Embrace the travel fever


“Travel is the only thing you can buy that makes you richer.”

When was the last time you took a trip somewhere? This past weekend, my friends and I hit the road for a quick driving adventure to Washington, D.C. It was long and tiring, but thanks to some tips and tricks I’ve learned throughout the years, it turned out to be a rewarding and unforgettable experience.

If you’re planning a getaway anytime soon, here are some helpful tips for your journeys in the air and on the road:

1. Research the local spots.

Whether you’re traveling from the Carolinas to the Capital or down the Pacific coast, your research matters. Plan beforehand and study up on restaurants and the local’s perspectives on popular spots. This will save you time and stress, and help you avoid cliché drive-thru windows and stores.

2. Set a music playlist.

Your travel playlist is key when entering new places. It can help calm you down when plane turbulence occurs, and at the same time opens up a window for jam sessions in the car. Much like an intro song in a movie, the soundtrack sets the course for the trip.

3. Enjoy the sights.

Half the fun of your destination is embracing the sights and sounds. Some of the most beautiful places are not advertised on television, they’re the best kept secrets found along the way. Pack a camera – digital or disposable – and document your trip. Don’t be afraid to let your inner tourist side out for a minute.

4. Choose the right co-pilot(s).

The crew you travel with can heavily influence the direction or mood of the journey. Long trips can take a lot out of you in the car, train or plane, and you may get antsy. But it’s important to be mindful that you’re not the only one experiencing the ride. Choose your co-pilots wisely, because constant back seat driving or “are we there yet?” remarks can make or break your trip.

5. Grab the snacks and sweats.

A backpack of travel gear is key for your trip. Put on your favorite sweats and sunglasses, and grab the snacks. A snack here or there will help your appetite and save your wallet, without the stress of finding a place to eat. Candy bars, fruit, bottled water, and beef jerky are the main essentials you need in your backpack, anyway.

Lastly, don’t forget to enjoy the ride. Traveling is good for the soul. It’s something you can’t find in a store. The takeaways and rich memories can’t compare to any money you spend on gas or airfare. Get up and go — you only live once.