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7 Tips for the Perfect Summer Road Trip

Planning a road trip this summer? Follow these tips for the perfect summer road trip!

1. Pick a destination

For some, going on a road trip with no plan is the epitome of adventure. For others, there is assurance in knowing where they are headed. Regardless of how you categorize yourself, why not choose a destination you’ve never been to before? Now while it’s not necessarily about the destination, but rather the journey, it’s nice to know that the adventure doesn’t have to end once the engine is turned off.

2. Bring Friends

Pack up the car with friends and your road trip is guaranteed to be a success. Or, at the very least, you’ll be having a ton of fun!

3. Pack an instant camera

Today’s generation constantly desires instant gratification, and in this digital age, it isn’t difficult to achieve that. But why not take it back a decade or two? Buy a disposable camera or use a Polaroid to document all those unforgettable moments.

4. The infinite playlist

Like peanut butter and jelly… Bonnie and Clyde… great music and road trips go hand-in-hand. Load up your playlist with everyone’s favorite songs. Bonus points for those that can be sung at the top of your lungs!
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5. Make healthy snacks

Sure, the candy and junk food will keep your energy levels up in the short-run. But for those car journeys lasting longer than half an hour, those snacks just won’t cut it. Plan ahead and stash your cooler with refreshing fruits, crunchy vegetables, and water.

6. Make a difference along the way

Make your road trip experience even more rewarding by interacting with the local community. It can be as simple as shopping at a local farmer’s market or picking up trash. Or at your destination, go the extra mile and volunteer at a local non-profit. The choice is yours!

7. Your adventurous spirit

Half the fun of a road trip is the spontaneous pit stop(s) made along the way. Be adventurous and have fun!

Oh, and of course, you can’t forget the road trip essentials: comfy clothes, hand sanitizer, and your favorite pair of SOLOs!

 

Why Adventure Makes Life Fulfilling

Here’s the thing about life: it’s full of wonder…so wander. Curiosity is one of the best qualities in a human being. It’s a quality that allows personal growth, mentally and spiritually.

Last year, I took my wanderlust to a whole new level – exploring ten countries, going on adventure after adventure. My friends and I would spontaneously book trips and seek to discover the world. We witnessed unbelievable architecture in Budapest, hiked along the Cliffs of Moher in Ireland, and were inspired by the chicest streetwear in Milan.

While living in Milan, I would convince my friends to hop on the metro with me and randomly pick a number between 1 and 10 to determine which stop to get off at. Then, we would simply explore that neighborhood; and each moment of spontaneity felt fulfilling. I often solo-adventured like this while abroad, and I apply the same concept here when driving on the freeway. I’m very fortunate and grateful for the experiences I have had abroad, but adventure is always right outside your door. You just have to go out and find it.

And if I’m speaking with candor, some of the best adventures are the ones enjoyed in solitude. During the end of my experience, I took the train to Cinque Terre, Italy in which beholds five beautiful, intimate towns along the Italian coast. From hiking day and night to sleeping on the beach beneath the stars, I started to reflect how much I learned during the most five incredible months of my life to date.

A Beautiful Building in Budapest

Cliffs of Moher

Within exploring the world and exploring life, I lost and found myself all over again. I met strangers who shared their stories and was enlightened by each and every one’s lust for life. It’s crucial to not live to merely exist, but to live life full of passion and zeal. We cross paths with people for a reason, and these strangers made me love adventure that much more. You’ll discover the most stunning scenic views that will make you radiate the most gigantic smile and meet people who will touch your heart and soul. We live in a beautiful world with beautiful people, and adventures will open your eyes and mind to this idea that some may claim foreign.

 

Now get lost.

My First Adventure

By: Mariah Adams

No matter where I seem to move or where my travels take me, I always find myself wanting to explore on my own. And though I’m sure my mom would like to forget this, I have been doing just that since a very young age.

When I was about three years old, my family and I moved to a small village in Germany for my dad’s work. In the town of Münster-Amelsbüren, I attended kindergarten and first grade. Everyday, my mom walked me to and from my kindergarten a couple blocks away. One day, I decided I wanted to find my own way home (or to Frau Rose’s bakery...or maybe it was the toy store that sold the Scala dolls?), much to my mother’s dismay. Of course, mind you, I did not live very far from my home, but I still managed to walk in circles in our small town. People around the town square recognized me and tried to corral me in the right direction even though I insisted on going my own way. Eventually I was intercepted by the couple that use to babysit me and they returned to my mother. I will always remember trying to adventure out on my own at that age.

Later in life, this need to go off on my own would follow me to Spain in the eighth grade, or Vancouver the summer after my junior year of college. In Spain, I would find an elusive toy store that sold Diddls, mouse dolls from Germany. In Vancouver, I discovered savory fish and chips in Stanley Park. I have found that I cannot sit still if I feel I need to explore an area, even where I live in San Diego. It may be cliché, but you never know what you may find around the corner.

Embrace your wanderlust and chase the unexpected.