Today is day 2 of #Bloganuary.
The amount of driving I did in the past two weeks has me wanting to sell my car. No, not really – I need it for daily living – but the driving has definitely exhausted me a bit.
A road trip is different for those that do the driving and for those that are just there – kicking it in the passenger seat or sprawled in the back. While I can definitely be a dedicated driver, it is not my favorite seat in the car for anything other than work/grocery runs. My knuckles turn white as I grip the wheel to make sure I have maximum control. My eyes dry out since they refuse to blink – who knows what the idiots in front of me will do – every second counts! I swear I breathe a lot less, too. All because of the immense responsibility I feel to not kill my fellow passengers. It all stems from my distrust towards other users of the road.
Being a passenger is not all sunshine and rainbows, either – you just get tired of sitting in the same position for so long. You can only adjust so many times before both your legs become stiff and your buttocks tender.
As you can probably tell by now – I have not done too many road trips. I prefer to fly to my destination and save my valuable time rather than waste it on cursing in traffic. However, I definitely see the benefits of traveling by car – enjoying the sights along the way.
While the sights are very important, I think that ultimately, it is your company that will make or break the trip. If I am focusing on the road and the rest is sleeping/scrolling through various social media, my mood definitely deteriorates. It is then that I feel like I am at work and not getting paid while others get to rest and do what their heart desires. But, when we all interact, road trips can be very much fun. Since I like to explore, I am always open to making unplanned stops and seeing things that caught our eye up close.
Many years back, a friend of mine went on a road trip through all of the mainland states of the USA and I definitely think that it is a noteworthy goal for anyone. However, I cannot begin to imagine the amount of time (and gas) wasted on driving through nothingness/boring stuff between your destination points.
Someone I know loves to drive to different states and often tries to have me join them. No, thank you. Mostly, I fail to see the appeal (other than less of a pandemic hassle associated with airports and planes).
Do you like road trips? Why? Why not?
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Do you dream of a specific road trip?
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