The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.
Life was different for our ancestors, even our grandparents. Most of them never moved from their hometown, though reaching important stops in their daily route took a lot of time and energy. Everybody knows an older person who likes to reprimand us with the standard phrase: “when I was your age, I would walk six miles to get to school, uphill. In the snow.” Yes, things have changed. Cars, buses, paid vacations and even giant metal tubes that carry people and fly hundreds of miles up in the air – they all exist, and they available for all.
The budget traveler can merely sit back and reap the benefits the Internet and alternative travel options have made possible. Websites such as AirBnB, which specialize in connecting travelers to rentable rooms and apartments are all the rage, and cheaper charter air travel obtained through proxy browser extensions makes it that much easier to go global. But although distant islands are within your grasp, it remains true that the long distance car journeys are often the best to experience the road.
Before hitting the road, it is advisable to find travel mates to split the fuel costs with. Traveling in twos or threes, as long as you are all comfortable with each other’s presence, can be one of the most rewarding bonding moments your group will have. And what’s the point in bellowing out your favorite tunes on the road, if you’re not joined in by your friends? Turn up that audio system in your car and make up the lyrics as you go!
Road trips depend a lot on the type of road you are traveling down, and though most of the world’s larger highways have been taken care of professionally, there are still enough bumpy paths to make your hinny ache occasionally. But this is the sort of flaws that can take a trip from esoteric to nothing more than a painful memory. Old cars are all right for the road, as long as they are serviced, but if you are going to be driving for a while, then make sure the seats aren’t shabby. Bring extra towels in any case, and protect your derriere. Extra towels? Read extra blankets. Nights on the road can get chilly, and in the worst case scenario, if you stay at a roadside hotel or motel, they may not have the warmest bedding to begin with. Bring your own blanket – soft and snuggly and smelling of home. And don’t forget the travel blanket’s close relative, the travel pillow. These little snug bugs have been saving the necks of wary travelers for decades, and they don’t even take up that much space.
You are comfortable. You are cozy. You are loved.
You are on the road.
Get your kicks!