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Reasons to Road Trip in the Fall

Fill up the tank and hit the road. That’s what many of us think of when life gets to be a bit too much. Whether it’s a two-hour trip to Central Florida to catch a festival or a lengthier stretch to the North, the sensation of the drive cures any anxiety.

Now’s the time to plan your Thanksgiving Break drive or even a Winter Break getaway. Soak up the pleasure of getting away with these tips:

Build your road trip playlist.

Every cruise has a soundtrack. Sprinkle some pop favorites with melodramatic indie to balance out your time. Some of us may even time songs according to location. Still uncertain of how to jam? Surprise yourself with a shuffle of your collection.

Pack your favorite snacks.

Pringles? Check. Reese’s cups? Check. Kale chips? Sure, why not. Make sure your ride is comfortable with the best of what you crave. Just don’t gorge or pull over at every rest stop.

Stay awake.

Blast loud music. Play games with your roadie companions. Just don’t catch any zz’s at the wheel. Anxious about the drive? Plan to alternate drivers with each passenger. Fair’s fair, and everyone deserves a fair chance to stare out the window and contemplate the clouds.

Pull over.

Did you see that hilarious billboard? Pull over and take a picture of it. These are the memories you’ll want to remember. It’s not the ends, it’s the means. The goofy pictures mean everything.

Slow down.

It will be amazing when you arrive in Savannah, St. Augustine, Tallahassee, etc. But enjoy the wheels turning beneath you, too. Driving is an escape. It took me years to embrace the power of the road trip, but there’s something healing in leaving home behind, if only for a few days.

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