Road Tripping Across America Described By GIFs

Road Tripping Across America Described By GIFs

Life on the road can be hard y'all

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Some of my favorite memories in the entire world come from the experiences I have while road tripping with my friends. The whole process of a road trip is so exciting. From the planning of the trip to the driving to arriving at the final destination, it can definitely be an experience. Some people have great ones while others have not so great ones.

Some have no problems along the way while others have to deal with a lot of them. No matter what happens on your road trip journey, you will always have memories and experiences. You just got to laugh and reflect at the bad ones.

1. First off, you got to have the right passengers.

If you get to choose who you are going to be road tripping with then you have to pick the right people. You don't want to be stuck with a friend or acquaintance who will get annoyed at hour 3 of your 12-hour road trip.

A group of your close friends is always a wise choice for a road trip no matter how far you are going.

2. Early Morning Start Times

The best road trips always start before 8AM, right? The farther the destination is the earlier you have to get up and the more of a struggle it is. Yes, getting out of your comfortable bed to get into the car for hours and hours may not be the best thing to think about when you get up but there are so many things to look forward to. Just get out of bed!!

3. Nap Time

You may have just got into the car but it's already nap time. Put your noise-canceling headphones so you can fall asleep in your not so comfortable seat with your pillow and blanket in hand. The longer you nap the faster the time will go. Now let's hope your friends don't do anything embarrassing to you while you sleep.

4. Snacks, Snacks, & More Snacks

Food is the most IMPORTANT part of every road trip. If you're like me, I'm literally hungry 24/7 so it's key to have the right snacks to munch on while you're stuck in the car.

You got to have those salty foods like chips, the sweet food like gummy worms, and much more. Don't be that guy who brings terrible snacks because you might be kicked to the curb.

5. Quality Conversations

Talking is always a good way to past the time during a long road trip. The conversations could range from what you are going to do once you get to your final destination, what's going on in your personal life, or what the weird lady from the car that you just passed was wearing.

It honestly doesn't even matter what you talk about it but as long as you can make your time in the car go by a little faster.

6. Potty Breaks

A few hours and a few bottles of water in your road trip, it's time to go but where. Do you pick the sketchy gas station in 5 miles or the nice rest stop in 60 miles. It's very hard decision for you and your bladder. Make wise choices, people.

7. Great Music

Next to food, this is also a very IMPORTANT part of your road trip. It even could be the most important part for some people. Nothing like a bad playlist can ruin the whole experience of road tripping. You need those classic 80s pop songs, the 90s rock songs, R&B from the 2000s, and today's top hits. All of these songs combined with dance moves will make for a great sing-a-long session with your friends.

8. Finally, you made it

Thank God. You have finally arrived at your final destination. Get out of the car and stretch those legs because I know they hurt. The road trip was fun but being done with the driving portion of your vacation is even better. Happy vacationing!

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It's like "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" but Portuguese edition.
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As mentioned before in my "8 Ways You Know You're Portuguese" article, I'm 100% European Portuguese. Which means that if you're reading this, you're probably somehow related to me (see #5). You know these 12 things to be true if you grew up in a Portuguese household:

1. You're pressured to marry a Pork Chop.

A Pork Chop is a Portuguese person. The older generation feels that this term is derogatory, but Portuguese Americans self identify as 'Pork Chops.' Some families will probably disown you if you don't marry a Portuguese guy, but I lucked out and my family is pretty open minded. Let me put it this way, if you're not married by the time you're 28, your grandma and your mother are going to take you to the Portuguese club to find a nice Pork Chop to settle down with. You may not be forced into a Portuguese marriage, but it's highly preferred that you marry within the culture.

2. You're always too fat, even if you're skinny.

Portuguese people are a feminist's worst nightmare. They will body shame the hell out of you and feel no remorse. You could lose 20 pounds and look/feel amazing and a Portuguese person will still say "well, you could stand to lose a few more pounds."

3. You must remember your Portuguese classes that you took when you were five years old.

It is a crime against humanity to a Portuguese person if you don't at least understand the language. If you can speak it, read it, and understand it, you've automatically earned yourself the "golden child" title. Every time I move to a different state, my Grandma's only warning is "don't forget your Portuguese," because someone's got to carry on the culture.

4. Am I white? Mixed? Hispanic? Unclear.

I grew up thinking I was some kind of Latina just because the Portuguese language is so similar to Spanish. You probably feel comfortable in Hispanic communities because of your Portuguese background. I eventually realized that I'm white, but I still get told that I look racially ambiguous. Whenever someone asks what nationality I am, I give them three guesses. It's rare that people ever guess Portuguese, but upon finding out that I am, I suddenly become "exotic."

5. You have 55 first cousins.

This is not an exaggeration. My dad actually has 50 first cousins. I have 13, but I have way more cousins in Portugal that I've either never met, or I've met them, but wouldn't be able to pick them out of a line up. If you go to Portugal and visit all of your relatives, the faces and names start to blur together and it's safe to call every man "Joao" and every woman "Maria" or "Ana Maria" and they'll be delighted that you remembered their names.

6. You have to make sure you don't marry your own cousin.

Portugal is such a small country that if you meet a fellow Pork Chop in America, chances are, you're somehow related or your families are friends. I suggest drawing an extensive family tree before shacking up with a Pork Chop.

7. Somebody is always praying for you.

Portuguese people are devoutly Catholic, so it doesn't matter if you're temporarily down on your luck or a self made millionaire, you have a tia (an aunt) that you probably only see when someone in the family passes away, who prays on the rosary every night for you.

8. You must have a name that can be pronounced in Portuguese.

There are two criteria for naming a Portuguese baby: is it the name of a saint, and can it be pronounced in Portuguese? If your uncle twice removed that you see every six years when you go to Portugal can't say your baby's name, you need to pick a new one. Names like "Riley" and "Jackson" won't get Grandma's approval.

9. You're considered adventurous if you move out of your parents house before you're married.

It's rare that Portuguese women don't live with their mothers until they find a spouse, and even once they do get married, it's not uncommon for their mother to move in with her daughter and her (hopefully Portuguese) husband.

10. You've been given something with Our Lady of Fatima on it.

Fatima is Portugal's claim to fame. It's the city in Portugal where three kids claimed they saw the Virgin Mary in 1917 and it's now a popular, religious tourist destination. Your grandma has probably given you something with the Blessed Mary on it to put in your car or in your bedroom so that you stay '#blessed' all the time.

11. You're not allowed to be a vegetarian.

Portuguese people are fishermen and their specialty is codfish, so it's nearly impossible to maintain a vegetarian diet in a Portuguese household. You can be pescatarian though!

12. You have to warn people before you introduce them to your family.

Have you ever seen "My Big Fat Greek Wedding?" That's what it's like to bring a non-Portuguese boyfriend to a Portuguese family gathering. Good luck.

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6 Reasons Traveling Is Good For Your Mind, Body, And Soul

Wherever you go, go with all your heart.

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Have you ever traveled to a new destination and felt your mood instantly improve? Are you like me and feel happiest when you're on vacation? This is because traveling is a way for you to renew your soul and step out of your comfort zone. It keeps you happy and allows you to experience new things.

Visiting new destinations can open your mind to experiences you didn't even know were possible. You can meet new people, fall in love, try new foods, and see remarkable sites all while traveling. There are no limits to the places you can visit, and the things you can see. Currently, I am on a mini weekend trip to Arizona, and being here has opened my eyes and made me realize how impactful traveling really is on your mind, body, and soul. Traveling should be something you do as often as possible and whenever you get the chance. Here's why:

1. Traveling makes your heart happy 

Traveling is something that most people enjoy. It keeps the heart young and childlike. Traveling brings people joy because they get to experience new things that they love with the people they love.

2. It teaches you to embrace every moment 

Traveling can be unpredictable, especially because you are experiencing new things. Although it can be challenging, we learn best from these unpredictable moments. When we travel we learn to embrace every situation that is thrown at us.

3. Traveling relieves stress and improves mental health 

Traveling reduces stress and allows you to relax. More often than not, you take off work when you go on vacation and you focus on renewing your self. You get away from all the crazy things going on in your life, and you can just relax and focus on your own happiness.

4. It broadens your horizons 

Traveling lets you branch out and experience different cultures. You can try new foods, new activities, and meet all different types of people. You learn diversity, and you learn respect for other people and their culture's. Traveling helps you learn other perspectives around the world and lets your mind think in ways it never has before.

5. It keeps you healthy 

Traveling actually plays a big part in your physical health as well. During vacations, you often walk a lot to destinations and participate in calorie burning activities like hiking and swimming. Activities like these are often why you still are able to get your workout in while on vacation.

6. Traveling reminds you what is important 

Most importantly, traveling reminds you of the important things in life. We live day by day forgetting that every moment is remarkable. Sometimes, we get stuck in the same old boring routine and take for granted the life we have been given. Traveling reminds us that memories are valuable and that our lives should be cherished.

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