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?
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.
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.
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:
- The Killers
- Bruce Springsteen
- The Eagles
- The Beatles
- Led Zeppelin
- Red Hot Chili Peppers
- Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Sammy Davis Jr.
- Whitney Houston
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.
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.
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 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!