The authentic college experience includes sleepless nights of studying, sleepless nights of partying, consuming cheap bear, eating Ramen Noodle dinners and of course – spur-of-the-moment roadtrips. With an abundance of time and a scarcity of resources, it takes creativity and improvisation for college students to make the perfect trip. But if done right, you’ll find yourself having the time of your life.
Although usually random, a good roadtrip takes a little bit of planning. Before determining where you want to go, consider the collective budget of you and your fellow travelers. If you’re going to a faraway location, compare the cost of driving versus to cost of flying. If you have limited funds, stay close to home. Take into account the number of people who will be going and the number of days you’ll be away. Obviously, a six-day trip across the country will be more difficult to pull off with 20 people. It’s important that you be reasonable and realistic so that you don’t end up having more anxiety attacks than fun.
A college roadtrip – like any other vacation – gives you the opportunity to visit the nation’s most fun and interesting destinations. Travel to the cities, national parks and beaches you’ve always wanted to experience. Vegas has long been a go-to spot for college kids. Watch a show and gamble away a few bucks at the slot machines; just be sure you don’t lose your college savings. Catch some beads during Mardi Gras in New Orleans. Work on your tan in sunny San Diego. Eat an authentic Chicago-style pizza in the Windy City. Take a picture that makes it appear as though your head is a part of Mt. Rushmore. Test your endurance by hiking the Grand Canyon.
The possibilities are endless under the right circumstances. However, if time and money aren’t on your side, consider a more scaled-down roadtrip. Stay with a friend from high school in their college town and visit the bars, restaurants and stadiums that make the community unique. Go camping in a state park; leave behind the annoyance of modern technology and become one with nature. As long as you’re with your friends, your trip will be worthwhile regardless of where you decide to visit.