BENEFITS OF A ROAD TRIP
BENEFITS OF A ROAD TRIP

BENEFITS OF A ROAD TRIP

“Road Trip”. Does that phrase bring terror or smiles? Have you ever analyzed why you get that reaction? I do understand that some trips are nightmares from start to finish, but certainly not EVERY trip. Sometimes travel, especially a road trip, can bring benefits like mental refreshment, renewed perspective, or the beauty of new vistas.

Whenever I have undertaken a vehicle-based road trip, I have come away with positive lessons, whether that trip has been a day or multiple days. In some cases, the lesson has simply been to be open to the possibilities of relaxation and a refreshed attitude. In other situations, even more profound insights have been offered, like joy and wonder.

Enroute to Rabbit Hash, KY

Too many times the “open road” is an endless succession of fast food joints, gas stations, and high speed interstate highways. Sometimes the fastest way between two points is the necessary route. Those kinds of trips beg for a planned escape from the monotony, even if only for an hour, just to preserve sanity. Indulge yourself to allow an opportunity for joy to slip inside the protective bubble of fast travel.

Whenever possible, my personal preference is to travel secondary roads. Those kinds of roads (and experiences) described in Blue Highways by William Least Heat Moon. Travel the slower less taken road, enjoy a meal prepared by the third generation owner of a family diner, or sleep in a quiet roadside motel rather than a chain establishment. Talk with locals, visit an “attraction” that looks like it opened in 1953, or eat some ice cream in a small town.

Sometimes a road trip is not really about the end destination. Sometimes the best part is the journey.