Following up on last week’s post about adventure, I have a few free days available and will take a road trip. I have not yet decided where to go but here are some tactics I use to figure out where to go on road trips:
- Scenic Drive. I often prioritize a road trip around a specific scenic drive, such as Big Sur, Florida Keys Highway, or anything from Byways.org.
- Specific Event. Sometimes I create a road trip around a conference, a visit to family/friends, or a sporting event or concert.
- Random. Spin the globe or look at a map. Pick a place and go!
- Pick a Direction. North, south, east, or west. See where the road takes you.
- Suggestion. Someone recommends a great drive or you read about one. Maybe there is a restaurant you want to try or a hotel where you want to stay.
- Weather. Escape the rain and go somewhere with sun. Escape the cold and go somewhere warm. Or vice versa. Take a road trip to where the current climate is desirable.
- Deal. Combine a road trip with a fantastic lodging deal. I like taking advantage of one way rental car deals (from Florida in the spring).
- Funness. My basic rules for every road trip include staying off highways and skipping chains (lodging and eating). I like spending an hour or two each day hiking or biking. I leave my itineraries flexible in order to explore unmarked roads and other whims. Perhaps you want to do a road trip with a theme like Route 66 or Lincoln Highway. Or outside the United States, consider Amalfi coast, Great Ocean Road, Loire Valley, or Icefields Parkway.
Which technique do you think I will employ on my current adventure? Or do you have a favorite road trip (whether mentioned or not)? Leave a comment. One random entry will receive a prize.
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