If you need to spice up your roadtrip playlist for your drive home for the holidays, look no further!
Traveling always makes me realize how little I know about the world I'm living in each day. It brings out a new curiosity in me that makes me want to see every end of the earth before I leave this planet someday. There is so much to see and I want to see it. There are places here in this world that I could never even imagine to exist, but they do!
Traveling can really make dreams come true — who wouldn't want to experience the moment when you're in pure awe because you see such a beautiful place that is so new to the eye.
Exploring the world is so important because you can step into someone's life and culture. You can get a better understanding of the different people around the world. People celebrate life in so many interesting and different ways than yourself.
I think it is very important to recognize people's varying ways of life because, in the end, it will only connect us as humans more.
Try some new foods and try to master a few words in another language. Journeying to amazing destinations around the world is literally food for thought. It is an education you can't get and learn in school.
Seeing the world will give you the ability to have so many wild adventures (my favorite). Maybe you get into a situation you did not plan on happening, but you get the chance to experience and explore. You will have stories to pass on to your friends or even your children and grandchildren for a long long time.
You might also meet some new friends along the way — take the time to learn their life stories. Make new connections.
Do not be scared to ask for guidance.
Seeing the world will give you a new perspective and a new outlook on life. It may help you to appreciate more of what you have and the opportunities you have. Step out of your comfort zone and challenge yourself to view things differently.
So if you ever get the opportunity to travel or see the world, take it. "I haven't been everywhere, but it's on my list."
As we all know school is upon us. Some of us may be a little more prepared compared to others. I'm in the not so prepared, totally stressed out, in complete panic mode category. But luckily, I decided to go to school across the country and also decided to road trip back for my junior year. Here are a few things I'm glad I had/did while journeying across the country.
1. A plan/route
Let's be serious, if I didn't know where I was going things would've ended very badly.
2. An aux cord/Bluetooth
Listening to just the radio gets really boring AND half the time there's no station available to even listen to.
3. A few kickass playlists
Yes a few. One is not enough when you drive 15+ hours for multiple days, you're gonna want to switch back and forth between a couple.
4. My dog
Yeah it made it a little more difficult because she had to stop more often than I did, and she kept pressing all of the buttons in the car. I'm still glad that she got to experience it all with me, even if she was a little annoying.
5. Taking scenic pictures
I know it sounds stupid but driving cross country really makes you realize how beautiful the world really is and I feel like we forget that and take advantage of it when we experience the same view for weeks, months, and years.
6. Cleaning my windshield off when we stopped
This might sound like a no-brainer but the number of bugs that committed suicide on my window was ridiculous and really made it hard to see. Plus, when I didn't clean the windshield it really ruined my photos.
8. A pillow and blanket
This was mainly beneficial for my dog cause she got to sleep very comfortably in the car. But when we stopped for the night it was nice to have a little bit of home with me.
9. Friends who will keep you company
I can't tell you how many times I was on the phone or on FaceTime with one of my friends. Since I only had my dog, who unfortunately doesn't talk back, my human friends really kept me sane.
10. Taking LOADS of pictures/videos of my dog
Just like every other normal pet owner, I take a lot of pictures of my dog. But this road trip took "a lot" to an entirely new level. She was just so cute, I couldn't help it.
11. Taking pictures of (almost) every “Welcome to ….” sign
I didn't actually start doing this for myself since this was my fourth time driving cross country, but my other mother told me she wanted to see all of them, so she would know where I had been! Which as I was taking the photos I realized it would be really cool to remember them.
12. An awesome support system not only back home and waiting for me at my destination but also joining me
I was glad my parents decided to drive cross country with me. We got to spend a lot of much-needed family time together. When you're driving alone for that amount of time you really start to realize the more important things in life. Although I knew I was lucky with the parents I was blessed with I really realized how good I got it during this trip.
I suggest that everyone travels at some point in their life. Whether you travel for fun with no real purpose or destination, for work, or for school, go out and experience life! It's really a great time to figure out who you are as a person and what truly matters to you.