4 Ways to Make a Road Trip More Memorable

A road trip is all about enjoying the ride, and here are a few tips on making your road trip even more memorable.

A great road trip isn’t getting somewhere as soon as possible, or about buying that “I <3 New York” mug, or the squished penny souvenir from San Francisco. A road trip is all about enjoying the ride, and here are a few tips on making your road trip even more memorable. 1.Try something new, keep an open mind, and stretch your boundaries! Different regions—even in the same country—have slightly different cultures and different ways of doing things. Instead of becoming offended or judgmental, open your mind and try to understand why things are done this way, even if you don’t agree with it. You may learn a lot. Step out of your comfort zone and do things you wouldn’t normally. You might be surprised what you learn about yourself. Learn to be comfortable being uncomfortable. If you want everything exactly like it is at home then there’s no point in going anywhere! Enjoy the new experiences and routines. 2.Slow down and enjoy the moment. Interact with the local people and environment. Don’t try to hurry to as many places as possible; the best trips are the ones you can stop and truly appreciate the place you’re in. be grateful for the opportunity you have to see and experience this new place. Try to look at the world through new eyes and remember how lucky you are to witness everything around you. Don’t think about troubles at work or school; live in the moment and appreciate what is around you at any given moment. Yes, there will be stressful times or hard times, and things will not always go as planned. But if you keep an optimistic mindset, then you’ll be able to laugh about those times later. 3.Pay for moments instead of possessions. Sure, buy a little memento to commemorate the trip, but focus more on having experiences. Those are what will make your trip worth all the time and effort. And no shot glass is worth more than being able to stand on top of a mountain, or see something rare and beautiful. “Things” will not give you memories or shape our character and view on life. The hike you took through the Grand Canyon riding a burro will definitely stay with you though! Experience life instead of experiencing things. 4.Keep a journal throughout the trip. When you’re not driving—and if it doesn’t make you carsick—write! When you stop for a picnic lunch, write! Writing will help you remember the stories that go along with the pictures you take. Write what happened that day, what you liked or didn’t like, and even write what you ate. Another great way to remember your trip is to take a video. Record everything! Then you get to relive the trip when you go through and edit all that footage. You can also grab stock footage from websites like Art beats to fill in any holes in your video.  Whatever you final destination may be, make your road trip the best it possibly can be, with memories to last for years to come.

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