With Christmas coming closer, my family decided to meet me in Colorado for a ski vacation, and drive home together. As I drove to meet them, I realized road trips hold a plethora of picturesque scenes. Red rocks, snow capped mountains, and steep canyons fill the drive from Provo, Utah to Denver, Colorado. I felt the magnitude of the nature surrounding me and the insignificance of myself, as I drove the seven hours to the winter vacation spot.
I discovered the west tugs at anyone who visits. Something primal about the rugged landscape attracts outdoor enthusiasts like mosquitos to a headlamp. The inner adventurer comes out in full force.
Here are some keys to a killer road trip:
- Music. Especially blaring it with the sunroof open and the windows rolled down.
- Podcasts. If you are driving alone, make sure to have someone talking in your ear to help you stay awake and alert.
- Phone. Who knows if your tire will blow or if you get stranded?
- Car chargers for you devices, especially your music devices.
- Take time to explore. You passed a sign for the world’s largest gumball? You saw a scenic overlook? While it may add 15 minutes, the stops are almost always worth the extra time.
- Friends. While I drove alone, road trips I’ve been on with friends can lead to some crazy stories.
Next time you go on a road trip, remember to explore, especially on cross country trips. Who knows what you’ll find?