Just wake me up when we get there..

@raijin (10373)
Philippines
January 6, 2008 11:20am CST
I always love to travel, if there's a time. I don't own any car or automobile, so my means of transportaion would be public utility vehicles. Like buses, our local jeepneys and or just rent some car/van. If we go on far places, let's say for about 5 or 6 hours minimum, I don't get to sleep. I just love looking on the views, the sceneries and how different the place I've been to from the place where we're going to and appreciate it's beauty and serenity. This are the best thing I love while travelling, compared to my friends who sleep and tells me to wake them when we're already on the place where we planned to stay at.. I think my not sleeping would help at times, since we never know what could happen during these times. So, do you guys sleep when travelling on roads and have a very long time to get to your destination? Please share, thanks and good day to all..
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@SViswan (12071)
• India
7 Jan 08
I don't sleep if we are driving somewhere as a family. But if it's an overnight ride in a bus, I usually sleep. I can't make out the scenery in the night anyways. But I don't sleep if my husband is driving ...even at night...I keep him company and we sing songs!
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@SViswan (12071)
• India
8 Jan 08
My dad always told us not to sleep when we were in the front seat. He said the driver might be tempted to fall asleep too. So, we took turns keeping the driver company on overnight journeys. But my husband and I enjoy singing...so we just took it as an opportunity to sing. It's been ages since we've driven out anywhere (its difficult with the kids..though if you look at it another way, it's easier than taking a bus)...and there's hardly been any singing in the car.
@Adoniah (7515)
• United States
7 Jan 08
Considering I am usually the driver,I better not be the sleeper.lol If we are travelling anywhere,I tell everyone to stay awake. It is not fair that I have to stay awake and they get to sleep. That way I have someone to talk to and they do not miss anything. I have travelled a lot more than most of my friends so I know where I am going and I know what they should not miss seeing. We stop a lot to see cool stuff. Shalom~Adoniah
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@raijin (10373)
• Philippines
7 Jan 08
Indeed, it's unfair that sometimes your company would sleep while you man the wheels!;) I am intense on seeing stuffs that I am not familiar of, like one I saw a signage saying "today it's me for tomorrow you're next." It's odd, I donn't know what it's means but it did gave me some goosebumps!LoL
@Adoniah (7515)
• United States
7 Jan 08
I grew up in Florida, when there were still a lot of empty spaces. The local people named a lot of their own streets and as the towns grew they kept the names even if they were a little odd. In a place about 40 miles from here is a street called: Justamereroad. We have a lot of that and it is fun to be able to point things like that out as we are traveling. I know were a lot of those things are and I know the history of most of Florida.
@secretbear (19463)
• Philippines
7 Jan 08
even if its only a 1-hr drive, I would still get some sleep raijin. ^__^;; seldom do I stay awake while traveling. most of the times, I tend to get sleepy and fall asleep. I think the times that I stayed awake were during hot weather when I would sweat too much and feel uncomfortable. and when traveling in a new place, I would sleep like a chicken. LOL I would be torn by excitement and sleepiness. ^__^;; so raijin, just wake me up when we get there. ^__^
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@raijin (10373)
• Philippines
7 Jan 08
I love memorizing the landmarks we pass by, the roads and the community we stop by. Like now that digital cameras and cellphone cameras are available, taking pictures would be my very reason to keep me awake during the course of travel!=)
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@secretbear (19463)
• Philippines
15 Jan 08
eh.. i'm not good at memorizing landmarks and places, unless i go there everywhere or on a regular basis. ^__^;; that's why i'm afraid to get lost in a new place coz i wouldn't know how to trace the way back.
• Philippines
14 Jan 08
If I am very tired and sleepy (which is very rare) then you'll find my head swaying up side down LOL. Most of the time I travel enjoying the beauty of the place. I also find travelling as interesting one.
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@raijin (10373)
• Philippines
15 Jan 08
It's really fun, as long as you know how to make your travelling enjoyable!;)
@squaretile (3833)
• Singapore
14 Jan 08
you're right, it's lovely to enjoy the journey. not just as a means to an end, but an end in itself. you will love travelling in new zealand in that case. it takes quite a few hours to get from one town to another, perhaps 5-6 hours or even 9-10 hours. but every few hours the scenary changes. so what i did on the coach was to enjoy the scenary and then drift in and out of sleep. because travelling can be tiring as well!
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@raijin (10373)
• Philippines
15 Jan 08
I wish I could go there, as I would really love to go and visit such places. However, I if travelling takes almost a day then I would definitely drift out but for just a few minutes then get back again to my favorite part of travelling which is sight-seeing!;)
@cripfemme (7714)
• United States
14 Jan 08
I tend to sleep on the paratransit (a van service that disabled people take), long over the road buses (I usually look out the window or read for the first 90 or so minutes, but then I'll get sleepy). Cars, especially, make me sleepy. I think because I'm trapped there, unable to move without my wheelchair (I can get out, but it's a pain), so I sleep or read to avoid boredom.
@raijin (10373)
• Philippines
15 Jan 08
Reading is also one good way to get away from boredom, but I only get to do that some time. I get to feel dizzy when reading and riding, especially when you drive by rough roads..
@irisheyes (4373)
• United States
7 Jan 08
I do a little of both- eg. napping and sightseeing. I haven't travelled much lately but in years gone by I used to love to take trains. I got to see a lot of the country that way and the club cars at night were often more fun than the destination. (I've been thinking of taking a li train to Charleston, South Carolina next spring for a little mini-vacation.)
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@raijin (10373)
• Philippines
7 Jan 08
Train is the one that I haven't tried yet, mostly it's bus or other vehicles that's available for us. I could take some nap, but not for a long time for the thought of missing something along the way. Heavy traffic could be one good reason for me, we have that here and it is so FRUSTRATING!;)
@maddysmommy (16233)
• United States
7 Jan 08
I tend to stay up too and keep whoever is driving awake by talking with them and sorts LOL I'm not sure what it is but i can never sleep when we drive to far destinations.
@raijin (10373)
• Philippines
7 Jan 08
Yes, there seems to be somthing that keeps us awake no matter how long or short our trip would be. I'm glad that I'm not the only one who does that, happy tripping my friend!;)
@tryxiness (4548)
• Philippines
7 Jan 08
When I am not familiar with the place, I see to it that I get to observe the place, and the surrounding areas it has – regardless if I travel in a public utility or private. But when I am a bit familiar with the place, I tend to take a nap already, and just wake up when I am there. :)
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@raijin (10373)
• Philippines
7 Jan 08
i guess it would really be boring if you keep on seeing the views that you've already watched many times already, but there are sometimes actions that occur on roads. Like accidents or any type of incidents that you'd rarely see, that's what I'm sometimes looking for..
@peanutjar (5211)
• Canada
7 Jan 08
Nope,haha,i never sleep because i get car sick when i try to and if i get in the back seat its even worse.The only one who does sleep ALOT and always,even if its an hour ride is our daughter.The peace!!!She either sleeps on the way to go or on the way to come back or both.Longs trips she sleeps most of the way maybe waking up to go use the bathroom somewhere,eating or a break and then falls back to sleep,waking up when we get to our destination and saying "were already here!?". Peanutjar :-)
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@raijin (10373)
• Philippines
7 Jan 08
I think children do reserve their energy during these times, especially when they know they'll be off for a vacation or out-of-town trips and even if you just go to the mall. Good thing you never sleep on trips, so you can take care of your "angel" and atleast your having car sickness helped in some way..=)
• United States
7 Jan 08
I love to take road trips. I like to drive while on them. My husband usually sleeps cuz of course he isnt driving. But if he was driving and i was riding passenger seat i dont think i would sleep. i like seeing what is around me.
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@raijin (10373)
• Philippines
7 Jan 08
Well road tripping here or crossing-counties are still hard, we have major traffic problems and the best way to elude them is going to provinces. I am fond of travelling, as I also want to see places and learn from it even by just glazing upon them!;)
@beyonce03 (2331)
• Canada
6 Jan 08
I always fall asleep when we travel a long distance in car. I was like that when was young and I'M still like that. I try not too sleep too much because it will be boring for my boyfriend lol. But when he see that I'M too tired he,s the one asling me to close my eyes. mOst of the time I will only sleep 1h and be alright for a while :)
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@raijin (10373)
• Philippines
7 Jan 08
Yes, atleast you're travelling with your special someone and that alone is very sweet!;)
@GardenGerty (111051)
• United States
6 Jan 08
Sometimes I do, but often I stay awake to make sure my husband stays awake. If I was traveling today I would probably fall asleep as I did not sleep well last night. The usual trip we make is about 3.5 hours and is to the same place always.
@raijin (10373)
• Philippines
7 Jan 08
That's a long trip, I'm sure you're used to it and was very familiar of the place already!;)
• Philippines
6 Jan 08
I try not to sleep when I travel, especially when the trip is less than 3 hours. Unfortunately, I also get overpowered by sleep if I don't get enough rest before the travel. It depends on what I do prior to the trip I travel. If I've rested myself for a considerable time, I would be up and about until my destination. Like you, I like to watch to see the scenario outside the vehicle and I also like the idea of looking into each town we pass by and compare the similarities and the differences from each other. I try not to go to sleep when I travel alone because it scares me if the drivers (especially taxi drivers) will be taking me to a longer road or not. I prefer to know what's going on outside and being aware of where I'm headed to, this way, I remember the twist and turns that we've taken during the trip.
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@raijin (10373)
• Philippines
6 Jan 08
I guess it's the anticipation that gets in the way, my adrenaline starts to pump as I get anxious to reach our point of destination. Rest or with incomplete sleep, I still have a hard time sleeping while travelling. Not to mention those pickpokets that hides within other passengers, as well as those irresponsible and opportunistic drivers that'll do everything to earn more from you..
@maximax8 (29134)
• United Kingdom
6 Jan 08
I really love to travel. I can get really comfortable on a train, looking out of the window of the passing scenery by day. At night time I can sleep in a bunk in a sleeping compartment. If not train is available I will choose to travel by bus. I like short bus journeys where there is superb scenery out of the window but sitting up in the seat all night I find uncomfortable. Once I was on a bus in Australia one day and all the luggage fell out on to the road. One person was awake told the driver and he had to go back to get all the luggage back. I slept in a car going on a long journey and we arrived in the middle of the night. I wish you happy traveling.
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@raijin (10373)
• Philippines
6 Jan 08
That's a really fun experience, I wish that I could travel around the world like you. I haven't used train yet as means of travelling, that I would hope to feel the thrill as well. I guess it's just my habit of not sleeping when going to places, I believe the longest time I didn't slept was at about seven or eight hours via a bus ride!;)
@williamjisir (22901)
• China
30 Jan 08
Hello dear raijin. I love to travel as well, but many times when I travel by train for a long-distance travel, I would fall asleep. It is the same for me when I travel in a bus. I think that it could be the reason of the fast moving of the bus, car, and train that makes me fall asleep. I still remember that there were a couple of times when the bus had already reached the final destination and I was still sleeping. But when I am traveling on a plane, I would like to keep myself awake if I happen to sit next to the window because I would love to see the beautiful scene outside in the beautiful sky to take photos and watch the scene of the floating clouds. Thanks so much for your discussion, my dear raijin.
@raijin (10373)
• Philippines
30 Jan 08
Yes, thanks to your response as well. I only get to ride a plane twice, I was lucky since the two tickets I had was actually on the window side. I like the looks from above, it's truly a wonderful view!;)
• Malaysia
25 Jan 08
if we travel by car, most of the time I will doze off, especially if I'm at the back seat. If I don't sleep I like to look at the view outside too. I'm very bad with roads and directions so I don't really drive that much. I prefer to be the passenger rather than the driver hehe.
@raijin (10373)
• Philippines
25 Jan 08
I think I can be a good driver, since I don't feel sleepy even if I'm just a passenger!;) I guess it's really been a part of me, that I don't sleep even when traveling for long hours, day or night..
@sutan74 (1113)
• Philippines
13 Jan 08
My family love to go to places for outings and vacations. When we travel I usually sleep because I often feel sleepy when riding a car. Since my hubby is the one driving i feel safe and secure to sleep. But if its a public transport like a bus I like to look at the scenery and stay awake in case something happens.
@raijin (10373)
• Philippines
15 Jan 08
You have a very valid reason, safe travelling and thanks!;)
• China
9 Jan 08
I also don't like car or automobile, I like to take a walk or cycle. I cannot sleep as excitement when I travel by bus or train. But I often sleep when the travel is a very long way.
@raijin (10373)
• Philippines
10 Jan 08
I hope you do enjoy your travel, may it be walking or through riding motorcycles!;)
@Ohara_1983 (4120)
• Kuwait
7 Jan 08
Im the kinda person cannot sleep in long travel, i already try to sleep but stil the noise of car or airplane will be hear. i never feel tired even , same us you i love to see what is going on outside the view & so on.when i reach the place that time i will sleep but not in the travel time. i know lot of people love to sleep when they are in travel i feel it not excited when you fall asleep.
@raijin (10373)
• Philippines
8 Jan 08
That's great, I guess we have the same reasons for travelling.. Fun and Excitement, no sleep!;)