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10 Irresistible Reasons to Take a Road Trip for Your Next Adventure

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In an age when social distancing has become the norm, travel will likely look different in the foreseeable future.

Fortunately, when it’s safe and appropriate to start taking trips again, traveling by car can be your ticket to freedom.

In fact, there are numerous reasons to take a road trip, from avoiding crowds to enjoying the tranquility of nature.

Plus, you can experience the freedom of traveling at your own pace and on your terms, putting you in control.

So if you’re considering driving when travel restrictions ease up, here are ten compelling reasons to take a road trip.

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1. Enjoy the Built-In Convenience of Social Distancing

It’s no secret that social distancing is most challenging in large public forums, particularly in shared confined spaces.

Therefore, as we move into our “new normal,” travel-related safety precautions will be more important than ever before. Things like wearing masks on planes, mandatory airport health checks, and increased sanitation procedures will become commonplace.

Given the need to socially distance from one another, I predict that road trips will soon dominate the travel sphere. After all, car travel offers the undeniable appeal of built-in separation from others.

In fact, of all the reasons to take a road trip, this one tops the list at the moment.

Whether you’re traveling solo or with a partner you’ve been in close quarters with, you can loosen up a bit.

For instance, you can travel mask-free with the wind in your hair, enjoying the former freedoms you’ve been accustomed to.

Car travel is also less restrictive than flying will be and may even be considered “luxurious” by our new standards.

Relaxing with feet out the window on a road trip

For example, you won’t need to constantly wipe down common surfaces or worry about maintaining a six-foot distance in the car.

Now that’s a breath of fresh air!

2. Knock Some Epic Places Off Your Bucket List Without Spending a Fortune

While there’s nothing like the feeling of flying away from it all, air travel can quickly become expensive. In fact, it can be particularly costly if your bucket list is a mile long like mine is!

Traveling by car can help offset a number of these expenses, including flight fees and hotel costs. This is especially true if you’re planning to sleep in your car or camp out.

Plus, you don’t always need to fly to visit epic places. Sometimes, bucket-list-worthy experiences are only a drive away.

Enjoying the breeze on a road trip

In fact, a number of remote places such as the American Southwest, for example, are more conducive to car travel.

So whether you’re longing to go hiking, cycling, rock climbing, kayaking, or otherwise, a road trip can get you there.

3. Enjoy More Freedom & Flexibility as a Traveler

Public transportation – while often convenient – puts the control in the hands of the transportation provider. As a traveler, you’re somewhat limited by factors like flight times, train schedules, price gauging, etc.

The amount of advance planning you do will largely dictate the experience you have.

On the other hand, when you’re traveling by car, you can enjoy many more freedoms.

Feeling free on a road trip

For instance, you can hit the road whenever, take stretch breaks as needed, and grab chow at your desired eateries. These conveniences would simply not be possible during a long-haul flight, for example.

You’re also not subject to the whims of cancellations or changing dates when you’re in charge of all logistics.

Map and compass for a road trip

As a result, you can spend less time stressing and more time actually enjoying your trip.

4. Enjoy Solitude or Quality Time with Your Partner

The beauty of taking a road trip is the ability to truly escape from the everyday.

While at-home staycations can be a fun alternative when travel isn’t possible, they’re no match for the rush of adventure.

If you’re traveling solo, you’ll enjoy the gift of solitude – just you and the open road. This can be a freeing experience that enables you to unwind, clear your mind, and connect with nature.

Two-way street

Alternatively, a road trip can also be a bonding experience. This holds true whether you’re traveling with a romantic partner, reuniting with your best bud, or taking a family trip.

You can enjoy distraction-free quality time together, unencumbered by outside obligations and pesky crowds.

Reasons to take a road trip as a couple

In addition, traveling with a companion means you can take turns driving, swap sleeping schedules, and soak in the views.

Plus, there’s nothing like experiencing a beautiful view like a sunset with the one(s) you love.

However, regardless of how you design the journey, a road trip is a unique opportunity to reconnect and hit reset.

5. Avoid Airport Stress

I love flying, but I hate spending time in airports.

There, I said it.

To be clear, flying is an amazing luxury that I’m blessed to have access to.

That said, I think a number of airports can stand to revise their procedures a bit.

Nothing deflates my sails faster than unexpected baggage fees, gratuitous airport security scoldings, and overnight layovers at Gatwick Airport.

Hey, we all have our limits.

Fortunately, however, car travel alleviates many of these annoyances.

Excited for a road trip

You won’t need to wait in line, get berated for not removing your shoes quickly enough, or be subject to other irksome airport procedures.

Instead, you can load up the car at your own pace and literally drive the experience you want to have. This can be a welcome change of pace from the hustle and bustle of airport life.

However, please don’t misunderstand me; I will not be giving up flying by any means. After all, I want to continue supporting the travel industry and I know the airline sector has been heavily impacted.

Instead, my future plan is to continue flying in addition to taking more road trips when it’s safe.

This way, I’ll enjoy the best of both worlds while giving back to an industry that’s given me so much.

6. Savor the Experience of Slow Travel

When you have limited time to travel but much to see, your trips can feel a bit rushed.

While short travel stints mean you can cover more ground, you won’t have much time to truly experience a place.

This is especially true if you’re a content creator, as much of your time will go toward documentation for hotel collaborations.

Traveling by car, on the other hand, lends itself to more meaningful experiences that are about the journey, not the destination.

With a car, you’ll enjoy a dynamic itinerary without rushing to catch a flight, make a check-in time, or nail a photo.

Enjoying a water view on a road trip

This will allow you to savor more, rather than rushing to check the next thing off your agenda.

Since you’re not beholden to a schedule, you can stop, set up camp, and soak in a destination before leaving.

If you prefer a scenic adventure, you can prioritize backroads over highways and see where they lead.

Or, if you’re feeling particularly adventurous, you can set aside the map to discover some off-the-beaten path surprises.

Reading the map on a road trip

Once you’re not racing against the clock, you can discover a whole new level of travel contentment.

7. Pack to Your Heart’s Content

As a travel blogger, there’s a constant need to create fresh content for a variety of different channels.

Taking photos on a road trip

Having outfit changes at the ready is key for creating variety on the gram grid and pumping out “fresh” pins (a recent Pinterest push).

Unfortunately, however, putting your closet on wheels is not a viable option, particularly when you’re trying to travel light and/or fit your belongings in a carry-on.

Plus, overpacking can lead to costly baggage fees and a huge pain in your you-know-what while traipsing around. (Trust me, I’ve learned the hard way.)

Enter car travel, a content creator’s dream (and one of my favorite reasons to take a road trip).

You can essentially pack your bags to your heart’s content, as long as everything fits in your vehicle.

packing the car for a road trip

That means more room for those cute-but-cumbersome sun hats that never quite recover from S.S.S (sad suitcase suffocation).

Oh, and those seven pairs of shoes you “absolutely need” for vacay (until you actually don’t).

PRO TIP: If you plan on capturing a lot of content on your trip, consider the environment and plan your outfit colors accordingly. For instance, if you’re visiting an earth-tone-heavy area such as the woods, create contrast by wearing white or red, for example.

While we’re at it, let’s not forget your special pillow, your favorite teddy bear, and the list goes on…

Essentially, car travel means you can take along what you actually want rather than what you can get by with. Talk about luxury!

Just make sure to leave enough space to comfortably sit and/or move around (if you’re in a camper van).

8. Revel in the Peace & Quiet

While the rush of visiting a big city like New York City or Miami can be exciting, the constant stimulation can also be a bit draining.

However, a road trip can offer peace and quiet, particularly if you venture out somewhere refreshingly remote.

Instead of bothersome traffic, noisy crowds, and the loud bar/restaurant scene, you can enjoy the sounds of nature.

This mode of traveling means you can connect with the world around you in a new way.

Use this opportunity to engage all of your senses. Take in the view, breathe the air, feel the earth underneath you, smell the scents, and listen to the sounds.

In addition to providing inner peace, a road trip can also be the perfect way to jumpstart your creativity. Without the constant chaos of everyday life, you’ll have more time to ruminate on ideas and the space to feel inspired.

After all, it’s no coincidence that many writers retreat into nature to find their focus!

PRO TIP: If you’re the creative type, I highly recommend packing a journal, a sketchbook, and/or an instrument for when inspiration strikes!

9. Bring Your Pet

If your least favorite part of traveling is having to leave your four-legged family member behind, fret not!  A road trip means you get to make the rules, including bringing along your constant canine companion, for example.

While my husband and I don’t have a dog just yet, you can bet that when we do, he/she will be the copilot on our adventures!

A road trip can be especially beneficial for active dog breeds, as they’ll have plenty of time to explore and get their daily exercise.

Plus, you won’t have to feel guilty about abandoning/missing your pet while you’re away.

In addition, having your pet in your own vehicle is generally less of a hassle than acclimating him/her to public transportation. For one, you won’t need to worry about weight limits, additional fees, and finding pet-friendly hotels.

Secondly, you won’t need to purchase an airline-approved carrier or keep your furry friend in confinement for long stretches of time.

Instead, he or she can enjoy catching a breeze out the window or curling up in your lap.

10. Sleep in Comfort & Avoid Hotel Stays

If you’re looking to social distance and avoid hotels, a road trip affords you the option of on-the-go sleeping!

This can be a huge perk if you’re a fussy sleeper. You won’t need to adjust to awkward mattresses and itchy bed sheets or check for bed bugs.

Instead, you can enjoy whatever creature comforts you prefer, whether that’s cozying up in your camper van or reclining under the stars.

Regardless of how you arrange it, the beauty of traveling by car is that it puts the control in your hands. By arranging the schedule and traveling on your own terms, you can design an experience that’s uniquely yours.

Plus, you’ll enjoy the flexibility to go where you want, when you want, with the option to switch gears at any time.

In short, your car is your ticket to freedom when the world opens up again.

So if you’re literally looking to be in the driver’s seat, don’t miss the opportunity for a once-in-a-lifetime road trip adventure!

Can you think of any other compelling reasons to take a road trip when it’s safe to travel? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

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38 thoughts on “10 Irresistible Reasons to Take a Road Trip for Your Next Adventure

  1. This is great Elena! I think road trips will definitely be the new travel trend for 2020. I’m excited to do a mini road trip out west when this is over. One day I’ll do a cross country road trip. I love your photos! 🙂

    1. Thanks, Taylor! That sounds amazing; I love the idea of doing a cross-country road trip because I haven’t been out west yet. That’s such an awesome way to experience a bunch of states!

  2. Road trips are my FAVORITE. These are all great tips, especially the fact that you can bring your dog 🙂 This post makes me excited for all my future planned road trips!

    1. Yes! I really need a dog – I feel like that would make the experience complete! I’m so glad to provide some future inspiration 🙂

      1. You are so on the pulse!! This makes a lot of sense and is easy to do. I rent cars since I don’t own one, but that’s not a super difficult planning task. There are a lot of cool places to see that way! And it feels so good to be on the road with someone you actually like 😄

  3. Oh, I am so with you when it comes to road trips. I absolutely love the freedom of the schedule, route and creativity of the open road. I’m sure this will be our first adventure when we feel comfortable getting away. Thanks for sharing all these great tips.

  4. These are some wonderful reasons to take a road trip. The scenic route, going at your own pace, is the best. And I laughed when you mentioned packing to your heart’s content. I’m so good at traveling super light when I need to fly. But when I got on a road trip, I always end up over packing (every single time!).

    1. I’m so glad the post resonated with you! And I’m completely guilty of overpacking for road trips as well, haha! 🙂

  5. I think this will be a summer of road trips and I can’t wait! With so many options to travel far, we forget sometimes how many cool things we have in driving distance of us 🙂

  6. I absolutely love road trips and I cannot wait for travel restrictions to be lifted so that I can get back out there. I think my fave place for road trips is the states. Mostly as I am a little obsessed with roadside diners. xx

  7. Traveling at one’s own pace while avoiding crowds is a great luxury. I LOVE road trips. Even before social distancing was a thing, I have always enjoyed the freedom of being on the road either alone or with friends. This year will likely be the year of road trips!

  8. This is so awesome, and I love all the 10 reasons. Actually I am about to take the road and visit the surroundings of the beautiful area I have lived for the past 15 years and never had the time to explore. Most importantly, taking my puppies with me.

    1. I’m so happy to hear that they’ve been some of your favorite travel memories! Wishing you many more wonderful road trips in the future 🙂

  9. There are so many good reasons to do a road trip, and given the context it will be trendy this summer for sure! My favorite reason is to be able to carry as many things as you want lol ><!

  10. I’ve always wanted to do a Road Trip, especially in the Southwest! I think it would be so much fun, I don’t mind this trend at all.

  11. I’ll definitely be going on some road trips in the next year. Thankfully, I’m based in France so there are some breathtaking landscapes I can visit. Great article, and you really highlight some of the reasons I love a good road trip.

  12. I think road trips will be the trend for this year! People won’t travel internationally as much as before. I love your pictures and all the reasons to take a road trip. I just need a car 🙂

  13. Such an interesting post Elena! I also feel like more people will do road trips in their own country now 🙂
    I personally love road trips!

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