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Road trips bring back memories of my youth: Jumping in the car with friends, having no particular destination in mind, listening to music, telling stories and laughing.
And as an adult, short drives and weekend road trips still recharge my batteries. They break me out of my familiar routines and surroundings and bring nature’s beauty into focus.
This weekend, my husband and I drove several hours to visit some friends in Idaho. The trip gave us a chance to explore a part of the country that we hadn’t yet visited, and even in those short stretches of unfamiliar highway it felt like we were traveling abroad.
The changing landscape kept us entertained as we watched tree-lined mountains turn into sage-covered plains, which eventually gave way to snow-capped peaks. From afar, the soft, rolling hills pleaded with me to roll down them, but as we got closer the jagged rocks and shrubs advised against it.
The other benefit is that road trips are usually much cheaper than elaborate vacations. Weekend getaways don’t break the bank, which means they can be planned with more frequency. Week-long adventures often require air travel, car rentals, lodging, and lots of dining out; road trips can be organized with less than a tank of gas and a picnic.
But honestly, you could ride your bike or take the bus for that matter. Cars aren’t necessary. No matter what your mode of transportation, getting some fresh air on the open road is therapeutic.