Weekend Getaways: Road Tripping

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Do you ever have that feeling that you’re stuck in a rut? You find yourself following a routine and it’s easy to lose sight of the big picture when you’re hung up on monotonous little details. Sometimes removing yourself from normality is all it takes to clear your head and gain a new perspective. I dealt with this a few years ago and in order to snap myself out of it I packed up my car and set out on a road trip with my good friend. It’s one of the best things I’ve ever done – the freedom of the open road and not knowing where our next stop would be, the excitement of discovering a new place and the utter sense of joy that came with just driving with the windows rolled down and music turned up.

While a road trip across the country may not be entirely practical, you can still take a road trip to someplace nearby. Pack your bags and take off, without a known destination. When you can’t drive any further, stop and camp out for the night or find a hotel room and see what you discover about whatever place you’re in…you’ll probably discover something new about yourself while you’re at it.

Here are some of the photos from my trip…the camera I took them with may have been disposable, but the memories definitely are not.

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Road trippin’ with my two favorite allies
Fully loaded we got snacks and supplies
It’s time to leave this town
It’s time to steal away
Let’s go get lost
Anywhere in the USA

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Comments

Karla -August 19, 2011, 12:44PM

What an inspiring post. That really made my day! :)

Ashley -August 19, 2011, 1:00PM

I just got back day before yesterday from driving the Pacific Coast Hwy from L.A. to San Fran. I recognize the Bigsby Bridge and other scenery from your pics very well! It twas a life changing trip for me as well. Planning on posting pics on my blog real soon! xo

keltie -August 19, 2011, 1:14PM

i’ve been wanting to do a cross-north america trip for so so long! i just need the money and a car and i’m off!
awesome pictures of the ocean too!

Folk&FairyTale -August 19, 2011, 1:39PM

BAH ! Im wearing my sun studios tee right now :) what a fun place to visit!

Taylor -August 19, 2011, 2:31PM

Santa Monica…oh yes!
http://www.forsurejadore.blogspot.com

Meredith -August 19, 2011, 2:46PM

MEMPHIS = <3

! -August 19, 2011, 8:24PM

Julia, I couldn’t have written it better. This sure gives me hope! Thank you!

PS: Arizona/San Fran, you stole my heart!

Mariel Sylvis -August 20, 2011, 1:10AM

I left the east coast in pursuit of my dream (which I achieved and AM living!) and see that you clearly understand the intensely unique feeling of being “on the road.” Check out my blog!…and here is a little description of my feelings on the tirp…I anticipated the passenger seat of our brimming brand new Chevy Equionix to be the possible straw that would definitely break my back. I feared that the anxiety created from that unique feeling of idle helplessness you experience only as a passenger had the potential to ruin my experience. But as I make my way across the country, I sit in The Passenger Seat and feel bliss. I look out across the always-starting road; sure of where I’ve been, and unsure exactly where I’m going. I look up at the cut out blue sky and down at the desert floor splashed with the same pattern as above. I close my eyes and meditate on the feeling of freedom you can only know if you actually allow yourself to. I sit in the passenger seat with everything I need traveling with me, and I have never felt more at peace.

james v. -August 26, 2011, 1:27AM

san antonio, texas!

Michelle Magdalena -November 12, 2011, 2:52PM

My Heart Skipped a beat when I saw the Big Sur coast. A road Im all too familiar with. And than the Seals on the beach right down the street from my house in Pacific Grove. Gosh Life is Beautiful!

Michelle Magdalena -November 12, 2011, 2:53PM

ps. Blue you sit so pretty west of the one.

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