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If you’re like me, you have a lot of traveling to do around the holidays. My immediate family lives about 4.5 hours away, and Mike’s parents live about 2 hours south of that. You might say we spend a lot of time on the road when we go for a visit, and unfortunately, we don’t live in a beautiful area like the above photo. We live in Missouri. That means plains, plains, and more plains. Oh, and some brush.
We’ve had to get creative when we travel, and depending on who’s driving, the trip can feel like an extended period of time-wasting. I’m sure you can relate. Thankfully, I’ve come up with some ways to make the most out of those long hours.
If you plan on relaxing…
- Listen to an audiobook. There’s no better time to catch up on your reads than on a road trip. If you’re the one behind the wheel, an audiobook is a great way to enjoy the ride and make it feel shorter! Sometimes, I’m so into the story I just want to keep driving!
- Jam to a special road trip playlist. I have a special list on my iPod dedicated just for the open road. It keeps me pumped, makes me reflect, and gives me the feels. I think I’ve cried, rocked out, and felt completely childish listening to my road trip mix.
- If you’re the passenger and the driver doesn’t agree with your taste in books or music, try writing in your journal (if it doesn’t make you sick.)
- Try reading a book. As mentioned before, unless reading in the car makes you sick, it’s a great way to pass time on a long trip.
- Sleep. This is, by far, the easiest way to make the trip fly by.
If you want to be productive…
- Write some blog posts! This can be accomplished in a couple of ways. If you’re driving alone, open a writing app on your phone and use voice-to-text to “jot” down your thoughts. It may not catch all of your post, but you can easily go back in and edit on your computer later. If you’re riding shotgun, pull out your tablet or laptop and start typing. You may even be able to design your images if you have Illustrator or Photoshop.
- Balance your checkbook. If you’re like me, you are checking your financial accounts on a daily basis. I like to plan and re-plan our budget to see how much we can pay down on our debt.
- Do some stretches. This will make the car ride way more enjoyable anyways, as long rides tend to stiffen you up. I have researched this, and there are definitely some stretches you can do while riding in a car. Just check out this article!
What about you? Any long car rides ahead? How do you bide the drive? I’d love to hear other ways!