Have You Ever Been On A Road Trip?

Road Trip - From Wellington To Auckland, New Zealand.
@maddysmommy (16233)
United States
July 18, 2007 12:26am CST
When I was living in New Zealand we use to take road trips from Wellington to Auckland to visit family as this mode of transport was often cheaper for us than flying or taking the train. It would usually take 9-10 hours with rest and breaks in between. We would leave the house very early in the morning (while its still dark) with our bags, blankets and pillows (if they could fit) and sleep until the first resting place. We didn't have those fancy technological gadgets they have now like ipods and dvd players, however we did have a radio and tape cassette which always played my father's music (Cook Island or Rarotongan music). I use to enjoy these trips and loved seeing the countryside as well as the small towns we passed. That was the most exciting part other than stopping off at places and having a nosey about and eating lots of munchies.
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@diannebcrs (1549)
• Philippines
18 Jul 07
sure.. i've had my share of road trips. kind of vomited twice after three hours of riding a car. it was during the time when my family and i went somewhere for vacation.. made me sick.. after the roadtrip, i immediately slept because of a major headache.. :(
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@maddysmommy (16233)
• United States
18 Jul 07
awww no, doesn't sound like a nice and happy road trip LOL I have only been majorly sick once and had to sleep when we arrived at our destination. Looks like you and road trips don't mix!
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• Philippines
18 Jul 07
it's my fault though. i didn't take the medicine my mother gave me. well - it - it tastes really bitter! but well, i should've taken the medicine to prevent me from feeling dizzy.. hehe.. :)
• Philippines
18 Jul 07
anyway, good for you. you seem to be enjoying your roadtrips.. i would've enjoyed my road trips if i took the medicine to prevent me from feeling dizzy.. sigh.. wasted the opportunity
@liyan97 (2128)
• Northern Mariana Islands
18 Jul 07
Yes, I have gone on several road trips when I was younger. We used to live in Las Vegas and would often go to the Mountains in January to see and experience the snow. We would take the drive right before dark and stop along the way to find a campsite. In the morning we would continue our journey until we hit the mountains. Usually we would get down right before we reach the top and snow board with the make shift snow board that we would bring along (a.k.a HUGE baking pan)…lol..we would spend three days and two nights on our road trip and I enjoyed every second of it. During three day weekends or school breaks we would often drive into California mainly for the shopping…hehe We would leave at about 3:00am and make it into California at about 11:00am stoping only once or twice for a bathroom break and snack run. We would then find a motel and spend the night so that we could make the 4:00am flea market the next day. I loved California, I could see the beach and I missed it so much! I hated the Lake Mead that we would fish at, I wanted to smell the ocean after all, I am a local islander…lol..I always wished that we could stay and dreaded the road trip back home but I had school so there was no choice. I have also done to the Grand Canyon on several occasion and Hoover Dam on class trips but only for one night.
• Philippines
18 Jul 07
cool trip!
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@maddysmommy (16233)
• United States
18 Jul 07
Snow boarding on makeshift boards? now how cool is that! that would of been so much fun. Sounds like you had awesome road trips when you were younger! I hope to visit Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon one day. Thanks for sharing liyan!
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@mummymo (23707)
18 Jul 07
We have small road trips and 'magical, mystery tours' quite often! WE will set off and let the kids decide which direction to take at every roundabout or junction, it is always nice to end up somewhere we haven't been before and go exploring! Unfortunately I haven't been fit enough to do this for some time but I look forward to being well enough to resume our little excursions! xxx
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@maddysmommy (16233)
• United States
18 Jul 07
Magical mystery tours? wow how exciting that would be. Your kids must of loved being surprised and exploring places you haven't been to before. I hope you do get better soon my friend and thank you for your response, take care :):)
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• Philippines
18 Jul 07
when my father was still alive, we used to have road trips, but here in our place riding a public vehicle is cheaper than your own car, because going to our province we travel by land and by water,, and fare in the marine vessel is very expensive... but we enjoy road trips very much, sort of family bonding to us
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@maddysmommy (16233)
• United States
18 Jul 07
Yup, lots of fun times and bonding with the family. I have travelled on a sea ferry boat and got seasick all the time, even when I took the seasick pills. I don't like travelling by water.
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@Bujoyseth (1684)
• Philippines
18 Jul 07
yes, i always do.. and it's really fun having road trips.. what i want tom experience is a trip by the sea or by train.. i didn't tried it yet.. i always do road trip... hehehe.. i'm used to it.. i enjoy a lot...
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@maddysmommy (16233)
• United States
18 Jul 07
Road trips are fun aren't they. I have been on train rides too and took one recently to Connecticut which took 5 hours. My son and I absolutely loved it, I think way better than a road trip in my eyes. Thanks for posting bujoyseth.
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@patgalca (15627)
• Orangeville, Ontario
18 Jul 07
I am not much of a traveller. I get carsick, so does my youngest daughter. The first time we drove to Prince Edward Island from Ontario (an 18 hour drive, 22 with kids and pitstops) we borrowed a portable TV with built-in VCR so the kids could watch movies. That grew boring very quickly. It was a horrible experience. Even with the wristbands and the magnetic things on the back of the van, and gravol, my daughter still got sick. My eldest daughter got out of the van about an hour from the bridge and refused to get back in. After that we decided to make the drive in two days with a motel stop. However, the kids still don't like the long drive, neither do I. We try to fly when we can afford it even though hubby refuses. He doesn't mind the drive at all. As a kid I remember driving to Leamington from Toronto. It's a 4 1/2 hour drive. We actually stopped at a motel on the way. LOL! I think that's because we spent a day in London at a kids' village. Not sure. Don't remember too clearly. I hate driving.
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• United States
24 Jul 07
We use to go on road trips all the time until gas went sky high and now we can't afford to leave the city. We would decide it was road trip day and get in our vehicle and drive for hours taking the scenic route to nowhere. At times it was like we were lost, but we always made it back home. We always enjoyed the road trips to nowhere. You can always find things to do and see when your not looking for them.
@maddysmommy (16233)
• United States
24 Jul 07
That sounds like lots of fun, just jumping in the car and heading off to anywhere the road takes you. We did that in Samoa but there aren't many roads you can take that could get you lost. There is one main road and lots of side streets/roads so I suppose there is really no way of getting lost at all. Thanks warriorsdaughter!
• Philippines
24 Jul 07
i have in several road trips and i have enjoyed them all. i love going places. i love long trips especially with my family and friends. sometimes i don't mind the time spent for these trips. what matters is that you are with the people that you really love and care about.
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@maddysmommy (16233)
• United States
24 Jul 07
I agree dolce_vita, makes the trip all the more worth while when travelling with friends and family who you care about :) thanks for responding.
@squaretile (3833)
• Singapore
24 Jul 07
I haven't been on a road trip in while! The last one i really enjoyed was with a couple of friends, and we were sightseeing around the west coast of the US. with the scenic drive and all that. we got along marvellously, and stopped at yosemite park and sang at the top of our voices to the radio and our CDs. but driving can be tiring, so I'm not sure when the next time is that I'll take a road trip, especially since I'm still an unexperienced driver and didn't drive at all in the previous road trips that I've been part of. I guess i could literally be called a free rider!
@maddysmommy (16233)
• United States
24 Jul 07
I don't drive at all so that would make me one too LOL sounds like you had lots of fun on your last trip.
@charms88 (7540)
• Philippines
19 Jul 07
Yeah...there's nothing more exciting than seeing the beautiful sceneries around us while on the road. It helps us to reconnect with the nature and remind us that the world is still a beautiful place to live in. I remember my first road trip and despite the long hours (10 hours), I can't take my eyes off the road and refused to close my eyes. I was so awed with everything I was seeing. I was doubly awed when I spotted one of the popular volcanoes in our country. :)
@maddysmommy (16233)
• United States
19 Jul 07
That would of been neat seeing volcanoes!
@nangel78 (1458)
• United States
19 Jul 07
I have been on a few road trips. I live 3 hours away from where I grew up so sometimes I will head up there to visit people I still know there.
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@maddysmommy (16233)
• United States
19 Jul 07
That's nice as 3 hours doesn't seem so far away. Thanks for responding!
@pearl1003 (670)
• Philippines
27 Jul 08
i want to experience road trip in the most fun way i could ever imagine. I used to go out of town but never a real road trip idea for me. It's going from one place to another, and thats just it. Road trip for me is going to the farthest place you can drive to and having short stops in between. Those stops mean exploring the places as well, taking pictures, buying souvenirs, cute boy hunting, etc. Road tripping for me is like a journey that never ends. It's exploring not just the place you would really visit, but also, knowing more about the towns along the way.