Few days ago I went on an unexpected road trip with my brother. While ours was more of a fool’s errand and not a planned getaway, it made me think of the many road trips I have taken in the past. A road trip is more like a rite of passage. Something everyone has probably done at least once in their life. So where do you get your road trip ideas? What elements makes the best road trips?
Memories of childhood
I think every person has gone on a road trip as a kid. Long drives with one’s parents might not always seem like fun, but they are part of our childhood. It could have been a trip to visit relatives. Maybe a school trip or something fun to do with your friends. Some might have been long than the others, but we have all done them.
We used to go on frequent day trips from Toronto when I was younger. It was a great way to see new places and more affordable than flying somewhere. We have travelled quite a bit , even if it didn’t seem that fun at the time. I think today’s road tripping is a bit more fun than it used to be. There was nothing to watch in the car in those days day and I always had to argue with my dad over the radio. I think we all have stories of best and worst road trips with our parents.
Best road trips
I think that the best road trips are the unexpected ones. There is something fun about just getting in the car and driving away. When the sun is shining and the roads are clear, that little voice whispers in your head. Let’s go somewhere!
It wasn’t always the case. People didn’t go on road trips for pleasure in the past. With the creation of cars, came the wish to go elsewhere. To get away from the hustle and bustle. Those were mainly reserved for the rich, as not many could afford cars. But as they became more affordable, our fascination with road trips grew.
Road trips have even invaded Hollywood. With so many movies made about them, who wouldn’t want to go on one? They always make road trips seem fun and adventurous. After all, it’s a good way to see the world.
Road trip ideas and planning
Some people are fanatical about road trips. They plan them for months. They seek out places so they can go on a road trip. That’s what great about this mode of travel, you can make it what you want. For me, there are few elements that inspire my road trip ideas.
Best road trips are the ones you enjoy. That has a lot to do with the company. Being in a car with someone for hours can be hell or it can be fun. So unless you are into solo travel, finding the right companion is number one priority. I’ve been on many road trips with Alex, my brother, friends and even coworkers. Luckily, I’ve not had any bad ones and I hope it stays that way.
The trips I took as a kid are not as vivid in my memory, so I assume that they were all good. Either that or my mind has blocked them. Ha!
They often say that it’s the journey not the destination that matters most. While that might be true, you do need a destination. Often, it’s what provides us with the reason for going in the first place. Like, come on.
There are many place in the world that can inspire great road trip ideas. I personally would like to drive around Ireland, from castle to castle. Or go on a safari – to me that counts as a road trip. Perhaps even drive around salt flats in Bolivia or somewhere in Australia.
It seems that no matter where you are, you can make a trip of it.
My fave road trips
I don’t think I can write about road trips without reminiscing about some of the best ones that I have been on.
The first time I went to Iceland, it was a pure road trip vacation. We drove around the island for seven days. We stopped at a different place every night, which was needed after spending most of the day in a car. I loved driving in Iceland as every day was a different landscape. Some days we drove through lush and rainy mountains. On other days we drove through something that looked like the moon. There were waterfalls, rainbows and sheep everywhere. Pure happiness.
East coast road trip
For a while, my brother lived in Halifax, Nova Scotia and we visited there several times. I have made the 16+ hours road trip driving from Toronto and back. We usually made an overnight stop, which made the trip fun. It also allowed us to see other parts of Canada. It makes you realize just how big this country really is.
New York state of mind
When we decided to go to New York City, we opted to make a road trip out of it. This was about an eight-hour journey. It was September, which meant that the leaves were changing colours and fall was in full effect. Driving from Toronto to New York City was the quite spectacular. Almost as much as NYC itself 🙂
We have done many road trips in Italy. There was the Amalfi coast, the trip to Calabria and that time we were going to Rimini. After driving from Naples to Rome, we headed east across the country. It was quite a drive. Some parts of the road went through mountains and cut off the radio. We didn’t end up making it to Rimini. Instead, we ended up in a place called Alba Adriatica. Quite amazing in itself.
Bringing it together
Road trips are a great travel option. You can visit any place along the way, make as many stops as you want and take as much time as you need. For those short on funds, road tripping provides a lower cost alternative to getting away. It also provides offers an opportunity to visit foreign places at your own pace.
What was your most memorable road trip? Let me know!