IMG_0734With 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:

  1. Music. Especially blaring it with the sunroof open and the windows rolled down.
  2. Podcasts. If you are driving alone, make sure to have someone talking in your ear to help you stay awake and alert.
  3. Snacks.
  4. Phone. Who knows if your tire will blow or if you get stranded?
  5. Car chargers for you devices, especially your music devices.
  6. 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.
  7. 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?