How to De-Stress on Your Summer Road Trip
Author: Ariana Rodriguez
Perhaps your idea of road-tripping this summer sounds like stress-free sustainable travel. We can reflect our imagination into our daily lives if we work towards it. You imagine your hair blowing in the wind as you drive to your destination. Carefree and easy. Sometimes we forget the reality of life. Traffic may occur, which can set your plan back. This article will show you how to have the stress-free road trip you have been looking for.
Step 1: Be Prepared
A spontaneous road trip sounds exciting, but it can be uncomfortable when you do not have everything you need. While keeping sustainability in mind, no one wants to be short of road trip snacks on a long trip. Many things can worsen your overall road trip experience if not prepared.
Here are the main essentials that you will need:
- A large bottle of water
- Music (Spotify, CDs, etc.)
- Canned nuts
- Paper bags for trash
- Sleeping bags and tents (if you plan on camping)
- Bug spray
- And anything that is considered essential to you
The video below shows the essentials for your next road trip.
Step 2: Plan It Out, that’s Sustainable Travel
You have obtained the essentials, and you faintly know where you want to go. Most people go straight to their destination, but it wouldn’t be sustainable travel if you didn’t enjoy all the way through it, where’s the fun in not stopping anywhere? Road trips are meant to recharge your soul. For example, if you drive from Miami to St. Augustine, why don’t you stop at the surreal springs near Orlando? Take a break, and pause.
Below is a video that is the perfect example of a planned road trip.
Step 3: Remember to Adapt
Once traffic hits, just breathe. You packed your bathing suits with plans of soaking up the sun just to find rain. Things happen, but there are alternatives. For example, you may have planned to have a day of sun, but the place you are visiting may have an outstanding museum. If plan A does not work, there is always another plan. Be ready to adapt, always.
My Two Cents
Roadtrips are meant to rekindle your life and melt the stress away. Also, pick your easy-going road-trip friends. Bad company will not help you de-stress. Remember to pause and reflect throughout your journey. Rule number 1: Be safe!