The Allure of Road Trips

By: Kaitlyn and Sarah

With summer around the corner, so close we can practically taste the Bomb Pops, fresh-squeezed lemonade and hot (or veggie) dogs, we want nothing more than to travel. Due to insufficient funds (a notification we get from our bank accounts far too often), our dream road trip is currently not possible. But that doesn’t mean girls can’t dream…

We would start on an early, bright day in Milwaukee. The sun would be warm and the Pinned Imagebreeze smooth. We would open up all of our windows and throw a backpack of our lives in the backseat. We would pull out a giant map, one that covers up the whole dashboard and pretend that we know how to read it. We would throw on our sunglasses and our arms out the window, moving them with the wind like airplanes or wings. We would blast The Avett Brothers and then all of our favorite Disney sing-a-longs out of the speakers and smile because that would be the only thing necessary in that moment.

We’re picturing ourselves in a beaten down, red convertible. It’s not perfect, but it gets the job done. We travel Route 66, the Great American Highway. We travel the Mississippi River. We travel the Appalachian Trail. And just drive.

We would explore everything around us from nomming down at sketchy roadside food places to hiking small mountains. Of course we stop at the World’s Biggest Ball of Yarn and the Smithsonian museums. We would meet some pretty awesome people that inspire us in new ways and spend the night writing about them. We document the whole trip on the backs of used-bookstore receipts, coasters from the awesome burger joint we found and our favorite notebooks.

We also document via photographs, so we can show our kids someday. Here’s us eating waffles at every local waffle diner we could find, channeling our inner Leslie Knope’s. Here’s us buying sunflowers from a street vendor. Here’s the caricature we absolutely hated ten minutes after it was drawn. Here’s the sun setting after a wonderful day. After a wonderful road trip.

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Let’s be real. We’ve been planning our dream, continental road trip since the day we became friends. And we know we’re not the only ones. Everyone daydreams about taking a giant road trip with their friends or significant others. Why is that? What is so alluring about taking a road trip? What makes it better than just a normal, fly-in-a plane trip?

There’s just something about traveling in a car that makes the experience more genuine. When you’re in a plane, you fly over everything else and are unable to take a look at anything up close. On a road trip, there’s not just an end destination, but instead a series of mini destinations. It doesn’t matter if you take a wrong turn or go off course for a couple hours…or days. And that’s where the magic of a road trip takes place. There’s magic in not exactly knowing where you’re going or what you’ll find on the way. Road trips are about discovery, experience and adventure.

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We're Sarah and Kaitlyn, roommates from Milwaukee who started this blog to promote creativity and life.
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