This past week my husband and I took a road trip to Sedona, Arizona. I love road trips because they take you away from the daily grind. It takes you to new places for exploring and it gives you a different perspective about how you currently live and the potential that’s still out there.

“Travel can be one of the most rewarding forms of introspection.” – Lawrence Durrell

Once outside of the thick traffic in Southern California, we enjoyed the openness of the hills and valleys that lead us into the sun-baked desert. Growing up in Illinois, I have always marveled at the colors in the desert plants and mountains. This journey like many of the others held excitement for the days ahead and calmness about having traveled this road before.

Checking Out to Settle In

The first couple of hours were about getting used to not checking in to every sound on our iPhones. Emails, texts, messages, LinkedIn and Instagram notices, chirped and chimed endlessly until we both decided to turn it off. Interesting how when you choose to let it go, there’s a great big world out there to take in and there’s more connection as you focus on each other.

Here are my 10 reasons why everyone should plan a road trip at least once a year if not once a quarter:
  1. Breaks the monotony of doing the same thing day in and day out.
  2. A change in surroundings can inspire a change in attitude, hopefully for the better.
  3. Gives you a chance to actually stare at the sky, the clouds, the land and the lakes that take you away from all that cement.
  4. Breathing becomes slow and relaxed and for some can lead to humming contented tunes.
  5. Day dreaming is encouraged, and allowed as long as you are not the driver. Switch off so you both can enjoy if you are not traveling alone.
  6. As you travel and when you arrive, enjoy the sites – you only live once.
  7. Strike up conversations with people you don’t know, I have met so many loving, generous and caring people (I believe it’s based on the law of attraction).
  8. Once you arrive, sleep in, or get up to view the sunrise outdoors. The quiet gentle awakening of your surroundings reminds us of how precious each day is to take in the sites, sounds and smells of a new day.
  9. Take pictures, lots of pictures! They not only capture the moments, but also bring back fond memories once you return home. It will also give you the opportunity to share your experiences with others and encourage them to book that all-important road trip.
  10. As you head home, returning to your work, family and neighborhood, bring along souvenirs to remind you of the moments you so enjoyed while on your road trip – and place them where you will see them regularly.
Rest, Rejuvenate, Restore
  • Rest brings us all back to a healthier state mentally and physically.
  • Rejuvenate and reinvigorate your imagination with play time, having fun with no alarms
  • Restore your heart and soul as you connect with your Creator on a much deeper level than you have for days, weeks or months.
For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.” – Robert Louis Stevenson

And finally I leave you with this quote:

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