Enjoy the Journey – Live beyond the Top Ten Destinations!

When most people think about taking a vacation or doing something special, they focus on a destination.  I want to go to the beach!  I want to explore New York City!  I want to see the Grand Canyon!  This is understandable.  When people talk about where they’ve been or post pictures, they refer to a place – a elderly womandestination – and then someone hears it or reads it or sees it and says “I want to go there too”!  But, when we do that, we are missing out.  We are missing out on the millions of other beautiful, unique, extraordinary places that aren’t in anyone’s “Top 10” list.  We are missing out on meeting that wrinkly, elderly lady from “the mother land” selling her flowers at a roadside stand in the middle of nowhere.  We are missing out on discovering the wonderful tastes and smells wafting from a well broken in kitchen of a little diner at the edge of a small town.

Sure, all of these are places.  Just like the famous ones.  But, unlike the famous ones, you’re probably not going to find them on a popular travel site or in a travel guide or even on tripadvisor.  These are places that are stumbled upon in your journey called life.  Don’t get me wrong, when you plan a roadtrip, you have destinations in mind and you plan out a route.  You may even make reservations or buy a ticket or Groupon for the places you want to go.  This is what we do and this is what I can do for you on this website.  But, if that’s all you do, you’re missing a large part of what makes roadtrips so worthwhile.  Taking a roadtrip gives you opportunities to discover those places you would never have known about or thought of ahead of time.  They can be literally in your path or just off your planned route.  So, what to do?

This website and blog is intended to give you some insight into some of those places before you go.  We are focused on the places that aren’t necessarily on someone’s bucket list, but really should be.  However, even we can’t discover and know about everything there is to see and experience along your journey.  As you make your way each day, you need to ask the locals where they like to eat, what they like to do, what hidden treasures they know about.  When you see a little diner with the parking lot filled, stop in and have their specialty – maybe it’s breakfast, lunch, or dinner, or maybe it’s just homemade pie or cinnamon rolls.  Our US roads are filled with green and brown signs pointing out local sights or historical markers.  Swing in and check them out.  Use your phone to search for scenic sights, waterfalls, hiking/walking trails near you.  Plan each day so you have enough time to explore where you are.  Sometimes, there are miles and miles where there really is not much to see or do.  If that is truly so (don’t assume, do your homework when you’re there! You might be surprised…) – then use these stretches of road to cover ground so that you have more time later.  When you make lodging reservations, make sure you can cancel them and know when the deadline is!  Minimize the commitments you make to yourself on any given roadtrip so that you have the time to experience the hidden gems along the way.  You may get lost, you may find that what you thought might be interesting was a dud, or you may even mess up other parts of your plan.  Be flexible and keep a good attitude!  Those may be your best memories!

In life, take time to enjoy the journey and make memories.

Thanks for reading!

Kristi (aka The Trippy Tripster)

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Kristi enjoys traveling and taking road trips to fully experience life. She loves to find local eateries, off the beaten path hidden gems, and the secrets to enjoying the journey.

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(6) Comments

  1. Jim

    You have hit on the best way to take a road trip!

    My best memories have come from unexpected and unplanned visits to out of the way tourist sights at the end of rusty old signs and small neighborhood hangout type of mom and pop diners that look like the typical greasy spoons.

    This is the only way to meet real people living real lives. They do not work as tour guides. They have farms, work in coal mines, repair cars in a beat-up old garage. And, they have real and interesting stories to tell.

    Great article!

    Keep them coming!

    Jim

    1. Trippy Tripster

      Thanks Jim!  I agree!  That’s what makes roadtrips so special!

  2. Megan

    You are so right about road trips. Some of the best trips I’ve had with my children are road trips where we have a destination in mind but on the way find that quirky little shop. Whilst I am in Australia it’s the same size as the US and offers the same sort of experiences on a road trip – vast distances spotted with small towns. A few years back we drove from Queensland to Tasmania (we did get on the ferry for the last bit) and we found some great little places that we would never have seen if we’d flown. Your post is such a great reminder that a road trip can allow you to stop and smell the roses so to speak.

    1. Trippy Tripster

      Thank you for your comment!  I would love to experience Australia some day and if I do, road tripping is a must! Otherwise, you only get to see the touristy spots.  Of course, it can take longer, but is well worth it!

  3. Kevin

    When I was younger, I liked to go to more popular destinations like New York, Boston and Los Angeles, but more recently, I have gone to more rural destinations. Summer of 2016, I took a week off and went down to Virginia, but didn’t go toward Washington DC. I drove down Sunrise Drive and part of the Blue Ridge Parkway. I knew more people went in the fall. So there wasn’t a lot of traffic. From there I went across Virginia, past Richmond, Williamsburg and Virginia Beach and ended up on Chincoteague Island on the Eastern Shore. The Eastern Shore of Virginia is beautiful and driving across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and Tunnel was awesome. I hope to do more trips like this in the future. Thanks for the article!

    1. Trippy Tripster

      Isn’t it amazing the beauty you can discover in every state by just exploring?  We get these images in our mind about what a state is like based on the popular destinations and then we realize they are so much more!  I would love to get more information about what you found in your journey!  Thanks for reading!

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