In May of 2013 I flew to New York, picked up a camper van and spent the next sixty-four days driving to San Francisco. The thing is I am not the type of person who does stuff like that. I’m not outgoing, sociable and carefree but I like the idea of an epic adventure even if the reality is terrifying; so when I found myself fortunately equipped with the time and money to travel I boldly told everyone that I was going to road trip solo across the USA – making it impossible to contemplate backing-out no matter how much the vomit-inducing fear made me want to.
After a few months on the road featuring dusk-lit routes flanked by fire-flies, miserable record breaking high temperatures, achingly beautiful desolate landscapes, strangers banging on the camper door at 2:30am and food as delicious as it is likely to inflict a heart attack, I can’t understand why I’ve never road tripped before. Is it scary to drive around by myself not knowing the rules, the roads or even the destination? Abso-flippin-lutely! But it’s possible, it’s do-able and it’s even enjoyable not just because there are awesome things to see and experience but because getting there is an achievement.
This is a travel blog; mainly I will write about road tripping but I really hope to persuade those of you with the desire, but also the nagging doubt, that travelling solo and independently can be one of the best things you’ll ever do. I know nothing about cars, I will certainly get lost and in moments of confusion other road-users will definitely not find my befuddlement charming. Simply, I don’t know what I’m doing but I’m doing it anyway. I live in England where I’ll mini road trip often but intend to get behind the wheel in other countries too and will share anything travel related that I find interesting, confusing, inspiring, frustrating, motivational, funny or beautiful; join me.
You can read some old posts from the USA trip by following the links below. The gallery is packed with road trip pictures and I’ll be re-living the USA journey by mapping the route with excerpts from the upcoming book, ‘She Road Trips: New York to San Francisco in a Bird Van’.
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