The Magic of the Road Trip
Chances are, if you’ve been my friend for any length of time, I’ve asked you to come along with me on a road trip – it’s without a doubt my favourite method of travel. My love for it was sparked, I think, from the hours spent staring out the backseat car window, on one of the countless car trips my mum, brother and I embarked on when I was a kid.
A road trip is a great test of a friendship. You get to know each other intimately when you’re in a confined space for several days, gaining unrivalled insight into someone’s music taste, engaging in deep discussions, and enjoying long silences when you can just revel in someone’s company, not feeling the need to exchange an endless flow of words. And then there’s the motley array of characters you meet along the way, the roadside food shacks, the unexpected swimming holes, the adventures, challenges and follies – I love them all.
Now that I’m living in the Northern Hemisphere, my birthday is in the middle of summer, which, of course, is optimum road-tripping time. So each year I’ve celebrated it with a road trip with a friend – through Provence, along Big Sur, and, this year, I’ve planned an epic journey from Omaha, Nebraska, to Monterrey, Mexico, via Colorado, New Mexico and Texas.
Some of my other all-time favourite road trips include a summer sojourn through the mountains and beaches of Albania, a beautiful journey through the Great Smoky Mountains in autumn, a stunning trip along the Ligurian Coast in Italy, and a recent adventure with a friend driving through Kentucky in her Mustang convertible.
But just as I tick one road trip off my list, I add a couple more, meaning I’ll hopefully be doing them until the day I die. So tell me, what are your favourite road trips? Or how about your dream road trip? I’d love some new ones to add to my list! (And if you happen to be free for a week or two …)