The Perks of Taking a Road Trip in College

Road trips may make some people roll their eyes, but there are actually so many wonderful things about it: traveling, decision-making, character building, relationship building, and the list goes on! Here are some of the reasons you just may want to start planning a college road trip:

  1. Time is of the Essence

We seem to always be running out of time. We are rushing to catch that last train, we are rushing to make our appointment, and running to get to the store before it closes. Traveling works the same way. It may seem like you don’t have time to do it now, but your days will only get busier later on in life. You never know what tomorrow may have in store for you. In turn, taking advantage of now is imperative. Traveling now means seizing your day and your youth! Unravel the possibilities and the memories. Say “yes” to that last minute invitation or start planning your next adventure today.

  1. Energy

One of the advantages of traveling ASAP is that you’re at the peak of your energies. Waiting to travel later for whatever reason reduces that motivation and that wish to explore more. Taking advantage of the moment only benefits you the most in terms of doing what you want to do with the adequate amount of energy and motivation. Who knows what will happen in the future – take the chance now!

  1. Spontaneity

Most people want to stay young forever, or at least hold on to their youth or their “glory days” for as long as possible. It is an understandable thing and let’s face it, it’s only going to get worse down the road. Ideally, later on in life when we all find ourselves more stable with our careers and families, we will begin to notice that our responsibilities are everything. We just may lose the drive to be spontaneous as we have more obligations and responsibilities tying us down.

  1. Bonds

They say the friends you make in college are the friends you keep for life. Road trips force you to stick with the people you are traveling with for, naturally, hours at a time. You play coffee’s assistant by talking to the driver for an extended period of time. Hopefully, by the end of it, you’re not wishing the people you’re with the ultimate death wish. Usually, being with people for an extended amount of time have a peak of I-Love-You stage, a downfall of the I’m-So-Sick-of-You-Go-Away stage, and hopefully the Never mind-You’re-Awesome stage. They only bring your friendships and relationships together and closer in the end and if not, well, at least you got a chance to see the true colors of the people you once had a different view on.

Traveling is a beautiful thing, an inspiring thing! College is the perfect time to take a road trip. One is old and mature enough, yet young enough to not have little things tie one down. Benefit from the free time you may have or have the potential to have.

Have you ever been on a road trip? Where would you go?

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