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Let’s be real, when you’re sitting at your work desk reading food blogs as soon as your boss is out of sight or when you’re lying in bed at night on your cell phone checking out Instagram photos of exotic looking hills while your partner looks at you with contempt, imaginary or otherwise, the monotony of the daily routine starts to get to you. Starts to settle under your skin like a particularly difficult to reach itch that no matter how hard you scratch just doesn’t go away, a strange buzzing that seems to persist under your skin and it’s not the good king either. And it doesn’t make sense, you have food, granted it mostly consists of frosted strawberry pop-tarts and Doritos, a morally and spiritually questionable job, and an imaginary partner you’re no longer in the friend-zone with. So what’s wrong?

What’s wrong is that your brain, which is inherently lazy unless forced to be otherwise, is melting in the stew of life that mainly consists of clicking buttons, rejecting candy crush requests and using chrome incognito to its full potential. And probably also watching trashy movies about road trips rather than experiencing it first-hand.

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Your brain needs to be exposed to new environments so it doesn’t get an excuse to slack off, when your daily routine and your surroundings are too predictable your brain starts to get lax. Neuropsychologist Paul Nussbaum says that when your brain is exposed to a setting that’s new and complex and requires a bit of processing, your brain literally begins to grow. Seriously, it starts to develop dendrites which increase its capacity. Even the stress of the planning road trips and the frightening thought of actually having to move your ginormous globular butt is good for you, since the good doctor analyses that the anxiety and complexity of the problems require the brain to be more attentive and engaged.

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Apparently, travel and embarking on road trips is good for your general health too. According to The Global Commission on Aging and Transamerica Centre for Retirement Studies a research shows that Men who did not travel at least once a year had a 30% increased risk of suffering from fatal heart disease and 20% increased risk of straight up dying, from what exactly however has been left unclear, the tedium of life maybe. The study also showed that women who vacationed every six years or less were at a greater risk of developing a fatal heart disease than women who went on vacations a minimum of twice a year.

With the open views of the South Island Circuit in New Zealand, the dusty lands of Salar De Uyuni in Bolivia or the cloudy chilly Karakoram Highway across China and Pakistan, road trips are simply put one of the best methods to acknowledge and appreciate what the world has to offer. Especially in such a digitalised world.

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Honestly though, how much convincing does one actually require? The thought of escaping responsibilities for a while and exchanging them for bad playlists and even unhealthier snacks is a welcome one. If you do actually have a partner that isn’t alcohol induced, or kids, who may have been alcohol induced, then take them out. Get in the car, get a map, open the windows, smell the manure, spill crisps in the cracks of the seats, see the weirdest things and have the weirdest experiences you can only gain on road trips. That’s what life is for; this is what you should spend your 9 to 5 earnings on. Sparsely, yes, but don’t compromise on the memories.


4 thoughts on “Road Trips”

  1. Well written. You’ve hit on a bunch of people’s passion and salvation. Travel makes us feel alive. Connecting with people in other cultures makes us feel a part of the human experience.

    1. Thank you, I’m glad you feel the same way. What better way to learn about other cultures than making friends with its people?

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