Free time. Good tunes. A vehicle. These are the makings of a road trip.
You never know what you’re going to see or what will happen. It’s an adventure you can take on your own – or share with others. We’re partial to the sharing option!
The road trip appeals to so many of us, and, clearly, it also appeals to so many of you – as evidenced by the number of Blurb books we found documenting your trips.
After looking through dozens of them, we now have a fiendish desire to get in the car and take off, and we have some good suggestions for what to keep in mind as you document your own journeys.
1. Map it out.
A visual reference of your route provides context and impressiveness.
2. Include your food.
You’ll probably end up eating some new and interesting things as you chart unexplored territories.
3. Respect the road.
The road is your constant companion. Don’t forget to document it.
4. Show your car some love.
He (or she!) is doing all the heavy lifting here and deserves some credit.
5. Respect a classic: include a self portrait.
Even if there’s someone else around to take the picture for you, the arm-extended self portrait is a critical part of today’s quality road trip documentation.
6. Don’t sweat the big stuff.
You’re going to see some sights along the way. That’s the whole point! Take some pictures. Not too many.
7. Keep an eye out for the little things.
You’ll also see some strange and quirky, lesser known sights. Capture these details; they are what will make your trip unique.
8. The people with you are awesome.
You’ll be bored together. You’ll laugh hysterically creating inside jokes that will never be funny outside your car. Maybe you’ll bicker. Even if you do (who are we kidding, you definitely will), the people on the trip with you are the most important part.
Take lots of pictures, write notes in your journal, hold on to those ticket stubs and matchbooks, and put it all in a book.
Your road trip is a story, one that you’ll want to revisit again and again. Thanks for taking us along!