01 May, 2015

Take a Summer Road Trip!

Written for the Prescott Courier - Kudos Arts and Entertainment Section
Fashion Critic @ Large: Go on a road trip with someone you love
Lauren Woltman

Roooaaaaad triiiiiiip! Get in! We'll figure out where we're going when we get there. The journey will be the destination!

Far into the past, road trips were reserved for only the wealthy. It wasn't until after World War II that the road trip became a common vacation in the United States. The men were coming home from Europe and families were celebrating. Cars were the most affordable they had ever been in history. The highway system was quickly expanding to make the entire country more accessible to curious travelers. Since that time, road trips have remained a symbol of the many things Americans hold near and dear: freedom, adventure, family time, a rite of passage and so many more things. 

My husband and I love to just get up and go on open road adventures together! And there is no other season that can closely compete with a summer road trip, for ease of packing light and enjoying fragrant, cool early morning starts or for just plain wandering! 

Ever since the Ricardo family took the "Lucy" show on the road - road trips have remained in style! So go ahead, grab your favorite person, a weekend bag, toss in few t-shirts, swimsuits, and a pretty dress (just in case...). 

Make a snap decision on a divided highway, go left or go right, just go! See what the yellow stripe might reveal about your past, present or even the future. Sometimes it's a soul searching message, sometimes it's a peaceful cruise down memory-making lane! Take a lesson from the great travelers like Steinbeck and Kerouac, and let spontaneity lead you toward exciting, romantic and memorable destinations unknown! 

Bring poetry, pillows and a blanket. Nap beneath the trees, beside streams, lakes and meadows or spend a romantic evening driving with the top down, under the stars! Dress cute! Wear scarves and sunglasses! Drink lots of water, eat healthy snacks, and map out unusual places to explore along the way. Oh, and don't forget to take lots of fun pictures! The open road is good for the soul! 

Lauren Woltman is the owner of Hop Sing Trading Co. 

in the Bashford Courts, 130 W. Gurley St.

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