101 in 1001: #75 Go on a Road Trip
Number 75 on my 101 in 1001 was to take a road trip. I’ve always thought road tripping across the country sounded so fun and adventurous. They allow you to see so much more of your surroundings (and are a lot cheaper than flying).
My roommate and I discussed different options for how to get out to Colorado and while we debated flying, we ultimately decided on taking a two-week road trip across the country.
Once we decided we were going to drive, the real planning began. We both made a list of places we wanted to stop and then mapped it all out. Our trip began in Massachusetts and we headed back to New York City one last time to pick up one of our closest friends who came with us. From there we stopped in Richmond, Virginia; Charleston, South Carolina; Nashville, Tennessee; and Kansas City, Missouri. We chose cities we had never been before and places we wanted to see, which made the whole thing that much more exciting. We stayed with friends and family, in hotels (some sketchier than others…), and spent hours in the car (made easier by the killer playlist we prepped beforehand). At almost every stop, we knew someone who showed us the ins-and-outs of the city, and beforehand, we researched the things we really wanted to do and made a budget.
During this trip, we ate was some of the best food I’ve had in my life. At each stop, we tried to sample something that was unique to the area and made sure to try the local beer— it made the trip way more authentic and yielded so many new experiences. In order to offset costs (and keep us well fed), we also packed the car full of snacks and meals for the road.
Stay tuned for separate posts about each stop, since they were all unique in their own way, but overall we had the best time. Each city was incredible and it was such a nice break before moving and starting over.
If you ever get the chance to road trip with your closest friends, do it. I have memories that I’ll never forget; we laughed til we cried, got ourselves into some predicaments (that I’m sure will be funny someday), and had the most incredible time. So, trust me, you won’t regret it.