The Road You’re On (and the perfect playlist for it)

What keeps you going isn’t some fine destination but just the road you’re on, and the fact that you know how to drive.
— Barbara Kingsolver


In case you haven’t picked up on this already, I’m a fan of the open road. I LIVE for a good road trip… the wind in my hair, the hits of the 70’s & 80’s blasting and the greasy truck stop diners all hold a certain nostalgia for me. But more than that, the road stirs my soul and shakes up my sense of everyday in a way that is SO SATISFYING. There’s magic in the excitement of what’s to come and the inevitability of the unexpected popping up along the way. It always does. It’s almost a guarantee when you hop behind the wheel and answer the call for adventure.

I get it though. There are a million reasons to just get on a plane. Book a hotel. Take the easy, simpler, and albeit more predictable route to get where you’re going. A road trip takes money. It takes time. It takes effort. And there’s no amount of insurance to protect you against getting a flat tire 50 miles out of the nearest town. But these aren’t the reasons to keep us from the open road - in fact, it’s precisely why we need it. Those challenges, those pot holes - they force you to grow and meet life head on.

There’s nowhere to go but forward, and that can be the greatest gift in the world.

At the end of this summer, I’ll be hitting the open road with my sweet girl to drop her off for another year of college in Virginia. We aren’t taking the shortest route across the country, but hey - who wants that? We’ll be taking the scenic drive through the lower half of this gorgeous country of ours and I couldn’t be more excited. The adventure is sure to involve plenty of loud music, random pit stops for roadside treats, and a few other glorious mother-daughter detours along the way…

Speaking of this upcoming adventure, I’m excited to share this playlist of my absolute favorite road trip tunes with you all. It’s got everything from head-banging AC/DC classics to some sing-a-long Dixie Chicks, Madonna and Dolly Parton. Even if you aren’t currently road trippin’ or planning a long drive anytime soon, it’s my favorite way to get in the spirit of the open road. I hope you feel inspired to crank it up on your next big adventure, running errands around town, or on a morning jog; may it serve as a fun and simple reminder to take the long way and just enjoy the road you’re on!

Here’s to the open road, my Daring Darlings!


P.S. Got any must-sees to recommend as we make our way to Virginia? Connect with me on Instagram… I’d love to see all of the amazing places ya’ll are planning to visit this summer!