relive memories through the music and it’s an experience we all share. Now that we’ve gotten a little bit older we all send my dad a list of songs we’d like to see on the cd and there’s a little bit of thrill the first day of the trip getting to listen to it to the first time (what can I say? we’re easy to please, haha!) This year the CD had over 100 songs and it’s a mix of all of us and it’s so much fun! u2, sting, coldplay, the beatles, the beach boys are all long standing favorites!

    And don’t even get me started on the snacks!!! gahh, so much fun.

    great post! Couldn’t agree more!! Road trips are the absolute best (and I’m so happy that I’m not the only one who’s a little obsessed! There’s really nothing like them!!)

    • Ron

      Yes, Lottie!

      You just made me think about all the road trips I’ve taken with friends, family, and my girlfriend! I would also always burn CDs since the cars of yesterday didn’t have bluetooth or even an auxiliary jack. Although, I remember driving for a bit from
      Portland to Seattle in 2011 to see U2
      and buying one of those cassette-adapter-to-headphone-jack just to pump us up a little bit before the U2 Concert.

      I’m sure your dad loves receiving those songs from you kids! I bet it’s great to listen to those 100 songs that’s just full of you guys!

      Thanks for dropping by and hope to hear from you more 🙂


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