Have you been feeling tired and stressed from your daily routine? Do you want to get away from it all but you can’t file any more vacation leaves? Do you wish you could recharge without having to be absent from your job for too long? We’re sure you have friends and colleagues who are feeling the same way. So go ahead and schedule a weekend to get together for a road trip.
It’s a quick getaway that gives back huge benefits for your overall wellness. Here are 5 reasons why you should absolutely go on a road trip.
1. To Get a Break From Your Usual Routine
When you’re bored with your daily routine or too stressed out to work, you lower your productivity. So instead of risking burn out, why not burn calories on a road trip instead? A break from your usual weekend routine will also change your mindset and energy.
If you usually spend your weekends catching up on sleep and still get to work feeling groggy on Monday, then a road trip will change that sluggish pace. Spending time in nature is always a good way to recharge. Plan a quick swim on the nearest beach or go trekking or biking on a nature trail. Enjoy breathing in the fresh air and take a walk on the ground with bare feet to ground you again and feel the health benefits.
2. To Go To A Place You’ve Never Been
Get a map, pick a place near your area that can be travelled by car that you’ve never been to before. Ask your colleagues and friends for suggestions.
Is there a tourist spot that some of you have heard of that you want to go to? Have you not been to the beach for a year already? Have you not walked on a forest trail? Would you rather go to a cool place and explore the coffee shops and local museums? Are you and your friends eager to challenge your selves and climb a mountain instead? Would you rather have a food trip at some local town? Here’s one road trip that restored our faith in people.
There are so many choices and possibilities. Just be sure not to put too much on your itinerary. Remember that the trip is supposed to be relaxing and fun, not stressful — that’s what you’re trying to get away from.
3. To Deepen Your Bond with People
There’s no question about it. Spending time together deepens the bond between people. That’s why you develop friendships in the workplace. You get to know each other’s personal quirks and preferences in the planning stage and you learn even more about each other as you experience new things together during your travel.
On a road trip, you do not only get to bond with your friends, you also get to know new people and bond with them too. The stories you share with each other will help you understand each other more deeply than just casual conversation during lunch break. This is why people who travel together often go back to work with private jokes that only they understand. Some great friendships began with a road trip and some acquaintances become life long friendships because of a road trip. The people who you meet during your trip could become good friends later on too.
If you’ve been feeling stressed out from your love life or lack thereof, then a road trip might just be the chance to meet “The One” that you’ve been waiting for.
4. To Discover New Things About Yourself
Travel allows us to discover something new about ourselves each time. Sometimes, it even gives us the opportunity to change our own beliefs and habits and expand our minds to understand different points of views and experiences.
You may discover that you actually like listening to the songs of a local artist that a colleague likes to play on their mobile phone. It might just be the right song to accompany you on your road trip. It can even inspire the whole theme of your road trip or vice versa. You might find a new dish that you’ve never tasted before and it might inspire you to learn how to cook.
You never know what you will learn about yourself once you get out of your comfort zone. What you discover can improve your life or drastically change it for the better. A road trip might just be the first step to your best life yet.
5. To Create Lasting Memories
Time is something that you can never get back. You can always get a new job but never more time so why not spend it making good memories?
Try to go on a road trip as much as you need to. Get together with the friends who want to experience new things too. Laugh together about the funny stories that you have from your childhood; cry together while reading a letter to your past, heartbroken self over a bonfire on the beach; sing along to your road trip play list; wonder together at the stars on a clear night away from city lights and traffic; sleep to the sound of waves gently crashing on the beach; wake up to the sound of birds chirping.
There are so many things to appreciate and wonder at when you go through a road trip. Remember that the journey is the real adventure, the destination is not as important. Enjoy the road trip with the wonder of a child and get back from the trip all grown up and hopefully, with a greater appreciation of yourself, your travel buddies, your country and the world in general. But don’t just take our word for it. Go on a road trip and experience it for yourself.