Travel is necessary. It’s literally the most important thing you could do right now. That’s how I feel. That’s what 2020 has done to me. Obviously, travel has its drawbacks, but enough is enough. It’s time to get out there again. There is so much to see and to do. No more staycations. Travel is the thing and the way to do it is by car. Road Trips have long been an American tradition, but in the wake of COVID-19 lots of travelers have rediscovered this approach to seeing the world, even if it’s just across state lines. Here are some of the key reasons why a classic road trip makes the best choice for travel in this age.
Road Trip USA: Why More Travelers are Staying Grounded
No More Airports
This is a no brainer. Who wants to go on a plane in a pandemic? It’s nuts. Airlines aren’t even trying anymore to keep social distancing on board the craft. Flying was an annoyance before the pandemic and now it’s way worse. The thin veneer of respect for customers as people gets chipped away at the first opportunity for the airline to make more money. Why subject yourself to that and to the TSA? The chance to take a trip and avoid airports entirely is an amazing option to take and more people are seeing that.
The other great thing about road trips is that you can take them in relative seclusion. You aren’t sharing your space with strangers and you decide where you stop and get out of the car. You can avoid high populations as much as you like and even seek out some solitude in the wild.
Get To Nature
A road trip is the most convenient and efficient way to get to some of the best natural surroundings in the country. If you are heading to a National Park, or just want to be able to pull off the road and into the wild, the nation’s highways and byways are the way to do it. Tucked away refuges, lakes, trails, and wind/water-worn rock formations alike get discovered only by the road traveler.
The Journey Not the Destination
For some, a trip is what you do when you get there. For road trippers it’s what you do on the way there. The distinction makes the road trip much more attractive when social distancing, reduced hours, and closures threaten the vacations of tourists who spend any length of time in one destination. When you take the road, there is a spirit of adventure that accompanies even the most planned out itineraries. Anything can happen on a road trip and that’s more favorable than potentially getting stuck in a hotel room.
It Looks Better on Social Media
Road trips capture better. There is more to document when you take a road trip. The experiences are more engaging to your followers and the pictures are way better. Is that a reason to take a road trip? Probably not, but how many vacation destinations are tripping over themselves to push Instagram worthy products? The open road is already the ideal Instagram Story waiting to happen. I don’t discount the idea that Social Media plays a big role in the newfound resurgence of the road trip.