Even though the beginning glimmers of autumn are in the air, there’s still plenty of time to plan an unforgettable vacation this year. Go ahead and give yourself permission to get away — whether it’s the first time or the latest adventure. A cross-country road trip is the perfect way to escape the daily grind and let your adventurous side shine.
Here are 22 reasons why a cross-country road trip is the best way for any and everyone to make the most out of the rest of 2022.
22 Reasons To Take a Cross-Country Road Trip
There are plenty of reasons you should consider a cross-country road trip, but here are just a few.
1. Skip the airport
The cost of airline tickets is skyrocketing (pun intended!), and the security lines have begun to stretch into hours-long wait times. Skip the traffic and the outrageous cost of parking, and only you can decide when to take your shoes off.
2. Bring it all…
Most airlines charge to check even your first bag. On a cross-country road trip, you can take any and everything that your vehicle can fit, strap down, and/or tow.
3. …Including Fido
Unlike other forms of travel and just like with your stuff, anyone who fits in the vehicle gets to come along on a cross-country road trip — including your furry friend.
4. Main Character Energy
Windows down, hair blowing in the wind, that perfect song — acting like your best self often leads to becoming your best self.
5. See Several National Parks
Seeing one national park is incredible, but getting to see many distinct and beautiful national parks on one trip really demonstrates the beauty and vastness of our landscape. Save money on entrance fees with an America the Beautiful pass that will allow entry to many parks for free for a year.
Do you need to see the world’s largest ketchup bottle or Carhenge (the Nebraskan recreation of Stonehenge out of grey-painted vintage cars)? Technically no, but arguably yes. Put something fun on this year’s holiday card or just enjoy some small town’s one claim to fame. Get cheesy and have fun with it. When’s the next time you can see a ball of paint that big?
7. Discover Unexpected Things
Some of the best parts of a road trip are the things you can never plan for. If it looks neat, (safely) pull over and find out.
8. Try Great Local Foods
The best restaurants aren’t always the most expensive, fancy places. Ask the locals for food recommendations to find the best regional delicacies that don’t come with a major markup.
9. Find Time To Think
Sometimes everyday life can get so hectic that there’s very little true downtime. Find time to think and truly unwind mile after mile on the road with little to distract you.
10. Be Brave
On the road, you’ll be placed in some unusual situations. Traveling can help you feel brave and confident as you continuously show yourself you can handle what the trip (and life) throws your way.
11. Get Off the Grid (or Don’t!)
Your cross-country road trip can take you from city to city, or it can lead you far away from even a cell phone signal. From interstate to tiny dirt roads, you can easily unplug and get into nature or keep it high-tech for your vehicle entertainment.
12. Design the Perfect Vacation
There’s no one method for how to plan a cross-country road trip, and you’re free to design the trip of your dreams. Consult your bucket list and find out just how many phenomenal places or attractions you can cross off in the time you have allotted.
13. Don’t Fly Over, Drive Through
The flatness between the Rockies and the Appalachian Mountains has so much more to offer than farm fields. Don’t just take my word for it; go check it out yourself and embrace the charm of middle America.
14. Meet New Friends
You never realize just how alike and different we are from each other till you start meeting people from vastly different backgrounds.
15. Gain Mental Toughness
When things start to go differently than you planned (and believe me, they will), you’ll discover the mental toughness and resilience inside you.
16. Set Your Own Price
Taking a cross-country road trip doesn’t have to be incredibly expensive. With enough planning, you can scout ahead for the best deals on places to sleep, gas, and even attractions. Bring your own food, snacks, and drinks to cut down on last-minute purchases as well.
17. Think Bigger
The United States looks large on a map, but it’s tough to recognize just how big until you’re chugging along at highway speeds. It’s going to take at least a few days (assuming you’re sleeping enough) to get from one coast to the other. Slow down, take your time, and take it all in.
18. Plenty of Bonding Time
On the road with no Wi-Fi and few distractions, you’ll have plenty of time to make strong connections with all of your passengers.
19. Get To Know Yourself
You’ll experience highs and lows constantly on a cross-country road trip that can teach you more about yourself than any silly online personality quiz.
20. Experience Small Town Life
There’s more to the U.S. than NYC, Chicago, and LA. A small town Main Street never gets old. Embrace a slower speed of life and discover the many different community feels of small towns.
21. Step Out of Your Comfort Zone
Literally and physically, get out of your comfort zone, and the challenge can lead to lifelong personal growth. You don’t have to go all the way to the other side of the world to find a new perspective on life. A road trip of this magnitude can expand your worldview and expose you to transformative experiences.
22. Create Lasting Memories
It may sound cliché, but you won’t forget the time spent out on the open road, either solo or with friends and family. You’ll be telling these stories indefinitely, so make them interesting.
Itching to hit the road? Plan your perfect route and get out there on your dream cross-country road trip before the year is over. From the Atlantic to the Pacific and especially everywhere in between, beautiful countryside is calling.
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