Why Road Trips Are Worthwhile

Why Road Trips Are Worthwhile

Life is a like a highway, and you're not going to want to miss travelling on it!
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There's something so exciting about going on a road trip. From packing up the car to its breaking point and barely having any room to sit, to road-trip snacks, and of course we can't forget about the many hours of jamming in the car. Whether it's only an hour or several days of driving, road trips are exhilarating. As a child, my family and I would take many road trips up to Canada. These trips were five days long, with each day consisting of around eight to 10 hours of driving in one minivan with seven people. These days were long and there were times we were sick of each other, but those are some of the best memories of my childhood because we all grew so much closer and got to experience so many amazing sites and gained so many more memories. Here are some of the highlights of road trips:

Bonding moments

Road trips are a great opportunity to get to know people. I mean, you're stuck in a confined space for a long period of time, so you're bound to be closer after the trip. It's a chance to talk and share the experience of travelling together. You can bond over many different road trip experiences such as trying to figure out where you're going because you're going to second guess your GPS or the directions at least once or classic road trip games and of course we can't leave out the road trip snacks.

Having fun times

You've got to admit that road trips can be a lot of fun. The countless jam sessions are a blast, and being able to roll down the windows and sing at the top of your lungs is so freeing. Because you have so much time, you literally cover all of the bases with music. You can go from pop to classic rock to Broadway to rap to country to even "High School Musical" -- no musical genre is left out. Road trips games like I Spy are also a classic and a great way to both have fun and look at the scenery around you. Time goes by faster when you're having fun, and games make the trip so much more enjoyable and memorable.

Being stuck together

Let's be honest, it's not a real road trip until you threaten or actually kick someone out of the car. A positive about being stuck in a car is getting close with people, but a negative of that is being with them for too long. Everything they do starts to annoy you and they will probably ask to use the bathroom a million times or change the radio in the middle of your favorite song or their little quirks will drive you crazy. So a good solution is to pull over and get some air and space, you just better hope you're close to your destination.

Seeing the land and sites

You can't go on a road trip without visiting at least once site. That's one of the best parts of going on a road trip, you have the opportunity to be that tacky tourist and do all of the tacky tourist activities which are so much fun and great memories to look back on. Driving in a car also gives you the opportunity to see your surroundings and that you're physically travelling. With a plane for the majority of the trip you're in the clouds and then all of a sudden you're at your destination, but with driving you can literally see how far you've gone and have been able to enjoy and explore how big and vast the world is firsthand.


Road trips will always be something I cherish, and any chance I get to go on a road trip, I take it because you never know what you will encounter and experience. You will go closer to the people you travel with and you'll create tons of fun memories together.

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What Your Hogwarts House Says About You

Get yourself sorted and find out where you belong in the world of witchcraft and wizardry.
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Sorting at Hogwarts is a big deal. Being sorted into a house is essentially being placed into a family while you are away from home learning about witchcraft and wizardry. Your house is made up of the people you will live with, go to classes with, play Quidditch with and everything in between. You basically spend 24/7 with them. Your Hogwarts house is your home away from home.

When you get sorted into a house, it is based on your personality traits. The people in your house are typically like-minded people who display the same characteristics as you.

When you’re a first year at Hogwarts, the minute you set foot in the castle you are swept into the Great Hall to have the ancient Sorting Hat placed on your head. This Sorting Hat decides which “family” you’ll be spending your seven years with.

For some, it is very obvious which house they will be in, due to certain personality traits they possess. For others, they may exemplify traits that fit a multitude of houses and are uncertain where they may end up.

To find out where you belong, you can take the official "Harry Potter" Sorting Hat quiz at Pottermore.com. For all you muggles out there, these are the characteristics that the houses possess and what your house says about you:

Gryffindor: The house of the brave, loyal, courageous, adventurous, daring and chivalrous. Those who stand up for others are typically Gryffindors. Brave-hearted is the most well-known Gryffindor characteristic, and Gryffindors are also known for having a lot of nerve.

Gryffindors are people who hold a multitude of qualities alongside the ones listed, making them a very well-rounded house. People who are Gryffindors are often people who could fit nicely into another house but choose to tell the sorting hat they want Gryffindor (there's that bravery). "Do what is right" is the motto Gryffindors go by.

Being a Gryffindor means that you're probably the adventurous and courageous friend, and you are usually known for doing what is right.

Ravenclaw: The house is known for their wisdom, intelligence, creativity, cleverness and knowledge. Those who value brains over brawn can be found here. Ravenclaws often tend to be quite quirky as well. "Do what is wise" is the motto they strive to follow.

Though Ravenclaws can be know-it-alls sometimes, they most likely do know what the wisest decision is.

If you are known for being the quirky friend, the smartest in the group or just great at making wise decisions, you're definitely a Ravenclaw.

Hufflepuff: This house values hard work, dedication, fair play, patience, and loyalty. Hufflepuff’s are known for being just and true. "Do what is nice" is their motto.

Hufflepuff is known as the “nice house” and believes strongly in sparing peoples feelings and being kind. This is not to say that Hufflepuffs aren't smart or courageous. Hufflepuffs just enjoy making others happy and tend to be more patient towards people.

If you ever find that you are too nice for your own good and cannot bear to hurt someone’s feelings, congratulations, you are a Hufflepuff.

Slytherin: This is the house of the cunning, prideful, resourceful, ambitious, intelligent, and determined. Slytherin's love to be in charge and crave leadership. "Do what is necessary" is the motto of this house.

Slytherin is a fairly well-rounded house, similar to the other houses. They are loyal to those that are loyal to them just as Gryffindors are and are intelligent as Ravenclaws.

Slytherin house as a whole is not evil, despite how many dark wizards come out of this house. That is merely based on the choices of those wizards (so if your friend is a Slytherin, don’t judge, it doesn’t mean they are mean people). Slytherins do, however, have a tendency to be arrogant or prideful. This is most likely due to the fact that everyone in Slytherin is exceedingly proud to be there.

What Hogwarts house you’re in says a lot about the person you are, the traits you possess and how you may act in some situations. But in the end, your house is really just your home that is always there for you. Always.


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Three Of The Best Halloween Horror Movies

Because when it comes down to it, what is October without horror movies?

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As Halloween is just around the corner, and everyone knows that the holiday really officially starts on the first of the October, here are some of the best horror movies to creep yourself out. And these ones may be older, but they'll always be an example to some of the more modern films.

Scream

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Known as one of the most iconic teen slasher movies of all times, this film contains just the right amount of murder along with satire. It's unpredictable and holds plot twists like no other.

Psycho

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Although Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho doesn't show much in terms of gore, it is a psychological thriller like no other. It is a quietly unsettling movie. Everything about it is great, including the plot, characters, and even the angle of the camera shots. It may be almost 60 years old now, but it still holds up well.

Halloween

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Because what better movie to watch on Halloween than one with the same name as the holiday? This flick pulls no punches in terms of violence and killing. A cautionary warning; if you watch this one, you'll probably be on edge all night.

The night before Halloween (or the night of) is the best time to settle in and watch these movies with some friends and a big bowl of popcorn. Popcorn that you will most likely end up spilling, due to all the jump scares.

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