It’s no secret that I love a road trip. I love to hit the supermarket, load up on snacks and coffee, throw my jacket in the back, and head out on the road with some of my besties! In fact, I do it a couple times a month. My next road trip will be all over the island of Majorca in just about ten days. I can not wait!
What makes road tripping so great? For me, as a photographer, it is simply being able to say, “Stop James!” (Well, I really say “Jim”, but James sounds like I have an official -read “paid”-chauffeur.) For me there is nothing worse than looking out those huge train or bus windows to see the perfect landscape swishing by. Don’t blink! Yeah, yeah, I know. Both busing and especially training are great ways to get around, and at least you don’t have to do the work of driving. But for me, it’s not really as much about the driving as it is about the stopping! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had Jim stop, I jump out on a crowded highway, and he can’t stay so he takes off. I shoot and shoot while he finds a way to turn around and come and pick me up again.
I’ve had times when maybe this wasn’t the best idea. Like that time when I was in the Canadian wilderness and there was no one around. I kept thinking of all the bears I’d seen the previous evening and got myself completely worked up. Of course, this is the time that Jim is gone for an eternity! I couldn’t get in that car fast enough! (I did get some awesome shots, though.)
At any rate, I love a road trip, and like the quote above, many of them have no set route. We take a turn as we see it, or a jaunt on the map as it unfolds without a whole lot of planning going into it. I think this is the closest I can get to true exploring in this day and age of TV, podcasts, guidebooks, and just an over abundance of information.
Click on some of the posts below to read about places that Jim and I have road-tripped!
The Rare Tourist-traveled Road, Turkey
The Road Oft Traveled, in Andorra!
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