Photo credit: Bill Bradford
“In On the Road, Jack Kerouac crisscrossed North America in a ’49 Hudson Commodore, a vehicle that’s virtually 50 percent engine and 50 percent passenger space. In The Way of the World, Nicolas Bouvier traveled from Switzerland to Afghanistan in a Fiat Topolino, a car so small no self-respecting Shriner would dare be seen in one. Long before there were Westfalias, Sprinters, and Sportsmobiles, there were just automobiles. These cars weren't specifically designed for long-term travel — they didn’t have pop-roofs, built-in kitchenettes, or auxiliary power systems. They were ordinary everyday vehicles on extraordinary journeys. And that’s what made it an adventure.” --Michael van Vliet
There’s few things my wife & I love more than heading out on a road trip. We travel pretty light and often just wing it, making things up as we go. We’ve traveled a bunch of different ways: Whether crossing the U.S. by bicycle, long-distance motorcycle tours (with over-stuffed saddlebags), to car/tent camping excursions. Lately though, I’ve been thinking about doing something that requires a little less setup/teardown -or having to scout out a good place to camp.
Naturally, (at least for me that is) my mind turned to getting a small van/RV, a retro-style “Canned Ham” camper, or even building one of those cool little teardrop trailers I’ve been seeing so much of.
But, then I saw this article (see below), and was reminded about how we once spent a few magical weeks traveling through England, Scotland & Wales... basically living in a rented VW Passat station wagon we had slightly customized. It was comfortable, cheap, safe (& dry) and a very convenient form of lodging. We saved a ton of money and had a blast.
Anyway, I was glad I found this article when I did. I stopped dreaming of adding that new expense, and one more thing that just sits in my driveway (next to a sailboat I don’t use as often as I swore I would…) For our next long road-trip, I’ll try retrofitting our lil’ Jeep instead. Sure, I'll probably eventually find that perfect little camper/van, but in the meantime, I'm not going to let that keep us from hitting the road!
So… what about you? Can you leave a quick reply & tell me:
1. Do you like road-trips? If so, what kind? (i.e Do you prefer tent-camping, RV-ing, or “Glamping” (a.k.a “Hotel”)?
2. What's the “best” road trip memory you have?