Life is a journey, not a destination.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
Holla friends and bloggers! It’s so great to be baaaack!
I hope you all enjoyed a wonderful few days over the weekend! As for us, we took a few extra days to enjoy the Canadian holiday that just passed and celebrated with the first road trip of the summer season.
We love to road trip!
Ah, open space, open roads, and open minds.
Road trips are not for everyone, and I know a few people who simply don’t enjoy time cooped up in a car for hours on end. With that, I thought I’d share a few of my favorite ‘more’ ways to make road travel (just a little) ‘less’ stressful, and maybe (just a little) more enjoyable.
Of course, if you are a lover of the open road like we are, I’d love to hear your tips!
Here are a few of our faves…
Eat breakfast. Eat it before you go, or pack it and take it with you.
Just as you wouldn’t set off for the highway without a full tank of gas, its important to start the trip with a good full tummy!
So whether it’s a bowl of oatmeal, a piece of toast, or a yummy green smoothie (my next post), enjoy it before you head off.
Or, simply throw your smoothie into a clean mason jar and you are good to go for whenever you do get hungry!
The only journey is the one within.
~ Rainer Maria Rilke
Easy to eat and clean up healthy snacks are best – and are always appreciated as well!
Our faves are lots of raw veggies, PB&J sandwiches, bagels, jujubes, and easy fruits like apples and oranges.
Nothing feels as good as being prepared, and I love pulling the good stuff out of the bag and smiling while they chow down
Take lots of fresh water. Staying well hydrated anytime is key, and especially on the road (even if it does mean more annoying pee breaks).
Keeping hydrated ensures you arrive at your destination fresh and ready, instead of dry and wilted.
Water helps with alertness too (for the driver). So pack lots of the cold stuff just to be safe, and pee breaks are always a nice excuse to hit another view-point!
When the well is dry, we know the worth of water.
~ Benjamin Franklin
Cover your bases. Before leaving for the road, make sure you’ve got enough supplies to keep everyone happy….toilet paper, paper towel, tea towels for extra spills, plastic bags, hand sanitizer, gravol, and pillows & blankets for those who might sleep in the back…..or the front….always me on the way home!
Remember to love the driver. I made a rule years ago to honor the driver that got me somewhere. It’s super corny, but I know my driving hubby likes a little of that love, and I like to give it.
The open road can be harsh, and driving is stressful. I try to remember the driver, to thank them, and to take care of them. So whether it’s a little neck massage, an arm scratch, a well-timed Altoid, or even just a genuine ‘thank you’ – a little goes a long way, even if it is just a little gesture.
Take the opportunity to breathe (or not). Anyone tried mindful breathing on the road? It’s a great time to focus on breath and calm the self for the long road ahead. Just a few deep breaths to start the trip and you might relax (just a little) more.
Now wouldn’t that be swell?
Smile, breathe and go slowly.
~ Thich Nhat Hanh
Get ready to be inspired. My favorite part of the open road is the possibility ahead, especially at the start of a trip!
With all the promise of a few days away, comes an unknown that brings us joy and maybe (just a little) hope. Hope that we’ll see and do things that will bring us joy.
Hope in the memories we’ll make and the sights that we’ll see. Notebooks, cameras, books and music. Anything to inspire and delight!
The world is ours to see.
Strong and content I travel the open road.
~ Walt Whitman
With this view, I am sure you can imagine we didn’t leave much, and arriving there was pretty sweet indeed.
We had a great time with old friends, and it was surely worth the drive.
The meals weren’t half bad either, as you can see from these shots of the wonderfully bustling farmer’s market
Are you a fan of travel or road trips?
- What are your favorite travel snacks?
In my next post I’ll be sharing with you my latest green smoothie (pictured here today), and I am so thrilled to have heard from those of you who had success with some of the recent IPOM recipes!
Thank you for your wonderful comments, support, and feedback – I always love to hear from you
Wishing you all a super wonderful week!
Yours in Less,