When it comes to owning a car, truck, van, etc., we all have this innate understanding of the underlying freedom that an automobile represents. Especially if you’ve had to be an adult with no access to transportation. If you’ve been grounded, in other words, it feels good to spread your wings and fly. However, many of us are still trapped in our daily lives, and we use our cars primarily to reinforce the steel cage that has us confined. There is a way, however, to get out of our prisons, if only temporarily, and your car can be a tool for good again. I’m talking about the road trip. That’s right, ever since Jack Kerouac’s On The Road, if not since the invention of the automobile, the road trip has been an appealing proposition. It’s the sort of vacation where the journey IS the destination. There’s nothing quite like getting in the car with a group of friends and just hitting the road.
Whether you simply want to drive until you feel like turning back, or you’re on a sightseeing tour across the country, a road trip is a potent bonding experience, and a great way to break from the mundanities of everyday life and financial obligations. Imagine, you, some friends, some music, and the wind in your hair as you fly down the highway to nowhere and everywhere all at once. This can be a great Summer vacation, or something to do when the weather turns cold. Unless the roads are bad due to inclement weather, there’s really no bad time to go for a roadtrip. As long as you’ve got your American Express to keep you fed and fueled, there’s nothing to stop you from hitting the road for a good time with friends.