Carefree Road Tripping On A Whim
There’s plenty of advice out there for people who like to plan a road trip down to the last right-hand turn, but what about those of us who like to jump in the car and just ‘go’, leaving even the best laid plans in the dust by the roadside? If you’re one of those people and you dread even the thought of making a to-do list, then this is for you.
We’re going to inspire you to be impulsive and get out there on the open road because after-all, the best road trips are often spontaneous, where you fall down the rabbit hole and magically wind up in wonderland.
Radio? What radio?
Get out of your cocoon of air-conditioned comfort, roll down the windows and let the wind run through your hair
If you’ve chucked everything in and gone on a road trip then it’s likely there’s not much in the way of popular or traditional entertainment in your car. We want you to think out of the box (or car) here and try the Zen option.
Forget the radio and the rat race and tune in to the environment around you.
Isn’t that what a road trip is all about?
Get out of your cocoon of air-conditioned comfort, roll down the windows and let the wind run through your hair. Go one better and rent a Jeep Wrangler or a convertible and really get amongst it.
If you’re going to sit in your car with the stereo cranking you might as well be in your living room because tuning out to your favourite tunes means you can’t tune in to what’s around you.
Throw the neatly packed lunch out the window
Drop your gourmet expectations and try that rundown cottage at the end of the road that could be a cafe
Not literally, but you get the point. Forget about preparing a cooler stacked with sandwiches cut into fours, no crust. Fill your wallet full of pineapples, and we’re not talking about the fruit kind here. Load up your wallet with as much cash as you think you’ll need. We’re asking you to let go of the Melbourne cafe culture and give country-chic a go.
Yes, you might have to endure a latte with an avalanche of froth that’s as hot as the bowels of Mount Vesuvius, but that will cleanse your palate for all the goodies on the trip ahead!
Stop at that bakery and gorge on pastries overflowing with fresh country cream or visit that Sunday fete selling homemade jars of pickles and cakes for 50c a piece.
Drop your gourmet expectations and try that rundown cottage at the end of the road that could be a cafe, but you’re not quite sure – you might be pleasantly surprised.
Remember all those windy roads you passed on trips with family and friends and never got the chance to explore? Here’s your chance to get lost and leave your destination up to the road trip gods.
If it’s getting close to dusk and you feel compelled to make the journey back – don’t
Many highways in Australia are inland which means in some cases you really have to go out of your way to get off the beaten track and visit those pokey, little towns by the ocean.
Stretch your legs while you’re there and visit the local shops – sculptors and painters tend to make a sea change and sell their wares in town.
If it’s getting close to dusk and you feel compelled to make the journey back – don’t. Whatever your age, motels and backpackers attract people from all walks of life, most of whom would be keen to have a yarn at the local pub well into the early hours.
Last words – spontaneity isn’t dead!
Remember, a road trip is about the journey and the people you are with
Remember, a road trip is about the journey and the people you are with. No one likes a road trip Nazi, so even if you’re a diehard planner throw a dash of spontaneity in with the mix.
You won’t regret it.
What do you think? Do you have more fun when your road trip is planned or unplanned? What is the best and worst road trip you have had? What words of advice would you give to someone going on a last minute road trip?