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The Complete List of Road Trip Essentials You NEED To Pack

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Road tripping is synonymous with quintessential family vacations and fun times with friends. While flying is a faster way to reach a given destination, road trips allow you to see things you’d miss out on if you traveled by air. Before you pull out to hit the open highway, it’s important to consult our list of road trip essentials.


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Why You Need a Road Trip Packing List for an Upcoming Getaway

By using our list of road trip essentials, you can reduce or eliminate the possibility that you’ll forget something at home. Both new and serial road trippers can benefit from a road trip checklist. That’s particularly so if you’re packing for other people in addition to yourself. While you may be intimately familiar with the things you need to pack for yourself, the things you need to bring for your traveling companions may change as they age and develop new needs.

For example, if you’re hitting the road with your growing children, you may need to bring some games when they’re school-aged that you wouldn’t have had to bring when they were infants. Similarly, if you’re breaking up your Golden Years with intermittent road trips, you may have to pack medicine for your partner that you’ve never had to bring along before.

To keep your personal checklist up to date, it’s advisable to make notes as your circumstances change. If, for instance, you have recently started to need glasses when you read, add “reading glasses” to your list as a reminder to grab your glasses before you walk out the door.

Specific Things to Bring on Your Next Road Trip

Some of the things you might need for your next road trip may vary depending on the season, your planned route, and your final destination. Although that’s true, there are some items that you should pack regardless of those factors. This list accounts for those must-haves, which is why we’re focusing on essentials for every road trip, not just seasonal getaways.

Roadside Emergency Kit

Whether you’re planning a long road trip or just a quick car ride to a friend’s place, you should never leave home without a roadside emergency kit. Of course, your kit will only help you avoid getting stranded on the side of the road if you fill it with the things you’ll need in case you run into a problem.

Here are some of the items you should put in your kit:

  • Collapsible shovel
  • Road flares and reflective triangles
  • Spare tire, a jack, and an appropriately sized lug wrench.
  • Blankets and seasonal spare clothes
  • Bottled water and nonperishable snacks like granola bars
  • Flashlight and extra batteries (or a wind-up light)
  • Fully charged power bank
  • Jumper cables
  • Work clothes
  • Duct tape
  • Protective Outerwear like a rain jacket
  • Wiper Fluid
  • Multitool or small tool kit
  • Headlamp
  • Spare Cash
  • Tire Pressure Gauge
  • Portable compressor
  • Ice scraper

First Aid Kit

Whenever you’re planning a road trip, you should make sure you have a fully stocked first aid kit in your vehicle. Band-aids, tweezers, two packages of 81 mg aspirin, two pairs of non-latex gloves, one instant cold compress, and five one-gram packets of antibiotic ointment are just some of the items the American Red Cross recommends people put in a portable first aid kit.

If you don’t want to take the chance that you may forget to put a critical item in your kit, you can buy a complete kit from Amazon. First aid kits on Amazon run from under $25 to over $200, and you have hundreds to choose from, so you’re sure to find one that suits your needs by visiting that website. If you don’t have time to wait for a kit to be delivered, you can probably find a pre-packed kit at your local drug store.

Even if you get a pre-stocked kit, you should still add a few things to your kit if you or your traveling buddies have special medical needs. If, for example, someone in your group has severe allergies, make sure you stow an extra epi-pen in your kit. Similarly, you should pack extras of any prescriptions you’re currently taking in case your trip ends up being longer than originally planned.

Paper Maps

As much as we all rely on travel apps and digital tools like Google Maps, and features like built-in navigation to find our way around, you shouldn’t rely on them exclusively if you’re headed into unfamiliar territory. Even if your car has an onboard Wi-Fi connection, it’s still possible for you to wind up in an area where you’ll be cut off from the outside world in the context of your electronics.

To avoid getting lost when your in-car technology and cell phone fail in a remote location, you should stow some paper maps in luggage you can access easily. Your collection of maps should include regional and local ones for the areas where you plan to stay en route to your destination. If you simply can’t bear the thought of using paper maps to navigate your course, you can download offline maps using maps.com before you leave home.

Phone and Car Chargers for Your Smartphone

Your smartphone is like a lifeline that you might need at any moment during a long drive on the open road. If your car breaks down, for instance, and you don’t have the appropriate tools or skills to fix the issue, you’ll need to use your phone to call for help. What will you do if a member of your group is injured and needs medical attention? You’d use your phone to call for help, naturally.

With your smartphone being a must-have in emergency situations rather than a daily luxury, it’s crucial for you to keep your phone charged and ready for immediate use. To make sure you can keep your phone charged, you need to remember to pack a car charger for your phone. You should also pack a phone charger you can use at the hotels, Airbnb’s, or rest stops where you plan to spend the night.

Power Banks

A power bank is like a portable charger you can use to keep your cell phone and mobile devices all charged up. Depending on the particular bank you use, you may be able to charge several devices at once. Some power banks can accommodate different types of wires while others are only able to handle USB cords exclusively. How long a power bank lasts between charges depends on various factors, such as how often and long you use it and how many gadgets are plugged into it.

Power banks are reusable tools you can use to keep peace among your fellow travelers. If your vehicle only has charging ports upfront, you can share your power bank with passengers in the back to avoid infighting over who gets to use the built-in charging ports.

Did you forget to pack an outlet adapter and realize that your charging cords aren’t compatible with the outlets in a given accommodation during a road trip abroad? Don’t panic! You can use your power bank to keep your devices charged. Just remember to pick up an outlet adapter when you head out so you can recharge your power bank during your next layover.

Packing Cubes

Packing cubes are collapsible pieces of luggage you can use to pack your gear. Even if you don’t pack your things in cubes before you leave home, you should still bring one along for the ride. That’s because you can use the packing cube to stow your dirty clothes and keep them separate from your clean things. You can find affordable cubes on many websites, including Amazon.com.

Phone Mount

The last thing you want to do during a family road trip or an outing with friends is fumble around for your cell phone while you’re behind the wheel. Placing a phone mount on your dashboard will ensure you’ll know exactly where your phone is at all times. The mount can keep your phone within easy view, which is important for motorists who rely on their smartphones for navigation purposes.

Wi-Fi Hotspot

If you want to ensure you’ll have access to the internet during an upcoming road trip, it’s wise to invest in a portable Wi-Fi hotspot if your vehicle doesn’t have similar technology. Hotspots like Skyroam typically allow subscribers to connect multiple gadgets to the internet at once, but they usually have a maximum limit for simultaneous users.

Depending on your cell phone carrier, you might be able to use your smartphone as a hotspot. Companies like Verizon charge an additional fee for this service, but they generally tack on additional amenities in exchange, such as complimentary access to Disney+ or Netflix for a limited time at least.

Meditation List

While hitting the open road with friends or family members is meant to be fun, things can get stressful from time to time. If the kids are fighting, you’re stuck in traffic, or you’re covering a tricky stretch of road, you may find your blood pressure rising quickly. You may also discover that you’re simply mentally weary after spending hours and hours on the road day after day.

No matter what’s stressing you out, having a list of 20 short and effective mediations you can do at work or anywhere, including a rest stop, can help restore your usual peace of mind. Engaging in a quick mediation can also re-energize you so that you’re physically and emotionally ready for the next leg of your trip.

Itinerary

Although it’s wise to leave plenty of unplanned time built into your schedule, you should still create a loose itinerary for your upcoming adventure and bring it with you. Your itinerary should include the locations where you plan to pull off the road for the night and a flexible arrival time for each stop. Your travel plan should also include things you want to see and do and the approximate dates and times you plan to cross them off your to-do list.

In general, it’s wise to include some activities you can do at any time in your plan, such as an app-led scavenger hunt. Let’s Roam has scavenger hunts planned in more than 400 cities around the world, including:

When you sign up for an app-led scavenger hunt by Let’s Roam, you’re scheduling a future event without having to commit to a firm start date or time. That means you and your travel mates can participate in the fun-filled hunt whenever you reach the relevant destination location.

Like you can complete a digital scavenger hunt at any time, you can do some Adventures from Scratch whenever you want. The “Adventures from Scratch: Family Adventure Book” includes more than 55 scratch-off adventures you and your family can do on the fly throughout your road trip. Simply find an adventure that intrigues everyone, scratch off the challenge, and start making lasting memories with your loved ones.

If you and your significant other are the only participants in your getaway, consider spicing things up with our “Adventures from Scratch: Couples Adventure Book.” Like our other tome, this book has many scratch-off adventures that you can enjoy with your partner. Some of them are romantic in nature while others are ready-made dates, but all of them are fun, enjoyable, and interactive. If you know where you’re going to stay, consider mailing individual adventures to each location before you leave home.

Travel Pillow

Unless you’re going to do all the driving, a travel pillow is one of the road trip essentials you should pack for your journey. When you’re a passenger instead of your group’s chauffeur, you may want to knock off for a while. Your upright sitting position isn’t a natural position that’s conducive with sleep, however. Because of that, your head may list to the side or fall forward, which may jolt you awake or result in a sore neck and less efficient breathing.

Travel pillows provide support for your head and neck while you sleep as they combat the challenges of upright sleep. A typical pillow is lightweight, portable, reusable, and ergonomically designed. These specialized pillows are widely available in a range of sizes and styles, with some having neat amenities like temperature control. Here are some models you may want to consider if you don’t already have one:

  • Design Go Ultimate Memory Pillow
  • Sea to Summit Aeros Ultralight Pillow
  • Away The Travel Neck Pillow
  • Sunany Inflatable Neck Pillow

Noise-Canceling Headphones

One of the best travel tips you’ll ever get is to bring noise-canceling headphones on every long road trip you take. No matter how much you love your travel companions and enjoy their company, it’s likely you’ll want some quiet time every so often, including when you try to take a nap. Noise-canceling headphones will allow you to tune out the noise in your immediate surroundings without you having to ask everyone to shush or keep things down.

Even if you don’t use them in the car, you may find that noise-canceling headphones are useful when you stop for the night. If you’re going to take an RV on your next journey, you may find that your fellow road warriors pull into and out of a given RV campground at all hours of the day and night. By using your headphones, you won’t have to worry about the related noise interrupting your sleep or your thoughts.

Car Games

Whether you’re traveling with kids, adults, or a mix of both, you should prepare road trip games everyone will enjoy playing. “Travel Bingo,” “Restaurant Race,” “First One to See It,” and “Did You Hear That,” are some entertaining car games that are engaging for kids of all ages and that don’t require anything other than some imagination.

If you’re traveling with children, you may want to download some gaming apps before you leave home. Here are some of the apps you may want to consider depending on your kids’ ages:

  • Toca Nature
  • Sago Mini Road Trip
  • Drawing Pad
  • This Is My Car – Mechanics for Kids
  • Barefoot World Atlas
  • Pokemon Go
  • Rory’s Story Cubes

Of course, the games you choose to download for your children depend on more than just your kids’ ages. They also depend on the devices your kids will use to play them as some games are made specifically for certain types of devices while others aren’t. Whether your children will use an iPhone, an Android phone, a Kindle, a laptop, or something else, make sure their devices are compatible with the virtual games that they want to play.

Spotify Playlist

Like road trips are usually more about the journey than the final destination, they’re also all about the music for many travelers. To prevent potential Wi-Fi connectivity problems from interrupting your musical experience, make some playlists before you hit the road.

If you’re struggling to find motivation to create a Spotify playlist, consider making a few thematic ones. You can base one on a particular artist or group, another around a certain genre of music, and still another on the preferred musical stylings on your ultimate destination. Just do your best to choose songs that will appeal to everyone in your group.

Credentials

Few things can put a damper on a road trip faster than forgetting vital credentials at home. Before you take off, make sure you have the following things together and packed away in a readily accessible place like your center console, glovebox, or wallet:

  • Driver’s license
  • Vehicle registration
  • Car owner’s manual
  • Proof of car insurance
  • Travel insurance paperwork
  • AAA or other roadside assistance card

Toiletries

Even if you’re not going to camp your way through a road trip, it’s a good idea to pack some toiletries. Just because you may have booked a stay at a five-star hotel, it doesn’t mean the property will have the kind of toilet paper you prefer or the toothpaste you’re used to, after all.

A few of the toiletries you may want to pack just to be on the safe side include:

  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Toilet paper
  • Mouthwash
  • Ear swabs like Q-tips
  • Lip balm
  • Wet wipes

If you’re going to car camp at a campground that has community showers, you’ll also want to bring some flip-flops to guard against foot fungus. In addition to being a protective layer in the shower, flip-flops or comfy slip-on shoes make it a breeze for you to run to the gas station or local grocery store with minimal preparation.

With the COVID pandemic continuing, you should also throw the following in your toiletry bag:

  • Extra face masks
  • Latex gloves
  • Antibacterial wipes
  • Ample hand sanitizer, making sure some containers are small enough to fit in your pocket in case you eat out

Podcast Episodes

Since you can’t stream a show while you drive, a podcast is a great alternative. If you’re going on a road trip alone, download a few episodes before you leave home so you can still enjoy the broadcast if your Wi-Fi connection is interrupted. Are you going to travel with your partner? Find a podcast you’ll both like and download the series so you can enjoy the broadcast together as you travel throughout the USA or a foreign location.

Snacks

Pre-packing some snacks and light meals is an effective way to save money during a road trip. It’s also a smart thing to do to prevent “hanger” from bringing everyone down during your travels. In general, it’s advisable to pack complete meals like sandwiches that don’t need any further preparation and that will be consumed early on in your trip.

Snacks are a different story because you can choose some that don’t need to be kept cold to remain edible. From veggie chips to fruits, nuts, protein and granola bars, chips, pretzels, and more, the list of possible snacks that are perfect for a road trip is nearly endless.

Drinks and Beverage Containers

If having the best road trip ever is your goal, you’ll need to stay hydrated during your journey. Although that’s true, you don’t need to cram your cooler with water bottles. Instead, you can pack other sorts of drinks in there and bring some reusable travel mugs and water bottles like Nalgenes with you.

If you’re going to consume water sourced on location, you should bring a SteriPen or portable, handheld water filter with you. That’s particularly wise if you’re going to drink untreated water from a lake, river, or stream.

Daypack

A daypack is an absolute must if your road trip is going to include outdoor activities in a national park or a stroll through a bustling city like Atlanta, GA. A typical daypack is larger than a purse, smaller than a suitcase, and on par with a backpack. When choosing a pack, the key is to select one you’ll be comfy wearing for long stretches of time depending on what you have planned. If you can’t find a comfortable pack, you may want to consider using a tote instead.

Totes and packs aren’t just great for hikes and in-town tours. They’re also wonderful for shopping sprees. If you love to shop for souvenirs and keepsakes, using an appropriately sized bag is a good idea if your goal is to save money. You can set a rule that you’ll stop buying things once your bag is full.

Sunscreen and Bug Spray

Whether an upcoming family road trip will involve a lot of time outside or the bare minimum, you should still pack bug spray and sunscreen. While you may not need the spray if you’re going to take a road trip during the winter, you should still bring some sunscreen along as the sun can burn and damage your skin year-round.


Frequently Asked Questions

What should you carry in your car for a road trip?

There are certain road trip essentials that you should never forget, like a roadside emergency kit, a first aid kit, and vital credentials. Portable device chargers and paper maps also come in handy.

What should I pack in my roadside emergency kit?

An effective roadside emergency kit should include road flares, a jack, a lug wrench, a headlamp or flashlight, jumper cables, bottled water, and other items on this list of road trip essentials.

What should I pack in my car’s first aid kit?

When packing a first aid kit for a road trip, be sure to include bandages, tweezers, 81 mg aspirin, non-latex gloves, an instant cold compress, and at least five one-gram packets of antibiotic ointment.

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Family Road Trip Ideas for Your Next Vacation

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In the decades since cars became accessible assets, the quintessential family vacation for many has become a road trip. Even today, with discount airlines offering affordable flights to an array of desirable destinations, many families still choose road tripping for their vacations.

Why have road trips been the vacation of choice across generations of families? In large part, it’s because a family road trip is as much about the journey as it is about the destination. While kids may remember the great time they had at the beach, they’ll likely recall the drive to that destination just as readily as they age and retell stories about their childhood vacations.

While a staycation may seem like an affordable alternative to a road trip, the fact remains that a well-planned road trip generally won’t break the bank. Although you’ll have to pay for fuel and accommodations, a road trip with the kids will create lasting memories that far outweigh the cost of the trip. To set you on the right path, let’s uncover some of the most exciting and enjoyable family road trip ideas!


While preparing for your family road trip, don’t forget to pack Adventures From Scratch: Family Edition. This scratch-off book includes over 50 creative activities you can do just about anywhere. The kiddos will love revealing your next surprise adventure and everyone in the family will have a fantastic time conquering challenges, one by one. Pick up your copy today!


Family Road Trip Destination Ideas

With the destination and journey being equally important to a memorable family vacation, it’s vital that you pick a destination that has a lot of kid-friendly activities and attractions. It’s just as important that you make the ride to that destination as pleasant as possible. The United States has plenty of kid- and family-friendly vacation ideas for you to explore and experience.

National Park Tour

America is home to 423 national parks that stretch across more than 84 million acres. Every state in the country has at least one national park within its borders as do the following American territories:

  • Puerto Rico
  • The Virgin Islands
  • American Samoa
  • Guam

With so many federally funded parks scattered across the country and its territories, you could use these natural areas as the basis for every vacation you take with your family and never come close to exhausting your possible v-kay destinations. While that’s the case, you can knock a few parks off your bucket list by taking a national park tour that starts in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Zion National Park

Despite its history as a gambling mecca, Sin City pulls double-duty as the gateway to several southwestern national parks. Just three hours or so northeast of the city, you’ll find Zion National Park in Utah. This park has red cliffs, slot canyons, and a river you can dip your toes in to stay cool on hot summer days. If you want to avoid crowds, you should head to the park’s Kolob Canyons to hike and enjoy beautiful landscapes.

Cedar Breaks National Monument

About 80 miles north of Zion you’ll come upon Cedar Breaks National Monument. Situated 10,000 feet above sea level, this park typically has a comfy temperature that provides a nice break from the oft-sweltering heat experienced at lower elevations. This park is a renowned dark sky preserve that’s a wonderful choice if you want to engage in some stargazing. Dark Rangers are quick to point out constellations for curious onlookers when it’s dark out.

Bryce Canyon National Park

Bryce Canyon National Park is located approximately 60 miles east of Bryce Canyon. This park is widely celebrated for having the largest number of hoodoos in the world. What is a hoodoo? The word itself means “to bewitch.” As it applies to this park, “hoodoo” refers to the tall, skinny shafts of rock that rise out of the park’s barren basins only to bewitch park visitors. To get a better idea of what hoodoos look like, it’s helpful to think of a totem pole made with rock rather than wood.

Grand Canyon National Park

Around 160 miles south of Bryce Canyon, you’ll come across the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. While not as popular as the canyon’s South Rim, the North Rim still provides incredible views of one of the world’s seven natural wonders. If you want to explore the Grand Canyon by air, water, or land, it’s wise to book a tour months ahead of time. Guided excursions into the canyon typically sell out quickly far ahead of time, so you shouldn’t wait until the last minute to try to schedule a tour.

Las Vegas, Nevada

As a parent, you might be perplexed by any recommendation for a family trip that involves taking your kids to a metropolis with the irreverent nickname of “Sin City.” While it may seem like a quizzical suggestion, taking the kids to Vegas is a great idea if you want to experience some good ‘ole family fun.

Over the years, Sin City has evolved from a gambling city known for overindulgence into a family-friendly vacation destination. Today, the city has a nearly countless number of kid-oriented activities and attractions that are sure to delight children of all ages.

Pinball Hall of Fame

Do you want to introduce your kids to old-timey games that predated today’s video games? If so, we suggest you take your children to the Pinball Hall of Fame.

Located directly across from the iconic “Welcome to Las Vegas” sign and the Mandalay Bay resort, the Pinball Hall of Fame occupies 25,000 square feet of real estate on the Strip. The museum is home to pinball machines that date from the 1950s through the 1990s. All the machines belong to one club member, Tim Arnold. As a non-profit organization, the museum donates its excess revenue to various non-denominational charities.

The pinball machines aren’t just display pieces at this location. Museum visitors are encouraged to play them, meaning they’re all interactive exhibits of sorts. Older machines cost 25 cents per game while newer ones cost 50 cents to play. With such low per-game fees and free admission, the Pinball Hall of Fame is an affordable place to bring the kids for a nostalgic day of family fun.

CBS Television Research Center

Have you ever wanted to have a say about what shows get aired on TV? You can let your opinions be known with a visit to the CBS Television Research Center located in the MGM Grand. This center is where visitors can watch a show and rate it using touchscreen devices. In addition to rating prospective television shows, the center has tested various products in the past, such as Nintendo Wii, Dell computers, and Xbox 360.

To remember your family’s visit to the CBS Television Research Center, you can pick up some souvenirs in the on-site gift shop. Most of the items in the shop are reasonably priced at $20 or less. Don’t forget to enter the drawing for a state-of-the-art home theater system before you leave the facility. Drawings for a theater system are held every three months, and you just might win!

If you want to share more of your opinions, sign up for the center’s entertainment panel. As a member of that panel, the center will send you commercials and pilot episodes for you to review at home.

The Midway at Circus Circus

The Midway at Circus Circus should be your family’s destination if you want to play carnival games, classic arcade games. and the latest video games as you try to win prizes, prizes, and more prizes. The Midway surrounds the hotel’s circus stage, which features circus acts every day. The circus acts start at 1:30 pm and there’s no fee to view the world-class performances.

Big Shot at the Stratosphere

If your children are at least 48 inches tall and they love thrills, take them over to the Strat to ride Big Shot. This ride “shoots” people 160 feet into the air above the surrounding valley at 45 miles per hour. Then the ride catapults riders from the 921-foot high platform up a mast to a height of 1,081 feet. Next, the ride drops riders down only to shoot them back up again before anyone has a chance to catch their breath.

You’ll find Big Shot to be terrifyingly exciting as you experience four Gs of force going up and negative Gs as you drop down. If you want your kids to enjoy the ride, but don’t want to experience it yourself, you should know that kids under the age of 15 must be accompanied by an adult. If your kids are under 15, you may want to bypass the ride unless you’re willing to strap in with your children.

Hershey’s Chocolate World Las Vegas

When you’re in the mood for something sweet, take your family over to Hershey’s Chocolate World in the world-renowned New York-New York Hotel & Casino. Occupying 13,000 square feet of retail space, Hershey’s Chocolate World sells more than 800 Hershey’s chocolates and candies, and it gives visitors the chance to make their own signature sweet treats.

When you visit the shop, you can take a selfie or a family photo with a sculpture of the Statue of Liberty that was constructed with nearly 800 pounds of Hershey’s milk chocolate. You can even star in a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup television ad with your kids when you visit the store.

Blue Ridge Parkway, North Carolina

Commissioned during the Great Depression in the 1930s, the Blue Ridge Parkway took decades to complete. Today, the corridor connects Shenandoah National Park in Virginia to North Carolina’s Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The parkway represents a laudable conservation effort as there are no gas stations, billboards, eateries, or accommodations on the side of the elongated roadway.

If you’re worried about finding activities and attractions your whole family will enjoy during an upcoming vacation, your fears will melt away as you travel along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Your brood can enjoy breathtaking views at Blowing Rock. At 4,000 feet above sea level, this rock formation hangs over the John’s River Gorge and offers spectacular views of neighboring mountain peaks and lush forests.

Asheville is just 120 miles to the south of Blowing Rock. A hipster city, Asheville is known for its art galleries, varied retail shops, diverse restaurants, and outdoor activities. The city is also recognized as the home of the Biltmore Estate, which is the former home of industrialist George Vanderbilt. You can take a guided tour of the estate that will take you through the property’s storied gardens and opulent rooms. If you want to give your family a treat, you can book a stay at the Biltmore Estate.

When you leave Asheville to make your way to the parkway’s end in Cherokee, NC, you’ll have many opportunities to engage in outdoor activities, such as:

  • Kayaking
  • Hiking
  • Biking
  • Ziplining
  • Rock climbing
  • Camping
  • Nature watching

As you make the 100-mile trip from Asheville to Cherokee, keep an eye out for the Oconaluftee Indian Village. This village is a recreation of a Cherokee community from the 1750s. When you visit the village, you can see how indigenous people from that era did things like live off the land and make baskets and canoes.

Boston, Massachusetts

No road trip with kids through the northeast would be complete without a layover in Boston, Massachusetts. Boston has a ton of things that are both kid-friendly and family-oriented. Whether you want to visit museums, historic sites, or a restaurant that serves yummy lobster rolls, you can do it and a whole lot more during a vacation in Beantown.

New England Aquarium

Located on the edge of the city’s striking harbor, the New England Aquarium is a must-visit attraction. The aquarium has a unique central tank that’s four stories high. As you’ll see, the tank holds marine life that typically lives along the Caribbean coral reef, with inhabitants including small sharks, a variety of fish, and a monstrous sea turtle.

All in all, the aquarium’s exhibits are home to more than 8,000 marine creatures. Those creatures include over 80 penguins who’ll delight you with their silly antics the moment you enter the building. As you view the penguins, keep an ear out for the call of the African penguins as it sounds almost exactly like the braying noise donkeys are known for.

You can catch a kid-friendly film on the largest I-Max screen in New England during your visit to the aquarium. In addition, you can attend some special presentations, such as penguin feedings and seal training sessions.

Public Garden

Boston’s Public Garden should be on your radar if you want to take your family on a swan boat ride. The paddle boats used to provide rides at this location are the only ones of their kind. Even some Boston natives don’t know that the swam boats in the Public Garden were inspired by the opera entitled “Lohengrin.” Each paddleboat ride lasts about 15 minutes or so, which will leave your family plenty of time to enjoy some of the city’s other attractions.

Old Ironsides and the USS Constitution Museum

Located just outside of Boston, the USS Constitution is docked in Charleston, MA. Guests are welcome to take a free tour of the venerable war shop, and they can even go below deck to see where sailors slept more than 200 years ago.

Mere steps across the shipyard, you’ll find the USS Constitution Museum. This museum’s collection includes more than 3,000 original artifacts related to Old Ironsides. Your kids can participate in some hands-on activities in the museum in addition to viewing the exhibits.

Legoland Discovery Center

Located in the Assembly Row shopping complex, Legoland Discovery Center is a wonderful way to keep the kids entertained on a rainy or exceptionally hot or cold day in Beantown. When you visit, your kids can play with LEGOs to their hearts’ delight. Your family can also catch a 4D movie and see a LEGO miniature of the city of Boston that was created by true LEGO masters. If your children have some pent-up energy, you can let them play in the climbing-wall area to blow off some steam.

Paul Revere House

The Paul Revere House is the oldest private home still standing within Boston’s city limits. Today, the house is a museum that boasts a genuine colonial style. A guided tour of the museum only takes 30 minutes, so it’ll wrap up before anyone has the chance to misbehave or complain. The museum only charges a nominal fee for admission, and it’s worth noting that the facility operates on a cash-only basis.

Old North Church

The Old North Church is noteworthy thanks to Paul Revere’s “one if by land, and two if by sea” ride through the city from centuries ago. Constructed in 1723, the church boasts Boston’s tallest steeple, which measures 191 feet. Located in the city’s North End, the church is surrounded by fantastic Italian eateries and some of the best bakeries you’ll find anywhere.

Los Angeles, California

Also known as the City of Angels, Los Angeles is the second-largest urban area in the United States. If you’re compiling a list of family road trip ideas, you should put “visit LA” at the top. This city has something that will appeal to even the pickiest of petite travelers, so you won’t have to worry about hearing “I’m bored” or “there’s nothing to do” during your stay in the LA area.

Wildlife Learning Center

Located in the suburb of Sylmar, the Wildlife Learning Center is a wonderful place to bring children. The center is home to an array of animals that include mammals, birds, amphibians, and arthropods. Although walking through the center and taking pictures of the animals are fun things to do on their own, you can make a visit to the Wildlife Learning Center even more memorable by scheduling a close encounter with an animal.

The center offers two kinds of close encounters, the Zoofari Tour and the Adventure Tour. The Zoofari Tour consists of a guided 45-minute tour of the facility and the opportunity for up to five family members to meet one of the following animals:

  • Giraffe
  • Owl
  • Armadillo
  • Porcupine
  • Snake

If you have more than five family members, you can add two more to your Zoofari Tour for just $16 per head. You also have the option to meet two more animals during the tour for an additional fee.

The Adventure Tour is the center’s most interactive option. During this 90-minute tour, you and your family will get to meet a sloth, a giraffe, a reptile, a porcupine, and a tortoise.

Bob Baker Marionette Theater

As the longest-running marionette theater in America, the Bob Baker Marionette Theater has entertained more than one million children since it opened its doors in 1963. Named an official Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument in 2009, the theater puts on live puppet shows that simply delight onlookers of all ages.

After a puppet show ends, kids have the chance to enjoy some free ice cream. Audience members can also go on a behind-the-scenes tour of the facility. You can feel great when you buy tickets to a show at this iconic theater because 25 percent of all ticket sales go toward supporting field trips for kids living in the City of Angels.

Scavenger Hunt

Do you want to make your upcoming vacation one of the best road trips ever? If so, we encourage you to sign your family up for an outdoor scavenger hunt for your stay in LA. Let’s Roam has several hunts and tours in Los Angeles, and each one is a blast. If you’re not yet sold on the idea, look at our info on how a scavenger hunt works and read up on what to bring. We’ve got you covered!

If you’re concerned you might not have time for a full-blown scavenger hunt, you can rely on Adventures From Scratch: Family Edition for an alternate activity. Read the descriptions for the adventures in this wonderful scratch-off adventure book to find a family activity that will fit into your schedule perfectly while you’re in Los Angeles.

Pacific Coast Highway, California

Officially known as State Route 1 and informally referred to as Highway One or The One, the Pacific Coast Highway in California offers families the chance to have days of fun as they take in breathtaking views during their road trip. The Pacific Coast Highway has lots of roadside attractions that are as diverse as the terrain you’ll cover if you drive the thoroughfare from start to finish.

Here are some of the places you won’t want to miss during family travel along the Pacific Coast Highway:

  • Big Sur: Situated just 25 miles south of Monterey, Big Sur is home to deep gorges, rugged mountains, pine forests, and a unique beach named Pfeiffer State Beach. That beach is where you can see purple sand and azure-colored waves. Just a short drive from the beach, you’ll find Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park which offers hiking trails, shaded by stunning Redwoods. It’s often referred to as “mini Yosemite!”
  • San Simeon: San Simeon is a small town where you can visit two popular attractions—Hearst Castle and the Piedras Blancas Elephant Seal Colony. Situated about halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco, it’s a perfect village for a day trip or a family getaway.
  • Santa Cruz: When you visit Santa Cruz, you’ll be able to soak up some rays, swim in the Pacific Ocean, shop, eat delicious food, and visit a theme park that’s home to an old, wooden roller coaster that’s been in operation since 1924.
  • Greyhound Rock Beach: This beach is an oft-overlooked oasis of sun, surf, and marine life that includes elephant seals and dolphins. A lot of people drive right past this beach presumably because they have to manage a steep walk down a cliff to get to it, but don’t make that same mistake or your family will miss out on what’s sure to be a good time.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a good family road trip?

If you’re looking for family road trip ideas, consider a national park tour, a ride down the Pacific Coast Highway, a journey through Boston, or a trip on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

What can families do on a long car ride?

Family road trips can turn stressful if you’re not well prepared! Pack road trip snacks, learn some travel games, and keep a scratch-off adventure book or a scavenger hunt app at hand for pit stops!

How do you make a family road trip fun?

Try family road trip ideas that have stops designed for everyone! When creating your itinerary, cater to different ages and personalities. Plan fun travel games, and make time for city scavenger hunts!

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Solo Road Trip Ideas for Your Next Adventure

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Hitting the open road is a liberating experience, and it’s even more so when you go it alone. When you’re a solo traveler, your fate is 100 percent within your control. You can pick any destination you want, decide how far you want to travel each day, listen to your favorite playlists, and eat wherever and whenever you want. In short, traveling alone means you don’t need to make any compromises or bend to anyone’s will just to keep the peace. We’ve compiled this list of solo road trip ideas to help you to come up with possible itineraries for your next adventure!


Tips for Successful Solo Traveling

If you’re planning to travel solo for the first time, you may find yourself searching for some road trip tips online. One of the best pieces of advice you’ll get is to start small. Instead of making your first trip a cross-country adventure, consider making your initial outing a day trip that’s at least relatively close to home.

That tip is particularly relevant if you recently got your first RV and plan to use it for your travels. By staying close to home, you’ll be able to call for help if you can’t figure out how certain features work. You’ll also give yourself the chance to experience how your home on wheels handles the road without the pressure of having to drive too far.

Here are some additional road trip tips you can put into practice as early as today:

  • Check your coverage: Make sure you have the right insurance for your upcoming getaway. Travel insurance, roadside assistance, car insurance, and/or rental car insurance are examples of the types of coverage you may need to secure if you haven’t already done so.
  • Identify the sites you want to see and the places you’d like to visit: Once you pick your ultimate destination, pick the stops you’ll visit along the way and the things you want to see at each layover. Choose a scenic route, so you can enjoy the sights while you roam.
  • Create a schedule: Depending on what you plan to do at each stop, you may find that you’ll need to budget more time at certain locations than others. Create a schedule and do your best to stick to it to ensure you can do as many things on your bucket list as possible.
  • Map your route: Creating a schedule and mapping your route go hand-in-hand because you really can’t do one without the other. To make sure your planned route is accurate, use at least two navigation tools to confirm your path. If you need help planning your route and are a member of AAA, you can contact AAA for help putting together a map of your trip. And don’t forget to consider the time of year when plotting your roadmap. In addition to weather concerns, certain roads can be more scenic during specific seasons, while other routes might be more likely to be under construction. Be sure to factor those elements into your travel plans.
  • Book your accommodations: Unless you’re going RVing, you’ll need to book accommodations for your layovers. With some host sites like Airbnb being more forgiving with cancelations and reservation changes due to the pandemic, there’s no reason to wait until the last minute to book a stay because it’s increasingly less likely you’ll get hit with a penalty if your plans change unexpectedly.
  • Pack the minimum: If you’re not going to embark on your solo road trip in an RV, do your best to pack the bare minimum. Suitcases and duffle bags will seem to get heavier the more you have to lug them into hotel rooms, and they will literally get heavier if you buy a lot of stuff during your time away from home.
  • Get your vehicle checked out: No matter what kind of automobile you’re planning to travel in, it’s crucial for you to have the vehicle checked out by a trusted mechanic before you leave town. Knowing your automobile is ready for the rigors of the road will give you lasting peace of mind during your trip.
  • Stay in Touch: While you don’t need anyone to babysit you while you travel alone, you should let a friend, family member, or coworker know where you’re going. Before you leave, share your route with your confidante and make plans to check in daily. You and your buddy should decide in advance what actions your colleague should take if they don’t hear from you after a certain period of time. And while we’d never suggest texting and driving, do keep your cell phone nearby so others can reach you in an emergency!

Solo Road Trip Ideas for U.S. Travel

In many instances, road tripping is more about the journey than the destination. While that’s the case, planning a road trip itinerary is a crucial part of the journey you’ll experience because it will determine all the things you can do and see between your starting point and where you ultimately end up.

The Big Apple to the 1000 Islands

A one-way trip from New York City to the 1000 Islands is just over 350 miles. This road trip starts in one of the world’s biggest and busiest metropolises where you can enjoy casual eateries, high-end restaurants, and everything in between.

While some people feel like NYC is expensive, there are plenty of free or low-budget things to do in The Big Apple. Wandering through the Upper East Side or the West Village doesn’t cost a thing, for example. You can visit Central Park without spending a dime, too.

If you want to see where a popular brew is made, you can take a free tour of Brooklyn Brewery. Tours kick off every half hour between 1 pm and 6 pm on Saturdays and Sundays. Just be aware that the brewery tours are very popular, so you’ll want to get in line early.

When you’re done exploring New York City and enjoying all of its countless offerings, you’ll have plenty of cool places to stop as you make your way up to the 1000 Islands. A surprising number of people have an interest in glass. If you’re a member of that cult-like following, you’ll want to stop in to see the Corning Museum of Glass in the appropriately named city of Corning, NY.

Do you enjoy off-roading? If so, you’ll definitely want to check out the rugged terrain in Lewis County. Do you want to explore some intriguing hiking trails? Lawrence County has some of the state’s best hiking trails, so make sure you plan a layover near at least one trailhead.

After you make your way to the Thousand Islands, you’ll want to start exploring the St. Lawrence River Valley immediately. A wonderful way to get the know the area is to follow the Thousand Islands-Seaway Wine Trail. Established in 2007, this trail makes it a breeze for newcomers to tour award-winning, family-owned wineries, distilleries, and vineyards located in Cape Vincent, Clayton, Alexandria, and other cities. Of course, enjoying samples as you go along is a must, so be sure to book accommodations along the way!

Sin City to the Grand Canyon

Traveling solo from Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon requires you to travel less than 300 glorious miles. This trip is one of the safest for solo female travelers and male adventurers because it’s largely done on interstates.

If you take Interstate 515 South and I-11 South, the Hoover Dam is only about 40 minutes outside Sin City. To visit or tour the dam, it’s wise to book a ticket in advance. The Hoover Dam is open to the public every day from 5 am until 9 pm, except Thanksgiving and Christmas day. Tours kick off throughout each day the dam is open. The first tour starts at 9 am and the last daily tour begins at 3:45 pm.

When you wrap up your visit to the Hoover Dam and start the next leg of your journey, you’ll only be about 95 miles away from the Grand Canyon’s West Rim. If your final destination is the Grand Canyon National Park, you’ll have to travel another 240 miles to get there.

Whether you’re heading to the West Rim, the canyon’s South Rim, or somewhere in between, we suggest you spend at least one night in the Grand Canyon Village. If you stay there, you’ll enjoy a breathtaking sunrise that will make an idyllic background for selfies.

Los Angeles to San Francisco, California

The quickest way to get from Los Angeles to the Golden Gate City is to take Interstate 5 Freeway. While that route will get you to your destination in about six hours or less, it’s a boring drive when compared to the Pacific Coast Highway. Although taking the Pacific Coast Highway to San Francisco means you’ll face a longer and trickier drive, it’s well worth it.

Malibu

With so many things to see and do along the Pacific Coast Highway, it’s advisable to extend your trip over two or three days at least. If you love the beach and celebrities, you’ll want to schedule a stop in Malibu. The city’s beaches are some of the prettiest in The Golden State. After you have some fun in the sun, you can take a bus tour and see where some of the biggest names in Hollywood live.

Solvang

Solvang is a charming town that looks like a replica of a quaint Danish village. Replete with partially timbered buildings, windmills that are reminiscent of Europe, and flowers that line the town’s streets, Solvang is a throwback to an earlier, simpler time that will melt your heart during your journey between LA and SF.

Morro Bay

Morro Bay is a small fishing village that’s often overlooked by people who aren’t “in the know.” The town has a gorgeous state park and several estuaries that are worth checking out. When you visit the bay, you can see Morro Rock, which is the product of an ancient volcanic eruption. The rock juts upward for 576 feet, and it sits in a lagoon where sea otters and seals can be seen throughout the day.

The scenery at Morro Bay is spectacular, so you may want to have a picnic on the beach. If you want to get some exercise, you can go for a swim or rent a vessel and go kayaking around Morro Rock.

Piedras Blancas Elephant Seal Colony

You’ll find the Piedras Blancas Elephant Seal Colony in San Simeon, which is better known as the home of the luxe Hearst Castle. In 1990, there were fewer than 24 elephant seals in San Simeon, CA. The following spring, more than 400 elephant seals arrived on the beach on the south side of the Piedras Blancas Lighthouse.

No one is sure why the population of elephant seals grew so much year-over-year, but it has continued to do so ever since. Now, the beach is home to more than 17,000 elephant seals. The rookery is open year-round, and guides are present daily to answer questions from curious onlookers.

Additional Places to Stop During Your Drive to San Francisco

As you probably guessed, there are many additional places you may want to stop as you travel to The City by the Bay. Here are a few more places you may want to check out during your journey:

  • Marin Headlands
  • Monterey
  • Carmel Mission
  • Carmel-by-the-Sea
  • Point Lobos Natural Reserve

Things to Do at Your Final Destination

Once you reach your final destination, you may wonder how you can get to know The City by the Bay. One of the easiest ways to familiarize yourself with the city is to sign up for a scavenger hunt, ghost tour, or bar crawl by Let’s Roam. These app-led, outdoor activities all have different themes that will take you to various parts of the city to see some of its most popular landmarks, experience its spookiest attractions, or get a taste of the nightlife.

Beaver Creek, Colorado

Earlier, we made the claim that road tripping is often more about the journey than the destination, but Beaver Creek, Colorado can be an exception to that “rule.” We suggest flying into Denver International Airport, renting a car, and make the 130-mile trek to the town.

Beaver Creek is an elegantly charming village that has a lot of activities visitors can participate in year-round. In the winter, you can ski and snowboard to your heart’s content. During the summer, you can go hiking, mountain biking, or sightseeing. If you like golf, you can play around on a lazy summer day.

When you visit Beaver Creek, you can enjoy all the amenities of an upscale resort while basking in the ambiance of a relaxed Alpine village. Nestled in the Vail Valley, Beaver Creek is a great choice for people who want to stay active and individual travelers who simply want to enjoy a serene getaway with plenty of spectacular Rocky Mountain views.

You’ll have an impressive list of local restaurants to choose from during your stay in Beaver Creek. Beano’s Cabin is an eatery you should make it a point to visit, particularly if you like horses because the restaurant allows its guests to visit on horseback!

 Here are some other intriguing hotspots you may want to try:

  • Beaver Creek Chophouse
  • Coyote Café
  • Grouse Mountain Grill
  • Allie’s Cabin Wine Dinners
  • Splendido at the Chateau
  • Mirabelle at Beaver Creek
  • Saddleridge
  • Spruce Saddle Lodge

Cherokee, North Carolina to Waynesboro, Virginia

One of the most iconic and celebrated driving paths in the USA, the Blue Ridge Parkway connects Cherokee, North Carolina to Waynesboro, Virginia over 469 miles of roadway. Commissioned by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1935 during the Great Depression, the interstate highway was originally intended to be a path that stretched from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park to the Shenandoah National Park.

With nearly 15 million drivers exploring at least some part of the Blue Ridge Parkway every year, the roadway is one of the safest choices for solo female travel, solo travel for men, and travel for single parents traveling with young children. Even if you’re alone in your automobile, there will still be plenty of other travelers on the road that you can flag down if you experience a problem.

If you’re a supporter of ecotourism, you’ll appreciate the inherent design of the Blue Ridge Parkway. The parkway is a prime example of conservatism because it has no hotels, eateries, billboards, or gas stations along its borders. Instead, pristine natural landscapes line the sides of the road. The parkway has more than 200 amazing overlooks that provide excellent views in every direction.

Here are some of the places you’ll want to stop and soak in nature’s splendor as you make your way along the Blue Ridge Parkway:

  • Jefferson National Forest
  • George Washington National Forest
  • Nantahala National Forest
  • Pisgah National Forest
  • Mount Mitchell
  • Grandfather Mountain
  • Linville Gorge Wilderness
  • Julian Price Memorial Park
  • Looking Glass Rock

Destin to Marco Island, Florida

Florida is one of the country’s largest states, so it only makes sense that it’s a veritable melting pot of culture, varying climates, and beautiful landscapes. If you travel through The Sunshine State from north to south, you can see a lot of the best of what the Emerald Coast has to offer.

As you leave Destin, you’ll want to head east to the capital city of Tallahassee. Once there, check out the Tallahassee Museum. If you like live theater, you may also want to catch a live performance at the Amphitheatre.

Do you consider yourself a foodie? If so, you’ll feel right at home in Cedar Key. That town is where you can enjoy some of the tastiest clams you’ll find anywhere. Once you’ve filled up on clams, head over to Three Sisters Springs to go swimming and kayaking with manatees.

If you bypass Tampa and Sarasota, your next stop should be in Fort Meyers. You can spend days enjoying Sanibel Island and Fort Myers Beach. After you soak up some rays, you can tour the former summer homes of Henry Ford and Thomas Edison.

Next up will be a stop in Naples and Marco Island. Once there, you’ll be at the gateway to the Florida Everglades. To make your trip extra special, consider going on an airboat tour of the Everglades, which is an amazing experience that unfolds at breakneck speeds. While there’s no guarantee, there’s always a reasonable chance that you’ll see an alligator during an airboat tour.

If you’re not a fan of the water, you can take a walking tour of the Everglades. Just be sure you wear appropriate footwear and attire considering the weather and terrain.


Frequently Asked Questions

What are the best destinations for a solo road trip?

When you go solo, the world is your oyster! Try traveling from NYC to the 1000 Islands, L.A. to the Bay Area, or Destin to Marco Island, FL. See more solo road trip ideas and tips at AdventureBook.com.

How should I prepare for a solo road trip?

Before embarking on a solo road trip, check insurance coverage, create an itinerary and share it with a few trusted friends, set a schedule, pack light, and get your vehicle checked before you go.

Should I take a solo road trip??

We think everyone should take a solo road trip at some point in their lives. There’s nothing like the feeling of traveling alone. The freedom, the adventure, and the self-discovery are intoxicating!

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The Best Road Trip Ideas for Couples

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While flying may get you to a chosen destination faster, road tripping can be a lot more fun. Even if you don’t have a destination in mind, driving with your significant other can open doors to unforgettable experiences. Whether you want your trip to be a romantic getaway, an action-packed adventure, or a relaxing respite from day-to-day life, we hope these road trip ideas for couples help set you on the path to delightful discovery!


Make Pitstops for Adventures!

While traveling the world with your other half, don’t forget to make time for special experiences. Adventures From Scratch: Date Edition is full of intimate conversation prompts and creative activities that can be done wherever you choose to roam. When you’re ready for a short scenic drive, a weekend getaway, or the best road trip of your lives, pack your copy and make time to uncover and conquer challenges together!


Reasons to Take a Couple’s Road Trip

Even though homeownership is part of the traditional American Dream, getting away from home even just for a few days provides meaningful benefits for individuals and couples. Getting away from home and exploring the outdoors can improve your ability to handle stressful situations, for example.

Taking a road trip can improve your communication with your significant other, too. When you’re on the open road, you can talk about what lies ahead instead of discussing mundane topics like household bills and daily work life. The sights, activities, and attractions you encounter and engage in with your partner can be the basis for future conversations as you recount your experiences in private and relay them to friends and extended family members.

Couple’s road trips help to keep things fresh for participants. You probably have an established, familiar routine for when you’re in your hometown. When you’re on the road, everything is new, from the places you’ll eat to the people you’ll meet and so much more. All that newness will invariably breathe new life into your relationship.

Hitting the road with your partner can foster teamwork between the two of you, particularly if you’re traveling on a budget. You two may need to work together to figure out how to stretch your dollars, or you might have to get creative to prepare a hearty meal with the limited ingredients you managed to scrounge up in the local grocery store you found along the side of the road.

Road Trip Ideas for Couples

Now that you’re familiar with the reasons why you may want to hit the road with your partner, it’s time to investigate some ideas for your next trip. No matter which idea you like the most, it’s wise to involve your significant other in the final decision about your upcoming adventure. Remember, it’ll just be you and your partner alone in your vehicle during your road trip, so you don’t want your SO harboring any resentment over being left out of the decision-making process.

Visit Utah

Do you wish you could plan a road trip that includes plenty of natural beauty, a lot of fun adventures, and some of the coolest national and state parks in the US? As it turns out, you can if you plan a trip to Utah.

National Parks in Utah, USA

Utah has so many spectacular parks that it’s easy to assume the entire state is a giant natural play area. With so many parks to see, you can plan an entire trip around them. Here are some of the national parks that should be on your bucket list if you’re planning to visit Utah:

  • Zion National Park
  • Capital Reef National Park
  • Canyonlands National Park
  • Arches National Park
  • Bryce Canyon National Park
  • Natural Bridges National Monument
  • Glen Canyon National Recreation Area
  • Red Cliffs National Recreation Area

Tribal and State Parks in the Beehive State

Just as Utah is home to some of the nation’s most breathtaking national parks, the Beehive State is where you’ll find some incredible tribal and state parks. If you want to see some of the best natural wonders the state has to offer, visit the following parks:

  • Snow Canyon State Park
  • Dead Horse Point State Park
  • Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park
  • Sand Hollow State Park, St. George
  • Goblin Valley State Park

Experience the State’s Nightlife

After you explore the Beehive State’s parks, we encourage you to get a literal and figurative taste of Utah’s nightlife with a layover in Salt Lake City. When you arrive in Salt Lake City, you’ll sense the city’s inclusiveness and progressiveness immediately. Named one of the Ten Queerest Cities in America by “Advocate” magazine, the city is home to one of the biggest annual Pride parades and festivals in the country.

Salt Lake City has many LGBTQ+- friendly bars, clubs, entertainment venues, and eateries that welcome everyone with open arms. No matter where you go in the city, you’ll feel right at home as you eat, drink, and dance the night away.

Regardless of how you identify, there are a few hotspots you should make it a point to visit, including:

  • The Sun Trapp
  • Club Try-Angles
  • The Moose Lounge
  • Bar-X
  • Beer Bar
  • Poplar Street Pub
  • Current Fish & Oyster
  • The Aerie Restaurant & Lounge
  • Copper Common
  • Lake Effect
  • Purgatory

Going on a bar crawl is a fun way to experience the nightlife in Salt Lake City. You can elevate the fun you’ll have in the city by signing you and your partner up for Let’s Roam’s Sale Lake City Bar Crawl. This event will take you to some of the city’s most happening hotspots as the two of you complete some whacky challenges, drink tasty cocktails, and make new friends along the way.

Our app-led, interactive Salt Lake City Bar Crawl will make your adventure even more memorable. You and your significant other can wrap up the bar crawl in as little as an hour or you can stretch it out over several by lingering at each watering hole you visit. It’s all up to you! Sign up for our Salt Lake City Bar Crawl now.

Drive Along Route 66

Constructed in 1926, Route 66 was made to be the shortest pathway between the West Coast and Midwest. Stretching from Chicago to Los Angeles, the highway was decommissioned in 1985. That’s when the Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program stepped in to preserve the route and its iconic significance.

Taking a multi-day drive along Route 66 should be on every couple’s bucket list. While the route itself is fascinating as it cuts through eight states, the famous stops you can visit during your journey are just as intriguing. A few of the attractions you won’t want to miss include:

Gemini Giant

Located in Wilmington, Illinois, Gemini Giant is one of several “Muffler Men” you can check out as you travel along Route 66. Gemini Giant is a fine example of the oversized fiberglass statues that were used to advertise various products back in the 1960s. Don’t forget to have your camera ready to snap pictures of you and your partner when you visit, although you’ll probably need to ask someone to take a picture for you if you want to capture Gemini Giant in his entirety along with you and your SO.

Meramec Caverns, Sullivan, Missouri

Meramec Caverns is a 4.6-mile-long cave system. This system was originally used by Native Americans to provide shelter. Today, people visit Meramec Caverns to see mind-blowing rock formations that are truly mesmerizing.

Pops, Arcadia, Oklahoma

One of the newer attractions along Route 66, Pops is a diner that opened in 2007. Pops is hard to miss thanks to a huge neon, bottle-like sign that marks its location. This diner is a must-visit as it offers more than 700 different kinds of beverages and some tasty fare.

Cadillac Ranch, Amarillo, Texas

Cadillac Ranch is exactly what its name implies. It’s a ranch where you can see several art installations that consist of a Cadillac buried in the ground nose-first. In recent years, visitors have started spray painting the above-ground parts of the buried vehicles on their own. Just viewing the graffiti makes Cadillac Ranch worth a stop.

Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona

Once you reach the part of Route 66 that runs through Arizona, you’ll be treated to amazing desert landscapes that are ripe for photo ops. You can also visit the Petrified Forest National Park, which is the only federally funded park that contains part of Route 66. This park is home to gently rolling hills that are fun to drive through. Of course, the park is also where you can see petrified logs you can’t view anywhere else.

Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, California

If you’re going to travel Route 66 from beginning to end, your trip will either begin or end at the Santa Monica Pier. Constructed in 1909, the Santa Monica Pier was the first-ever concrete pier constructed on the West Coast of the United States. Home to the Looff Hippodrome, an iconic carousel that dates back to 1939, modern restaurants, shops, and talented street performers, the pier is an entertaining place for couples of all ages to visit.

See the Sights Along the Pacific Coast Highway

Also known as California State Route 1, the Pacific Coast Highway has long been known for offering one of the most captivating drives in the world. Stretching along The Golden State’s shoreline from San Francisco to the southern tip of the state, the highway takes you through cities, small towns, and overlooks that all make the trip well worth it.

With the highway taking you by so many interesting attractions, it’s wise to plan where you’ll stop before you hit the open road. If you don’t plan in advance, you’ll run the risk of missing out on some of the highway’s best spots. Planning ahead is particularly important if you only have a limited amount of time to travel along the highway.

Whether you’re going for a short weekend trip or your travels along California State Route 1 will consume a week or more, here are some of the must-see places you should add to your itinerary:

Muir Woods and Stinson Beach

Located outside San Francisco, Muir Woods is where you can see redwood trees that are more than 500 years old. The ancient trees stretch skyward and often reach heights that measure several hundred feet.

After you visit Muir Woods, head over to Stinson Beach. One of many small towns located along the highway, Stinson Beach has a historic lighthouse and panoramic views that will take your breath away.

Half Moon Bay

If you’re planning a romantic road trip, a layover in Half Moon Bay is an absolute must. You’ll have your choice of luxury hotels and romantic dining options when you visit this gem of a town. One of the oldest settlements in the county, Half Moon Bay boasts a historic downtown area, amazing bluffs, and beaches that visitors can often have all to themselves.

Big Sur

Many people will tell you that Big Sur is a destination on its own, and they’re right. This place is recognized as an American National Scenic Byway that’s popular among locals and tourists. Onlookers can often see whales, elephant seals, and other marine life when they visit this rocky, misty location. When you’re done watching the wildlife, take your partner on a hike at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park so you can see a beautiful waterfall that flows cliffside.

While Big Sur isn’t known for its amenities, it does have some fantastic camping sites. If you and your partner enjoy camping, consider spending a night or two under the stars when you visit.

Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara has long been known for its wonderful mountain views, outdoor activities, and fabulous shopping options. In recent years, the city has become the place for wine lovers to visit. The bustling yet laid-back city is home to various award-winning wineries and several annual wine fests that are simply a blast to attend.

Visitors are welcome to take guided tours of the local wineries and participate in wine tastings. If you want to share a unique experience with your partner, consider taking a self-guided tour of the city that’s based on the locations where the movie “Sideways” was filmed. There are plenty of places where you can grab a glass of locally made wine along the route for the self-guided tour.

Additional Places to Stop Along the Highway

As you can tell, the highway has a lot of compelling places for you to explore with your significant other. A few of the roadway’s additional attractions you may want to add to your itinerary include:

  • San Simeon and Hearst Castle
  • Crescent City
  • Humboldt Redwoods State Park
  • San Francisco
  • Venice Beach
  • Pismo Beach
  • Los Angeles
  • Dana Point
  • San Diego
  • Ocean Beach
  • Point Loma

Even if you live in California and have your own automobile, you may want to rent a convertible for a road trip along the PCH. With a convertible, you’ll be able to put the top down, let the wind rustle through your hair, and enjoy the salty smell of the ocean throughout your trip.

Show Off Your Daring Side on the Beartooth Highway

Also known as US Route 212, the Beartooth Highway stretches 64 miles between Red Lodge to Cooke City, Montana. The highway will take those who are brave enough to travel the roadway through some of the most rugged and untouched terrain in the contiguous United States.

As you travel along Beartooth Highway, you’ll pass 20 glacier-capped peaks that are more than 12,000 feet high. If you make it to Heart Mountain just north of Cody, Wyoming, you’ll have arrived at a site that dates back more than 500 million years.

While driving along Beartooth Highway is an adventure in itself, you can take things up a notch by booking a stay at the historic Pollard Hotel. When you book your room, inquire about the available package deal that includes a thrilling white-water rafting trip.

Traveling along Beartooth Highway is often an exercise in pleasant isolation because you won’t see many cars if you see any at all. You will see a bunch of varied wildlife, however, that often includes:

  • Marmots
  • Wolves
  • Mountain goats
  • Deer
  • Moose
  • Elk
  • Black and grizzly bears

Beartooth Highway has a lot of zigs and zags, so traversing the highway isn’t for the faint of heart. If you are brave enough to tackle the highway, you and your partner will be richly rewarded with an adventure that may very well include a blizzard if your road trip is scheduled for any season other than summer.

Even after you cover the full length of the highway, you may want to extend your trip a bit. The highway ends or begins, depending on your perspective, at the eastern entrance to Yellowstone National Park. If you don’t do anything else at the park, at least visit Old Faithful with your significant other as it’s truly one of the world’s most romantic natural wonders.

Explore Key West

Key West is the southernmost point in the lower 48 and the state of Florida. While Florida is known for hotspots like Miami, Key West is unique because it’s an archipelago island city. Accessible from the mainland by the Overseas Highway, the city is known as a snorkeling, deep-sea diving, kayaking, beach-going, and fishing destination.

The city is also well-known as the former home of notable writers, which include Robert Frost, Tennessee Williams, and Earnest Hemingway. A lot of people don’t know it, but the city was often the getaway of choice for former President Harry S. Truman. As such, Key West has some historical treasures that are worth checking out, such as the Harry S. Truman Little White House and the Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum.

If you and your partner are interested in the paranormal, you should make plans to visit some of the city’s most haunted places during your stay on the island, which include:

  • Key West Firehouse Museum
  • The Porter Mansion
  • Captain Tony’s Saloon
  • Audubon House and Gardens
  • Marrero’s Guest Mansion
  • Fort East Martello House
  • Eaton Street

The Key West Cemetery is also one of the city’s most haunted places. Even if you don’t believe in ghosts and ghouls, you should still visit the cemetery. Rather than traditional headstones, the cemetery’s markers bear epitaphs that reflect the city’s casual, laid-back vibe. The above-ground graves are often inscribed with humorous sayings like, “I told you I was sick” or “I’m just resting my eyes.” Most of the cemetery’s plots contain multiple people, making it reminiscent of cemeteries in New Orleans.

A stay on the island is a great time to break out your Adventures From Scratch book. Look through the more than 55 adventures in the book and pick one to do with your significant other. Whether you pick an adventure you can complete in your hotel room or Airbnb or one that will take you outside, you’re sure to have a great time.

If you don’t already have a copy, order the “Adventures From Scratch: Date Edition” now!


Frequently Asked Questions

What are the best road trips for couples?

Some of the best road trip ideas for couples include traveling Route 66 from Chi-Town to Santa Monica, seeing sights along the Pacific Coast Highway, and exploring Utah, Montana, and Key West.

What are some road trip games for couples?

A couples road trip is a good time to play online trivia games or try road trip games for adults. Games like Would You Rather, GHOST, Name That Tune, and Six Degrees are sure to help pass the time!

What are the best couples’ road trip activities?

If you’re looking for road trip ideas for couples, consider stopping to see the sights on city scavenger hunts and trying creative activities, like those in Adventures From Scratch: Date Edition.

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The Best Travel Books You NEED To Read

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It wasn’t long ago that people had to rely on print publications like “National Geographic” to learn about foreign places and unknown populations. Today, information about faraway places is readily available thanks to the internet and browsers like Google. While that’s the case, travel books remain the best way to have an intimate experience with a place you’ve never visited.

Although there are exceptions, travel books largely consist of tomes written by authors who’ve had their “boots on the ground” in the location they’ve written about. For the most part, their tales inform readers about their firsthand experiences, whether they be good, bad, joyous, unfortunate, hilarious, or heartbreaking. Their accounts aren’t meant to sway our opinions, but their stories certainly have the power to break down preconceived notions about others, foreign places, and even ourselves.

It’s true that some travel books are transformative in nature. It’s equally true that others are simply great stories that are wildly entertaining and a worthwhile read. And it’s accurate to say that still others fall between those two extremes.

What separates travel books from other genres isn’t just the myriad of locations that they’re based on. As you familiarize yourself with these books, you’ll quickly realize that it’s the diverse group of people who’ve penned them throughout the centuries that make them distinct.

From celebrity chefs to noblemen, adventurers, “nobodies,” and more, members from just about every societal caste have taken a stab at writing a travel book. And that diversity combines with the unique nature of each subject written about to make travel books as compelling today despite the availability of “instant information” as they’ve ever been.


While they’re not travel books per se, Adventures from Scratch has two books that are travel-friendly.

Adventures from Scratch: Family Edition includes 55+ scratch-off challenges families can do all together. Each challenge has a description you can read before you scratch, which ensures you’ll pick an activity that’s conducive to your current location and available resources. The adventures in the book are highly adaptable, so you can do them from anywhere you decide to travel.

Adventures from Scratch: Date Edition is also a collection of challenges, but its scratch-off activities have an adult theme. All of the book’s activities are intended to bring couples closer together and deepen their shared bonds. Activities are broken into various categories, such as “create,” “sugar and spice,” and “play,” so finding an activity that’s mood appropriate is a breeze.


24 of the Best Travel Books

1. Don Quixote

Regarded as the world’s first modern novel and the best-selling novel ever, Don Quixote consists of two books, with the first published in 1605 and the second released in 1615. While Don Quixote is a work of fiction, it’s a realistic account of nobleman Alonso Quixano’s attempt to rebrand himself as the hero Don Quixote, as he labors to reclaim the virtues of wronged women and deliver hand-handed justice to wrongdoers.

Quixote enlists the help of Sancho Panza and the duo embarks on a trek across Spain. The following occurrences are delusional yet real to Quixote. As a result, the book forces readers to consider whose version of reality is the right one, the world’s generally accepted perception, or an individual’s understanding as the person has experienced it.

Don Quixote is a timeless paradox of reality and madness. Like Quixote saw them himself, the book gives readers the gift of tilting windmills as a metaphor for humanity’s problematic existence, which will remain at the forefront of your mind long after you cross the tale off your must-read list.

2. The Good Girl’s Guide to Getting Lost: A Memoir of Three Continents, Two Friends, and One Unexpected Adventure

A travel memoir, The Good Girl’s Guide to Getting Lost recounts its author’s yearlong adventure across three continents. Upon graduating college and faced with real-life decisions, normally predictable Rachel Friedman decided to take a trip to Ireland, a country she’d never visited.

While overseas, Friedman befriends a free-spirited, somewhat unhinged Australian who proceeds to introduce the author to new friends and ignite her passion for adventure. As Friedman travels from Ireland to Australia and South America, she learns to embrace her fondness for travel and learns intricate things about herself.

By the end of her odyssey, Friedman learns to do something she never thought she would, something that should be a lesson to us all. And that lesson is to live for and in the moment.

As is the case with most if not all of the other books included in this list, The Good Girl’s Guide to Getting Lost is available on Amazon. Just 320 pages in length, The Good Girl’s Guide to Getting Lost is a quick read with a lasting impact.

3. A House in Bali

A timeless example of travel writing, A House in Bali remains the only tome about Bali that was written by a musician from the West. Initially published in 1947, the book details the obsession Colin McPhee had with Balinese gamelan music.

After first hearing Balinese gamelan music by chance in 1929, writer and composer McPhee made it his life’s mission to visit Bali to hear the music firsthand. McPhee realized his dream a short while later, and he resided in the country for a decade beginning in the 1930s.

McPhee’s writings and compositions are largely responsible for introducing the West to Balinese gamelan music. His intriguing book unveils a mystifying picture of Balinese society, which was noticeably poorer than most societies in the West. While that’s the case, the tome portrays a society that’s rich in happiness and spiritual beliefs. The book describes a culture that prizes the arts, with music reigning supreme.

As you’d expect given McPhee’s skillset, A House in Bali is lyrical and its words somehow relay the spirit if not the sounds of Balinese gamelan music. One of the best travel books for music lovers, McPhee’s narrative may inspire you to fly overseas to hear Balinese gamelan music and experience a new culture for yourself just like he did generations ago.

4. A Moveable Feast

Written by Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast is a travelogue about the author’s time in 1920s Paris, France. “A Moveable Feast” is far and away one of Hemingway’s most enduring narratives, and the book’s been scrutinized by critics and literary enthusiasts for decades.

The book is now available in a restored version on Amazon. Hemingway’s grandson Sean edited the restored version and the author’s sole surviving son wrote a personal forward for the release. The latest version of the classic includes never-before-published sketches of other luminaries the literary artist hung out with during his time in Paris, including F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ford Maddox Ford.

If you haven’t read the book before, you should bypass earlier editions and buy the latest release of A Moveable Feast. The restored version of the book provides insights into the family life, experiences, and perceptions of one of the greatest literary geniuses of all time.

5. A Tourist in the Arab Spring

While others fled the region after the Arab Spring uprising, Tom Chesshyre chose to visit the area as a hapless tourist. Chesshyre’s book tells the story of his experience in Tunisia, Libya, and Egypt as the countries strived to recover from the Arab Spring. During his stay, Chesshyre visited sites that few had seen in recent years, and he gloriously describes them in great detail in his book.

A Tourist in the Arab Spring is heartwarming, amusing, and harrowing all at the same time. From Chesshyre’s kidnapping in Libya to his conversations with struggling locals, his listening to the Kalashnikovs at night, and more, the book allows you to share Chesshyre’s experiences without forcing you to get off the couch let alone leave your home or travel to another continent.

Just 256 pages in length, A Tourist in the Arab Spring is like a mini tour of select parts of the Middle East that unfolds in what feels like real-time. We encourage you to buy this gripping read on Amazon.

6. A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail

A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson documents the author’s failed attempt to walk the full length of the 2,200-mile Appalachian Trail. Given the author’s lyricism and proven descriptive abilities, this book allows you to experience some of the most breathtaking terrain in America, such as the incredible mountains, shimmering lakes, and magnificent forests travelers pass along the trail.

Just like Bryson introduces you to the landscape, he also shares accounts of his exchanges with some of the quirky people he met during his journey. If you love the outdoors, you’ll enjoy this fool- and foot-hardy autobiographical tale by Bill Bryson.

7. Arctic Dreams

Equal parts bestseller and groundbreaker, Arctic Dreams details Barry Lopez’s observations from his 15 trips to the Far North in Canada that stretched over five years. Lopez’s account introduces polar bears, narwhal, musk oxen, and other creatures from the Last Frontier in incredible detail. The author discusses the area’s history as well as the culture of the indigenous people who occupy the land.

Lopez magically presents the Arctic as the austere, perilous place that it is to this day while simultaneously presenting a land filled with unparalleled beauty, intrigue, and wonder. Arctic Dreams will both fashion your dreams and haunt them at the same time. Buy the book on Amazon now.

8. A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush

After working in the fashion industry for a decade, haute couture specialist turned travel writer Eric Newby decided he needed a change. After taking a brief four-day course in Wales, Newby and his friend Hugh Carless traveled from Mayfair to Afghanistan. From there, the pair explored the mountains of Hindu Kush, which are just north of Kabul.

Newby and Carless launched their adventure back in 1956. Despite their inexperience and lack of preparation, the two survived a month of raw adventure and hardship, with Newby sharing his firsthand experience in A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush

With things currently up in the air in Afghanistan, this book may be the closest you’ll come to visiting the historic country safely. Given the inherent beauty of both the Hindu Kush and Afghanistan, A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush remains a must-read decades after it was originally penned.

9. A Week at the Airport

One of the busiest airports in the world, Heathrow Airport is located in London, England. In 2009, the bestselling author of The Art of Travel, Alain de Botton, was named the airport’s writer-in-residence. As a result, de Botton enjoyed full access to all aspects of Heathrow Airport.

During his time at the facility, de Botton spoke to front-line employees, executives, pilots, and a countless number of international passengers. Using information from those conversations along with his own observations, de Botton created the insightful look at airport life that is A Week at the Airport.

The author’s work is almost a meditation involving a place that most people take for granted as they hurry between gates. A Week at the Airport is an enjoyable reminder to slow down and consider all the individual pieces that make up the grandiose whole that is known as Heathrow Airport. That powerful lesson is one that you should consider applying to all aspects of your life, not just your means of transportation.

10. The Art of Travel

While another travel writer may provide advice about you where you should go, Alain de Botton prefers to tell readers why and how they should travel. Using all the skills he demonstrated in How Proust Can Save Your Life and A Week at the Airport, de Botton explores the pleasures of anticipation, the irresistible intrigue of the beguiling, and the implicit value of noticing even the little things that most overlook.

The Art of Travel discusses de Botton’s observations, but it also draws from the experiences of other famed travelers, including:

  • Van Gogh
  • Alexander von Humboldt
  • Wordsworth
  • Baudelaire
  • Xavier de Maistre

If you want to read a travel book that’s truly unlike any other, The Art of Travel is for you. From the moment you read the first of the book’s 272 pages, you won’t be able to put the book down. It’s simply that good.

11. In a Sunburned Country

Another book by the famed Bill Bryson, In a Sunburned Country is a hilarious yet fact-filled account of the author’s stay in Australia. The only island that’s also a country and its own continent, Australia is home to some of the deadliest creatures in the world, including sharks, toxic caterpillars, and the 10 most poisonous snakes on the face of the globe.

In Bryson, Australia has found the perfect travel guide to introduce all the country’s many wonders to readers located around the world. From cold beer to the nation’s friendly inhabitants, sunlit beaches, attacking seashells, crocodiles, bustling cities, and more, Bryson shows them all off with his humor and firm command of the written word.

12. The Colossus of Maroussi

An exceptional example of travel writing, The Colossus of Maroussi is the brainchild of famed author Henry Miller. Miller got the idea for this captivating travel memoir after he heard a women’s alluring description of Greece.

Miller and his friend Lawrence Durrell went to Greece to explore the country’s beautiful countryside. After the pair arrived in Greece, they experienced a series of calamitous events, such as being nearly trampled to death by a flock of sheep as Miller and Durrell lied on a beach in their birthday suits. Miller recounts each cold hard-boiled eggs after they were warmed up in a village’s only stove.

As only he could, Miller also tells of the stays he and Durrell shared in accommodations that had seen better days, “but which have an aroma of the past.” The wordsmith described how the Greek poet Katsmbalis, who serves as the colossus of Miller’s tome, would roust every rooster near the Acropolis with his own noisiness.

13. On the Road

A pioneer of the Beat Generation, Jack Kerouac was an American author who is still widely celebrated for his unique spontaneous prose writing style. Kerouac scripted multiple books that proved to be transformative for generations, including On the Road which was released in 1957.

Inspired by Kerouac’s own experiences with Neal Cassady, this book tells the coming-of-age tale of two buddies who embark on cross-country trips looking for life’s meaning and real-life experiences. The book combines naivete and unharnessed ambition to tell a story that expresses the author’s love for America and his compassion for the “human condition.”

The quintessential tale of American hope and freedom, On the Road has had a lasting impact on everyone who’s taken the time to read it. For a transformative reading experience, order a copy of this book from Amazon. While you’re at it, consider ordering some other books by Jack Kerouac, such as:

  • The Town and the City
  • On the Road: The Original Scroll
  • Big Sur
  • The Dharma Bums
  • Desolation Angels
  • Maggie Cassidy
  • Mexico City Blues

14. A Cook’s Tour

Scripted by celebrity chef and TV personality Anthony Bourdain, A Cook’s Tour was the inspiration for Bourdain’s long-running television show on The Food Network and, subsequently CNN’s “Anthony Bourdain, Parts Unknown, which is arguably the best travel television show of all time. A Cook’s Tour is a travel memoir that details Bourdain’s travels through 11 countries as he tries local cuisines and immerses himself in global cultures.

Whether you’re a bibliophile, a foodie, or a fan of all things whacky and unusual, you’ll enjoy this book from start to finish. Here are some other books that were penned prior to Bourdain’s untimely death that you’ll want to check out:

  • A Cook’s Tour: Global Adventures in Extreme Cuisines
  • Medium Raw: A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook
  • World Travel: An Irreverent Guide

15. Eat, Pray, Love: One woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India, and Indonesia

This heartfelt memoir tells the story of American author Elizabeth Gilbert. As a career woman, wife, and homeowner, Gilbert made the choice to leave everything she had behind her to uncover the things that she really wanted out of life.

Eat, Pray, Love chronicles Gilbert’s travels and experiences as she studies different aspects of nature in three countries. In Italy, Gilbert investigated the art of pleasure. During a stay in India, Gilbert explored the art of devotion. While visiting Bali in Indonesia, Gilbert tried to find the balance between the two subjects of her previous studies.

The journey Elizabeth Gilbert was brave enough to embark upon is so compelling that the author’s book was made into a Hollywood blockbuster of the same name that starred Julia Roberts. While the movie is great, there’s nothing like reading the firsthand account penned by Gilbert. Filled with touching moments and hard realities, the book is a moving tribute that will make you question what’s really important to you.

16. Figures in a Landscape

Figures in a Landscape is a non-fiction collection of fascinating essays scripted by Paul Theroux. The author’s observations and keen writing skills serve up the world’s steaming underbelly while simultaneously giving readers the opportunity to celebrate love, longing and, of course, wanderlust and wonder-lust in equal measure.

Theroux’s third collection of essays, Figures in a Landscape includes literary critiques of works by Muriel Spark, Hunter Thompson, and Henry David Thoreau. The collection also includes brutishly honest personal profiles, a tale of taking a helicopter ride with the deceased Elizabeth Taylor, a raw look at the daily life of a dominatrix in New York City, and intimate details of a tour of New York alongside comedian Robin Williams.

Should you decide to order just one book from Amazon this month, make it Figures in a Landscape Theroux’s razor-sharp writing combine with his real-life experiences so well that you’ll feel like you were part of the action as you read his essays. This collection is an irrefutable must-read that’s as close as you can get to a guidebook through Theroux’s thoughts, journeys, and experiences.

If you decide to go to The Big Apple to try to retrace Theroux’s steps as he walked alongside Williams, consider signing up for a Let’s Roam scavenger hunt. We offer nine app-led New York scavenger hunts that will help you get to know the city like the back of your hand.

17. The Alchemist: A Fable About Following Your Dream

This novel by Paulo Coelho is a wondrous tale filled with an idyllic blend of simplicity and wisdom. The story centers on the journey of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy. In a quest to find treasure among the pyramids in the Egyptian desert, Santiago travels to Spain and then on to Egypt. During his travels, the boy meets a gentleman who refers to himself as King, a female gypsy, and an alchemist.

Everyone Santiago meets attempts to steer him in the direction of the treasure he seeks. While no one knows what the treasure is exactly, it turns out not to be important because the story is actually a meditation about the treasures that lie within us all.

As are some of the other books on our list, The Alchemist is a transformative narrative that demonstrates the eternal power of dreams and the need to listen to your heart. This book is, far and away, a fantastic example of travel writing at its finest. As such, The Alchemist deserves a spot on your bucket list of life-changing books not to miss.

18. Peter Mayle’s Provence

Peter Mayle and his wife left England to live in southern France. This book recounts their experiences away from British life, such as participating in goat races and listening to Pavorotti perform under a star-filled sky. The stories contained in this book are enchanting, endearing, and sometimes utterly bewildering. Taken together, the glimpses of the Mayles’ life paint the picture of a happy couple’s decades-long life together in a beautiful part of a foreign country.

While Peter Mayle and his wife didn’t manage to escape it all when they moved to southern France, Provence shows they’ve had plenty of fun and laughs as they tried to do so. For a feel-good read, get yourself a copy of Peter Mayle’s Provence.

19. Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster

Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer isn’t for the faint of heart. The book is the authoritative account of what was the deadliest season for climbers in the history of Mt. Everest. An accomplished climber himself, Krakauer reached the summit of the mountain on May 10, 1996 in the early afternoon. As he began his descent from the summit, other climbers were still struggling to reach it.

While Krakauer was safe in this tent six hours later, six climbers still hadn’t reached the camp. A storm hit, leaving five of the unprotected climbers dead. The sixth suffered such severe frostbite that he subsequently had to have his right hand amputated.

In his book, Krakauer examines why so many people are drawn to Mt. Everest and why they’re eager to risk their life and limbs to reach its storied summit. It’s an honest look into what proves to be a deadly endeavor for too many skilled climbers. Given his firsthand experience, Krakauer’s account is heart-wrenching in its presentation.

Although we normally recommend that people read a book rather than experiencing it another way, this is an exception. Rather than reading Into Thin Air, we suggest you order the audio version of the book. Narrated by actor Campbell Scott, the audio iteration of the tome will haunt you in just the right way.

20. Into the Wild

Also written by John Krakauer, Into the Wild is a non-fiction account of the demise of Christopher Johnson McCandless. After giving his savings to charity, a young McCandless abandons his life and his belongings and heads to Alaska. McCandless eventually walks alone into the wilderness just north of Mt. McKinley and eventually finds himself trapped for the remainder of the season. Lacking sustenance, McCandless dies in the abandoned school bus he’s been living in.

Into the Wild starts as a neat adventure of self-discovery, but it invariably and necessarily morphs into a tale of familial despair. Made into a movie starring William Hurt and other recognizable names, McCandless’ story lives on for all to see.

21. Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail

Named a bestseller by The New York Times and an Oprah’s Book Club favorite, Wild was declared one of the best books of the year by NPR, “The Boston Globe,” and other literary authorities. This non-fiction book tells the story of one woman’s journey of self-discovery and healing against all odds.

When she was just 22 years old, Cheryl Strayed feared she’d lost everything she’d worked so hard for. Her mother had passed away and her own marriage fell apart shortly thereafter. Four years later, Strayed was at her wit’s end, which led to a desperate decision that would change her life for the better.

With no training or experience, Strayed embarked on an odyssey that would take her from the Mojave Desert, through California and Oregon, and ultimately to Washington State on foot. From beginning to end, Strayed hiked more than 1,000 miles along the Pacific Crest Trail to find herself. Strayed completed her journey the same way it started, alone.

Strayed’s memoir is suspenseful and filled with warmheartedness and good-natured humor. At times tough to read because you want to jump in and help, Wild will open your eyes to a life-changing event that eventually gave its author the peace of mind, satisfaction, and self-acceptance she so desperately craved and deserved.

22. Lonely Planet’s Ultimate Travel: Our List of the 500 Best Places to See…Ranked

This travel guide purports to be the definitive bucket list of places to go and see. From popular sights like the Eiffel Tower to lesser-known places you might not have heard of, this guide tells you about them all and more. If you’re looking for destination ideas, we strongly encourage you to order this guide from Amazon.

23. Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel

If you’ve always wanted to be a backpacker but couldn’t figure out how to make your dream come true, you need to get a copy of Vagabonding from – you guessed it – Amazon. The practice of vagabonding typically involves people taking lengthy chunks of time away from their usual lives to experience the world and all its offerings on their own terms.

Scripted by seasoned travel writer Rolf Potts, Vagabonding explains how people can get in on the trend that is extended travel overseas. His guide explains various facets of the practice, such as:

  • How to finance your vagabond travel
  • How to select a destination
  • How to adapt to the vagabond lifestyle and way of life
  • How to address adversity during your journey
  • How to readjust to your usual life when your adventure comes to an end

Anyone who wants to literally walk off the beaten path will get a kick out of this book. Even if you don’t embark on an overseas journey, the book is still worth the time it takes to read it because, once you’re done, you’ll have the skills to vagabond should you ever want to down the line.

24. American Shaolin: Flying Kicks, Buddhist Monks, and the Legend of Iron Crotch

Matthew Polly was a scrawny lightweight who was the frequent target of school-aged bullies as he grew up in Kansas. As a result, Polly dreamed of visiting the Shaolin Temple in China from a young age. Once there, he hoped he’d become the globe’s toughest fighter.

American Shaolin recaps Polly’s two-year stay in China, a time he spent living, studying, and training with the Shaolin monks. As his training progressed, Polly quickly learned the meaning of “chi ku,” which is Chinese for eating bitter.

While this book is very much about Polly’s experience, it offers a simultaneous look into the day-to-day routine of the Shaolin monks. Loaded with good humor and cultural insights, this book is a coming-of-age tale that unfolds in an ever-evolving country ruled by an allegedly corrupt, restrictive authoritarian government.


Frequently Asked Questions

Why do people write travel books?

Authors script travel books for an array of reasons. Some, like Cheryl Strayed and Elizabeth Gilbert, write them to share experiences and triumphs. Others write travel guides to inform readers about a given location or a number of places.

What are the top three books about travel?

The answer to this question is largely subjective because it involves personal opinions. A book that speaks to one person may not resonate with another reader. If pressed, we say that you could pick any three books on our list and make a strong case that they’re the best.

Who’s the best at travel writing?

Again, the answer to this inquiry will vary based on who you ask. With the varied writing styles represented in our list, you can say any one of the authors mentioned is the best even if he or she isn’t the most prolific.

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The Most Inspirational Adventure Travel Quotes

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Whether they’re adventure quotes, thoughtful observations, or statements about someone’s gladdest moment, inspirational travel quotes have the power to motivate us all to explore unknown lands and experience and celebrate our happiest moments amongst friends and strangers alike. There’s no doubt about it, adventure travel quotes have the capacity to move people to test and surpass the end of their comfort zone and explore what lies within and beyond.

It doesn’t matter if you’re feeding your inner wanderlust, you’re looking for travel inspiration, or you’re attempting to flesh out your bucket list, looking over some of the best travel quotes out there can help you realize whatever thoughts are rolling around in your head. As a result, short travel quotes, mid-length preponderances, and long sayings can inspire you to live the life of your dreams and push those aspirations to a whole other level at the same time.

If you’re like many, you’ll realize that your favorite travel quotes stem from a wide variety of sources that span generations and who stem from an array of cultures. That’s the thing about travel quotes, they unite us all in our universal love for pursuing our biggest adventure, regardless of what that might be on an individual level.


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What Makes a Quote Motivational or Inspirational?

As you come across quotes, you may wonder what separates inspiring travel quotes from more mundane sayings. As it turns out, the appeal of certain phrases over others seems to lie in a combination of how things are worded, psychology, and a degree of self-selection.

The self-selection portion of that mix is influenced by the people who support you. If someone else believes you can do something, it increases the likelihood that you’ll seek out messaging that supports that belief. In other words, you’ll be drawn to travel quotes that motivate you to achieve the goal that a coach, parent, or someone else has implicitly set for you, and that you’ve bought into.

How quotes are phrased also influences people’s perception of and fondness for them. In general, favored quotes provide some sort of astute insight expressed in unforgettable language.

The rhythm of a quote impacts whether it will memorable as well, according to a study by Lafayette College. That study showed that people preferred sayings that rhymed over similar statements that didn’t when they were shown two statements expressing the same sentiment.

Parallel yet contrasting construction can help a given quote resonate more with readers, too, as can the reversal of structure. Examples of each tactic are:

  • “Marry in haste, repent at leisure”
  • “Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country”

Our genetic makeup may cause us to gravitate to certain quotes more than others. By nature, humans are aspirational creatures for the most part. As a result, we may be wired to prefer sayings expressed by people we look up to more than others. Given the perception that widely recognized people like politicians, activists, and artists are accomplished, people might be genetically driven to appreciate their messages more than the words spoken or written by others.

Let These Inspiring Travel Quotes Motivate You to Pursue a New Adventure

No matter why you’re drawn to one quote over another, the key is to allow the words to wash over you, take hold, and motivate you. Whether a given quote motivates you to start a travel blog, stop worrying about the day-to-day, try something new for the first time, or make a lifestyle change, just appreciate and revel in the impact the words involved have on you.

Here are some inspirational travel quotes that have staying power and the ability to motivate people to travel to their heart’s content:

“Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” – Ibn Battuta

For better or worse, traveling can steal your breath and your words just as quickly. In either case, your experiences will enable you to speak volumes.

“We travel, some of us forever, to seek other places, other lives, other souls.” – Anais Nin

If you’ve read even just one of her novels or short stories, this quote by Anais Nin shouldn’t surprise you. Instead, it should motivate you to seek out other places, lives, and souls throughout your lifetime.

“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” – Lao Tzu

Whether you’re embarking on a road trip or jetting around the world, your journey to the nearest or farthest destination truly begins with the first step you take toward it. While that initial step may seem trivial, it’s not. Without taking that step, you will never reach your chosen destination.

“Your body is not a temple, it’s an amusement park. Enjoy the ride.” – Anthony Bourdain

Given his worldly experiences, culinary prowess, and personal experiences, Bourdain certainly enjoyed the ride that his life had to offer. May he rest in peace, and may he continue to be an inspiration for us all.

“Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart. But that’s okay. The journey changes you; it should change you. It leaves marks on your memory, on your consciousness, on your heart, and on your body. You take something with you. Hopefully, you leave something good behind.” – Anthony Bourdain

Despite his tragic end, Bourdain certainly left something good behind. His global travels introduced generations to cuisines from around the world and motivated many to open themselves up to new experiences and viewpoints.

“Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

It’s easy to do what others have already done, like hiking a trail someone else has laid out, but you shouldn’t limit yourself to following someone else’s footsteps. Push yourself beyond convention, forge your own path, and be an example for others to emulate.

“I am not the same, having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world.” – Mary Anne Radmacher

How can anyone be the same after seeing the moon on the opposite side of the globe? Seeing something familiar from a new viewpoint can be a transformative experience.

“Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.” – Andre Gide

It’s true, you can’t discover new things unless you’re willing to get out of your comfort zone. While there’s a feeling of security in keeping the figurative shore within view, it’s even more exciting when you set sail upon the water.

“Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.” – Gustave Flaubert

When you travel, your experiences will broaden your worldview. Your daily grievances will seem less important when you see others fighting for their lives and/or freedoms. The bitterness you feel about not having a large home or a new car will melt away when you witness others going with food, water, and shelter. Traveling is often humbling, and for some, that’s the point or the happy consequence.

“The man who goes alone can start today; but he who travels with another must wait ‘til that other is ready.” – Henry David Thoreau

Traveling alone or with someone else is a choice you need to make. The statement here is that traveling with a partner may inhibit you if you let it.

“Live life by a compass, not a clock.” – Stephen Covey

It’s not uncommon to get caught up in the rigors of the day and to live life from one scheduled meeting or chore to the next. Imagine how much happier you’d be if your travels dictated your day-to-day instead of a clock or schedule, even if it’s just for a little while.

“To awaken alone in a strange town is one of the pleasantest sensations in the world.” – Freya Stark

Waking up in an unfamiliar location is a wonderful experience. From the new smells, sounds, scenery, and people, getting up in a different place is invigorating because there are so many experiences waiting to be had.

“We take photos as a return ticket to a moment otherwise gone.” – Katie Thurmes

A picture is worth a thousand words, and it’s forever the encapsulation of a moment that’s passed by. Although that’s true, pictures can allow you to recall the pleasant feelings and sensations you felt in the moments the photos were taken.

“If you can dream it, you can do it.” – Walt Disney

Disney proved this quote to be quite true. Given how the empire he founded grew before his death and in the years that have followed, it’s obvious he inspired others to believe in him and the sentiment of this famous quote.

“There’s a sunrise and sunset every single day, and they’re absolutely free. Don’t miss so many of them.” – Jo Walton

Sometimes, people take breathtaking daily happenings for granted, such as the sunrise and sunset. When you travel or get up tomorrow in your own bed, don’t make the same mistake.

“Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all of one’s lifetime.” – Mark Twain

Traveling enables people to develop balanced, informed view points they can’t achieve if they never leave home. Listen to Twain, stop vegetating, and get out there!

“The use of traveling is to regulate imagination with reality, and instead of thinking of how things may be, see them as they are.” – Samuel Johnson

While it’s great to have an active imagination, it’s important to remain grounded in reality. If you don’t see how things really are, you can’t conceive of ways to improve them.

“The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page.” – Saint Augustine

Don’t settle for reading just one page or limit yourself to a single chapter. Hit the road and read the whole book the world has to offer.

“Oh, the places you’ll go.” – Dr. Suess

This quote doubles as the title of a perennially popular children’s book. While “Oh, the Places You’ll Go” was written for a younger audience, the message of endless possibilities should inspire kids of all ages.

“Wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow.” – Anita Desai

Every place you visit does become part of you, including the locations you can’t even remember. Traveling allows you to become a bigger, better version of yourself.

“Travel and change of place impart new vigor to the mind.” – Seneca

By remaining ensconced in the familiar, your mind can become dull. To reinvigorate your mind and soul, head to a new destination.

“If happiness is the goal – and it should be, then adventures should be a priority.” – Richard Branson

You don’t have to travel into space like Branson did to have an adventure that will make you happy. Revisiting a favorite location or venturing to an uncharted, earth-bound territory may be all you need to put a lasting smile on your face.

“Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.” – H. Jackson Browne Jr.

Often attributed to Mark Twain, this quote was actually penned by author H. Jackson Browne, Jr. To avoid having regrets decades from now, take the trip you’ve been dreaming about. There’s no reason to wait as tomorrow isn’t guaranteed for anyone.

“Take only memories, leave only footprints.” – Chief Seattle

When you travel, you should do so with minimal impact on your surroundings. While the memories of your visit are yours forever, the places you travel to aren’t yours to leave an indelible mark on.

“Stop being afraid of what could go wrong, and start being excited of what could go right.” – Tony Robbins

Fear stops too many people from living their best lives – don’t let it do the same to you. Yes, traveling involves risk, but the potential rewards new experiences offer far outweigh them.

“The most beautiful thing in the world is, of course, the world itself.” – Wallace Stevens

If this quote doesn’t inspire you to travel the world, what will? One of the best travel tips you’ll ever get is to go see everything this beautiful world has in store for you.

“Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.” – Anonymous

It’s oddly appropriate that this quote isn’t attributed to anyone in particular given that it’s a simple, plaintive directive. Since you don’t know who said it, you can’t argue with the logic of the statement. With that in mind, travel somewhere new at least once per year.

“Better to see something once than hear about it a thousand times.” – Asian Proverb

Why would you settle for hearing others tell you about a natural wonder or architectural marvel when you can go see it for yourself? If there’s a site you’ve been putting off visiting, make plans to go check it out so you can be the one to tell others about it.

“Stuff your eyes with wonder, live as if you’d drop dead in ten seconds. See the world. It’s more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories.” – Ray Bradbury

If you were going to die in seconds, would you worry about things like travel insurance or your mortgage? No, you’d want to make the most of the time you had left. Well, the clock for doing that just started ticking.

“When overseas, you learn more about your own country than you do the place you’re visiting.”—Clint Borgen

While it may seem counterintuitive, you really can learn more about your homeland when you’re outside of its borders. By interacting with locals, engaging them in conversation, and soliciting their opinions, it can change the way you think about the nation you call home and help you appreciate your country more than ever.

“Actually, the best gift you could have given her was a lifetime of adventures.”—Lewis Carroll

To Carroll’s point, the best gift you can give yourself is a lifetime of great adventures. Read some travel-related Instagram captions, enjoy the related pictures, and use them as motivation to embark upon a wondrous journey.

“Adventure is worthwhile.”—Aristotle

It’s widely believed that the philosopher Aristotle may have learned everything there was to know in his lifetime. Cicero once described Aristotle’s prose as “a flowing river of gold.” If that’s the case, then the three words written above must be the equivalent of a gold coin you can use to jumpstart your travels.

“Traveling allows you to become so many different versions of yourself” – Unknown

As you travel and immerse yourself in other cultures, you’ll invariably learn things about yourself. Maybe you’ll discover you love spicy food, opera music, art, or all three. In any case, you’ll meet a newer, fresher, truer version of yourself.

“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes” – Marcel Proust

This quote is incredibly powerful. Proust’s observation teaches readers the value of having new lenses with which to view the world.

“Wandering re-establishes the original harmony which once existed between man and the universe” – Anatole France

When your wanderlust calls you outdoors, wandering and appreciating the breathtaking beauty of nature can re-establish your innate yet often forgotten connection to the universe.

“All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.” – J.R.R. Tolkien

This is one of Tolkien’s most famous travel quotes and for good reason. While you can’t buy time, you do have the privilege of choosing what you do with the moments you’re blessed with, so why not travel?

If you travel to a new location or you revisit one of your favorite haunts, we encourage you to choose to spend some time completing a few of the challenges included in “Adventures from Scratch: Family Adventure Book” and/or “Adventures from Scratch: Couples Adventure Book.” Both books include scratch-off activities that are fun, engaging, and sometimes, a bit wild. You and your family or partner can enjoy adventures on the fly as you deepen the bonds you share.

“We live in a world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.” – Jawaharial Nehru

Nehru’s statement about the world being beautiful, charming, and filled with adventures rings true. If you haven’t been out on the road in a while, get going and seek adventures with your eyes and mind wide open.

“Two roads diverged in a wood and I…I took the one less traveled by.” – Robert Frost

If you’re going to travel, take the road less traveled for an experience that’s unlike anyone else’s. While staying on the busier road may be easier, braving the less traveled one will give you a view of a new place that few others, if any have had.

“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.” – Helen Keller

Born with debilitating disabilities, Keller rose above her limitations and lived her life to the fullest. From an early age, Keller chose to make her life a daring adventure rather than settling for a life of despair. Let Keller’s experiences and incredible accomplishments motivate you to make your life a memorable adventure.

“To travel is to live.”—Hans Christian Anderson

We couldn’t have put it any better ourselves. Well done, Has Christian Anderson!

“I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list” – Susan Sontag

Once you get bitten by the “travel bug,” it’s likely you’ll find that your bucket list of places to visit will grow much faster than you can visit them. Believe us, that’s not a bad thing as it just gives you more adventures to look forward to down the line.

“People don’t take trips – trips take people.” John Steinbeck

Even with the best-laid plans, things can still and often do go wrong when you’re traveling. We can assure you that there’s nothing wrong with that as mishaps can make traveling even more enjoyable and fulfilling. Don’t resist a trip “taking” you. Embrace the resulting experience with open arms instead.

“Travel – the best way to be lost and found at the same time.” – Brenna Smith

This quote needs no explanation. If you’ve ever traveled before, you’ve experienced being lost and found simultaneously, and it’s a glorious thing.

“For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move; to feel the needs and hitches of our life more nearly; to come down off this feather-bed of civilization, and find the globe granite underfoot and strewn with cutting flints” – Robert Louis Stevenson

If you have the chance, we strongly encourage you to follow Stevenson’s example and travel for sake of traveling itself. When you travel with no inhibitions or expectations other than the desire to be on the move, it’s truly liberating, refreshing, and rewarding beyond measure.

“Stop worrying about the potholes in the road and enjoy the journey” – Babs Hoffman

It’s true that driving over a pothole can throw off your car’s alignment, but you know what? You can get a wheel alignment and your vehicle will drive just like it used to before you ran over the pothole. With that in mind, you shouldn’t let potential pitfalls or potholes stop you from enjoying the journey that is life.

“To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries” – Aldous Huxley

One of the greatest intellectuals of the 20th century, Huxley couldn’t have been more accurate or blunt with this statement. No matter how much material you consume about a destination, you’ll never truly know it until you visit. Your experience in a location will be yours and yours alone, which is why you have to go to a destination to develop a personal understanding of it.

“Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

One of the 19th century’s leading philosophers, literary figures, and global travelers, Ralph Waldo Emerson had a serious case of wanderlust. We’re incredibly grateful that was the case as quotes like this one continue to inspire people to find and carry the beauty of the world with them.

“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things” – Henry Miller

This quote taps into a theme we’ve referenced several times so far, and it’s the notion that people see things differently as a result of their travels. That shift in perspective is a gift you shouldn’t take lightly as traveling can open your mind to new ways of life.

When you learn to see things differently, it can force you to reconsider your values and lifestyle. Even if you don’t make any big changes, it’s always worth reexamining the things that make you uniquely you.

“Live life with no excuses, travel with no regret.” – Oscar Wilde

Wilde’s quote speaks for itself. You shouldn’t make excuses or travel with regret under any circumstances. Learn to forgive yourself for your shortcomings and be quick to forgive others who share your life’s path. Invite others to join you on your journey, and never regret where you may end up along the way.

One way you may end up regretting a visit to a select city is by not signing up for an app-led scavenger hunt planned by Let’s Roam. Our team has coordinated hunts in more than 400 cities around the world, including Melbourne, Australia, Atlanta, GA, Newland, NC, Newark, NJ, and more. If we don’t already have a hunt put together for a city you intend to visit, give us a call so we can plan a custom scavenger hunt for you for a special occasion like a birthday.

“Investment in travel is an investment in yourself” – Matthew Karsten

What better move can you make than investing in yourself? Travel offers so many potential benefits, and you deserve to enjoy them all. Invest in yourself by planning your next road trip or a trip to an overseas location today.

“Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends.” – Maya Angelou

The more you travel, the more meaning Angelou’s words will have as you’ll see that people experience many of the same things across cultures and regardless of the race they identify with. Understanding that the human experience should unite us rather than dividing us is a powerful lesson everyone should embrace, and travel helps people do that.

“A journey is best measured in friends, rather than miles.” – Tim Cahill

One of the best things about traveling is making new friends. Whether you’re shy or outgoing, consider this – making a new friend who lives in your destination city means you’ll always have a reason to return for a repeat visit. For that reason alone, establishing new relationships wherever you go is a worthwhile endeavor.


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Delicious and Nutritious Road Trip Snack Ideas

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When you’re on the go, it can be easy to settle for eating whatever’s available at the nearest fast food joint or gas station, particularly when it comes to long car rides. Too often, road trippers are forced to choose between greasy food or sugary snacks that only weigh them down and make them feel tired. But it doesn’t have to be that way! These healthy, delicious, and satisfying road trip snack ideas should keep you from getting hangry, wherever you roam!


Don’t Forget to Pack Some Adventures

When you’re hitting the highway, take along a copy of Adventures From Scratch. With both a couples’ edition and a version designed for the whole family, either one can be an ideal book for your next road trip. Each scratch-off book includes over 50 creative ideas for activities you can do just about anywhere. You and your travel companions will have so much fun revealing and conquering challenges together!


Advantages of Bringing Your Own Road Trip Snacks

Road tripping can wreak havoc on a diet! By planning your snacks, you ensure that the food you take will be healthier than what you’ll be able to grab from a restaurant or rest stop. Pre-making snacks and a few meals provides other advantages, too!

  • Packing homemade food for the trip can save you money.
  • Preparing snacks and meals can save you valuable time, allowing you to cover more ground or spend more time at attractions.
  • Planning snacks ensures that you’ll have things you enjoy eating.
  • Pre-made snacks will keep everyone full between meals.
  • Making snacks ensures that what you eat will be in accordance with dietary restrictions.
  • You control what goes into the food you’re going to eat.

Even if you don’t make snacks, It’s still advisable to pack some road trip food before you leave home. By getting snacks in advance of your departure, you can make sure that you’re choosing healthier bites than what might be available along your route.

Homemade Road Trip Snack Ideas

If you make your own snacks, you’ll avoid consuming additives that are often included in store-bought items like protein bars that are marketed as healthy even though they closely resemble a high fructose candy bar. If you love sweets, you can rest assured that you can still satisfy your sweet tooth with homemade, healthier snacks instead of store-bought alternatives.

Nut Oat Squares

Nut oat squares are a wonderful alternative to manufactured nut bars and energy bars. Our nut oat squares are a breeze to make using ingredients you probably already have in your pantry. Here are the ingredients you’ll need to make nut oat squares:

  • 1 1/4 cups chopped nuts, divided
  • One cup regular rolled oats or gluten-free oats depending on your diet
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup or honey, divided
  • 1/2 cup coconut flakes, sweetened or unsweetened depending on your preferences
  • 2 – 3 tablespoons of olive oil
  • Salt, to taste

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and line a square pan with parchment paper. Combine the nuts, oats, and some salt in a food processor. Drizzle the olive oil and 1/4 cup maple syrup into the mixture while the processor runs. When the mixture looks like a dough of sorts, remove it from the food processor and press it into your pan evenly.

Sprinkle the coconut flakes and the remaining nuts on top of your spread dough. Put the pan in the oven for 12 minutes exactly. If your oven runs hot, you may want to reduce the bake time to 10 minutes. Your mixture will be done when the coconut flakes turn a delightful golden brown.

Once your mixture cools, remove it from the pan using the ends of the parchment paper. Cut the mixture into squares, drizzling some more maple syrup over each one if you want them to be super sweet.

Store your bars in an airtight container. The bars will be good for up to one week. They’ll last even longer if you freeze them.

This recipe can be used with just about any type of nut. Pistachios, cashews, walnuts, peanuts, or mixed nuts all work well given the other ingredients included in the recipe. If you’re using salted nuts, refrain from adding more salt to your batter and consider dusting the nuts off before you add them to the food processor.

Peanut Butter Cookies

If you’re going to make road trip snacks, we urge you to make some peanut butter cookies. This recipe has just three required ingredients:

  • One cup peanut butter
  • One large egg
  • One cup granulated sugar

To make the cookie dough, combine the ingredients just mentioned in a bowl until they’re incorporated. If you want, you can add some chocolate chips, chopped peanuts, or chocolate bar shavings as well. Using a tablespoon to measure, make individual balls out of the dough and press each one until they’re flat on a lined cookie sheet pan.

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Once the oven reaches the right temperature, put the sheet pan in the oven for 11 minutes. When the cookies are done, take them out of the oven and let them cool on the pan. If you attempt to remove the cookies before they’re mostly cooled, they will likely break, leaving you with tasty cookie pieces instead of whole cookies.

Do you want to make extra sweet cookies? If so, you should sprinkle the cookies with sugar before you put them in the oven.

After your cookies have completely cooled, store them in a sealable plastic bag. If you want a tasty, satisfying topping for a bowl of vanilla ice cream, you can crumble a cookie or two and sprinkle the remnants on top of your dessert.

Avocado Chips

If you’re worried about your carb intake, you may want to bypass homemade potato chips in favor of avocado chips. If you make sure they’re completely dry before you store them in an airtight container, homemade avocado chips can last up to three days when stored at room temperature.

Here are the ingredients you’ll need to make avocado chips that are simply to die for:

  • One large, ripe avocado
  • 3/4 cup parmesan cheese
  • One teaspoon lemon juice, fresh or packaged
  • 1/2 – 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder, depending on your preferences
  • Salt, to taste
  • White ground pepper, to taste

It’s worth noting that you can swap out the parmesan cheese for another variety. Many people who follow a low-sodium diet find that using mozzarella or another kind of cheese works better for them given their dietary guidelines.

To make the chips, combine all the ingredients in a bowl and mix until the batter has no avocado lumps. Preheat your oven to 355 degrees and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Take a tablespoon of your batter and press it into a thin circle on the baking sheet, repeating the process until you’ve used all your batter. Your batter should yield 25 – 30 chips depending on how big your avocado was.

Put the baking sheet in the oven for 10 – 15 minutes, or until the edges of the chips are golden brown. Let the chips continue to get crispy on the baking sheet for 10 minutes or so after you remove them from the oven.

Depending on your oven, you may need to leave the chips in for a bit longer for them to get crispy. Alternatively, you may want to bake your chips at a higher temperature, keeping a close eye on them as you do, or you might want to cook them in an air fryer.

Eggplant Veggie Chips

Do you like the idea of making chips, but simply can’t stand avocado? Consider making some veggie chips instead. While you might not realize it, you can make some yummy chips using an eggplant.

Gather the following ingredients to make eggplant chips:

  • One medium eggplant
  • Two teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/3 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons each garlic powder, Italian seasoning, onion powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Depending on your preferences, you may want to peel your eggplant or you might want to leave the skin on. Your chips will be flavorful either way. Using a mandolin, carefully slice your eggplant into the thinnest rounds the device will allow.

Spread your sliced eggplant out on paper towels in a single layer. Lightly sprinkle the rounds with salt, let them sit for 10 minutes, and then repeat the process on the other side of the rounds. Salting the eggplant and letting the rounds sit will prevent your chips from having an off-putting bitter taste.

Put the rounds in a bowl and combine the other ingredients. Add the olive oil mixture to the bowl containing the eggplant. Toss the rounds in the mixture so they’re evenly coated. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with some parchment paper.

Spread the rounds out on the lined baking sheet so they don’t overlap. Bake the rounds for 18 minutes or until they’re golden brown and crispy. To cook your eggplant chips even faster, use an air fryer. Let the rounds cool completely before storing them in an airtight container or Ziploc bag.

Easy and Healthy Road Trip Snack Ideas

Some healthy travel snacks don’t require any prep work or require just a minimal amount of effort to prepare. For example, you can pack some single-serving applesauce cups. Load your cooler with some fresh fruit after you rinse these naturally sweet treats off. Dried fruit like apricot slices can be bought ready-made or dehydrated at home.

While you might be tempted to pre-slice the fruit you plan to bring along, you may want to hold off. Snacks like apple slices may take on an unsightly brownish color that will make them unappetizing. Unless you’re pre-scooping a cantaloupe or a honeydew melon or you’re preparing watermelon slices, it’s best to refrain from prepping fruits until you’re ready to consume them.

Nuts and seeds are always a treat! Trail mix can be made with nuts, sunflower seeds, and fruit snacks dried cranberries, raisins, or chopped and dried apples. Add carob or cacao chips to make this delicious snack mix extra appealing. Pack some nut butter into portable containers and spread it on rye crisps, crackers, or rice cakes.

Consider making homemade granola bars by combining your nuts, seeds, and dried fruit bits with oats. Crunchy or chewy, they make fantastic road trip snacks and can double as fuel for hikes or long days of sightseeing.

Finally, pack some grape tomatoes, snap peas, fresh green beans, or sliced veggies like cumbers, bell peppers, cauliflower, broccoli, and carrots. Then pour dressing or hummus into reusable containers, and put everything in a small cooler. Guacamole also makes a great dip, and a thin layer of lemon or lime juice can stop it from browning. These high-fiber dipping snacks can be pulled out anytime while you’re on the road.

Manufactured Treats for Snacking on the Road

Unless you’re traveling in an RV or you’re going to stay in a place with a kitchen, you may struggle to keep some of your homemade snacks fresh, particularly if your upcoming family road trip is going to be on the longer side. You can still eat healthy by getting some carefully curated manufactured treats for you and your traveling companions to munch on.

If space is an issue for your vehicle, you may want to order some manufactured snacks and have them delivered to your vacation destination. In general, it’s wise to alert the manager of the property you’re heading to so the person can keep an eye out for your package and put it in a secure location until you arrive.

gomacro MacroBars

gomacro MacroBars are manufactured by a mother-daughter-owned business operating in a rural community. The company uses 100 percent plant-based ingredients sourced from non-GMO and organic certified farmers who adhere to sustainable practices. MacroBars are made using exclusively renewable wind and solar energy sources. The bars’ packaging is manufactured with recycled materials.

When you look over the list of ingredients for a MacroBar, you’ll recognize what you’re reading as things you probably have in your kitchen. gomacro MacroBars are wonderful snacks that won’t weigh you down.

MacroBars are readily available in a variety of flavors on Amazon. Here are just a few of the flavors you can choose from:

  • Banana and almond butter
  • Blueberry and cashew butter
  • Dark chocolate and almonds
  • Oatmeal chocolate chip
  • Maple sea salt
  • Sunflower butter

Nature’s Heart Crunch

Nature’s Heart describes its crunch products as “a protein-packed superfood cluster with yummy, globally-inspired flavors and no sugar added.” The company’s products are a great substitute for breakfast, a wonderful snack when you’re on the go, and satisfying late-night indulgence.

You have plenty of options if you want to try Nature’s Heart Crunch. For something that’s probably unlike any other snack food you’ve had, try the Smoked Habanero Limon Chickpea Crunch or the Churro Cacao Pecan Crunch. If you want something that might taste a bit more familiar, give the Everything Bagel Cashew Crunch or the Ginger Miso Edamame Crunch a try.

Crispy Green

Crispy Green sells individual packets of freeze-dried fruits. The company’s products include 100 percent fruit with no additives, fillers, GMOs, added sugar, or preservatives. Crispy Green packets are perfectly portioned, vegan, gluten- and dairy-free, and kosher. Every Crispy Green packet has one simple, all-natural ingredient, such as mangos, red apples, or pineapple.


Frequently Asked Questions

What are the best road trip snacks?

As tempting as it is to indulge in greasy, salty, and sugary snacks while on the go, that food often causes stomach upset and sluggishness. The best road trip snacks are both delicious and nutritious.

What are some healthy road trip snacks?

Many road trip snacks can keep you full and healthy! MacroBars, Nature’s Heart Crunch, and Crispy Fruit are great pre-made options, or make trail mix, granola bars, and dips for crackers and veggies.

What are some road trip necessities?

When packing for a long road trip, take a car emergency kit, a first aid kit, water bottles, snacks for the car, napkins, reusable cups, and utensils. Don’t forget the adventure book and travel games!