Break away from the norms this spring break
While many students are tanning and working out, I will be plotting a course on a map and filling my car with gasoline. Because the road trip is a lost art.
I won’t argue the merits of spring break location, ranking an arctic voyage above the traditional hot-weather-and-beer laze. I argue we examine which is more vital to the road trip, destination or exploration.
Who said learning halts when midterms end? Unfamiliar landscapes, cities and people can foster inspiration and awareness. They bring perspectives that can resonate with us.
We should utilize our spring breaks by carving the back roads and high ways like the first travelers of the Silk Road, discovering the fragrances and spices of new worlds.
But exotic is not requisite for a road trip. In fact, a road trip is far from it. It’s simply requires seeking the unfamiliar at a highly mobile rate.
The unfamiliar are those destinations we’ve overlooked.
Whether it’s 30 miles or 300 miles, the unfamiliar hides within the every twist and turn we’ve driven past.
They’re the coffee shops and antique stores, they’re the winding trails and hidden streams, they’re the dance clubs and matinees.
They’re the side notes, the distractions to the everyday point A to point B monotony.
A road trip isn’t as much definite destination as it is spontaneity. A road trip is the let’s-see-where-this-leads mentality.
A road trip is a compilation of soon-to-be stories.