Many people think of road trips as the perfect opportunity to spend time with family and friends. But sometimes you might find yourself on the road all alone. It may be such a rare event that you aren’t quite sure how to handle the experience.
Sure, you can listen to the radio (I have many solo concerts as I take my monthly trip in to visit my parents and brother) or have quiet time, but after several hours in the car by yourself you’ll either go stir crazy or get creative.
Here are four ways to enjoy a solo road trip:
Listen to audiobooks
Listening to the radio can become a little monotonous if you’re in the car very long. Radio stations come and go and you may lose the channel. But if you love to read, then you can enjoy quite a few chapters of the book in the car while you travel.
Tip: Find audiobooks from the library or local used bookstores like McKays Used Bookstore in Knoxville, Chattanooga or Nashville… or whatever city you live in.
Stop for scenic pictures
Different parts of the country offer unique landscape and scenic views. Traveling to the Great Smoky Mountains, you will often see little overlooks and places to pull off that offer amazing vistas.
If you’re traveling up north look for things like Roadside Giants along Lincoln Highway in Pennsylvania. Traveling south of Chicago you will see windfarms and beautiful barns and flat farms. If you have your camera nearby you can always pull over on the side and snap a few interesting pictures.
Dictate Letters or Articles
Finding quiet time to write is sometimes a difficult task for moms. If you are a writer, you understand the importance of long-term quiet. It takes time to have your ideas start to take shape. Whether you are a blogger, writer, author, or columnist, you can use time in the car to write your thoughts. Even a simple free app like Dragon Dictation can help capture your thoughts.
Even though Dragon Dictation doesn’t give you punctuation and paragraph breaks, at least it will capture your ideas so that you can do the editing when you’re at a computer.
You can then email when you pull over for rest area breaks.
Catch up with a friend
With mobile phones improvements over the last few years, speakerphones are much better than they used to be. Use uninterrupted time in the car to call a friend. Put it on speaker phone, set the phone in the console beside you and chat. Sometimes with the busy schedules of life you may find that your friendships suffer. This could be great time to reconnect.
I hope you find these four ideas and tips to help you enjoy a solo road trip useful.