We took our first road trip when we were in our 20’s, and we knew then just how to do it. We played loud music as we drove great distances. We rarely stopped. The point seemed to be centered on us, in our car, driving down the highway, escaping where we’d been, and driving for the sole purpose of driving. When we did our first road trip, we aimed west and gave little thought to the route because we didn’t want to be too “committed”. Every time we stopped, we looked around and thought whatever was down the road would certainly be more interesting than this, so we hopped in the car and continued driving.
I’m guessing lots of people still do road trips just like that. Over the years we continued to take road trips, and the more time we spent on the road, the more changes we made to the usual scenario. We got older and learned from our experiences…or maybe we just decided it was awfully nice to get out of the car once in awhile.
The point was no longer to see how many miles we could go on the trip or in a day. Instead it was to enjoy the landscape, to stop to see the sights up close and satisfy our curiosity.
We discovered that we had a lot of questions and sought out the answers. That takes time, so we slowed down.
Slowing down is a traveling style worth considering.