20 Things I Learned on a 5,549 Mile Road Trip.

  1. Screen Shot 2017-07-01 at 10.10.22 PMIce chests are awesome.
  2. So is ice.
  3. Packing breakfast and lunch is smart—much healthier and way cheaper.
  4. Snacks are vital, but be open to picking up a pack of Milanos at a gas station every now and then.
  5. I’m at an age where driving more than 8 hours at a time–alone–really isn’t feasible.
  6. I’m at an age where driving only 6 hours feels silly.
  7. Podcasts are boon companions.
  8. Sometimes learning a language while driving can keep me awake.
  9. Sometimes learning a language while driving can put me to sleep.
  10. Make time to work out at least once a week while traveling.
  11. Friends who encourage you to go to two Aqua Zumba classes in one day are worth their weight in gold.
  12. Eat local, and with reckless abandon.
  13. Wearing a jacket in the car can prevent uneven arm tans.
  14. Google Maps is thisclose to becoming sentient.
  15. Getting off Twitter for an extended period of time is good for the soul.
  16. Staying off Facebook can be equally healing.
  17. You cannot run away from your problems.
  18. Friends in faraway states can help you work through your problems.
  19. It’s okay to not dry your hair. Or put on earrings. Or wear perfume.
  20. Family isn’t always about blood.

One more day of driving. I can’t believe I did this, but I’m certainly glad I did.

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