I have had my fair share of long car rides and drives in the past few years. I spent my college years frequently driving the four hours back and forth between southern Ohio and Michigan. Road trips are arguably one of the best ways to see the world. Ther are accessible to most people as long as you have a car or the ability to borrow or rent one. They also give you the most freedom when traveling. You are able to go where ever and whenever you want.
A few years later, I drove from my childhood home in Michigan all the way across the country, to the Pacific Northwest. I have spent many a night driving furiously to get across the great Wild West and back. All this driving means that road tripping has become one of my favorite pastimes. Give me a few days and an open road and I’m a happy camper.
I’ll admit though even with all the scenery and excitement, I have encountered those long stretches that require anything to break up the monotony of the road. If you are driving solo, long road trips can sometimes lead to long boring drives. Keeping yourself entertained and happy is key to a successful and safe driving experience.
Some of my favorite places to drive are remote and far from the distractions of the city. While the scenery and silence is comforting it can also seem to last forever. These are favorite ways to prepare to break up the sometimes lonely and silent drives on my road trips. If all else fails, bring a friend!
- Favorite podcasts: Podcasts are like having friends right there in the car with you on your road trip. Nowadays you can turn on a podcast with just about any topic. Some of the favorites that keep me hooked even through the endless miles are: My Favorite Murder, Ted Talks, Criminal
- Audiobooks: Books you don’t have to read! Catch up on old favorites or the newest best sellers. Let soothing voices tell you stories true or fiction.
- Playlists: If you love to sing along to songs as much as I do than a travel playlist is a must-have. Keep adding new favorites to your playlist and you’ll have a trip packed with oldies and newbies to jam out to. Keeping music on hardcopy or downloaded on your device will ensure that you are never without something to listen too, even when service is spotty.
- Phone a friend: If you can’t bring a friend with you on your next road trip, take them along virtually via speakerphone or Bluetooth. Chat with old friends or play games over the phone to keep yourself awake and alert.
- Bring a friend(s): This is the most obvious option to keep from going mad. Having someone along for the trip relieves your senses from the focus of the road trip. Bring someone who you know loves to shoot the breeze or tackle tough topics.
- Take the scenic route if possible: One of my favorite options when traveling on the road! If you have time to detour try to take the route with the best views and maybe even some fun stops along the way. Road trips always better with impromptu stops and gives you a chance to stretch your legs.
These are my top hacks for making your next road trip a breeze! What do you do to stay occupied on long drives?
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