10 Things People Always Hashtag with #Roadtrip

10 Things People Always Hashtag with #Roadtrip

It’s no secret that we love Instagram. In fact, sometimes going through the world’s #roadtrip pictures literally makes our day. You people are constantly inspiring us with the adventurous, creative, and occasionally insane stunts you pull off all in the name of a cool picture. So this week, we’re sharing with you the golden 10 types of pictures we always find in the feed.

1. The driving selfie.
Please, never snap and drive.10 Things People Always Hashtag with #Roadtrip
2. Unhealthy breakfast choices.
Apparently redbull and chips are the standard.10 Things People Always Hashtag with #Roadtrip
3. Cheesy quotes.
It’s the thought that counts.

10 Things People Always Hashtag with #Roadtrip

4. Sunsets.
Overdone and we still love it.
5. Their dogs.
Because look how cute he is in the backseat!10 Things People Always Hashtag with #Roadtrip

6. Their babies.
To be fair, if we had nuggets as cute as yours in the backseat we probably couldn’t stop taking pictures either.10 Things People Always Hashtag with #Roadtrip
7. Signs and tourist sights.
Literally, every single one.10 Things People Always Hashtag with #Roadtrip

8. Maps.
On maps on maps.10 Things People Always Hashtag with #Roadtrip

9. Questionable music choices.
Some are truly great. Others, we worry for.10 Things People Always Hashtag with #Roadtrip

10. Jumping shots.
Because why not?10 Things People Always Hashtag with #Roadtrip

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Always Make Time for the Road

Always Make Time For The Road
Road trips seem to encompass all that I believe and love about living. On road trips, I learn about different lifestyles, find beauty in all kinds of places, get to know my friends better, meet new people, share stories, eat delicious food, experience new things daily, make the best out of difficult situations, live spontaneously and enjoy the present moment. This all sounds pretty cheesy, but road trips give me everything I want out of life: love, discovery, relationships, adventure, knowledge, beauty, and excitement.

Always Make Time For The RoadThere’s so much more to see and experience while driving than in an airplane. While I love flying and seeing the formations of the clouds or the miniature landscape below, I find it’s much more enjoyable to gaze up at the clouds while driving across endless stretches of land. I can take a break, stretch my legs, dance whenever I want! You can’t very well belt your heart out to “Benny and the Jets” on Jet Blue now, can you? Out on the open road we can talk freely with friends, sing for hours on end, make up silly stories until our voices go hoarse. Driving somewhere new allows you the freedom to do whatever you want, whenever you want, and that’s something worth traveling for.

Road trips are one of those things that make me automatically happy. No matter where I am going or who I am with, road trips are guaranteed to bring excitement and unforgettable memories. This is why the Yolo Babes make it a point to go on a road trip every year. Each trip reminds us of the lifestyle we love to live and never fails to put our own lives into perspective. No matter how our lives may change, how busy we get, or how far apart we live, I know we will forevermore be connected through our travels and vow to always make time for the road.

Love,
  Carisa

Epic, Life-Changing Trips on a College Budget

Epic, Life-Changing Road Trips on a College Budget // yolobabes.comIf you’re checking out our site or Instagram hopefully we’ve inspired you to start planning a grand trip of your own. So how do we do it? Three words: BUDGET, BUDGET, BUDGET.

GAS. For a big trip, you’re gonna need money for gas. There’s no avoiding it. If you can borrow someone’s hybrid you could probably save half your budget right there, but unfortunately we’re fans of hitting the road in our favorite truck that gets less than stellar gas mileage. So what do we do? BUDGET FOR IT. Save up those nickels and dimes until you have a good chunk of change and then you know you’re ready for the next step.

**For reference, for our big trips between the three of us we’ll spend somewhere from $400-800. Obviously, this depends on the distance you’ll be traveling and the number of people coming with. The bigger the group, the lower the costs (just make sure you pick the right people).

Our road trip routes are based off of two very important things:

  1. Where we want to go and
  2. Who we know we can stay with along the way

Epic, Life-Changing Road Trips on a College Budget // yolobabes.comLODGING. Staying with people you know can literally save you hundreds. You might’ve seen some of our tips to being good guests in our videos, but have trouble thinking of who you can even stay with in the first place. Get your group together and brainstorm. Where do you have family? Close friends? Friends you’d like to visit you haven’t in a while? Friends that moved out of state? If you’re still stuck when it comes to a certain area, have friends and family ask around. The world’s not that big a place. Somebody must know someone. And if it just so happens they don’t, camping’s always a fun, low-dough option.

Epic, Life-Changing Road Trips on a College Budget // yolobabes.comChoose your hosts wisely.  Ideally, they know the area really well and can point you in the right direction, making sure you do the important things as a tourist in their area. Hopefully they have an extra bed or couch, but hey, don’t be picky. Bring your sleeping bag if you have to. Bring a tent you can pitch. YOU’RE A ROAD TRIPPER NOW. Road trippers don’t whine because they have to sleep on the floor, or it’s the middle of summer and there’s no ac. They profusely thank their hosts and shower them with adorable gifts and hand-written notes. Be gracious and they might just throw in a hot breakfast, apples for the road or coupons to some awesome local attraction. Never underestimate the power of staying with a good host, or being a good guest.

Most importantly, BE OPEN MINDED. You may want to spend the night in the city but if you have a good friend an hour beyond it that’s willing to open up their home for you, go for it. Save your hotel money for eating out. You’ll need it.

Epic, Life-Changing Road Trips on a College Budget // yolobabes.comFOOD. This is where it gets a little tricky. Many people have written about what it takes to eat cheaply on the road and honestly, they’re probably better experts on it than we are. This all depends on how much you’re willing to spend. If the answer is next to zero, you’d better get ready for a lot of pb&j sandwiches and pretzels. If the answer is a little bit more than that, stock up on the cheap (but healthy) snacks and get ready to eat those things for 1-3 meals a day. If everyone brings their own food back, you’ll have some stuff to share, some of your own favorite foods, and even if you don’t have the time or money to stop for a real dinner you’ll survive. But please eat. Half the adventure is going somewhere you’ve never been before and seeing what it’s like. Thai food in Las Vegas? Yes please. Hint: We use Yelp a lot.

SOUVENIRS. Remember, college budget. Don’t go splurging on some ridiculous memento you’re just going to throw out in a couple years. Use your money for something that’s meaningful. Something you’ll actually use. Something you’ll look at and smile every time thinking of the crazy adventure you went on to find this thing. Don’t be afraid to spend money, but do spend wisely. You’ll regret the beautiful necklace you didn’t get but not the sweatshirt.

Epic, Life-Changing Road Trips on a College Budget // yolobabes.com
1Epic, Life-Changing Road Trips on a College Budget // yolobabes.comOUTINGS.
This is an adventure, after all. There will be excursions you feel the need to go on the get the full experience, and you will do some of them just to say you did. But also, be creative. Sure, you could spend $50 on lift tickets for a nice hike to the top, but maybe you’ll have just as great a time doing the $15 hour and a half of stand up paddle boarding. Or don’t spend any money at all and opt for a self-guided sight-seeing tour, or a hike if you’re in a scenic area. Have a mini-dance party to let loose. Paint Rite-Aid shoes and throw them in a tree. Stop and take 100 pictures of you guys by putting it on timer. This is your trip. You can do whatever the heck you want. Remember that.

Good luck out there, don’t blow all your savings, and let us know where we should go next!

xoxo, the babes

Embrace Spontaneity on the Road

Embrace Spontaneity on the Road
I don’t exactly consider myself a perfectionist because of my usual clumsy and dorky ways, but scheduling and planning for our road trips has become a significant half-year of preparation that leaves me boiling in excitement for the adventures to come. And even though we know our itinerary for each day, I am learning that much of the road trip is not planned, and therefore invites the spontaneity of life. It is these spontaneous moments that I live for; whether it be deciding to go paddle boarding in a lake instead of hiking like we planned, or a hot spring swim in Utah, or going a day without dinner so we could keep driving, rather than having that delicious meal I was daydreaming about in the back seat.  These moments challenge me to embrace them as a unique experience, instead of getting caught up by the fact that not everything is going as planned. Because of this mindset, even though I don’t get to experience every opportunity each state offers in the amount of time we have, it gives me a reason to return one day. It’s exciting knowing I have a whole life to live and endless new adventures to go on.

Attitude really is everything.  I could either feel disappointed and incomplete over the missed experiences or I could feel proud, thankful, and inspired by recognizing the many dreams and goals I have in life. I have also learned that living spontaneously is based on decisions: the decision to take initiative, the decision to value your present feeling, the decision to act upon your present desire, the decision to embrace the present moment.  Every day of this road trip is helping me to practice living in the present moment, to learn more about the world outside of California, and to embrace this close friendship I have with two of my best friends, who by the way are some of the most inspiring dream-driven individuals that encourage me to make the most out of my life. To live in the moment. To welcome the spontaneous. To embrace change. To grow. And to dream on.

Love Always,
Crystal

50 Reasons Vegas is Actually Disneyland (For Adults)


Our latest on-the-road epiphany is our realization that for adults, Vegas is literally just like Disneyland, but all grown up. Seriously, check this out…

DISNEYLAND

VEGAS

Fake-looking buildings
Monorail
Funny fire trucks
Endless blue sky
Magic way
Different worlds within
Rides & coasters
Workers take your picture
Come to celebrate birthdays
Shows always happening
Characters on the street
Lots of tourists
Vacation destination
Candy everywhere
Shopping
Happiest Place on Earth
Water shows
Pirates
Fireworks
Shiny, colorful things
Immaculate walkways
85 acres
Lots of walking
Souvenirs everywhere
Themed food
Celebrities visit
Hot summers
Surrounding cities treasure
Imitations never succeed
Exhausting
Live music
Visitors dress up
Full of magic
Tacky tourist fashion
Blow all your money
Dreams come true
(or come to die)
Once a year’s enough
All day event
People come from all over
Employees live double lives
Huge signs to take pics with
Both wonderful & terrible
Makes you question reality
People get together
Is epic
Has toys
Encourages play time
Makes kids let loose
Main St.
Has really cool hotels

Fake-looking buildings
Monorail
Yellow fire trucks
Endless blue sky
Paradise Street
Different worlds within
Rides & coasters
Workers take your picture
Come to celebrate birthdays
Shows always happening
Characters on the street
Lots of tourists
Vacation destination
Alcohol everywhere
Shopping
What happens in Vegas…
Water shows
Pirates
Fireworks
Shiny, colorful things
Immaculate walkways
4.2 mile strip
Lots of walking
Souvenirs everywhere
Themed food
Celebrities visit
Hot summers
Surrounding cities treasure
Imitations never succeed
Exhausting
Live music
Visitors dress up
Full of magic
Bad/slutty fashion
Blow all your money
Dreams come true
(or come to die)
Once a year’s enough
All day event
People come from all over
Employees live double lives
Huge signs to take pics with
Both wonderful & terrible
Makes you question reality
People get together
Is epic
Has toys ;)
Encourages play time
Makes adults let loose
Main St
Has really cool hotels

A Long Day’s Drive

To some it may seem grueling to drive ten and a half hours in a single day, but in reality it’s not  bad at all! When you’re listening to good tunes, having random and hilarious conversations, enjoying the scenery, and seeing obscure sights in the middle of nowhere, how could life be poor? We get a little crazy cooped up in the car, but that makes it all the more fun when we stop somewhere to stretch our legs and have a hyper dance break.

There is always something to discover while you’re driving. Yesterday, we discovered a new size of tire as an 8-wheeler truck drove past with them on its flatbed. To give you an idea, the tires would be too large to fit even a monster truck on steroids. Their width alone was larger than the height of the truck they were on! I could never have imagined tires that big, and still have no idea what vehicle they could possibly fit. And it’s the little, random things like this that make driving so exciting. Before we left, I actually couldn’t wait to spend a day in the car, exploring a road I have never been on and seeing all the roadside attractions it has to offer. Just on the I-15 within a couple hours we saw skydivers landing, an abandoned, graffitied water park, and Peggy Sue’s 50′s Diner. All gloriously spectacular, unexpected and fun sights that broke up the miles of emptiness! So really, a long day’s drive is a party as long as you’re constantly sightseeing and enjoying the great company of the people you’re with.

Love,
Carisa

Still Finding Yourself? Travel.

b6636162bde411e28bf722000a1f92f7_7It makes no sense. How can you can find yourself when you’re leaving behind the very things that define you? But as we’ve realized on our road trips, it’s in freeing yourself from what you’re used to that leaves room for you to discover something new about yourself you would never have expected. Are you happier in big cities or in the middle of nowhere? Do you have a lot of patience or do little things going wrong frustrate you? How do you treat people who come from somewhere different than you?

Personally, I feel like with each new city I visit I’m uncovering a part of me I didn’t even know was there. When I went to Seattle I found the  indie-loving, coffee-drinking artsy version of me. And in Chicago I met the no nonsense, foodie/creative me. In a new space I can more clearly see myself by envisioning what my life would be like if I actually lived there: shopping at the local market, going out with my friends, walking hand in hand down the river with a boy. And I love that.

Traveling more and more I’ve realized how much I love to meet new people and see how they live their lives. I’ve learned how being positive, spontaneous and open-minded is what makes me easy to travel with, and that my diet (no meat or dairy) is what makes things tricky. And while I’m helpless when it comes to tips, the people I’m with never get lost thanks to my superhuman mental maps. We all find our strengths and weaknesses out on the road, and can clearly see how they work in a team setting as you’re figuring out where to eat or stay the night. After a big trip you’ll have far less trouble answering tough interview questions because you’ll know yourself better than ever before.

It’s for this reason that we could argue traveling–no matter how young or old you are–is even more important than formal education. Because even if you know all the formulas and equations in the world, how great can your life be if you’re not happy with yourself? If you don’t know and love yourself for exactly who you are? Life’s not about getting rich or famous–it’s about making the most of the time you have with the people you love. So get out there! Explore aimlessly, adventure spontaneously, get lost, and find a new part of yourself along the way.

Love,
Hannah