Hundred calorie packs of cookies. Gushers. Twix. Bottles of water and Gatorade and (for those weirdos out there) soda. Going on a road trip is basically license to travel around with your own mini fridge. Feeling a bit parched? Just grab something from the cooler. Bored? Munch on some chips. No one else is hungry for lunch yet? Eat the last of the cookies. That’ll show ‘em.
2. Exploring the hotel room
Most hotel rooms are pretty similar. A couple of beds. A crappy TV. Bathroom in varying states of not that clean. Little tiny soaps next to the sink. We all know what to expect when we unlock the door. Buuuuuut there’s still that little child inside of you that gets excited about the idea of sleeping somewhere you’ve never slept before and can’t help but marvel over every mundane detail. Ooh, the shower curtain is curved. Hey, this pillow isn’t even that uncomfortable! Look at that, a Bible in the drawer.
3. Anticipation of continental breakfast
Free anything is always exciting. Particularly food. So you walk out the door, still in your pajamas, head down the stairs toward the lobby. Wondering what there will be. Waffles? Fruit? Juice? Chocolate? You can hardly contain your excitement as you round the corner. And then inevitably fix yourself a bowl of cereal. And maybe a muffin or two. Ooh, and some yogurt. *Gasp!* Donuts?!?!
4. Finding anything is an adventure
Hey, I’m getting hungry. We should probably go get some dinner.
Sounds good to me. Which way do you want to go this time?
Let’s try left. All we found when we turned right was a White Castle and that Big Momma’s Home Cookin’ place.
Good call. I wonder what might be left. Ryan’s? Olive Garden? Maybe a Texas Roadhouse?
Where? Turn, turn!
5. Driving early in the morning
At 6:30 on a Saturday morning, there is literally no one else on the highway. Just you and that wide open ribbon as far as the eye can see. No trucks trying to pass each other. No broken down buicks going ten under the speed limit. No rude minivans refusing to let you into the passing lane. This is particularly enjoyable in areas such as Western Oklahoma where the speed limit is 75. There’s just so much freedom packed into those extra 5 miles per hour…
Whether your trip lasts three days or three weeks, there’s always excitement to be found in getting away from home and trying something new.