I am not a fan of flying. I can handle it and all, but if ever given the choice between walking, driving, swimming, and flying—I’d choose to drive!
Now, I will admit that with flying, you’ll get there faster and spend roughly the same amount of money (depending on the trip). But then afterwards, you’ve been cramped up in a tiny seat, ears popping (mine anyway) like crazy and after you’ve spotted your seventh cumulus cloud formation, the view will become stale.
You experience none of these on a road trip (…maybe some). You get to pick what time you want to leave, where you want to stop if your legs go numb, and the sights are awesome as long as you don’t pick a route that runs entirely through cornfields…a mistake I’ve made more than once. Most important to me is that road trips feel like I’m in those old-school, adventure movies. In my mind, we’re all in an intense sepia tone with frayed edges.
Road trips are always different too! My road trip experiences include driving through the Appalachian Mountains, experiencing all four seasons in the same day, and outrunning a winter storm appropriately named Draco.
It’s also important to remember that there are a number of pre-trip tasks to take care of. Make sure that your engine oil is at a safe level and that all tires are inflated to the correct pressure. These are for the safety of both you and the car but they will also help you get the best possible fuel mileage. Replace those windshield wipers and brakes if they’re worn out, especially if you expect the conditions to become extreme. Also bring extra towels and blankets, water bottles, snacks, batteries, some general tools and flashlights so that you’ll be ready for anything.
Once those are done, (am I missing anything?) just remember to have fun. See the journey with as much excitement as the destination that you’re headed. I suppose that could be said of any form of commute.
Any-who, for those of you who are traveling this holiday season (and even those of you who aren’t) be safe out there and have an absolutely awesome adventure with plenty of stories to tell!