Aug 9, 2012

Adventure "To Do" List

This list is courtesy of automotive Journalist Mark Richardson who is on a drive across Canada to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the completion of the Trans-Canada highway (and his 50th birthday).

1. You must drive for a while on a road you’ve never driven on before;

2. You must stop for a coffee or for lunch at a place you’ve never stopped before;

3. You must travel in both darkness and light, so either leave at dawn or arrive after dusk;

4a. You must have an alternative, easier or quicker route that you do not take; or

4b. You must have been able to take transit or fly, but chose not to; and

5. You can drive fast, but you must not hurry.

Those elements alone will turn a drive into a good road trip. They ensure a bit of adventurous exploration while also offering some sort of challenge. You don’t have to go far; you can drive away now and return this evening with a sense of accomplishment. This is one welcome occasion when length doesn’t matter.

But do you want a great road trip? Then you also need as many as possible of these:

6. You must cross water, preferably by ferry;

7. You must face some form of adversity, like a flat tire or heavy rain;

8. You must discover something about yourself, such as finding a relative in a graveyard, or fixing a breakdown on your own;

9. You must be surprised by something;

10. You must share at least some of the journey with somebody else.

You can follow Mark's blog here.

1 comment:

  1. Seems like a good list, and a good way to live your life. I'm always surprised when I travel. That's the point of travel to see something new. To try something be surprised by the world. :)