Travelling is the one thing that fills my heart and soul completely. I crave getting in my car, rolling down my windows, turning up my cd and driving to new places. My heart seems to jump a beat when I reach a new city limit for the first time.
I felt this way last weekend when my boyfriend invited me to his hometown for easter. Matthew is from a small town in British Columbia called Creston. If you’re a beer drinker, you may know that Creston is the home of the Kokanee brewery. A true Canadian treasure!
I jumped at the chance to see where Matthew was born because I obviously wanted to spend Easter with his family, but I also love a good road trip.
Here are 5 reasons why you need to take that road trip you’ve been dreaming of.
It changes you
I’ve had the chance to live in England, Ontario, Nova Scotia, Manitoba and British Columbia. I’ve driven from Ontario to Nova Scotia in a car twice and from Manitoba to British Columbia once by myself.
Getting to see the better part of Canada has helped shape the woman I am today. Without travel, I wouldn’t be the blogger I am. I wouldn’t feel confident alone, on a winding road with no cell service for hours.
When I get the chance to go on a road trip or even a small adventure, I get excited. I know I’m going to experience things for the first time. I’m going to see new sights, meet new people and experience first hand how another group of people live their lives.
It was a different world in Creston. I put my phone on airplane mode and I experienced a town full of farms and cows personally, without a screen in front of my face. I breathed in the fresh air, went for walks, played basketball outside, laughed, sat around a campfire and got to see the stars. It was simple, yet so fulfilling.
You Live in the Moment
When you’re on a road trip you’re not thinking about that work deadline you have. You’re not stressing about what you’re going to have for dinner. Instead, you’re living in the moment and truly soaking life in.
Plans could change and that’s okay because you’re on an adventure and the more change… the better.
When Matthew was driving to and from Creston, I was just watching. Watching this man drive and thinking about how lucky I am to have such a great partner. I was watching outside, searching for wildlife.
I was scanning the main streets of the small communities we drove through wondering how some of the stores stayed opened. I was taking it all in and just enjoying that moment.
My heart grew this past weekend. It grew because I realized how incredible my life is. I’m so lucky to have an amazing partner, a successful career and the opportunity to see so many new places.
You see incredible sights
When is the last time you watched the sunrise or sunset? What about the last time you watched the stars in the sky twinkle? Travelling allows you to break away from your routine and appreciate the smaller things that brought you so much joy when you were younger.
Creston was surrounded by snow-covered mountains, hills full of mountain goats and cows hanging out in every farmer’s field. I heard chickens and horses, saw neighbours waving to their friends, ate homemade split pea soup and saw people interacting with strangers at the farmers market.
Each one of these things made me giddy with happiness.
You gain a new perspective
Nothing makes you appreciate your life more than seeing how others live theirs. It’s amazing how you overthink your life. How you think it’s nothing special, but when you’re travelling you get that feeling of excitement when you think about going home. Back to the meaningful life, you have worked so hard to create!
Travelling across oceans, or even to a neighbouring town will show you that there are a lot of different ways to live. There are new languages to speak, ideas to be had, food to be eaten, cultures to learn about and people to meet. So many new people who spend their time differently than you.
You strengthen connections
There’s no better bonding experience than travelling with a friend or loved one. Strangers become friends and friends become family. You see first hand how your partner adapts to change and handles getting lost.
Bonus points if they enjoy good car snacks and stop when you want to take a photograph!
travelling will create lasting memories together that will undoubtedly be held close to your heart for the rest of your life.
Like the wise Jack Kerouac said, “There was nowhere to go but everywhere. So just keep rolling under the stars.”
Travelling has given me so much insight into life and living. It’s become a crucial part of who I am and what type of life I want for myself. I hope this blog post inspires you to call up your best friend and plan a road trip together.
What’s your dream road trip? I’m dreaming of Seattle and Oregon right now.