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One of my favorite things to do with both girlfriends and buds is take a road trip- and it’s all that much better when you mix the two together. But being in closed quarters for such a long time can put you both at the end of your rope. Finding a way to road trip without wanting to kill each other can make the difference between “The trip was perfect!” and “We’re never going on a road trip again.”
- Don’t sing along to the music. He gets it, you know the words to every song on the radio. Instead of forcing him to listen to your out of tune voice, let him enjoy what’s on the radio!
- Have something to occupy your time. People get so excited about the trip and the scenery that they often forget about having to entertain themselves for hours on end. Stock up on magazines and movies on your iPad so you have something to do during the journey. It’s always nice to give the driver some quiet time during the ride, so have something to keep yourself from getting bored.
- Plan it out! The biggest mistake people make when going on road trips is deciding to ‘wing it.’ When you have no structure, you’ll often find that you spend a lot of time getting nowhere. Prevent yourself from the irritation of not knowing where to go and have a time line of when you want to get where.
- Don’t mention the time. Ever notice that a year goes by with the person you’ve been dating before you know it? Well that year would seem a hell of a lot longer if you spent it reminding them daily about how long you’ve been together– just like road trips. When you spend the day saying “We’ve only been driving for 3 hours?!”, it reminds you about how bad the drive has been.
It’s hard not to get at each other when you’re stuck in such a small space, but keeping these key road trip rules in mind will make the ride a joy.