The Unexpected Benefits of Road Trips

The Unexpected Benefits of Road Trips
I took a road trip along the legendary Oregon coast to contemplate a new direction ahead. It brought me so much clarity and confidence in my decisions...

I took a week-long summer road trip, visiting the legendary Oregon coast. I had planned this trip to reflect on the past and contemplate a new direction ahead. At the end of the week, I found so much clarity and confidence in my decisions.

Road trips offer unique opportunities to explore new places and cultures, grow and learn about yourself and the world around you. You never know what you might find.

Despite the daily rain during the trip, I enjoyed the journey immensely. At Crater Lake, it snowed so hard (in the middle of June!) that there was no visibility of the famous “deep and steep” volcanic lake. I got a kick out of making snowballs and throwing them as far as possible.

At Silver Falls State Park, I walked in the cave behind the spectacular 177-foot South Fall, taking in its thundering force as it crashed down below. I imagined all my worries drifting away with the water, gone forever.


Cannon Beach at Sunset
Cannon Beach by IvyGe

Road trips can be a great way to disconnect from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, and bond with friends or family along the way.

Studies have shown that spending time in nature can help reduce stress levels, and road trips offer ample opportunity to take in the beautiful scenery. Even planning a road trip can boost your mood, as it gives you something to look forward to.

Oregon Coast by IvyGe
Oregon Coast by IvyGe

Road trips can also be a great source of inspiration. The change of scenery can jump-start your creativity, and the downtime in the car can offer a chance to think about new ideas. If you’re feeling stuck in a rut, a road trip might be what you need to ignite your creativity.

So, if you’re looking for a way to relax, recharge, and get inspired, consider planning a road trip. The benefits it brings might surprise you.

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Dr. Ivy Ge

Doctor of Pharmacy, author of The Art of Good Enough. She writes to inspire women to design their own fate. Her writings and interviews have been featured on MSNBC, Thrive Global, Working Mother magazine, Parentology, and The Times of India.

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