The road trip is an all-American tradition that can be a maturing experience, but there’s more to be gained than just memories. According to psychologists, a road trip can benefit your mental health and capability and ultimately lead to a more well-rounded you. This, naturally, trickles into your education, and from there your career; travel is a great tickmark on any resume. Craft your road trip in the right way and you’ll have an enjoyable and beneficial experience.
Planning and preparation
The most important part of your road trip is, of course, the vehicle. A new or used vehicle is fine; whatever you go for just needs to be reliable for the long road ahead. If there are a few ongoing maintenance concerns, that’s also fine, you just need to plan ahead. This can also be a good opportunity to pick up mechanical skills. Just as important as the vehicle is the destination. Pick a solid road trip that fits within the time you have. Mental Floss have prepared an ultimate route that picks up most of the US; picking and choosing from that map isn’t a bad idea.
Enjoying the trip
A road trip is a vacation and, first and foremost, you should enjoy yourself. However, it is also a great time for self reflection and learning. You’ll experience a lot of culture and history, especially if you visit historically important spots around the country or world. Take time to think about them, reflect, and look at your own life; it will help with your educational abilities and your capacity to learn.
Take the opportunities given
When traveling, you’ll often have the chance to try out new experiences that you wouldn’t have opted for at home. Volunteering is a great example of this and, according to The Balance, is a powerful tool for your resume. Try and do your bit to help the communities you’re visiting as you travel, and turn that into evidence of your character and convictions when obtaining higher education or employment later in life.
A road trip is fun, but it can be educational, too. Treating your chance to travel as an opportunity to broaden your interests and interact with new people and experiences will provide a boost to your academic and career prospects. That way you’ll make memories and something to hold on to as you progress through education.