10 Things To Do During A Long Drive

10 Things To Do During A Long Drive

Car rides can be boring, but they can be entertaining if you make them.

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Typically, I love driving. For me, it's relaxing and gives me time to think. However, driving for a long period of time can be incredibly boring. Unfortunately, I have to make these long and boring car rides regularly. Going to school 10 hours away from home and needing my car in both places forces me to make the driveway more than I'd prefer. In the beginning, I struggled to keep myself entertained and awake.

So, here are 10 things that help me make my long ride go by smoothly.

1. Always, always have snacks. 

Snacks are a must. Not only do they taste good but they will give you something to do.

2. Prepare by getting a good night's rest.  

This will go a long long way. There is nothing worse then being tired when you're trying to drive.

3. Listen to music you know the words to.

Singing helps, I swear by it.

4. Stop at least twice to stretch your back and legs. 

Cramps are the worst, you gotta stretch yourself out.

5. Podcasts will save your life.

I absolutely love podcasts, Kaitlyn Bristowe's podcast Off The Vine is my favorite. They're interesting and funny and keep your mind turning.

6. Get an audio book. 

This is a great way to pass time, It's like listening to movie you don't want to turn off.

7. Try calling everyone in your contacts until someone answers. 

Get some social interaction in your life. If the first person doesn't answer move on to the next, if anything it's entertaining.

8. Make sure to wear comfortable clothes. 

There is nothing worse than being uncomfortable for hours on end. Wear your favorite sweatpants and look like a bum, you deserve it.

9. Have a playlist ready before getting in the car. 

Put all those favorite songs of yours on a playlist and press shuffle.

10. Look around you and appreciate the scenery .

You never know what you'll miss when you're not looking.

Car rides can suck, but if you do your best to entertain yourself they'll go by faster than you think. Don't dread them, make them fun.

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​9 Must-Go Day Trips In Virginia

Virginia is for lovers -- and adventure!
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As the weather starts to warm up, all you want to do is be outside and enjoy the sunny Virginia days. There are so many things to do in this beautiful state, and these towns and attractions are perfect for day trips. From the gorgeous lakes to the big cities and everything in between, there is something for everyone! Pack your car up, grab your friends and get ready for adventure.

1. Smith Mountain Lake

This is Virginia’s most popular lake with over 500 miles of shoreline, a variety of water sports and lakefront real estate. Rent a paddle board or a boat with some of your friends for the day. It’s a guaranteed good time.

2. Arlington National Cemetery

This cemetery overlooks Washington, D.C., and is home to the grave of John F. Kennedy and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier memorial. After visiting the cemetery, you can drive to the 9-11 Memorial at the Pentagon or stop by the U.S. Marine Corp War Memorial.

3. Richmond

If you haven’t spent a day in Richmond yet, you’re missing out. While everyone knows Richmond has a lot of history (i.e. the Virginia State Capitol), it’s also known for its craft beer, food tours, shopping and arts. You can also go down the James River to picnic or go rafting.

4. Colonial Williamsburg and Busch Gardens

Williamsburg has a lot to offer, ranging from the colonial aspects to give you an American Revolution experience to the screaming fun aspects of Busch Gardens. Whether you plan to visit spots frequented by George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, or get a cliché taste of Germany on roller coasters, you’ll never be bored here!

5. Charlottesville

This city is filled with arts and culture that are grounded in rich tradition. Here you can visit Monticello, try amazing food all around town or listen to a variety of music at the Charlottesville Pavilion.

6. Shenandoah National Park and Skyline Drive

The Shenandoah Valley is right in the heart of Virginia. You can visit the park in October when the autumnal colors are most vibrant, in addition to taking a run down Skyline drive for amazing views. Along this path, you can stop at the summer home of President Hoover and the Old Cave Cemetery.

7. Virginia Beach

Whether you’re looking for the beach, various amusements or museums, this beach is a great destination for soaking up the sun and having a good time.

8. Assateague and Chincoteague Islands

Assateague and Chincoteague are partly located in Maryland and partly in Virginia. Here you can view the huge protected wildlife sanctuary, which is most notably known for its wild ponies. You can also go hiking, swimming, fishing or kayaking here - to name only a few.

9. Luray Caverns

These caverns are in Luray, Virginia, and were discovered in 1878. Inside you’ll find the “StalacpipeOrgan” – the world’s largest musical instrument.

No matter where you end up in Virginia, there are tons of great things to do. From great art to delicious food to rich history, this state has it all!

Cover Image Credit: The Foxfield Inn - Charlottesvilla, VA

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15 Must-Have Road Trip Songs That Will Get You Hyped For The Long Drive Ahead

You can guarantee these songs will be a total hit on the next road trip!

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With any long road trip, it is hard to pick a playlist that has songs everyone will enjoy. These fifteen songs are guaranteed to keep everyone satisfied and hyped up for the drive.

1. "On the Road Again" by Willie Nelson

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Willie Nelson will be happy you're enjoying the song with your friends as he enjoys making music with his friends.

2. "Life is a Highway" by Rascal Flatts

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Although it's a little cliche, this song will surely get your friends singing.

3. "Beast of Burden" by The Rolling Stones

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Jimmy Fallon knows it too, Beast of Burden by The Rolling Stones is a jam.

4. "Go Your Own Way" by Fleetwood Mac

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Go your own way on a road trip and sing this song with Stevie.

5. "With A Little Help From My Friends" by The Beatles 

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You and your friends will surely bond over this tune from the Beatles.

6. "L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N" by Noah and the Whale

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Noah and the Whale will brighten up any situation with this song, even if your tire pops or you run out of gas.

7. "Welcome To Your Life" by Grouplove

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This inspirational jam will have everyone in a positive mood for the rest of the trip. Thanks Grouplove!

8. "A Real Hero" by College and Electric Youth

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"From A Place Beyond the Pines" to your car speakers, this song is great for when people start feeling a tad emotional as those long car rides become longer than expected...

9. "Live and Let Die" by Guns N' Roses

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When your friends start getting sleepy, wake them up with a little Guns N' Roses.

10. "Spirit in the Sky" Norman Greenbaum

"Spirit in the Sky" by Norman Greenbaum is a classic that your road trip playlist would be incomplete without.

11. "Under Pressure" by Queen and David Bowie

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It's one of the best collaborations in history, Queen and David Bowie would be disappointed if it wasn't in your playlist.

12. "Sister Golden Hair" by America

Sister Golden Hair by America is a great song to cruise on a long road to. Only looking forward and no looking back.

13. "Walking In Memphis" by Marc Cohn

Marc Cohn couldn't have made a better song to hype up you and your friends for a road trip! This song will get everyone in the car excited to get to your destination.

14. "Drive" by Alan Jackson

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For all country lovers, this song is perfect for a road trip and to get a little sentimental on the drive. Alan Jackson, you really did us a favor!

15. "All Night Long" by Lionel Riche 

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No matter how long the drive will be, Lionel Riche will keep you singing all night long!

I hope you guys have found some songs out of this list that you like!

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