Road Trip Resolutions

Last year Jeff and I went out west on a roadtrip. We flew into Denver, Colorado, rented a car, and drove across Utah, Nevada, California, Arizona, and New Mexico. We traveled over 3,200 miles. We had no set schedule. We just drove, stopping whenever and wherever we pleased. That trip was one of the absolute best weeks of my life.

Last week we started serious planning on our next trip – as in plane tickets have been purchased and we leave in less than a month! Ahhh! Commence freakout! I’m trying to to think of ways to make this one even better than the last. It’s stressful, honestly.  Looking back I have no idea how I was able to so calmly embark on a trip without any real plans. Jeff and I had only known each other for around three months at the time, it blows my mind that we never once fought about where to stop. Even after getting home from that trip there was only one thing we missed that I regret (not that it really matters because we’ll be hitting it on this next trip!)

I feel anxious about our upcoming trip because I’m terrified of not making the most of it. I need to learn to sit back and relax because I know it’s going to be fun no matter what. I love traveling with Jeff, there’s no one else I’d rather spend a week in the car with, and I’m sure we’ll find tons of amazing places to explore and photograph. That being said, I wanted to share my road trip resolutions. These are just a few things that have been floating around my head lately, I thought that writing them down and sharing them would keep me accountable.

On all trips here on out I plan to… 

Take more photos of people and stop being weird about getting my own photo taken! I think it was the photos of a stranger’s safari that really got me thinking about this. I barely have any photos of us from our last trip. Part of it was that we were sleeping in the car, and not showering. Honestly, I loved that part. Hair, make-up, and cute clothes were not my priority in the least but I didn’t want photos of myself like that. Looking back now, I wish I had photos of myself in the desert, in front of giant dinosaurs, and at the Grand Canyon. Who cares if my hair was greasy, and I was sunburnt?! I want those photos for myself. Nothing wrong with some cheesy tourist photos, even if you think you look dirty!

One of the only photos of us from the trip. Taken by Jeff.

▴ Speaking of photos, I want to shoot more than just pretty landscapes. I LOVE a good landscape photo, and I know I’ll be taking my fair share of them on this trip but I also want to shoot more “behind the scenes” type of photos. Pictures of our meals, pictures of where we sleep, just all the little details that make the trip what it is.

Our last trip was insane, we seriously saw so darn much. We packed so much stuff into that week that it’s easy to forget certain things. The other day I randomly remembered a little diner we ate at while waiting on Mesa Verde National Park to open. It was some strange smiley face themed place with great food plus they actually had chocolate milk instead of having it on the menu and then saying “oh, we don’t have that”. Anyway, it was special because we had just had one of the worst nights sleep of the whole trip and this was one of the only real meals we ate. It was so nice to just sit down and enjoy food. I, of course, didn’t take any photos – because why would I? But I wish I had even just one photo from that place. That’s the kind of photos I’m talking about with this goal.

Share more stories. I want to document my trips better. There are lots of things from 2014’s trip that I wish I had talked more about. Story telling isn’t really my strong point. I rely on my photos to tell stories but looking back I feel like maybe I glossed over a lot of parts of the trip on accident. It was all just so fresh and overwhelming to look back upon that I didn’t think to write down a lot.

This year I might take a notebook and just jot down little things as well as where we are, and what day it is. I’ve never been great at journaling but I think I’d like to give it a shot.

 ▴ Get photos printed! Recently I started putting everything I had printed from the last few years in albums. It feels so good to have them out of boxes and somewhere that they can actually be looked at. The thing is those are only my film photos. I can’t even remember the last time I got digital photos printed. While I don’t see myself printing out everyday photos, I do want to print photos of trips.

A while back Chatbooks sent me a book of some of my instagram photos printed and my first thought was “roadtrip photos!” I think when we get back from this trip I’d like to get a book or two made from my digital photos so I have a keepsake of sorts from the trip, maybe even with excerpts from my travel journal as the captions. You can find photos of the book they printed me in this post. The books are only $6 and they have free shipping PLUS you can use the
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Basically it just all boils down to the fact I want to be able to remember these trips better! I know I’ve briefly mentioned before how I don’t feel like my memory is the best and I want to soak up everything little thing I can from road trips. Traveling is when I’m the happiest.

Author: Kaylah

Just a green haired gal from Cleveland, Ohio.

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  • we go on lots of trips and i always have a little notebook to write down things throughout the day. some times when i go over it at the end i find things i completely forgot about by the end! i also have been trying to make a blurb book of each of our trips. i've done it once, and have lots more photos to go through, but i LOVE the one I made! i look through it all the time!

    • Yeah, most of the roadtrips are so hectic (in a good way) that I'm sure I immediately forget tons of little things that were wonderful! I bought a pack of those Adventure Logs someone above recommended. I'm looking forward to using them.

  • If you happen to be coming back to the area you visited last time, you should check out Galleto Meadows in Borrego Springs. I'm the one who told you last time to check out Noah Purifoy in Joshua Tree. Happy travels…. I look forward to seeing and reading about your new road trip.

    • Yesss! That looks awesome! We'll be kind of in the same area so if we're close we'll definitely be swinging by there. Thank you so much for the awesome suggestions!

  • So excited to hear about your trip!! I am actually planning one for September from Alabama through Texas to New Mexico, Nevada, Utah, and Colorado. I've been through these places before and saw a few things but didn't really get to explore them! I know you probably get this a lot but do you have any recommendations for anything to see/do in that region?