Friday, September 3, 2010

Things We’re Afraid to Tell You About Road Tripping

This is a great topic to discuss in this week’s blog because, well let’s face it, things aren’t always butterflies and rainbows while on the road.

Here are a few things we’re afraid to tell you about road tripping:

1.  It’s not always fun and games on the road:

Don’t get me wrong, I love road tripping, but it can also be extremely difficult at times. When you’re confined in a car with the same person 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for the duration of your trip, it’s easy to get on each other’s nerves. Pair that with extreme mental and physical exhaustion from driving long hours and spending time exploring, and we can get short tempered much quicker than usual.

While road tripping across Canada a few years ago, it only took 3 provinces before we got on each other’s nerves :)

2. Get ready to be disappointed

We spend a lot of time prepping for our road trips before we leave, and there are some destinations/attractions/towns that excite us more than others. It’s a hard pill to swallow when you drive for several hours straight, trying to make it to a certain destination only to be disappointed when you get there, ie the place is closed due to instances, or it’s not as cool/exciting as it looked online. This happens …

3. Money is always an issue while road tripping

I’m generally not a fan of discussing financials with people, but when road tripping, it’s important to know your financial situation. Unless you’re from the area, are familiar with certain states or provinces, or do your homework, be prepared to spend extra money on tolls and unexpected expenses.

Gas prices are the other issue; Gas generally equates to about 70% of our road trip costs, and with the rising price of gas it can become quite difficult to road trip often. In an effort to save money, we often opt to sleep in the car while travelling. We generally drive in shifts, napping between destinations. This saves us quite a bit of money on hotel costs, but often leaves us extra tired from not getting a good night sleep in a bed.

4. Showers can sometimes be few and far between

Because we opt to sleep in the car often while travelling, we don’t get to start off our mornings with a nice fresh shower. Quite often we find ourselves spending our days exploring, and nights driving to the next destination before sunrise.

This has also made for some amazing memories. While on our first road trip across Canada, we drove down through New Hampshire on our way home, and stumbled into a local YMCA for a quick shower and a nice swim. It was well needed, and left us with a great laugh at how dirty we could get within a few short days.

5. We get lost really easily – and it can be extremely frustrating!

I’ve seen many quotes and ecards that say things like “road trippers never get list, we just go on new adventures.” Well this isn’t always true, especially when you have places to go and a schedule to keep while travelling.

I can’t tell you how many times we’ve gotten lost, read directions wrong, or taken a wrong turn on or off a highway. Combine that with little sleep, and things can escalade quicker than necessary.

6. We need our time apart after travelling

I’ve been road tripping with my good friend Tatiana for several years now, but after spending so much time with her in the car, we often don’t speak to each other for several days (if not weeks) after returning home from road tripping. We find that we just need that time apart to recover from our crazy road trip adventures, and time general time apart.

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