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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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Top 10 Places I Would Love To Visit

This is a list of places that I would love to visit in the near future.
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I love to travel. Almost all my life, I have always wanted to explore new places that I've never been to in order to expand my horizons.

Even though my friends hate it, I love taking NUMEROUS selfies to make sure I have a permanent visual representation of that location. But there are places that I, unfortunately, have not travelled and would love to visit in the near future.

These are the Top 10 Places I'd Love to Visit

10. Seattle, Washington

Even though I've been told that it rains there most of the time, I would love to visit the Space Needle and drink Starbucks at its original location. If I have time (and money), I would not mind seeing the Seahawks play in the CenturyLink field.

9. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

This city hosted the 2016 Summer Olympics this past year and I definitely want to visit the sights and sounds televised. From the Sugarloaf Mountain all the way to the Copacabana Beach, this magnificent city has it all. I think it would be best if I visit the city during Carnival.

8. Cairo, Egypt

I can not dance like the girl on this GIF, but I will definitely try if I ever visit Cairo. I might die on a camel's back in the Sahara desert but it will be worth it if I see the Pyramids, the Sphinx, and the Nile River. Hopefully, I will find a REAL oasis that is not a mirage.

7. Rome, Italy

"Are you not entertained?" I will try to say that when I visit the Colosseum and other sites in the Italian capital. I should brush up in my Italian soon so I don't confuse "Can I get gelato?" with "Where can I rent a motorcycle?"

6. China

Not many people know this but I am actually a quarter Chinese. The closest I've ever been to experiencing China was when I visited Hong Kong when I was 6 or 7. What I really want to do is see the forbidden city in Beijing (another Olympic host city) and the Great Wall of China. It also would not hurt eating authentic Chinese food while I am there.

5. San Francisco, California

The only place I've been in California is Los Angeles and I would love to add this metropolitan in my next west coast trip. Besides crossing this iconic bridge, I would also eat food at its Chinatown, take a boat trip to Alcatraz Island, and end my night at the Castro District.

4. London, United Kingdom

Wow, another Summer Olympic host city. I swear I did not even notice my patterns until now. Anyways, I would love to see Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, and London Eye when I visit UK's capital. Just remind me not to drive because I will definitely be driving on the wrong side of the road. Good thing I will be using the red double-decker bus while eating fish and chips.

3. Australia

Hello from down under! One of the biggest islands on the planet is also its own country and continent. I would die happy watching an opera in its iconic Sydney Opera House, watch the Australian open in Melbourne, trek through the Outback, and see a koala and kangaroo. I just hope I do not have to punch a kangaroo when it steals my dog.

2. Hawaiian Islands

Aloha! Because one of my favorite Disney movies is Lilo and Stitch, I am currently binging Hawaii 5-O on Netflix, and Moana was just released in theaters, I should visit this amazing paradise. I do not have to bring my passport to eat in a luau and other festivities in the island. I would love to learn how to surf and and do the hula dance. I just have to make sure I do not run into lava while I am driving.

1. Paris, France

Last but, not least, the city of lights. The love capital of the world would be perfect if I was not single. Nonetheless, I can still visit the Mona Lisa within the Louvre, drink authentic French wine while on a boat floating on the River Seine and visit the top of the Eiffel Tower.

Now that you know where I want to go, I want to hear about your cities. What are some places you would love to visit? Let me know in the comments below.

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Top 10 Places To Visit In Oklahoma

Perfect places for inexpensive day trips.

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These places are some of my favorite to visit in Oklahoma and as a resident here they are perfect for day trips because of the minimal car ride. I hope you visit these locations and enjoy them as much as I have.

1. Turner Falls 

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Turner Falls is in the Arbuckle Mountains and is home to Oklahoma's largest waterfall. You can hike, swim, explore a rock castle, fish, tube, and much more. You can even rent a cabin if you want to stay the night.

2. Pops on Route 66

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Pops is in Arcadia off of route 66 and it is great place to get a burger and a specialty pop; not to mention the light up pop bottle out front. Near by there is the Round Barn which is a completely circular barn that was constructed in 1898 and is a unique structure worth visiting. During the fall Parkhurst Pumpkin Patch is open and during the summer you can head to Arcadia Lake to cool off.

3. Blue Dome District in Downtown Tulsa

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Downtown Tulsa has one of the best art districts in the state and you can visit many art museums the most famous being the Philbrook. There are unique shops and fancy restraunts all composed of stunning architecture. There is a interesting spot nestled in the middle of downtown called "The Center of the Universe" where when you stand in this paticular circle of concrete your voice echoes back to you. Occasionally there are festivals like May Fest, Winter Fest, and Day of the Dead.

4. Bricktown in Oklahoma City

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Bricktown is a beautiful place where there is something for everyone to do. There is a movie theatre, clubs, shops, mini-golf, restraunts, and most famously a riverwalk. You can also visit the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, the Murrah Bombing Museum, and the botanical gardens.

5. Robber's Cave

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Robber's Cave is a wonderful place for exploring. You can walk along the trails, go down into caves, go hiking, or wade in creeks. There is also horse back riding and paddle boating. If you are looking for a relaxing trip in nature, this is it.

6. Woodward Park

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Woodward Park is nice place to take a relaxing stroll through and it is home to an arboretum, (a botanical garden completely devoted to trees), and it also has a regular botanical garden. The scenery is breath taking and it has a playground which makes it an entertaining place for children.

7. The Gloss Mountains

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Even though the Gloss Mountains has 'mountains' in its name, it is actually mesas and buttes. They appear shiny and glass like because of the amount of selenite in their soil. This a truly fascinating place to visit and it is perfect for hiking and viewing wildlife. You won't regret traveling here as you see the sun set behind the mesas.

8. Downtown Guthrie

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Downtown Guthrie is rich in historic buildings and brick walkways. There are antique shops, museums, coffee shops, a theatre. Downtown Guthrie also has a national park that is only an elm tree making it the smallest in the United States. If you are able to come in April there is a carnival and parade celebrating the land run. In December there is an event called the Victorian Walk where people come dressed in Victorian clothes and there are carriages, live music, good food, and carollers.

9. Paseo District in Oklahoma City

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The Paseo District in Oklahoma City has some of the finest shops and art galleries. It is designed to resemble Spanish architecture with authentic clay roofs and stucco building. There are many restaurants to eat at and on Wednesday nights "Sauced at Paseo" hosts a slam poetry night.

10. Chickasaw National Park

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Chickasaw National Park is one of the most gorgeous places you can visit in Oklahoma. You can go hunting, fishing, water skiing, boating, hiking, swimming, and much more. There is wildlife everywhere and it is even located on the Central migratory flyaway path, which makes it perfect for bird watching.

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