The great thing about road trips, aside from getting as far away from work (physically and mentally) as you can, is there’s as much fun in the journey as it is in the destination. Grab a couple of your BFFs, and embark on a few three-day weekends (or longer) every chance you get this summer.
Hit the beach: If none of you owns a convertible, rent one. Rolling through a beach town with the top down provides ideal views of the bikini/swim-trunk-wearing bodies you’ll pass. Plus, eyes will turn your way as they hear your hot summer mix blaring from the stereo: “Fancy,” “Wiggle,” “Turn Down for What” and Calvin Harris’ aptly titled “Summer,” to name a few.
Follow the festival: Great music festivals are taking place in cities and towns all summer long. You’ll want to arrive at least a day early to check out the various sites—the popular local restaurants, bars and claims to fame—before your days are filled with crowd-surfing, overpriced beers and port-a-potties.
Reunited and it feels so good: You see your friends and former classmates every day on social media. But when’s the last time you’ve actually seen them? Use Facebook to plan a mini-reunion; then get together for a weekend in the city that’s most centrally located for everyone.
No matter where you roam this summer, there’s a retailer nearby with some fresh blu™ electronic cigarettes for ya!
App It, Map It, Go!
Download one of these cool navigation apps to your phone before hitting the road.
Gogobot: Connect to your Facebook or Twitter accounts, and this app grants access to not only maps, but photos and reviews from people just like you who’ve shared their experiences from visitor attractions, restaurants and hotels.
Travel Guides by Stay.com: What you’ll love most about this app is the ability to create your travel itinerary by downloading full city maps and accessing them offline—no cell reception or Wi-Fi needed while you’re on the go.
Wikitude: This app specializes in augmented reality, enabling you to point your camera phone at neighborhoods, retrieving details on restaurants, hotels, and shops that appear onscreen.
Jarvis Holliday is a freelance writer, media consultant and identical twin based in Charlotte, N.C. Follow him on Twitter at @HollidayInk.