Movie and television series often portray road trips as amazing experiences that provide the people embarking upon them with great memories and interesting encounters that may also provide to be learning experiences. In fact, I believe that it would not be too great of an exaggeration to say that the media has made out road trips to be an American pastime, a rite-of-passage for individuals in their teens and twenties. Unfortunately, reality may not always agree with fiction, because, as much as I do not like to admit it, I have never yet been on a road trip, at this point in my life. To be more specific, I have never been on a multi-day journey to multiple destinations far from my home with friends accompanying me. To be fair, I have driven to locations in Connecticut, Rhode Island, the far north of Massachusetts, and New Hampshire, but those were all one or two hour journeys at most, and were incredibly tedious, because they comprised of driving to a single location for a single purpose and then returning home, with myself as the only passenger; my idea of a road trip is driving to multiple locations for multiple purposes, with each expedition being short in duration, and, of course, a vehicle full of my friends with whom to share the experience. Actually, for the thirtieth birthday, my brother and I drove to two locations in Massachusetts and one in New Hampshire, and our cousin and his partner joined us for part of the journey, so that was a miniature road trip, in a sense. Also, my brother’s bachelor party in August will be in upstate New York, which I shall reach via a four-hour-long drive by car, passing from Massachusetts, through New Hampshire, then Vermont, and finally into New York. I really hope that one or more of my brother’s other groomsmen shall carpool with me, because the tedium if being alone in my car for a duration such as that will be absolutely unbearable, and I also shall need to stop approximately every hour to stretch, eat, use the restroom, and so forth, but it will not be a true road trip, in my mind, because I will be traveling to one destination for one purpose, rather than multiple destinations for multiple purposes. One of my cousins, who lives in Ohio, shall be married in December, and my parents, brother, and myself shall drive there, a trip that may take as much as ten hours, which makes me believe that it would be better for us to take an airplane; I am not certain if that shall qualify as a road trip, either, for the same reason that I mentioned, before. My parents have said that road trips were most popular during the 70’s and 80’s (not coincidentally, some of the best-known movies featuring road trips were made in those decades), because people could more easily afford to embark upon them, then. Today, fewer people can afford to take time off from work to embark upon a road trip for a week or more, and that is unfortunately the reason for which I have not done so; I cannot afford to take sufficient time off from work to go out driving in my car for several consecutive days. Of course, I certainly do not feel as if my life is incomplete or unfulfilled because I have not embarked upon a road trip, as romanticized by countless teen comedy movies, but it still would be nice if I could do so at least once in my life. What does everyone else say about this? Have you ever embarked upon a road trip? What can you say about them? Are they as great as the media portrays them to be? What advice can you offer for someone who wishes to embark upon such a trip?