The Power of Road Trips
“Because the greatest part of a road trip isn’t arriving at your destination. It’s all the wild stuff that happens along the way.”
– Emma Chase
Hi Joriki Lovers!
Hilary and Kevin from Life of Travels here to talk about road trips.
Looking out to Takakkaw Falls from our campsite in the Solid Side Slash Sweatshirt
If you’ve ever been on a road trip you may understand why we’re obsessed with them. We always enjoy packing a carry-on and hopping on a plane to a new place around the world, but there is something relaxing about the freedom of a road trip.
A perfect recent example was when we hit the road in our car from Seattle to Vancouver to Banff National Park. We shared some of the highlights on the Joriki Instagram and Facebook when we did a takeover during our travels, but here we’re hoping to give you more insight into why we think road trips are the best!
Talk about stress free! Instead of searching online for the cheapest flight or spending a bunch of airline miles on round trip tickets, we spend more time researching fun stops on the road and the must sees for our destinations.
We end up learning more about the places that are on the way to our destination. It is fun to stop and take in the sights and sounds of the towns big and small along the way. With road trips a big part of your vacation is getting there, so it is worth the research and time to enjoy what’s happening along the road. Just like in yoga, we learn the most on our journey while working towards our goals.
Kayaking Lake Louise in Banff National Park, Alberta in the Perfect Fit Mini Short
Should I bring this extra sweater? Do I really need this pair of shoes? Should I bring all these snacks? Yes! Yes! Yes! Just throw it in the car!!
Instead of limiting ourselves to what fits in our carry-on bags, we bring all the ‘just in case’ items. It isn’t just because we can, it’s because of all the possible activities we may decide to do while on the road.
For our Canadian road trip we brought our daypacks for hiking, camping supplies for overnight adventures, kayaks for the glacial lakes, snacks for the long drives and a bag of clothes for each of us. This all fit comfortably into our sedan with room to spare! Obviously this is more than we would bring on a typical vacation, but we used it all! It definitely made the trip more memorable.
The biggest ball of yarn? Yes please! It’s your vacation and you’re driving, so you can spend your time however you’d like.
This flexibility works in your favor in positive and negative situations. When we were driving through British Columbia, Canada this summer there were huge forest fires. At one point the fire was right along the highway**. This is a scary circumstance, and while we were able to drive through we were mentally prepared to turn around a change our plans. We weren’t upset about the idea that we may not make it to our planned destination, instead we were excited about the possibility of a new adventure! Your trip is your own when you’re in the driver’s seat.
Love the gem colored water of Emerald Lake in Yoho National Park, Alberta in the Sedate Charcoal Strappy Racerback Tank
In case you haven’t caught on to the theme of why road trips are awesome, it basically boils down to freedom. Yes, saving money is a great bonus, but it’s the freedom to do what you want with your trip, when you want that makes road trips incredible. It can be scary or difficult to make loose plans, but just like in yoga, there’s no reward without trying.
On our Canadian road trip we had originally reserved a canoe-in campsite, but upon arriving to the park, the river waters were rougher than we had anticipated. Instead we worked together to find potential first-come first-serve campsites. This led to a journey of us driving through the park to campgrounds looking for open sites. The result was a perfect spot at Takakkaw Falls with an amazing view of the waterfall. We couldn’t have planned a site this amazing!
You just have to embrace the unpredictability and fun of the open road. Of course beaches and foreign cities always make a great getaway, but It is a new level of relaxation when your vacation is a road trip. No flights to catch. No losing your luggage. Just countless opportunities along the road of your flexible vacation.
You don’t have to go far to have a great vacation. It can be as easy as jumping in the car and seeing where the trip takes you. Your road trip is whatever you decide it to be, so take advantage of that freedom and start planning!
Kevin & Hilary
**You can help those impacted by the BC Wildfires by donating to the Canadian Red Cross